Eligible organisations in the Parkes electorate are being urged to apply for their share of $150,000 in funding under a new round of the popular Stronger Communities Programme (SCP).
Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the Liberal and Nationals Government will fund up to 20 local community infrastructure projects across his electorate, with grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000.
“This is an outstanding opportunity for local community organisations to throw their hat in the ring for funding that will help further strengthen our communities in the Parkes electorate,” Mr Coulton said.
“These grants will fund the sort of vital infrastructure projects that bring people together, while creating vibrant and viable communities.
“The last round of the SCP was hugely popular in my electorate. We saw some fantastic projects get up off the ground including an upgrade of the showground pavilion at Baradine, new furniture for the Curban Community Hall, and roof repairs for the Croppa Creek Bowling Club.
“The benefits of these projects go far beyond the here and now, giving a huge boost to rural and regional areas that often rely heavily on community facilities.”
Mr Coulton said eligible organisations can access a preliminary project proposal form online for submission to his office (Note: Link below).
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Stronger Communities Programme is aimed at funding projects that deliver social benefits as part of the Government’s continuing commitment to strengthen communities across Australia.
“Our local communities are the heart of this great country and this investment in local projects under the Stronger Communities Programme is about invigorating these communities and ensuring their continued success,” Mr McCormack said.
“The program will fund small capital projects in each of the 151 federal electorates, which can range from upgrading the local community hall or sporting facility, building new bike paths, or providing essential equipment for the local State Emergency Service.”
A local community consultation committee will be established to assist with identifying projects in the Parkes electorate for consideration by the Government. Applications for grant funding will be appraised against the official Guidelines.
Organisations shortlisted by the committee will then be invited by Mr Coulton to complete a formal online application, which must be submitted to the Department by 10 October 2019.
Under Round 5 of the Stronger Communities Programme, each federal electorate has received $150,000 to allocate towards successful projects, as part of a $22.65 million investment nationwide. For guidelines and additional information, see: www.business.gov.au/assistance/stronger-communities-programme
In order to put forward an application for consideration under SCP Round 5, eligible organisations must:
- Complete a preliminary project proposal form, which is available here: Round 5 Stronger Communities Programme – Project proposal form
- Submit the form to the Office of Mark Coulton MP via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 23 August 2019. This form can also be submitted via mail to Suite 3, 153 Brisbane Street, Dubbo NSW 2830.
Mr McCormack – Hannah Maguire 0429 920 254
Mr Coulton – Anna Tickle 0491 135 852