Not-for-profit community organisations in the Parkes electorate can now apply for small grants to deliver projects in drought-affected areas, through the Coalition Government’s $15 million investment in the Regional Drought Communities Small Grants Program.
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton is urging eligible community organisations to start applying for the funding.
“As the tough times continue, the Federal Government continues to ramp up the drought support on offer,” Mr Coulton said.
“The distribution of this funding will be managed by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, which is a non-government organisation that brings together investment from governments, business and other donors to support regional communities.
“The Foundation will operate a rolling small grants program to support drought affected regional communities, and will distribute the grants quickly across all states and territories.
“Grants of up to $20,000 are available, however a limited number of grants of up to $60,000 and $150,000 are also on offer. This is an excellent opportunity for community organisations in my electorate to secure funding.
“Examples of suitable projects could include hosting community events, creating community gardens, art and drama projects, school camps, tools and equipment or training and support. I would encourage those interested to review the grant guidelines online for more information.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the announcement builds on the more than $1.8 billion in additional Australian Government drought support measures already delivered.
“This funding will support community-based activities to relieve current stressors and symptoms while also building capacity and resilience for the future,” Mr McCormack said.
“For almost two decades, the Foundation has played a significant role in helping regional and rural communities across Australia prepare for, respond and manage, emergencies and disasters.”
The Foundation will roadshow the Regional Drought Communities Small Grants Program through grant seeker workshops, regional meetings and discussions with community groups.
Further information on the program and grant opportunities may be found at www.frrr.org.au/grants/tackling_tough_times_together or by visiting www.infrastructure.gov.au.
Mr McCormack – Colin Bettles 0447 718 781 | Dom Hopkinson 0409 421 209
Mr Coulton – Anna Tickle 0400 050 729