- Applications are open now for Stronger Communities Programme – Round 4
- The program will fund local projects to build social and community connections
- The Coalition Government has committed up to $22.5 million under Round 4
Communities across the Parkes electorate are set to share in $22.5 million to improve local infrastructure and provide essential community equipment, with applications for Round 4 of the Stronger Communities Programme (SCP) open now.
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government, Dr John McVeigh, and Member for the Parkes electorate, Mark Coulton, visited Gwydir Industries in Moree today.
In 2016 Gwydir Industries received a $20,000 grant under Round 2 of the SCP, to undertake much-needed upgrades of their rear workshop and furniture restoration rooms.
Dr McVeigh said the program aims to fund projects that deliver social benefits and strengthen communities across Australia.
“It’s pleasing to see projects like Gwydir Industries in Moree, which bring our communities together and strengthen our social connections,” Dr McVeigh said.
“This facility plays an important role in building community participation and creating a vibrant community.
“Our local communities are the heart of this great country, and this program is about invigorating them and ensuring their continued success,” Dr McVeigh said.
Mr Coulton said that the additional investment for a fourth round of SCP could support community-building projects in the Parkes electorate.
“Our region has been successful under previous rounds of the SCP, seeing projects delivered such as Gwydir Industries’ workshop upgrade,” Mr Coulton said.
“Grants will be available between $2,500 and $20,000 for successful applicants and I now invite organisations within the community to put forward their high-quality projects for assessment.
“This is a great opportunity to build community cohesiveness across the Parkes electorate.”
Eligible organisations should contact Mr Coulton’s office by phone or email for a preliminary Project Proposal Form, which can be submitted via email up until 20 August 2018.
A local community consultation committee will be established to assist with identifying projects for consideration. Organisations identified by the committee will then be invited to complete a formal online application, to be submitted to the Department by 11 October 2018.
Grant guidelines, eligibility requirements and the application process can be found at www.business.gov.au/scp.
Media Contacts: John McVeigh – Hannah Maguire – 0429 920 254
Mark Coulton – Anna Tickle – 0400 050 729