Community groups in the Parkes electorate are being invited to apply for a share of $150,000 in funding under the latest round of the Australian Government’s Stronger Communities Programme (SCP).
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton is now taking expressions of interest for Round 8 of the popular program, with grants of up to $20,000 available.
“This funding will finance up to 20 small capital projects in the Parkes electorate, including small-scale infrastructure upgrades, fit-outs and equipment purchases,” Mr Coulton said.
“Community groups are the heart of towns and villages right across the electorate and this type of funding is often vital to help them grow and prosper into the future.
“Dozens of local community groups have benefitted from the Stronger Communities Programme over the years and in the last round we saw some wonderful projects go ahead including a kitchen upgrade for the 3rd Broken Hill Sea Scouts, a shelter for Trangie Central School, new gym equipment for Orana Haven Aboriginal Corporation and the installation of solar panels at the Baradine Golf Club.
“It’s projects like these that help to boost community participation and contribute to vibrant and viable communities, which is exactly why this programme was established by the former Coalition Government.”
Grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 are available to cover up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs, or up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs for local governing bodies.
“This latest round aims to support communities recover from the widespread impacts of adverse weather events and current economic pressures, and I strongly encourage interested organisations to contact my office if they have a project important to them which will benefit the local community,” Mr Coulton said.
Mr Coulton will play a key role in identifying the projects to be supported in his electorate, with the assistance of a committee that represents the local community.
Organisations shortlisted by the committee will then be invited to complete a formal online application, which must be submitted by 5pm AEST on Wednesday 10 May.
Eligible organisations in the Parkes electorate can download an EOI form for submission to Mr Coulton’s office by 5pm AEDT Friday 10 March.
Further information including grant guidelines, eligibility requirements and the application process are available at: https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/stronger-communities-programme-round-8.
To put forward an application for consideration under the SCP, eligible organisations must: