Local Projects Deliver Stronger Communities

A Funding programme which provides as much as $20,000 for non-profit community groups to undertake capital projects is up and running again, and Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen is calling for applications.

Stronger Communities
“We are now embarking on Round 4 of the Stronger Communities Programme, which has provided funding for 42 different community groups throughout the Dawson electorate over the past three years.”

Each electorate will receive $150,000 to allocate towards successful projects, with a maximum of 20 projects to be funded per electorate.

Mr Christensen said the additional investment for a fourth round of SCP would ensure that local decision making continues to play a decisive role in funding community building projects.

“The Whitsunday region has been very successful under previous rounds of the Stronger Communities Programme.”

“In the past we’ve assisted with everything from air-conditioning for Meals on Wheels, VMR equipment and hot showers for swimmers. A total of eleven projects in Proserpine, the Whitsundays and Bowen regions have netted just under $108,000 to improve not only their facilities, but their communities.”

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the program is aimed at funding projects that deliver social benefits and form part of the Coalition Government’s continuing commitment to strengthen communities across Australia.

“This funding support is for all sorts of vital projects that bring our communities together, strengthen our social connections, build community participation and create vibrant and viable communities into the future.”

“Grants will be available between $2,500 and $20,000 for successful applications and I now invite organisations within the community to put forward their attractive, high-quality, projects for assessment.”

Applications open today, Monday 6 August 2018, and expressions of interest are sought by September 1.

Grant guidelines, eligibility requirements and the application process can be found at www.business.gov.au/scp