Shoalhaven News

Grants on offer for community groups

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Local organisations being are invited to apply for funds to support local projects that contribute to vibrant and viable communities.

The Stronger Communities Programme provides up to $150,000 per federal electorate to fund small capital projects worth between $2,500 and $20,000.

Federal Member for Gilmore Fiona Phillips is calling for expressions of interest for projects such as building fit outs, equipment purchases, sporting facility upgrades, bike paths and more.

“I was absolutely delighted to support 16 projects from Kiama to Moruya under last year’s Stronger Communities Programme, including a yarning area for Katungul Aboriginal Corporation, some new bikes for Ulladulla High School and new equipment for Kiama Surf Life Saving Club,” Ms Phillips said.

“This year, I will be particularly looking to support projects that will contribute to our recovery from drought, bushfire, flood and COVID-19.

“I know how important it is to have high quality local facilities and I want to make sure that our community can take full advantage of this excellent funding opportunity.

"I am encouraging all local groups to consider submitting an expression of interest for the 2021 round of this program,” Mrs Phillips added.

Expressions of Interest are open until Monday February 22, with successful applicants then invited to apply under the program.

To be eligible, groups must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be an incorporated not for profit organisation or a local governing body.

Information including eligibility criteria and how to apply is available on Fiona Phillips’ website www.fionaphillips.com.au/grants/grants