Joint Media Release with Minister For Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon John McVeigh
- Applications for Round 4 of the CLPs Stronger Communities Programme are now open
- The programme will fund local projects to build social and community connections
- The Coalition Government has committed up to $22.5 million under Round 4 of the programme
Communities across Australia are set to share in $22.5 million to improve local infrastructure and provide essential community equipment with applications now open for Round 4 of the Stronger Communities Programme.
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the programme is aimed at funding projects that deliver social benefits and form part of the Coalition Government’s continuing commitment to strengthen communities across Australia.
“Our local communities are the heart of this great country and the investment in local projects under the Stronger Communities Programme is about invigorating these communities and ensuring their continued success,” Dr McVeigh said.
“The programme will fund small capital projects in each of the 150 federal electorates, which can range from upgrading the local community hall or sporting facility, building new bike paths, or providing essential equipment for the local SES.
“These are the 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.”
Each electorate will receive $150,000 to allocate towards successful projects, with a maximum of 20 projects to be funded per electorate.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the additional investment for a fourth round of the Stronger Communities Programme would ensure that local decision making continues to play a decisive role in funding community building projects.
“Michael Gunner continues to neglect our community sector which is why the CLP is making another round of investment to ensure the long term future of these vital groups.
“The fact is that small volunteer organisations will always suffer and be worse off under Territory Labor, whether it be from high costs, high taxes or out of control law and order on our streets.
“Our region has been very successful under previous rounds of the Stronger Communities Programme, seeing projects like Stuart Park Child Care Centre upgrades, Moulden Oval Lighting upgrade, community barbeques at Wagait Shire’s Cloppenburg Park, fit out of an Alice Springs Art Gallery space, upgrade of security and solar water system for St Vincent De Paul Society in Katherine and upgrades to the kitchens in the halls at the Howard Park Recreation Reserve,” Senator Scullion said.
“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 on Monday 6 August 2018, and close on Thursday 11 October 2018.
To express your interest in this funding round contact my offices in Darwin on 89 48 3555 or Alice Springs on 8952 1131.
Grant guidelines, eligibility requirements and the application process can be found at www.business.gov.au/scp