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New equipment, building projects or additional targeted support could soon be on the way for schools across Gippsland with the Australian Government making up to $200,000 available for projects to benefit local students’ learning experience.

Member for Gippsland, Darren Chester, said the Local Schools Community Fund would offer grants between $1,000 and $20,000 to contribute to a variety of school projects and associated costs.

“The fund opens to applications on July 25, 2019 and I’d encourage all schools in Gippsland to think about what they could do with a share of the funds,” Mr Chester said.

“Schools may lodge one application for each of their campuses, so it’s important that the project identified delivers a real benefit for their local school community.

“Remote schools in the region, are able to use the money toward excursions for their students.”

The Local Schools Community Fund is open to eligible Government, Independent and Catholic schools, and proposed projects will be assessed by a committee to be appointed by the Member for Gippsland.

Projects could include small-scale extensions or classroom refurbishments, new computer facilities, mental health and counselling services, playground equipment, library resources, or sports facilities.

The Federal Government announced the $30.2 million Local Schools Community Fund in the 2019 Budget.

Applications will be through SchoolsHUB –  and close on September 30, 2019 and projects must be completed by the end of 2020.

Further information is available at fund or by emailing


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