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Community groups across Gippsland can access Federal Government grants up to $20,000 for capital projects that improve community participation and strengthen communities.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said Gippsland had been allocated $150,000 to upgrade community infrastructure through round three of the #lovegippsland Stronger Communities Program (SCP).

Mr Chester is calling for Expressions of Interest from local groups to nominate priority projects.

“Local Government and not-for-profit community groups can apply for grants between $2,500 and $20,000 for infrastructure projects which improve community participation and strengthen the fabric of our local communities,” Mr Chester said.

“The SCP grants can only cover 50 percent of the total project cost; matching contributions can be in-kind or cash or funded through another government grant.”

A maximum of 20 projects will be funded in each electorate. Eligible projects should be scheduled for completion by June 30, 2018.

Mr Chester encouraged local groups to contact his Traralgon office on 5174 1341 or download an SCP – Expression of Interest Form to nominate local projects.

A Gippsland selection committee will review the Expressions of Interest and invite selected groups to lodge an official project application.

“We are looking for projects that make a real difference to the community and provide the most benefits to the community and volunteer groups,” Mr Chester said.

Expressions of Interest must be lodged with Mr Chester’s office by 5pm on Monday July 31, 2017.

For more information about the project guidelines and application process go to  https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/stronger-communities-programme or download the SCP Fact sheet.

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