Community groups across Gippsland can access Federal Government grants to upgrade and improve their facilities and resources.
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said $150,000 had been allocated to upgrade local community infrastructure through round six of the #lovegippsland Stronger Communities Program (SCP).
Mr Chester is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from local groups to nominate priority projects.
EOIs open Monday January 11, 2021 and must be received in Mr Chester’s office by Monday February 8, 2021.
Mr Chester said the program provided a funding stream for hall upgrades, kitchen equipment, changeroom facilities and other smaller infrastructure projects that community groups often found hard to fund.
“This funding opportunity comes at an important time for local community groups as they plan for future events and how they will support the community after a difficult few years,” Mr Chester said.
“We are looking for projects that make a real difference to the community and provide the most benefit to the community and volunteer groups.”
Mr Chester said round six would allow groups to apply for grants between $2,500 and $20,000 without matching funding.
“This particular round is designed to support volunteer and community groups which weren’t able to fundraise or have the means to provide matching funding,” Mr Chester said.
“While this is fantastic financial support for groups, it is important to note that local governing bodies and organisations that fall under them will only be eligible to apply for up to 50 percent of the project costs and provide matching funding.
“I encourage local groups to visit my website www.darrenchester.com.au and lodge an EOI form by Monday February 8, 2021.”
Successful applicants will then be invited to complete a full submission.
Grant guidelines and further details can also be found at www.business.gov.au/scp