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Sporting clubs and community groups in Gippsland have just three weeks to apply for their share in $150,000 to buy equipment or undertake small infrastructure projects.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is encouraging local groups to lodge an Expression of Interest (EoI) for round four of the #lovegippsland Stronger Communities Program.

Applications are now open and must be received in Mr Chester’s office by August 31, 2018.

Mr Chester said the program provided Federal Government funding for hall upgrades, kitchen equipment, changeroom facilities and other smaller infrastructure projects that community groups often found difficult to fund.

“Gippsland has been successful under previous rounds of the #lovegippsland Stronger Communities Program, with $450,000 shared across local community groups,” Mr Chester said.

“We’ve seen local halls refurbished, club canteens upgraded, tennis and netball courts resurfaced, electronic scoreboards erected at recreation reserves, and seating, staging and sound systems purchased to assist volunteer and community groups.

“Grants are available between $2,500 and $20,000 for community and sporting clubs to upgrade their facilities and create better opportunities for our region.

“Applicants must provide matching funding for their project, either cash or in-kind, and works should be able to completed by June 30, 2019.”

Mr Chester said his Gippsland electorate had been allocated $150,000, with a maximum of 20 projects to be funded per electorate.

“I encourage local groups to act quickly: visit my website, complete an EOI form and lodge your application,” Mr Chester said.

An Expression of Interest form must be submitted by August 31, 2018. The forms can be lodged electronically and are available at www.darrenchester.com.au.

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 or by phoning Mr Chester’s office on 5144 6744.

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