Community groups asked to mobilise to apply for slice of $1.7million grant pie

Waterlily Playpark in Ocean Shores received funding through the Stronger Country Communities Fund. Photo supplied.

Do you have an idea for a local project that would need $50,000 or more in funding to complete? If the answer is yes then you have until April 30 to get your application in to potentially get a share of the $1.7m in grant money that has been allocated to Byron Shireto fund community infrastructure projects that will improve the quality of life for residents.

Jodi Frawley, Byron Shire Council’s grants coordinator, said the money was available from the Stronger Country Communities Fund and is exciting news for groups who are prepared to make an application.

‘This funding opportunity is significant for our community groups who have been looking at years of fund-raising to be able to pay for projects such as an upgrade to their local park or improvements to the hall or new sports facilities,’ Ms Frawley said.

‘The first round of the Stronger Country Communities Fund saw grants delivered for new play equipment at Waterlily Park at Ocean Shores which was a terrific boost for local children and families,’ she said.

The NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund supports projects worth more than $50,000 that deliver local infrastructure or sporting facilities.

‘To have an allocation of $1.7million for Byron Shire represents an amazing opportunity for some community groups to get some excellent projects funded.

‘So, for example, if your local playground could do with a makeover, or the hall needs a new kitchen, or a toilet block should be installed in the park then I strongly urge community groups to make a grant submission,’ Ms Frawley said.

‘One great project, already in the pipeline, is a new walking and cycle path between Suffolk Park and Byron Bay along Broken Head Road.

‘The community is crying out for safe pathways along this stretch of road for commuting to work, getting to school or just to be out and about with family and friends.

‘Community groups need to apply through Council and, recognising that some people may have never applied for a grant before, we will be holding several workshops to give them information and tips on how to apply.

‘There is a very tight deadline on this grant with submissions closing at midday on 30 April 2018,’ Ms Frawley said.

‘Even if people don’t have a local project happening near their home, we are asking people to also go online and vote for their favourite or the most worthwhile project,’ Ms Frawley said.

For more information about the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Community Grants go to their website or email/ call Jodi Frawley on 02 6626 7209.


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