Community organisations across the Northern Rivers will be jostling a share of the $22.5m Stronger Communities Program after applications opened today.
Funded by the Federal Government, Stronger Communities has been set up to fund essential community equipment and infrastructure within local communities.
With each local electorate receiving just $150,000, local competition for grants is likely to be fierce given the lack of services in the region.
A maximum of 20 projects is to be funded per electorate, with interested organisations able to be approved for grants of between $2,500 and $20,000, covering up to 50 percent of a project’s cost.
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the program was aimed at funding projects that delivered social benefits.
“The program will fund small capital projects in each of the 150 federal electorates, which can range from upgrading the local community hall or sporting facility, building new bike paths, or providing essential equipment for the local SES,’ Dr McVeigh said.
“These are the sorts of vital projects that bring our communities together, strengthen our social connections, build community participation and create vibrant and viable communities into the future.”
Further information on grant guidelines, eligibility requirements and the application process can be found at www.business.gov.au/scp.