Sharon Claydon MP has encouraged Newcastle community groups to consider putting in an Expression of Interest for a chance of securing up to $20,000 in funding for small capital projects.
Ms Claydon said there is a total funding pool of up to $150,000 in the 2018 Newcastle Stronger Communities Grants program to support projects which improve local community participation.
“Grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 will be available for projects with matched contributions, in-cash or in-kind, on at least a dollar-for-dollar basis,” Ms Claydon said.
“It can be difficult for community-based not-for-profit organisations to raise funds for upgrades. These grants are a great way to get small projects that will contribute to the strength and vibrancy of our community.
“Whether it’s an upgrade to current facilities, new seating or equipment at a sports ground, improvements for disability access or a fit-out of a community centre, there’s a wide range of projects that could be eligible under this program. I encourage all eligible groups to lodge applications for projects that will help build a strong and healthy community.”
Local community-based not-for-profit organisations and local governing bodies are eligible to apply for funding.
In the 2017 round:
- Oz Harvest Newcastle received $4,301 to upgrade its food van.
- Nova for Women and Children received $20,000 for a children’s playground and kitchen upgrade at an emergency shelter for women and children fleeing family violence.
- Bluegum Hills Men’s Shed received $19,000 to erect sheds, lay asphalt and install a rainwater tank.
- Newcastle Art Space at Tighes Hill received $13,376 to upgrade facilities.
- ConnectAbility Australia received $5,000 for a new community garden in Hamilton.
- Newcastle Youth Orchestra received $6,800 to purchase new musical instruments.
- Stockton Bowling Club received $3,000 to provide shade at community events.
Expressions of Interest close on 7 September. Applications will be assessed by a committee of Novocastrians with strong connections to the community.
More information including eligibility details and timelines for applying is available at http://www.sharonclaydon.com/stronger_communities_program