Expressions of Interest are now open for the 2021 Newcastle Stronger Communities Program (NSCP) which gives local community groups the chance to secure grants of up to $20,000.

Federal Member for Newcastle Sharon Claydon said a total funding pool of $150,000 would be available for local organisations to undertake small capital projects.

Ms Claydon said the rules had changed from previous years in recognition of the extra financial pressure brought to bear on community organisations by COVID-19.  

“This year, a special round of the program will allow local organisations to apply for up to 100 per cent of the funding for projects which will improve local community participation.

“Community-based, not-for-profit organisations are eligible to apply for grants of between $2,500 and $20,000.

“Local Government can apply for up to 50 per cent of eligible expenditure for grants between $5,000 and $20,000.”

Ms Claydon said the many community organisations had being doing it tough as a result of the pandemic.

“Cash-strapped community organisations often struggle to raise funds, leaving important projects stuck on the backburner. These grants can help to make them a reality.

“A wide range of projects could be eligible for funding from building renovations to facilities upgrades or new equipment. I encourage all eligible groups to consider applying.”

Some of the NSCP recipients of the previous round include: 

  • $10,500 to Mark Hughes Foundation to purchase a community vehicle to transport brain cancer patients and their families
  • $18,766 to Hunter Brain Injury Respite Options to make modifications to one of their respite properties
  • $8,624 to Newcastle ArtSpace for a makeover including new entrance doors and exhibit wall
  • $12,500 to Adamstown Bowling Club to upgrade the greens and toilets for improved disability access
  • $10,030 to Elermore Vale Men’s Shed for a full electrical fit-out of the new shed
  • $12,730 to Jenny’s Place for a new car to improve community access and transport victims of domestic and family violence 
  • $3,900 to ComputerPals Newcastle to replace old computers and data projectors
  • $12,450 to Young People’s Theatre to refurbish the theatre to comply with fire regulations
  • $2,500 to Headspace Newcastle for an Aboriginal art installation
  • $17,500 to Stockton Tennis Club to replace the synthetic court grass

Expressions of Interest close on Friday, 19 February 2021. Applications will be assessed by the Newcastle Community Selection Panel and successful organisations will be requested to submit a more detailed project application in March 2021.  

More information, including eligibility details and timelines for applying, is available at http://www.sharonclaydon.com/stronger_communities_grants

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