June 26, 2015
The Federal Government’s “Stronger Communities Program” is making $150,000 available in every Federal electorate in 2015-16 and 2016-17 to fund small capital works projects to benefit the local community.
Grants of between $5000 and $20,000 will be available, with Councils and not-for-profit organisations eligible to apply.
However, applicants must be able to provide matching cash towards the project or in-kind support.
Three Federal electorates cross the South Burnett – Maranoa (Bruce Scott), Flynn (Ken O’Dowd) and Wide Bay (Warren Truss) – so South Burnett groups interested in applying should contact the MP responsible for their area.
Each Federal MP will be responsible for identifying the priority projects in their electorate in consultation with their local community. They will then supply the group with a link to the online application form.
The MP will undertake the initial eligibility assessment before submitting the applications to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development for assessment.
“The Stronger Communities Program is a terrific opportunity for councils and incorporated sporting, community and service organisations to apply for small grants for projects that boost the vibrancy and livability of communities,” Member for Wide Bay, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said.
“I look forward to working with local groups to identify eligible projects that will help our region to grow and flourish,” he said.
“I will establish a consultation committee to examine and prioritise projects to ensure this funding delivers the best possible outcomes for communities in our region.”
The Stronger Communities Program Guidelines and the Frequently Asked Questions are available on the Department’s website