Community Grants aplenty NOW OPEN

Expressions of interest are now open for the Stronger Community Program Grants The Stronger Communities Programme provides each of the 150 federal electorates with $150,000 to fund small capital projects that improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant viable communities. In consultation with their community, each Federal Member of Parliament must identify potential applicants and projects in their electorate and invite them to apply for a grant. Mike Kelly, Member for Eden Monaro said "Via this grant I am able to provide financial support to community organisations all across Eden-Monaro." Applications close: 11 October 2018 5:00 pm AEDT - More information here: Community organisations are also being invited to apply for a share of up to $20 million in funding to support the efforts of their volunteers. Mike Kelly also advised that applications have opened for the Volunteer Grants and groups can apply for between $1,000 and $5,000. Mr Kelly said the funding will help community organisations buy equipment such as laptops, pay fuel costs, train volunteers and improve their fundraising. It is long recognised that volunteers are the lifeblood of communities and the Volunteer Grants are designed to ease their cost burden as they contribute to their organisation. Not-for-profit organisations are encouraged to apply for this round”, Senator Williams said. Applications close on the 18th of September and more information is available at the Australian Government’s GrantConnect website - $29.7 million sports infrastructure grants are also available Local sporting groups across Eden Monaro and Gilmore looking to upgrade their facilities are encouraged to apply for funding under the $29.7 million Community Sport Infrastructure grant program. Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis said, “Sports facilities are central for inspiring physical activity and health, but also for building community spirit and pride.” “I encourage sport and community groups to work together and think about development opportunities.” “Even the smallest of facility projects can have a big impact on boosting local business, economy, health and social inclusion,” Mr Sudmalis said. The program will be managed by Sport Australia, the Australian Government’s leading agency for sport and physical activity. Applications will remain open until September 14 and more information on the Community Sport Infrastructure grant program can be found at:

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