Local projects deliver stronger communities in Bonner

·         Applications for Round 4 of the Stronger Communities Programme are now open

·         The program will fund local projects to build social and community connections

·         The Coalition Government has committed up to $22.5 million under Round 4 of the program

Communities across Australia are set to share in $22.5 million to improve local infrastructure and provide essential community equipment with applications now open for Round 4 of the Stronger Communities Programme.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the program is aimed at funding projects that deliver social benefits and form part of the Coalition Government’s continuing commitment to strengthen communities across Australia.  

“Our local communities are the heart of this great country and the investment in local projects under the Stronger Communities Programme is about invigorating these communities and ensuring their continued success,” Dr McVeigh said. 

“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. 

“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.”

Each electorate will receive $150,000 to allocate towards successful projects, with a maximum of 20 projects to be funded per electorate.

Federal Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta said the additional investment for a fourth round of SCP would ensure that local decision making continues to play a decisive role in funding community building projects.

“Our region has been very successful under previous rounds of the Stronger Communities Programme, last year I secured $20,000 for Rochedale State High School to upgrade its sport stadium seating,” Mr Vasta said. 

“Grants will be available between $2,500 and $20,000 for successful applications and I now invite organisations within the community to put forward their attractive, high-quality, projects for assessment.”

Applications in Bonner open on Monday 6 August 2018, and close on Monday 3 September 2018.

To express your interest in this funding round contact the electorate office on 3893 3488.

Grant guidelines, eligibility requirements and the application process can be found at www.business.gov.au/scp

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