The Federal Government is providing a further $150,000 in funding for small-scale upgrades and new equipment for community groups in Grey.
Expressions of interest are now open for Round 7 of the Stronger Communities Programme, giving local governing bodies and community groups an opportunity to nominate projects for grants of up to $20,000.
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said the Stronger Communities grants had been very important program for regional communities and a regular winner for Grey.
“I am always amazed at how much bang for our buck we get by giving support for community-based organisations,” he said. “They add volunteer labour, their own finances and get great value for money.
“This latest funding injection will support up to 20 projects across our communities, delivering an economic activity by providing work to local businesses and adds. Even if in a modest way to our recovery as we come out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Previous rounds have brought $900,000 to Grey for projects such as turning rubbish bins into historical landmarks in Port Augusta, purchasing a marquee and security fencing for the Port Lincoln Tunarama, restoring the Edithburgh tidal pool, installing a disability access ramp for the Burra Community and Sports Club and ensuring a sustainable water supply to the Beltana hall to name just a few.
“This type of investment brings people together by strengthening social connections, building community participation and delivering a brighter and more vibrant future for communities.
“I strongly encourage interested organisations to contact my office regarding projects important to them and our community. Grants from $2,500 up to $20,000 are available to cover up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs, or up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs for local governing bodies.”
Mr Ramsey said it is important to note Expressions of Interest for applicants in Grey must be received by his office by Friday 3rd December.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the Government was continuing to back regional Australia.
“Through the Stronger Communities Programme, our investments support local jobs, grow local economies and deliver lasting infrastructure and much-needed equipment,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“We are providing $22.7 million under Round 7 to deliver investment in regional areas, support jobs to drive our economic recovery, and ensure our regions remain great places to live and visit.
“Our Government is continuing to back regional and remote communities, providing opportunities for them to get ahead and prosper into the future.”
Through the Stronger Communities Program, the Government has provided more than $135 million for projects for community-building and job-creating projects across Australia.
More information is available at gov.au/scp
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October 20, 2021