| August 14, 2018

Local projects deliver stronger communities in Murray

• 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 programme 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 (SCP) is about invigorating these communities and ensuring their continued success,” Dr McVeigh said.

“The programme 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 Murray, the Hon Damian Drum MP 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, seeing projects like the Shepparton Search and Rescue Squad new boat delivered,” Mr Drum 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.”

The Programme is a four step process.

Step 1 Groups are invited to send in project proposals to my office to be assessed by a community panel.

Step 2 The community panel decides which proposals will be invited to apply to the Department.

Step 3 Successful proposals apply for the grant directly to the Department.

Step 4 The Department will approve or deny grant applications.

Project proposal can be submitted to my office until Monday 27 August 2018.

To express your interest in this funding round and to access a project proposal form, visit my website at www.damiandrum.com.au/stronger_communitites_programme, or call my office on 03 5821 5371.

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