The Liberal and Nationals Government is providing a further $150,000 in federal funding for small-scale upgrades and new equipment that community groups in Nicholls need and deserve.

Expressions of interest opened today for Round 7 of the Stronger Communities Programme, which gives local governing bodies and community groups an opportunity to nominate projects for grants of up to $20,000.

Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, said more funding for Nicholls would deliver the infrastructure and equipment our communities need to be successful and grow.

“This latest funding injection will support up to 20 projects across our communities, supporting jobs and delivering an economic boost to drive our recovery on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Drum said.

“This type of investment brings people together by strengthening social connections, building community participation and delivering a brighter and more vibrant future for communities.”

Mr Drum said 17 groups in Nicholls received funding in Round 6 of the SCP. These included the Tongala Development Group, Kyabram Youth Club, Gunbower Bowls Club, Rushworth Cricket Club, and Seymour Railway Heritage Centre.

“I strongly encourage interested organisations to contact my office regarding projects important to them and our community,” Mr Drum said.

“Grants from $2500 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.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Barnaby Joyce, said the Federal 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,” Mr Joyce 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.

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