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Bright ideas welcome for round two of government grant program

LOCAL community groups on the Eastern Shore are encouraged to pitch their ideas for grants under the second round of the Australian Government’s ‘Stronger Communities Grants Program’.

Federal Member for Franklin Julie Collins said grants of up to $20,000 were now open to local not-for-profit community groups and local governments.

“I’m interested in the best ideas in our community, so I’m keen to hear from as many local community groups as possible about how they might spend this funding,” she said.

Up to $150,000 of funding will again be available in the Franklin electorate for small capital projects which improve community participation and contribute to the vibrancy and viability of local communities.

Grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 are available for capital projects, but to be eligible, the projects require matched contributions, in cash or in kind, on at least a dollar for dollar basis.

A community advisory committee will be tasked with identifying which ideas represent the best investment for the community.

“This funding should be spent on the brightest ideas that represent the best value for money,” Ms Collins said.

“I would encourage locals and community groups who have identified projects which might qualify to submit their ideas to the community advisory committee.”

Local community groups have until mid March to send in a proposal, after which successful proposals identified by the community advisory committee will be invited to submit a full application to the department responsible for the program for final approval.

Groups are encouraged to contact Julie Collins at Julie.Collins.MP@aph.gov.au or Julie Collins MP, PO Box 38, Rosny Park, Tasmania 7018 to receive a copy of the expression of interest form.

More information on the funding program, including guidelines, is available at http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/scp/.