New equipment, building projects or additional targeted support could soon be on the way for schools across Far North Queensland with the Australian Government making up to $200,000 available for projects to benefit local kids’ learning experience.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the Local Schools Community Fund will offer grants between $1,000 and $20,000 to contribute to a variety of school projects and associated costs.
He said the federal government announced the $30.2 million Local Schools Community Fund in the 2019 Budget.
“The fund will open for applications on 25 July 2019 and I would encourage all schools across Cairns and Far North Queensland to think about what they could do with a share of the funds,” Mr Entsch said.
“Schools may lodge one application for each of their campuses, so it is important that the project identified delivers a real benefit for their local school community.”
“For remote schools in the region, especially those in Cape York and the Torres Strait, they could even use the money toward excursions for their students.”
The Local Schools Community Fund is open to Government, Independent and Catholic schools.
Projects could include small-scale extensions or classroom refurbishments, new computer facilities, mental health and counselling services, playground equipment, library resources, or sports facilities.
Eligibility conditions will apply and proposed projects will be assessed by a committee to be appointed by the Federal Member for Leichhardt.
Schools may submit one application for up to $20,000 funding for each of their campuses.
Applications open on 25 July 2019 and close on 30 September 2019 and projects must be completed by the end of 2020.
Applications for Local Schools Community Fund grants should be made via SchoolsHUB – https://schools.education.gov.au/.