The Morrison Government is providing a further $150,000 in funding for small-scale upgrades and new equipment that community groups in Leichhardt need and deserve.
Expressions of interest are now open for Round 7 of the Stronger Communities Programme.
This will give local governing bodies and community groups an opportunity to nominate projects for grants of up to $20,000.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said more funding for Leichhardt would deliver the infrastructure and equipment our communities need to be successful and grow.
He said the Stronger Communities Programme had proved very popular in the past and was highly competitive.
“Our government continues to deliver for Cairns and Far North Queensland,” Mr Entsch said.
“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.
“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.”
Deputy Prime Minister 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,” 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.”
It is important to note that there is a two-step process for applicants.
Firstly, an Expression of Interest (EOI) form must be completed and returned to Mr Entsch’s office before Friday, 3 December 2021.
To request a copy of the EOI form and factsheet, applicants should contact Mr Entsch’s office on 07 4051 2220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Secondly, Mr Entsch has partnered with Connected Communities FNQ which has been supporting local organisations through small grants and sustainable revenue streams for many years.
The Connected Communities FNQ Committee will independently assess the Expressions of Interest against the program’s criteria and prioritise projects.
The shortlisted projects, up to 20, totalling up to $150,000, will then be invited by the Department to complete a formal online application.