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.

Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent said the program is aimed at funding projects that deliver social benefits and form part of the Coalition Government’s 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 is about invigorating these communities and ensuring their continued success.

“The program will fund small capital projects, 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 sustainable communities into the future.

Russell Broadbent said that the region had been very successful under previous rounds of the Stronger Communities Programme, seeing organisations such as Bass Coast Landcare, the Leongatha Lyric Theatre, Newborough Football Netball Club, the Wonthaggi Pony Club and the Warragul Scout Group all deliver successful projects.

“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,” Mr Broadbent said.

Applications opened on Monday 6 August 2018, and close on Thursday 11 October 2018.

To express your interest in this funding round contact russell.broadbent.mp@aph.gov.au or contact the office on (03) 5623 2064.

Grant guidelines, eligibility requirements and the application process can be found at www.business.gov.au/scp