Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey MP announced that Round 5 of the highly popular Stronger Communities Programme has now opened to fund small capital projects in our electorate.

The Stronger Communities Programme provides each of the 151 federal electorates with up to $150,000 for projects that improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant and viable communities.  In consultation with their community, each Federal Member of Parliament must identify potential applicants and projects in their electorate and invite them to apply for a grant.

“This is an exciting opportunity for small local groups to work with me to identify potential projects which will contribute to our community’s long-term vibrancy and viability,” Mr Ramsey said.

“I invite incorporated not-for-profit and local government organisations to apply for funding by completing a project proposal.  As with the first four rounds I will be establishing a broadly-based community consultation committee who will prioritise projects to be submitted to ensure this funding delivers the best possible outcomes for our community.”

“Identified applicants will then be invited to lodge a full application to apply for funding of at least $2,500 and up to a maximum of $20,000 and must provide matching cash or in-kind funding on at least a dollar for dollar basis.”

Potential applicants must contact Mr Ramsey’s office on 8633 1744  to ensure projects meet the eligibility criteria and to request an expression of interest form to be returned before 6 September.

The submitted applications would then be assessed against the Programme Guidelines by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science to ensure that approved projects represent value for money.

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