New community grants programme for Menzies – Applications now open

Media Release – 2 September 2015

Federal Member for Menzies, the Hon. Kevin Andrews MP said the Stronger Communities Programme, announced in this year’s Budget, will deliver $150,000 per year for two years to fund small capital projects which deliver social benefits.

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

“I have established a community consultation committee to identify projects which are a priority and to ensure this funding delivers the best possible outcomes for our community.

“Following community consultation, I will invite identified incorporated not-for-profit and local government organisations to apply for funding.

“Identified applicants can apply for funding of at least $5,000 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.

“I encourage potential applicants to contact my office on 03 9848 9900 to discuss projects which meet the eligibility criteria and to obtain the necessary details for the commencement of the application procedure.” Mr Andrews said.

Mr Andrews said the applications that he recommends for grant funding would be assessed against the Programme Guidelines by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development to ensure that approved projects represent value for money.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the Stronger Communities Programme guidelines and the Frequently Asked Questions which are available on the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development’s website http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/SCP.

Applications must be submitted by 5 October, 2015.