Community organisations across the region are invited to apply for $12.5 million in funding to support local projects through the Infrastructure Grants program, Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said.

Mr Anderson said applications to the 2019/20 program could fund new or upgraded facilities across sport and recreation, arts and culture, disaster readiness and community infrastructure. 

“This is great news for people from Walcha to Werris Creek, Barraba to Bendemeer, Gunnedah to Gowrie, or Tamworth.
“This is your chance to apply for a project that will help make a real difference to our local community. Successful submission for these grants can make a real difference in a community – small or large.

“The Manilla Show Society successfully applied for one of these grants last year and received $156,695 for new seating for the showgrounds.

“This was such good news for the show society. It’s tough out in the bush at present, wondering when the next good fall of rain is due and the new seating was a real shot in the arm for visitors to the annual show in March. 

“The 2019/20 program and has been expanded to support projects that build community connections and the application process has been streamlined to make it easier and quicker.   

“For the first time, the grants are available for projects that support youth, mental health, homelessness and domestic violence services as well as drought-affected communities,” Mr Anderson concluded.

The grants are made possible by the Clubgrants Category 3 Fund which re-invests profits from gaming machines into community projects. Funding is available for infrastructure projects in three key areas:

Applications for the first round of funding for 2019/20 opened on Monday 5 August and close on Monday 26 August. 

If community organisations are unsure whether their projects are eligible for a grant, they can contact 9995 0992. To find out more information or to apply, please visit responsiblegambling.nsw.gov.au

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