The Chronicle: Build a stronger community

Christmas may come early this year for some of Canberra’s not-for-profit organisations, with Federal funding available under the Stronger Communities Program.

Local incorporated not-for-profit organisations can now apply to receive a grant of between $5,000 and $20,000 to fund small capital projects.

However, there is a catch. Organisations are required to match the funding in cash or in-kind on at least a dollar-for-dollar basis.

Every electorate in the country has $150,000 to allocate each year, for the next two years.

The program is designed to deliver social benefits to Canberra, so successful applicants need to show how they are working to improve local community participation and cohesion.

Projects can range from the construction of a skate park, the fit-out of a Men’s Shed, bike paths or upgrades to local sporting facilities.

I’ve been volunteering since I was a child. So I know a grant of even $5,000 can go a long way in an organisation that runs on the smell of an oily rag and usually depends on donations.

To apply you must be a community based not-for-profit organisation in your own right that is not owned by a state of territory government. You must also be a legal entity with a current Australian Business Number.

Universities, technical colleges, school and hospitals are not eligible to apply. Along with other organisations which are primarily supported by other Australian Government programs or initiatives.
If you’re interested in applying please contact Madeleine on 6293 1344 now. The deadline for applications to my office is COB Friday 11 September 2015.

Successful applications will then be assessed against the program guidelines by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development to ensure value for money.

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