Federal Member for Bendigo today will be joined by representatives from the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group who hope to get the green light for a $6,500 Stronger Communities grant application submitted to the Federal Government last week.
The Sustainability Group have sought funding to install a solar system on the Pavillion building at Gilbert Gordon Oval which is also set to benefit the Woodend Cricket and Woodend / Heskett Football Clubs.
“This is an exciting project. It is one of ten that we have recommended to the Department of Infrastructure to be funded as part of the Federal Government Stronger Communities Programme.
“We are now waiting on the Department to assess these projects against the Guidelines and determine whether the project represents a proper use of grant funding.
“I hope that all of the Bendigo electorate projects will be given the green light as soon as possible.
To help determine the priority list, Federal Members of Parliament were requested to establish a community consultation committee to undertake consultation in their electorate to identify eligible projects and invite applicants to apply.
“Here in the Bendigo electorate our consultative committee reviewed applications that totalled over $300,000 in funding requests for a fund of $150,000. Many tough decisions were made.
“The reality is that there is a shortfall of funding available in our communities for small capital works projects.
“There will be another opportunity for unsuccessful and other organisations to apply for Round 2 in 2016. Organisations can register their interest by contacting the Bendigo Electorate office on 03 5443 9055 or sending an email to [email protected].”
About the program
In the 2015 Budget, the Australian Government announced the Stronger Communities Programme to fund small capital projects in local communities in each of the 150 Federal Electorates.
The Stronger Communities Programme will deliver $45 million over two years commencing in 2015-16.
The Stronger Communities Programme will fund small capital projects which deliver social benefits by supporting community participation and contributing to the vibrancy & viability of communities.
Local Governments and incorporated not-for-profit organisations where eligible to apply for grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 to fund capital projects. Applicants will be required to demonstrate matched funding for the project, in cash or in-kind.