MP launches Round 3 of Stronger Communities Grant Programme

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, is today launching Round 3 of the Federal Government Stronger Communities Programme with the First Strathfieldsaye Scout Group.

“In Round 2 of the Stronger Communities Programme, the First Strathfieldsaye Scout Group received a grant of $20,000 to upgrade facilities at the Scout Hall – a great example of what community groups can achieve with the funding this programme provides,” said Ms Chesters.

The Stronger Communities Programme is designed to fund small capital projects in local communities in each of the 150 Federal Electorates.

The Bendigo Electorate will have $150,000 to fund projects worth between $2,500 and $20,000. 

Local governments and incorporated not-for-profit organisations are eligible to apply.

“This programme funds small capital projects which deliver social benefits by supporting community participation and contributing to the vibrancy and viability of communities,” said Ms Chesters.

Recent successful applicants from previous rounds of the grant programme include MASARG who received $13,900 to purchase internal fittings to the MASARG respite community house and the Discovery Centre who received funding for the “Mini-beasts at Discovery” program.

“I’m inviting local organisations to submit an expression of interest outlining their project.  The Bendigo electorate community consultation committee will identify priority projects and then invite selected groups to formally apply for funding.

“Expression of interest forms can be downloaded from my website, or my office can arrange to have a copy mailed to you.

“Applicants are required to match the SCP grant in cash or in-kind on at least a dollar for dollar basis.  I encourage interested groups to visit or alternatively, please contact my office on 5443 9055,” said Ms Chesters.

“There really is a shortfall in funding available in our communities for small capital works projects.  This is an exciting opportunity for all our invaluable community organisations and I am looking forward to learning more about what projects are important to Central Victorians,” said Ms Chesters.