Time to apply for Community Building Partnership funding

Myall Lakes MP Stephen Bromhead with Bulahdelah Preschool Director Mrs Gai Tooze.
Myall Lakes MP Stephen Bromhead with Bulahdelah Preschool Director Mrs Gai Tooze.

 

APPLICATIONS for funding through the 2017 Community Building Partnership (CBP) program are now open, and not-for-profit groups are encouraged to apply.

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The grants are available annually with $300,000 up for grabs in each state electorate.

“Local sports clubs, charities and men’s sheds are just some of the groups that benefit from this program,” Myall Lakes MP Stephen Bromhead said.

“The grants can pay for much-needed improvements to local facilities that promote participation in the local community.”

More than 16 organisations in Bulahdelah received funding from the program last year.

Some of the varied projects include the development of Lion’s Park, construction of a jetty, picnic shelters and public toilets, as well as upgrades to the Main Street, Scout Hall and Memorial Hall.

Bulahdelah Preschool Director Mrs Gai Tooze, said the centre was able to install softfall for the outdoor play area, construct an amphitheatre and upgrade bathrooms and play equipment from the funding grant they received last year.

“The additional funding allows us to provide a new and stimulating learning environment for the children,” she said.

The minimum funding request is $2,500, and although there is no upper limit, the CBP website says the average grant awarded is usually around $20,000.

Mr Bromhead said through the program, the NSW Government ensures funding is available to support organisations “that think first-and-foremost about the needs of locals”.

“We’ve seen the wonderful benefits of this program in the Myall Lakes with a huge amount of varied projects funded over the years,” he said.

Applications for funding close on 9 August 2017.

Additional information can be found at www.communitybuildingpartnership.nsw.gov.au

 

By Daniel SAHYOUN

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