Coffs Harbour, Bellingen and Nambucca Community Transport is a major beneficiary of the Stronger Communities Program.
Coffs Harbour, Bellingen and Nambucca Community Transport is a major beneficiary of the Stronger Communities Program.

Federal grants to benefit local community projects

MORE than $20,000 in grants has been awarded to North Coast projects under the Stronger Communities Program.

Coffs Harbour, Bellingen and Nambucca Community Transport will receive $14,153 for its Rural and Remote Transport project which provides transport for isolated and elderly residents, while Bellingen Shire Council will receive $6026 to improve safety at Raleigh Hall.

Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said the two projects are worthy recipients of Stronger Communities Grants because of the benefit to the local community.

"The Rural and Remote Transport project improves social connections and alleviates the isolation felt by community members who are unable to drive or do not have transport," he said.

"The fencing project at Raleigh Hall will provide a safer and more usable environment, particularly those events where young children are attending.

"The selection committee agreed that these projects represent great value for money for the community and also took into account the large amount of volunteer hours contributed by those groups who applied for these grants."

The Federal Government's Stronger Communities Programme will deliver $150,000 per year for two years to fund small capital projects which deliver social benefits in the Cowper electorate.

Applicants can apply for between $5000 and $20,000 for capital works or purchases.

Applicants must provide matching cash or in-kind funding on at least a dollar for dollar basis.

The Federal Government is now calling for expressions of interest in round two of the Stronger Communities Program, which remain open until January 29, 2016.

"The North Coast has so many worthwhile community and volunteer groups that support a range of great causes and I want to hear from them through the expressions of interest phase," Mr Hartsuyker said.

"This is a great opportunity for organisations to secure funding for important projects that will contribute to stronger communities."

Expression of interest forms are available online at www.lukehartsuyker.com.au



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