Funding for community groups available from Stronger Communities program

Community groups in the Blue Mountains are invited to submit expressions of interest for the latest round of funding from the long-running Stronger Communities program.

An announcement from Federal Member for Macquarie Susan Templeman revealed that groups may be eligible to receive funds of up to $20,000 for the improvement of facilities.

Federal Member for Macquarie Susan Templeman with Blaxland Preschool Kindergarten management board member George Dyke, director Deirdre Wilde and children. Archive photo.

Federal Member for Macquarie Susan Templeman with Blaxland Preschool Kindergarten management board member George Dyke, director Deirdre Wilde and children. Archive photo.

Stronger Communities is a federal initiative for each of Australia's 151 federal electorates. Applications for the seventh round of funding will open on October 31.

A total of $150,000 will be available to fund up to 20 capital projects in the Mountains and Hawkesbury.

"Grants will be available for small projects that deliver social benefits to our community," said Ms Templeman.

"These can include things like community gardens, the upgrading of facilities to provide inclusive access, sports equipment, some IT equipment and software, or fit-outs for community spaces like men's sheds and community centres."

A previous recipient of Stronger Communities funding was Blaxland Preschool Kindergarten, which received $3000 towards the installation of a solar panel system.

Expressions of interest for the grants program can be made through Ms Templeman's office. An independent panel will assess the merits of each project before recommendations for funding are made.

Groups must have an ABN to be eligible, and projects must be completed by December 31, 2022.

For further information email susan.templeman.mp@aph.gov.au.