More Than $300k Available for Ballina Community Groups

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Applications are now open for the 2018 Community Building Partnership Program and this year $330,000 is available for projects in the Ballina electorate.

According to Ballina MP Tamara Smith (Greens) this is an increase of $30,000 on 2017.

‘I encourage local councils and not-for-profit groups to apply for the funds they need to deliver projects with social, environmental and recreational outcomes,’ Ms Smith said.

‘A great example of a successful applicant from 2017 is the Richmond Valley Woodcrafters Club, which received funding to complete their club workshop at Summerland House Farm and also got funding to buy and install solar panels on the club building. Their club supports House with No Steps and assists with community projects such as renovating park seats.’

Ms Smith said local sports clubs, school P&C committees, charities, Men’s Sheds, Scouts and Girl Guides are among the groups that benefit from this program.

‘If your organisation or club needs extra funding for the building, refurbishment or enhancement of facilities, then I’d strongly encourage you to apply.

‘This is a great opportunity to get the support your community group needs to make real improvements in the places where you meet, train or create.

‘Take the time to have a look at the program guidelines and examples of past successful grants on the Community Building Partnership webpage, see if your organisation is eligible, then get cracking on preparing your application so you don’t miss out,’ said Ms Smith.

The Community Building Partnership program has awarded $275 million in funding to 12,000 community projects since it commenced in 2009.

Applications opened Monday 7 May at 9am, and close at 5pm on Friday 15 June 2018. No late applications will be accepted.

For more information about the NSW Government’s 2018 Community Building Partnership Program, visit: www.nsw.gov.au/cbp

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