2016 Blair Stronger Communities Grants
The Stronger Communities Program asks Members of Parliament to engage with their communities to recommend capital investment projects that strengthen their communities.
Up to $150,000 of funding will be available in Blair for small capital projects which improve community participation and contribute to the vibrancy and viability of our local communities.
Grants of between $5000 and $20,000 are available for capital projects, but to be eligible, the projects require matched contributions, in cash or in-kind on at least a dollar-for-dollar basis.
Expressions of interest will be assessed by a local independent community assessment panel.
How do I apply?
Applying for a Blair Stronger Communities Grant is a two-step process:
- Download and complete an expression of interest application. I encourage you to read the Programme guidelines and frequently asked questions (which are available to download below) to assist with your application. Completed forms can be posted to the Blair Stronger Communities Assessment Panel, PO Box 5117, Brassall Qld 4305, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Expressions of interest close 5pm, Monday 14 March 2016.
- Applicants identified by the Blair independent community assessment panel will be invited to submit a full online application. The formal application is due by Friday 22 April. Formal processing of this application will be undertaken by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development who determine final approval for all projects.
Who can apply?
To be eligible for funding an applicant must:
Be a legal entity with a current Australian Business Number (ABN) and be a local governing body; or a community based not-for-profit organisation in its own right that is not owned by a State or Territory Government.
While an entity’s umbrella organisation may be state owned i.e. in the case of emergency and fire services, locally constituted bodies will not be considered state owned. In-principle, the following types of not-for-profit organisations may be eligible for funding including (but not limited to):
- Local rural fire service;
- Local state emergency service
- Police and Citizen Youth clubs;
- Not-for-profit child care centres;
- Not-for-profit surf clubs; and
- Not-for-profit local aged care bodies.
The following organisations are not eligible for funding:
- State and Territory Governments;
- State and Territory Government-owned entities;
- State and Territory Government-owned not-for-profit organisations;
- Universities, Technical Colleges, Schools and Hospitals;
- Other organisations which are primarily supported by other Australian Government programmes or initiatives;
- Regional Development Australia committees; and
- For-profit organisations
What kind of projects could be funded?
Examples of projects that may be funded include (but are not limited to):
- Construction and fit-out of men’s sheds;
- Fit-out of community centres;
- Health centres including kitchen upgrades and equipment purchases such as computers, TVs and furniture and fittings;
- Sporting facility upgrades including new scoreboards, seating, new turf, fit-out of change rooms, new canteen, new lights, upgrade water systems, gymnasiums, skate parks;
- Bike paths; or
- Purchase of equipment for local SES
Examples of projects that are unable to be funded include:
- Expenditure incurred prior to the announcement that the project has been successful in its application for funding;
- Payment of salaries for existing staff or contractors;
- Recurring or ongoing expenditure such as annual maintenance, lease payments, electricity or gas expenditure;
- Projects that seek funding to stage events, exhibit a display or for filming;
- Projects to undertake studies or investigations; or
- Purchase of land or buildings
Have more questions?
Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office on 3201 5300 or email me at Shayne.Neumann.MP@aph.gov.au
Last updated: 11/03/2016