Federal government grant programs offering a combined $500,000 to schools, community and environmental groups in Shortland electorate

FEDERAL FUNDS: Pat Conroy presenting the Charlestown Scout Group with a Shortland Stronger Communities Grant of $6,660 to upgrade their kitchen. Picture: Supplied
FEDERAL FUNDS: Pat Conroy presenting the Charlestown Scout Group with a Shortland Stronger Communities Grant of $6,660 to upgrade their kitchen. Picture: Supplied

Local schools, community groups and environmental organisations are invited to apply for a share of $500,000 made available to the Shortland electorate under three federal government grant programs.

Member for Shortland, Pat Conroy, said the grant programs would support hardworking local groups to improve their facilities, build a stronger community and benefit the environment.

"Our schools, in particular, are in need of more funding, and I encourage all principals to apply," Mr Conroy said.

Under Round 5 of the Shortland Stronger Communities Program, up to 20 community organisations will share in $150,000. Grants are between $2,500 and $20,000 and must be matched 50-50 by cash or in-kind contributions.

Under the Shortland Communities Environment Program, up to 20 organisations will share in $150,000. Grants are between $2,500 and $20,000, and no co-contribution is required.

Under the Shortland Local Schools Community Fund, Shortland schools are eligible to share in $200,000. Grant amounts are not specified and no co-contribution is required.

Previous Stronger Communities funding has provided:

  • solar panels for Belmont Neighbourhood Centre,
  • the upgrade of an activity lodge at Camp Breakaway,
  • a library upgrade at Charlestown Public School,
  • a storage shed at Marine Rescue Pelican base,
  • canteen renovations at Lake Macquarie Rugby Club,
  • an upgrade of the kitchen at the Charlestown Scout Hall,
  • repainting of eaves, guttering and downpipes at Swansea Community Cottage, and
  • replacement of kitchen equipment at Redhead Surf Life Saving Club's clubhouse.

"I will put together a community panel to decide successful projects for the Shortland Stronger Communities Program and the Shortland Communities Environment Program," Mr Conroy said.

"The Department of Education will shortlist school projects for my final selection."

Information and guidelines are on the website patconroy.com.au

Phone 4947 9546.

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