Stronger Country Communities Round Three Funding Open for Applications
Moree Plains Shire Council is encouraging sporting, educational, and not for profit community organisations to submit funding applications to the NSW Government under Round Three of the Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF), commencing 1 July 2019.
Moree Plains Shire Council Manager of Economic and Community Development, Mr Mark Connolly said the Shire was successful in being allocated just over $815,000 in funding for community infrastructure projects under Round Three of the SCCF initiative.
“Complementing the Fund’s traditional focus on community infrastructure to improve everyday living, in 2019 there will be an increased focus on young people aged 12-24 and a broader scope of eligible projects including programs as well as local infrastructure.
“Funding will be allocated to projects that clearly demonstrate community support and align with the program objectives of supporting initiatives that improve the quality of life of young people living in regional NSW,” said Mr Connolly.
Previous rounds of the SCCF initiative has seen funding provided for the upgrade of an adventure playground at Spilsbury Park, the development of the Moree Mehi Corridor, and the construction of a new Moree Men’s Shed, just to name a few.
One of the big changes to Round Three will be the ability for local organisations to make application directly to the NSW Government, thereby removing the need for Council to review and prioritise applications.
“We welcome the changes to the program as it removes an additional layer of administration and makes the whole program far more streamlined,” said Mr Connolly.
Organisations wishing to apply for funding are required to complete and submit a Stronger Country Communities Fund Application by 5pm, Friday 27 September 2019. The Program Guidelines, Frequently Asked Questions, and details in relation to the application process can be found on the SCCF website: https://www.nsw.gov.au/improving-nsw/regional-nsw/regional-growth-fund/stronger-country-communities/. Additionally, applications from community organisations for infrastructure on Council land or public reserves managed by Council must obtain written approval from Council to undertake the works.