How would you spend the Riverina's $150k?

THE Nationals’ Member for Riverina, Michael McCormack, has encouraged interested local organisations to apply for between $5,000 and $20,000 in funding through the Coalition Government’s Stronger Communities Programme.

“This is a fantastic initiative which will help fund small projects to encourage community participation, cohesion and contribute to making Riverina communities even more vibrant,” Mr McCormack said.

“Whether it’s Local Government or incorporated not-for-profit organisations, I have heard many good ideas about projects which need funding. I am excited about this programme and want to hear more the community’s ideas for how to spend the Riverina electorate’s $150,000 allocation.”


Criteria for the programme is as follows:

  • Local government and incorporated not-for-profit organisations are eligible to apply. Schools and P&C Associations are ineligible for this particular programme.
  • Grants of between $5,000 and up to a maximum of $20,000 are available.
  • Applicants are required to confirm matched funding in cash or in-kind on at least a dollar-for-dollar basis.
  • Funding of $150,000 per electorate per year will be allocated for two years, commencing 2015-16.

“The Government understands the importance of supporting sustainable and vibrant communities, particularly in the regions, and wants to give the all-important community groups a boost,” Mr McCormack said.

“I urge all communities to get involved in this process and have their say.”

Mr McCormack has established a local community consultation committee to assist with the Riverina electorate’s $150,000 allocation.

Applications must be received by Mr McCormack’s Wagga Wagga electorate office by 5pm, Monday 19 October 2015. Submissions can be made by post or emailing

For further information, please visit or contact Mr McCormack’s office on 02 6921 4600.

Cristy Houghton