26 July 2017

VITAL local facilities such as public barbecues, sports grounds and SES equipment are among projects eligible for funding through the Federal Government’s $22.5 million Stronger Communities Programme, says The Nationals’ Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business, Michael McCormack.
Mr McCormack said $150,000 had been allocated to each Federal electorate in the latest round of the popular programme, with grants of between $2500 and $20,000 available.
Applications open on August 7 and close on September 28, 2017.
“I encourage all Riverina and Central West centres to consider applying for one of the Stronger Communities Programme grants because I believe the projects they support strengthen our great country lifestyle and build community capacity,” Mr McCormack said.
“Past grants have strengthened communities by funding the upgrading of parks, the refurbishment of public halls, equipment for men’s sheds and new picnic facilities.”
Not-for-profit groups, councils and trustees on behalf of a property trust with responsibility for a community asset can apply for these grants.
Projects on school grounds or involving school property are also eligible but must deliver benefits to the broader community.
All applicants must have an ABN and be a legal entity to apply.
Applicants are required to match a Stronger Communities Programme grant with a cash or in-kind contribution on at least a dollar-for-dollar basis.
A consultation committee will help Mr McCormack assess Riverina and Central West applications, which must be received by Mr McCormack’s Wagga Wagga electorate office by 5pm on September 28.
Applications can be posted to Suite 2, 11-15 Fitzmaurice Street, Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650, or emailed to
For further information, potential applicants should call 13 28 46, Mr McCormack’s office on (02) 6921 4600 or visit

Ken Grimson