Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has today announced that local community organisations across the Kiama Electorate impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic are encouraged to apply for funding, thanks to the next round of the New South Wales Government’s Infrastructure Grants program opening today.

Mr Ward said that the economic impacts of COVID-19 have meant some communities have struggled to maintain sports, cultural and other social activities.

“Community sporting and cultural organisations are the lifeblood for many communities and this funding can be used for projects that foster equity, social inclusion and participation,” he said.

“We want these organisations to not just keep their doors open but to grow and prosper.  

“Clubgrants funding is designed to give community organisations a boost when and where it is needed most – it is available for local community projects to build, repair or upgrade facilities across arts and culture, sport and recreation, disaster readiness and community infrastructure,” Mr Ward said.

The last round of the program gave a weighting to projects to repair and rebuild community assets affected by bushfires and COVID-19, and such projects will remain in the priority framework for this round. 

Community infrastructure is also now a standalone category and it can be used for spaces like halls and meeting rooms, community transport, and infrastructure that supports youth, disability, mental health, homelessness, and domestic violence services.  

The grants are made possible by the Clubgrants Category 3 Fund which re-invests profits from registered clubs’ gaming machines into a statewide funding pool for large-scale community projects.  

Since 2015, the NSW Government has funded more than 350 community projects worth $62.8 million under Infrastructure Grants.  

To find out more information or to apply, please visit the website at: responsiblegambling.nsw.gov.au.

Applications will close on Monday 12th October 2020.