Time running out for local groups to apply for funding

TIME IS running out to apply for funding under the NSW Government's 2014 Community Building Partnership program.

Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis took the opportunity today to remind local community groups they have 10 more days to apply.

Mr Gulaptis said the popular grants program was an opportunity for community groups to receive funding for infrastructure projects to benefit their local community.

"We are looking for projects that will deliver positive social, recreational or environmental outcomes through the construction or improvement of facilities," Mr Gulaptis said.

"The great thing about this program is that it also supports the local economy through the creation of construction jobs and businesses benefiting from infrastructure delivery.

"Since being elected in 2011, I have been fortunate to support $1.1 million of local projects that have built, upgraded or enhanced local infrastructure."

Funding in last year's program included a new announcer's box and office at Hawthorne Park, upgraded lighting at Wherrett Park sports fields in Maclean, a new kitchen and storage space at Queen Elizabeth Park 2 Casino.

Mr Gulaptis also partnered with Richmond Valley Council to enable construction of a skate park at Woodburn.

He said grants were open to incorporated not-for-profit bodies, such as charities, sporting, social and environmental groups, and to local councils.

Projects must be completed before March 31, 2016.

Applicants can apply for the Community Building Partnership grant online at http://www.communitybuildingpartnership.nsw.gov.au. Applications close on Friday July 18.

For more information please visit the website above or contact his office on 66431244.

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