Communities across the Northern Tablelands are set to benefit from a $5.77 million boost.
The funding is for infrastructure projects that benefit the community and encourage women's participation in sport, with the announcement of round four of the NSWStronger Country Communities Fund.
Member for Northern Tablelands, Adam Marshall, encouraged local councils and community groups to identify and apply for projects that would make a real difference to their community.
"The Stronger Country Communities Fund has already delivered much-needed projects across our region and I'm absolutely delighted the government has provided a record level of funding for this great initiative," Mr Marshall said.
"By improving and building purpose-fit female facilities and developing programs, girls and women will feel more welcome, safe, included and encouraged to regularly participate in sports and recreational activities.
"As with the previous three rounds, funding allocations are made to each local government area, to ensure as many groups and communities as possible benefit.
"Half the funding allocation will be set aside for projects that focus on women while the other half will go towards infrastructure, street beautification and community programs and events.
"This is a great opportunity for people to get together with their local council to identify projects that are going to make a real difference to their local community."
Mr Marshall said the first three rounds of the SCCF had seen almost $20 million invested in new and upgraded public facilities across the region, with around 100 projects underway or completed across the six Northern Tablelands' local government areas.
"It has provided a much-needed cash injection into many drought, bushfire and COVID-19 affected communities," Mr Marshall said.
"The flow-on financial benefits of projects and programs like the $600,000 upgrade of Armidale's Lynches Road netball courts, $68,000 amenities upgrade at Glen Innes Showground, $414,807 installation of new lights at Warialda's Nicholson Oval, $280,000 youth centre at Inverell and $284,000 young entrepreneurs initiative at Moree are endless and far-reaching.
"I will support our councils and other eligible organisations to prepare applications for round four funding and talk about what the community wants and needs, to ensure we make the most of this fantastic funding opportunity."
Applications are open and close on June 25. For more information, including program guidelines and eligibility criteria, visit www.nsw.gov.au/SCCF
Local Government area round fourStronger Country Communities Fundallocations:
- Armidale Regional $1,688,744
- Glen Innes Severn $807,405
- Gwydir Shire $785,201
- Inverell Shire $868,112
- Moree Plains Shire $839,136
- Uralla Shire $787,769