STATE Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin today (Monday 19 April) announced applications are now open for the 2021 Community Building Partnership Program, the third such program she has assessed with an independent panel.
Ms Saffin urged Lismore City, Kyogle, Tenterfield and Tweed shire councils, together with not-for-profit groups to apply for their share of a $300,000 funding pool allocated to our Electorate of Lismore.
“Since I was elected as Member for Lismore in March 2019, a total of 45 local projects have been funded under this program, all of which have improved the quality of life for people living in local communities,” Ms Saffin said.
“This is a great small grants program which is heavily over-subscribed; we’re looking at an average of 60 applications a year, which to me suggests a huge community need is not being met by the whole gamut of State and Federal funding programs.
“In February this year I moved a Notice of Motion in the Legislative Assembly requesting NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to increase this year’s allocation to between $600,000 and $1 million to ensure more local groups could benefit.
“From today, applicants have only four weeks in which to lodge applications. The team administering this program will not accept late applications. I am happy to be briefed on projects and can provide letters of support within this timeframe.”
The Community Building Partnership Program has awarded more than $362 million to over 16,600 projects since it was established by the then Labor government in 2009.
Applications are open from Monday 19 April and close at 5pm, Friday 14 May 2021. Applicants must read the program guidelines to ensure their club or organisation, and proposed project, are eligible.
For more information about the NSW Government’s 2021 Community Building Partnership Program, visit: www.nsw.gov.au/cbp
Monday, 19 April 2021.