Community grants now available! Apply by 31 October 2011

Are you involved in a community organisation? Do you have an idea for a project to improve your local community?

Greens MP Jamie Parker will help to facilitate funding for local organisations and Councils through the Community Building Partnership program (CBP) administered through the NSW government.

"I am thrilled to be involved with this program. It's a great opportunity for community organisations to gain funding for community building initiatives.

"I particularly encourage community groups who haven't previously applied for funding through this program. I'll be looking for well planned projects which will enhance community infrastructure and improve our existing services."

Not-for-profit organisations must register by 24 October and submit project applications by 31 October.

Projects will be assessed against criteria including the enhancement or construction of community infrastructure, the creation of employment and encouragement of participation in services or activities, and the organisation’s capacity to deliver on the project.

Mr Parker will provide comments and recommendations on the suitability and priority of eligible proposals. He will also consult with communities and assess applications according to community need, along with the Independent Review Committees.

"From December I'll ask community members to visit and vote for their favourite project. Voting will be taken into consideration as an indicator of community support."

Important dates:
24 October: Community groups must register online by this date.
31 October 2011: Applications close.
7 December 2011 – 13 January 2012: Voting for projects in the Balmain electorate opens.
March 2012: Successful projects announced.

More information: Alison Martin 9660 7586 or 0432 941 533

For more information and to register and apply online visit the Community Building Partnerships website.

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