Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has called on community groups to get their project ideas prepared for the 2019 Community Building Partnership Program, which is unlocking $27.9 million for community infrastructure projects across NSW.

Ms Cooke said $300,000 will be available for projects in the Cootamundra electorate, and urged local councils and not-for-profit groups to apply for the funds they need to deliver projects with social, environmental and recreational outcomes.

“Monday, September 2 is the day when local sports clubs, charities, schools and museums can start to submit applications which could benefit from this program,” Ms Cooke said.

“If your organisation or club needs extra funding for infrastructure, such as playgrounds, accessible features, equipment or refurbishment, then I’d strongly encourage you to prepare an application.

“The submission window is open until September 27 and I would encourage anybody with a project idea to start preparing their applications now.”

The Community Building Partnership program has awarded more than $300 million in funding to 13,800 community projects since it commenced in 2009.

“This program means that you can support your community group to improve the places you meet, train or play,” Ms Cooke said.

“Take the time to prepare and submit your application so your community group doesn’t miss out on a share of $300,000.”

Applications are open from Monday, September 2 and close at 5pm on Friday, September 27, 2019. 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 2019 Community Building Partnership Program, visit: the www.nsw.gov.au/cbp