Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today announced applications are now open for the 2018 Community Building Partnership Program, unlocking $30 million for community infrastructure projects across NSW.

Ms Cooke said $330,000 is available for projects in the Cootamundra electorate alone, 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.

“Last year this grant program funded new lights at the Barellan Sportsground, a kitchen overhaul at the Woodstock CWA and solar panels for the NSW Greyhound Breeders and Owners Association in Temora,” Ms Cooke said.

“And that’s just to name a few! I can’t wait to see what we can do with this new round of funding.

“The NSW Government has made improving local infrastructure a key priority and our strong economic management allows us to make this investment.

“If your organisation or club needs extra funding for the building, refurbishment or enhancement of facilities, start getting your application together and get in touch with my office.”

The Community Building Partnership program has awarded $275 million in funding to 12,000 community projects since it commenced in 2009.

“This is a great opportunity to get the support your community group needs to make real improvements in the places you meet, train or hang out,” Ms Cooke said.

“Take the time to prepare and submit your application so you don’t miss out.”

Applications are open from Monday, May 7 and close at 5pm on Friday, June 15 2018.

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 2018 Community Building Partnership Program, visit: www.nsw.gov.au/cbp