Steph Cooke sits with four players from the junior rugby league club in their uniforms, while another stands behind Steph. They sit on a step and smile at the camera.
Steph Cooke MP with Harden-Murrumburrah Junior Rugby League players at a 2019 Clubgrants announcement for McLean Oval. This image was taken prior to social distancing measures.

Community organisations in the Cootamundra electorate impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to apply for funding, thanks to the next round of the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants program opening today. 

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the economic impact of COVID-19 has been felt across many community organisations.

“So many of our local clubs and community organisations have done it tough this year with events postponed and fundraising reduced, which means the important contributions they normally make to our communities has not been able to happen,” Ms Cooke said.

“These groups are the lifeblood for many communities and I want these organisations to not just keep their doors open but to grow and prosper.  

“Clubgrants funding is designed to give community organisations a boost when and where it’s needed most – it is available for projects to build, repair or upgrade facilities across arts and culture, sport and recreation, disaster readiness and community infrastructure.”

The last round of the program gave a weighting to projects to repair and rebuild community assets affected by bushfires and COVID-19, and such projects will remain in the priority framework for this round. 

Community infrastructure is also now a standalone category and it can be used for spaces like halls and meeting rooms, community transport, and infrastructure that supports youth, disability, mental health, homelessness, and domestic violence services.  

The grants are made possible by the Clubgrants Category 3 Fund which re-invests profits from registered clubs’ gaming machines into a statewide funding pool for large-scale community projects.  

Since 2015, the NSW Government has funded more than 350 community projects worth $62.8 million under Infrastructure Grants.  

To find out more information or to apply, please visit responsiblegambling.nsw.gov.au. Applications close 12 October 2020.