Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has invited community organisations across the Cootamundra electorate to apply for a share of a $12.5 million funding scheme to bring their projects closer to fruition.

The NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants program is available for new or upgraded facilities across sport and recreation, arts and culture, disaster readiness and community infrastructure.

“If you have a project which needs funding and which will make a real difference for your community, submit an application as soon as you can,” Ms Cooke said.

“The 2019/20 program has been expanded to support projects which build community connections, and the application process has been streamlined to make it easier and quicker.  

“For the first time, the grants are available for projects that support youth, mental health, homelessness and domestic violence services as well as drought-affected communities.

“Other examples of projects range from local sports ground facilities, public swimming pools, children’s play areas, museums, art galleries, theatres and upgrades to evacuation centres.” 

Ms Cooke said that since 2013, the NSW Government has funded more than 320 community projects across the State worth $78 million under the Infrastructure Grants program.   

The grants are made possible by the Clubgrants Category 3 Fund which re-invests profits from gaming machines into community projects. Funding is available for infrastructure projects in three key areas:

  •           Arts & Culture
  •            Disaster Readiness & Community Infrastructure
  •          Sport & Recreation

Applications for the first round of funding for 2019/20 are open now and close on Monday August 26. If community organisations are unsure whether their projects are eligible for a grant, they can contact 9995 0992. To find out more information or to apply, visit