Stronger Country Communities Fund To Be Topped Up By $100 Million

Stronger Country Communities Fund To Be Topped Up By $100 Million

New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro

New South Wales Minister for Regional Youth Bronnie Taylor

$100 Million Top Up Of Stronger Country Communities Fund

Victor P Taffa

Stronger Country Communities Fund is back by popular demand with the New South Wales Government increasing funding by $100 Million, topping up the fund to $400 Million.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional New South Wales John Barilaro and Minister for Regional Youth Bronnie Taylor announced an additional $100 Million for the fund with up to $50 Million for regional youth projects.

Deputy Premier Barilaro said the Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF) has brought new life to regional towns and cities.

“This fund has been a huge hit in regional New South Wales with $300 Million already rolled out the door and work starting on over 1,000 projects in every local government area.”

 

“Not only is this fund transforming community spaces but providing a much-needed stimulus to regional towns and cities that are facing an immense downturn in the face of drought.”

“Stronger Country Communities Fund is exclusive to regional New South Wales and I am proud to expand the fund by an additional $100 Million and include at least $50 Million in funding for projects specifically for regional youth.” Deputy Premier Barilaro said.

Minister Taylor said projects and programs related to four priority areas in the soon to be released and first ever Regional Youth Strategy community, wellbeing, connectivity and job readiness will be considered for funding.

“Inside the first 100 days of this new term of Government we are delivering on our promise to put young people in our regions front and centre with $50 Million in funding for regional youth infrastructure and programs.” Minister Taylor said.

“Examples of youth projects or programs that could be funded include job skills programs, recreational programs and places, youth centre upgrades, safer driver training, programs to build young people’s digital skills, performance art spaces and support groups.”

“This is an exciting time for young people in our regions and I strongly encourage young people to reach out to their local council, their local MP and eligible community organisations and make them aware of the programs and infrastructure they need.”

Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the $1.7 Billion Regional Growth Fund, which together with the $4.2 Billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund is delivering once-in-a-generation infrastructure that generates opportunities, investment and jobs, on top of the New South Wales Government’s $1.8 Billion in drought support measures.

NSW Minister for Regional Youth Bronnie Taylor

NSW Minister for Regional Youth Bronnie Taylor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key highlights – Stronger Country Communities Fund

  • Since 2017, the New South Wales Government has invested $286,432,698 in 1,001 Stronger Country Communities Fund projects in 93 regional New South Wales electorates, Unincorporated New South Wales and Lord Howe Island under Round 1 and Round 2.
  • Local councils have contributed $96,613,553 to projects while non-council organisations have contributed $253,163.
  • Projects include upgrades and fitouts of sporting venues, town halls, community centres, parks, swimming pools, footpaths, cycleways, recreation areas, tennis clubs, public amenities, showgrounds, skate parks, playgrounds and tourism facilities.

Quick facts – $100 Million Stronger Country Communities Fund Round 3

  • Stronger Country Communities Fund round 3 will provide at least $50 Million for projects aimed at young people (12-24 years).
  • Remaining funding can be provided for other local infrastructure, street beautification and community programs and events.
  • Funds will be distributed across all Local Government Areas across regional New South Wales as well as Unincorporated New South Wales and Lord Howe Island.
  • Councils and community organisations submit applications for funding of eligible projects and at least 50 % of allocated funding must be for youth-related infrastructure or programs.
  • Applications open on 1 July and close on 27 September, with successful projects to be announced from January onwards.
  • Eligible youth related infrastructure and programs linked to the community, wellbeing, connectivity and job readiness streams will be considered for funding.
  • Examples of eligible youth projects and programs include hosting youth events or festivals, providing or updating art studios, performance art spaces and youth centres, enabling support groups, creating safe spaces, driver training, coding camps and producing apps or websites for young people.