Grassroots community projects receive more than $6.6 million in funding


45 community projects will share in more than $6.6 million in funding in the latest round of the ClubGrants Infrastructure Grants Program.

ClubGrants Category 3 directs profits from registered clubs’ gaming machines into community projects, while clubs receive a tax concession in return.

A total of $12.5 million in funding will be made available through the program this financial year, including to a women’s shelter, evacuation centre and an indoor futsal stadium.

This round of Infrastructure Grants includes sport and recreation facilities, disaster readiness projects, community infrastructure, and arts and culture-related works.

Key projects supported in this latest funding round include:

  • $250,000 for Foodbank NSW & ACT to purchase a flat deck freezer trailer with insulated frame to help deliver more food relief to regional NSW. Foodbank already distributes more than 327,000 tonnes of food each week to community partner networks.
  • $188,600 contribution to an evacuation centre in the grounds of Gooloogong Public School which will provide an essential venue in times of emergency for the community and surrounding areas. It will also provide a space for community family daycare throughout the year for local working families.
  • $184,700 to refurbish the outdoor toddler play-therapy space at Karitane Early Parenting Service at Campbelltown.
  • $93,500 to upgrade the gates and security system at the Great Lakes Women’s Shelter enabling staff to better respond to security breaches and improve accessibility for women staying in the shelter.

The Government’s review into the effectiveness of Clubgrants is ongoing as the Government continues working to improve integrity and public trust in government grants.

This is the first formal review into the scheme since 2013.

See the complete list of Infrastructure Grants Program recipients

Minister for Gaming and Racing David Harris said:

“These grants support local communities with projects that help rebuild community spirit by increasing participation in sports and recreation, encouraging participation in the creative arts and museums, and helping communities prepare for natural disasters.

“I am especially pleased that we have been able to support the Great Lakes Women’s Shelter to upgrade their gates and security system, which will help keep women and children escaping domestic and family violence safer as they try to rebuild their lives.

“I am also pleased that eight disaster readiness projects will receive more than $900,000 to help ensure communities are better able to withstand emergencies.

“We received a large number of funding applications in this round and I commend all of those who committed their time and energy into preparing such high-quality submissions.”

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