Boost for Cobar and Broken Hill
Patients in Broken Hill and Cobar will soon feel the benefits of improved facilities with almost $250,000 of Federal Government grants going to the Broken Hill Occupational Health and Therapy Rehab Solutions and Cobar Primary Health Care practices. The practices are amongst 67 that were offered grants across the nation, with a total of $13.1 million awarded under the Government’s Rural General Practice Grants program.These grants will enable both facilities to expand and improve their facilities. Better facilities will allow more doctors, nurses and other health workers to get hands-on training. They will be able to attend to patients and also, when they are fully qualified, are more likely to decide to stay in these rural communities. The projects could range from building new rooms to renovating existing rooms and buying computing technology or medical equipment.
Round 3 of program
The recent launch of the Stronger Communities Programme Round 3 is designed to deliver social benefits to communities across the Electorate of Parkes. Under this programme, incorporated not-for-profit and local government organisations are invited to apply for funding for projects that will contribute to the long term vibrancy and viability of our local areas.
This program will fund small capital projects which will deliver social benefits by supporting community participation and contributing to the vibrancy and viability of communities. This programme is available to each Federal electorate, with total funding of $150,000 per electorate. The grants available will range between $2500 and $20,000 per project and must be matched by cash or in-kind funding on at least a dollar for dollar basis.
A local community consultation committee will be established to assist with identifying projects for consideration by the Government. Applications for grant funding will be appraised against the guidelines and whether funding the project would be a proper use of grant funding.
Organisations identified by the community consultation committee will then be invited to complete a formal online application which must be submitted to the Department by 28 September 2017.
The Stronger Communities Programme guidelines and factsheet are now available through AusIndustry on the Business Grants Hub website at business.gov.au/assistance/stronger-communities-programme
Please do not hesitate to contact my Dubbo office on 6882 0999 should you require any further information.
Grants for younger veterans
Community and ex-service organisations are urged to apply for grants for projects that deliver sustainable services for younger veterans. The Supporting Younger Veterans (SYV) grants program recognises the importance of the transition phase for Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel as they leave the military.
$1 million is available in the second round for projects that build community support and service the unique needs of younger veterans transitioning to civilian life. Applications are invited for a range of initiatives including mentoring, team building, self-improvement, and creative activities that promote social inclusion and peer-to-peer support for younger veterans.
Younger servicemen and women face unique transition challenges as they leave the ADF and integrate back into civilian life. These grants will assist in raising awareness of the important issues facing younger veterans. Applications for this round of SYV grants will close September 1. More information about the SYV grants program, including how to submit an application can be found online at www.dva.gov.au/consultation-and-grants/grants. Or call the Department of Veterans’ Affairs by phone on 133 254.