Maitland state MP Jenny Aitchison is encouraging local groups to apply for a share in the $300,000 available to the electorate through the 2021 Community Building Partnership (CBP) grants program.
The funding is accessible annually for infrastructure projects that deliver positive social, environmental and recreational outcomes.
The CBP funds will also assist in providing much-needed improvements to local facilities, which support a wide-range of organisations across the region.
“Sports clubs, charities, schools and museums are just some of the groups that can benefit from this program,” Ms Aitchison said.
“Last year’s round saw 15 local organisations and clubs secure funding.
“Among the recipients were The Maitland Repertory Theatre, East Maitland Girl Guides, Youth Express, Maitland Community Men’s Shed, Millers Forest Community Hall and Maitland Family Day Care.
“If your organisation or group needs extra funding for infrastructure, such as playgrounds, accessibility features, equipment or refurbishment projects, then I would strongly encourage you to apply.”
The Maitland Community Men’s Shed benefitted to the tune of $64,261.
It allowed the members to purchase and instal a new wheelchair-accessible lift.
“We were extremely blessed to gain funding, thanks to Jenny Aitchison,” vice-president Steve O’Brien said.
“When I told the other guys about it, they all applauded the good news.
“Over the years, it’s become increasingly harder for some of the blokes to get up to the mezzanine area and storeroom.
“And, these days, it’s also an OH&S issue.
“The $65,000 was the cost of the lift itself, so we were very happy to get the money.”
Applications are now open but will close at 5pm on Friday 14 May.
“Applicants must read the program guidelines to ensure their club or organisation and the proposed project are eligible,” Ms Aitchison added.
More information about the NSW Government’s 2021 CBP program is available at www.nsw.gov.au/cbp