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27 Oct 2021

Funding available for small KI community groups | The Islander

The Advance Kingscote Progress Association recently received funding to be able to create an art trail, and now other community groups are being invited to take advantage of funding available.

The Federal government is providing a further $150,000 in funding for small-scale upgrades and new equipment that community groups in the Mayo electorate need and deserve.

Expressions of interest are now open for round seven of the Stronger Communities Programme, which gives local governing bodies and community groups an opportunity to nominate projects for grants of up to $20,000.

Senator for South Australia, Andrew McLachlan CSC, said more funding for Mayo would deliver the infrastructure and equipment our communities need to be successful and grow.

"Our Government continues to deliver for the people of Mayo," he said.

"This latest funding injection will support up to 20 projects across our communities, supporting jobs and delivering an economic boost to drive our recovery on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"This type of investment brings people together by strengthening social connections, building community participation and delivering a brighter and more vibrant future for communities," said Senator McLachlan.

The Stronger Communities Programme has already supported a number of important projects across the electorate, including a grant for the Advance Kingscote Progress Association.

The association is a small group of people whose progressive aim is to improve the facilities and appearance of Kingscote and its surrounding districts, and $8,500 to create an Art Trail around the hub will absolutely do that.

Senator McLachlan implored organsiations such as Advance Kingscote to get in touch for funding.

"I strongly encourage interested organisations to contact my office regarding projects important to them and our community," he said.

"Grants from $2,500 up to $20,000 are available to cover up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs, or up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs for local governing bodies," Senator McLachlan said.

Deputy Prime Minister,and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the Government was continuing to back regional Australia.

"Through the Stronger Communities Programme, our investments support local jobs, grow local economies and deliver lasting infrastructure and much-needed equipment," he said.

"We are providing $22.7 million under Round 7 to deliver investment in regional areas, support jobs to drive our economic recovery, and ensure our regions remain great places to live and visit.

"Our Government is continuing to back regional and remote communities, providing opportunities for them to get ahead and prosper into the future," said Mr Joyce.

Through the Stronger Communities Program, the government has provided more than $135 million for projects for community-building and job-creating projects across Australia.

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