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Delivering the Government’s commitment to local communities.



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Delivering the Government’s commitment to local communities

Wednesday, 16 February 2005

Community organisations in the Bonner electorate can now apply for funding under the Howard Government’s 2005 Local Answers and Volunteer Small Equipment Grants programs.

Federal Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta, today encouraged local community organisations to apply for the funding, which is part of the Howard Government’s Stronger Families and Communities Strategy.

“There are so many wonderful volunteers and local community organisations in Brisbane’s south east and they play such an important role in building capacity, leadership and mentoring in our local area and they are well deserving of recognition,” Mr Vasta said.

“Under the Volunteer Small Equipment Grants, community groups can apply to receive up to $3,000 each to help them purchase small equipment items that will further assist the contribution Australia’s volunteers make.

“The Local Answers initiative helps strengthen disadvantaged communities by funding local, small-scale, time limited projects. The funding allows communities to develop their own solutions to local problems and helps them to help themselves.

“This approach recognises that communities know what their local issues are and how these issues should be addressed,” said Mr Vasta

“Local Answers projects funded under previous grants include programs helping families to develop better parenting and relationship skills and supporting mentoring and leadership programs.

“These projects are great examples of the assistance the Stronger Families and Communities Strategy provides to local organisations to deliver beneficial activities in communities across Australia,” Mr Vasta said.

The Howard Government has allocated $19 million in funding for more than 100 projects under the Local Answers initiative and $3 million dollars for Volunteer Small Equipment grants in 2005.

Applications for both the Local Answers and Volunteer Small Equipment Grants initiatives close 5pm EST, Friday 4 March.

Application forms and guidelines are available from the Department of Family and

Community Services’ website www.facs.gov.au/sfsc or by calling the Toll Free hotline 1800 050 044.