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NSW Delivers Latest Community Infrastructure Grants
The need is greater than ever. Communities around New South Wales have been struggling through much of 2020 due to the economic and social impacts of the coronavirus-related shutdowns. It is a desperate time for so many Aussies.
There is no better time for the NSW government to announce and deliver its latest grants for local communities. This round offers more than $4 million for 26 projects.
Gambling Profits Distributed Since 1992
It all started with the Casino Control Act of 1992. Per dictates within that law, a percentage of gambling profits must be set aside for community needs. In NSW, the Office of Responsible Gambling does this by sending money to the Responsible Gambling Fund.
From there, the money is periodically allocated to initiatives and programs that apply to receive grants. Some of the money in the Responsible Gambling Fund also serves to aid NSW responsible gambling projects and assistance programs.
The NSW Office of Responsible Gambling announced the previous round of grants in mid-March, which consisted of 15 projects receiving a cumulative total of nearly $2.9 million.
Each year, the NSW government aims to fund projects to the tune of $12.5 million.
Just since 2015, it has contributed to more than 350 community projects worth approximately $62 million per the Infrastructure Grants program.
Latest Round of Distributions
As mentioned, the latest grants put more than $4 million into the hands of the community for 26 projects. The grants to arts, culture, sports, and recreation projects are typical, but this time, more than usual went to disaster readiness and community infrastructure due to Covid-related needs and the bushfire catastrophes before the pandemic. They afforded special consideration to organizations most in need.
Per Victor Dominello, the NSW Minister for Customer Service, “This funding is a big win for grassroots organizations, who are often the lifeblood of a community. By expanding the funding criteria, these grants will help revive local communities as they recover from the devastating bushfires and Covid-19.”
Dominello also noted that the grants will hopefully “restore a sense of community” in various ways per project. For example, participation in sports and engagement in community arts and theaters will help bring people together after the quarantining period damaged so much.
The next round is likely to focus even more intently on disaster readiness and recovery.
Arts & Culture Distributions
The projects in this category received $710,487 during this round of funding, distributed amongst these seven projects:
- Granville in Sydney: Upgrade of Granville Centre = $85,669
- Dorrigo in Northern Tablelands: Redevelopment of Old Gazette Theatre = $200,000
- Windsor in Hawkesbury: Upgrade of Hawkesbury Regional Museum = $61,641
- Jervis Bay in Southcoast: Upgrade of Jervis Bay Maritime Museum = $135,300
- Lake Cowal in Central West: Fit-out of Lake Cowal Conservation Centre = $50,000
- Oberon in Central Tablelands: Fit-out of Malachi Gilmore Hall = $173,430
- Bong Bong Common in Southern Highlands: Upgrade of Bong Bong Common Eastern Precinct = $184,447
Disaster Readiness Allocations
These projects represented $544,514 of the total distributions in this period, benefiting three projects.
- Black Head in Mid North Coast: Upgrade of Black Head Surf Club serving as emergency evacuation center for Manning Valley = $199,874
- Nymboida in Northern Rivers: Upgrade of Big Shed as a disaster-ready community facility = $200,000
- Tathra Sapphire Coast: Refurbishment of clubhouse as safe environment, especially in times of disaster or emergency = $144,640
Community Infrastructure Assistance
These three projects pertain to community centers and totaled $478,457 in funding.
- Tuncurry in Mid North Coast: Installation of community solar system = $88,457
- Sylvania in Southern Sydney: Refurbishment of Sylvania Heights Community Hall = $190,000
- Gosford in Central Coast: Purchase of Regional Youth Support Services Shopfront = $200,000
Sports and Recreation Funds
This is often the category that receives the most funding, and this round is no different, as 13 projects received a total of $2,333,391.
- Bingara in New England: Upgrade of Bingara Sporting Club = $223,580
- Bungendore in South West: Upgrade of Bungendore Park Tennis Facility = $246,226
- Byron Bay: Upgrade of Byron Bay FC change rooms and public amenities = $220,000
- Cessnock in Hunter: Upgrade of Cessnock Tennis Club courts = $139,770
- Cowra in Central West: Redevelopment of playing field lighting = $154,186
- Maryland in Newcastle: Redevelopment of community/school sports fields = $300,000
- Godford in Central Coast: Replacement of tennis court lighting = $132,575
- Goulburn in Southern Tablelands: Replacement of Seiffert Oval Grandstand = $109,529
- Grafton in Northern Rivers: Upgrade of Bom Bom Mountain Bike Trails = $128,200
- Scone in Hunger: Extension of Scone Race Club function centre = $150,000
- Tumut in Riverina: Replacement of sports lighting and electrical infrastructure = $293,645
- Walbundrie in Riverina: Refurbishment of Walbundrie Tennis Courts = $110,680
- Woolgoolga in Mid North Coast: Construction of Woolgoolga United Football community rooms = $125,000
The NSW Office of Responsible Gambling will begin accepting applications for another round of funding on September 21, 2020. Information regarding funding amounts, application requirements, and the application process is on this page of the website.