Monday, 3 April 2017
Almost $8 million available for communal facilities
MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall today urged local councils and community organisations across the region to apply for funding under the State Government’s Social Housing Community Improvement Fund.
Mr Marshall said the fund offered almost $8 million for local organisations to enhance or create facilities that would benefit nearby social housing developments. It will provide one-off grants of between $2,000 and $50,000 to better integrate social housing with the broader community.
“Social housing is an important safety net for the region’s vulnerable residents, but all-too-often there surrounds can be spartan and unwelcoming,” Mr Marshall said.
“This program will help fund assets and facilities that will not only help those living in social housing, but can provide use for all in the community.
“This region has seen projects to improve parklands, build fences, build meeting places and add amenities, thanks to previous years of the SHCIF. We’re now offering double the money of previous rounds, and I want the Northern Tablelands to benefit.”
Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward, said that since 2015 the SHCIF has invested in nearly 300 projects across NSW to help build or improve facilities and communal areas used by people living in social housing.
“The SHCIF has already made a real difference in people’s lives and I encourage all local organisations with a passion in improving their community to apply for Round Three grants,” Ms Goward said.
The SHCIF delivers on the NSW Government’s three-year $20 million commitment to build stronger social housing communities through physical improvement projects.
Applications for round three of the SHCIF close on 10 May 2017. For a full list of previously successful projects and details of how to apply, visit www.facs.nsw.gov.au/SHCIF
Further information is also available by contacting the Social Housing Community Improvement Fund team on 1800 379 184 or emailing SHCIF@facs.nsw.gov.au