The NSW Government offers grants to communities across NSW to support the building, renovation and fit-out of infrastructure. Funding is available for arts and cultural infrastructure, sport and recreation infrastructure and projects that assist communities with essential infrastructure and disaster readiness.
The March 2022 round of the Clubgrants Category 3 Infrastructure Grants has four streams:
- Arts & Culture: $50,000 to $200,000 available per project
- Community Infrastructure: $10,000 to $200,000 available per project
- Disaster Readiness: $10,000 to $200,000 available per project
- Sport & Recreation: $50,000 to $300,000 available per project
The objective of the Clubgrants Category 3 Infrastructure Grants program is to fund the costs of construction, alteration, renovation, completion and fit-out of buildings and community infrastructure to deliver outcomes for disadvantaged NSW communities including regional, remote and drought-affected areas, culturally and linguistically diverse, disability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and communities affected by bushfires.
The Infrastructure Grants can be used for costs such as construction, the purchase of capital equipment and professional fees. Examples of projects range from local sports ground facilities, public swimming pools, children’s play areas, museums, art galleries, theatres and upgrades to evacuation centres, or community welfare infrastructure that supports youth, mental health or homelessness services.
Looking at past recipients from across New South Wales, organisations in Junee Shire may wish to look at the Arts and Culture stream to be used for;
- Creation of Outdoor Art Features
- Commissioning of Silo Art at Illabo and/or Old Junee (We understand the Junee and Harefield silos are classified as “operational” sites, so are NOT eligible for Silo Art works projects; and we’re currently not sure of the status of the silo at Marinna)
- Establish a Community Arts Studio and Gallery
- Refurbish a vintage sleeping carriage to create a local tourist attraction
- Install Audio Visual Equipment (Speakers, Mics, Audio mixer, Projector, BluRay Player etc) and Stage Lighting Systems in Community Halls to hold arts and cultural events
- Outfit a trailer to create an Open Air Theatre or Cinema
- Upgrade and fit out a Heritage Centre and Museum
Community Halls and other groups may wish to consider the Community Infrastructure stream to look at projects like:
- Construction of a expanded Scout or Community Hall
- Install Solar Panels and Battery Banks on Community Halls and Buildings
- Rainwater tanks for irrigation and/or with drinking water filters attached to designated taps
- Installation of outdoor LED energy efficient lighting
- Purchase a Wheelchair modified vehicle (or a baby seat enabled vehicle)
- Construct new, or upgrade exisiting buildings, sheds and amenity blocks
- Re-establishment of a FoodBank storage and preparation facilities
- Upgrade or outfit kitchens in Community Halls
The Disaster Readiness stream could be used to;
- Upgrade, replace, or add additional emergency service vehicles
- Upgrade emergency services buildings and sheds
- Install Solar Panels and Battery Banks, along with Emergency power generators
- Rainwater tanks with drinking water filters attached to designated taps
- Installation of PA systems in Community Halls, along with a projector connected to Free-to-air set-top box to monitor latest emergency announcements
Sporting Clubs will certainly want to check out the Sports and Recreation stream to consider projects like:
- Upgrading Club buildings and surrounds
- Constructing new amenities blocks
- Installing (solar powered, with battery bank) LED Floodlighting on fields and courts
- Construction or renovations of Grandstands and viewing/shade structures (We’ve mentioned Felton Industries in the past — have a look at their website for ideas)
- Re-development or expansion of courts, grounds and fields
- Refurbishment, extension or installation of irrigation systems and rainwater tanks
Be sure to check out all the past recipients (especially the most recent rounds) for even more ideas on projects that could potentially be funded for Junee Shire based community groups and sporting clubs.
Successfully Funded Local Projects
Local Organisations funded in July 2021 Round
Gasworks Motorsport Inc received $125,000 funding under the Sports and Recreation stream to Upgrade the Spectator Facilities at Illabo Motorsport Park!
Rotary Club of Junee received $200,000 funding under the Community Infrastructure stream for the Installation of AV Equipment in Community Meeting Rooms!
Re-apply, if you submitted an application in previous rounds!
If you submitted an application under previous rounds, we strongly recommend you review it, update anything you think can be improved and then re-submit your project.
You just never know — your project may have only missed out by a point or two from been successful last round!
Don’t let all that work go to waste — RESUBMIT YOUR PROJECT in this round!
The AV Equipment for Community Meeting Rooms project, mentioned above, had been submitted to a couple of different grants, including previous rounds of the ClubGrants Infrastructure Grant… and was finally approved in the November 2021! So it does pay to persevere, review, amend and re-submit your exisiting grant applications!
Perhaps consider if your project may have a better chance of successful approval by changing the stream you apply under??? There appears to have been no projects approved under the Disaster Readiness stream in the July 2021 round, but an increased number of projects approved under the Sports and Recreation and the Community Infrastructure steams.
Junee Community Network can put you in touch with some independent reviewers to run a quick eye of your exisiting application(s) and who might be able to provide some advice on potential improvements or changes. Just drop us an email with a brief (1-2 paragraphs) overview of your project and we’ll try and match you with an appropriate reviewer.
There were a number of submissions lodged under the November 2021 Round by local Junee-based project, including:
- Construction of the Junee Community Storage Facility — $91,915
by Junee Business and Trades
- Construction of the Club Rooms & Storage Shed — $299,292
A joint application by Riverina Working Equitation and Gasworks Motorsport
- Upgrades to Ex-Services Club Carpark — $158,000
by Junee Ex-Services Memorial Club
- The Refurbishment of the Junee Bowling Club — $245,895
by Junee Jokers Bowling Club
At the time of publication of this article, we are still awaiting to hear the results — hopefully they’ll be announced in the next few weeks before the March 2022 round opens.
If the above listed projects are not successful in obtaining funding from the November round, Junee Community Network will help the applicants review their applications, then update them as required and ultimately re-submit the projects under the March 2022 Round.
Apply for Clubgrants Category 3 Infrastructure Grants — March 2022 Round
This round opens on March 1, 2022 and closes on April 15, 2022.