New parks, children’s play equipment and outdoor exercise equipment are among more than 150 projects funded by the State Government’s $20 million three-year commitment to build or improve local communities.

Minister for Family and Community Services, Brad Hazzard said the SHCIF has already made a real difference in lives, and with Round Two of the SHCIF funding totalling over $5.5 million he looks forward to more communities being brought together.

“The SHCIF offers one-off grants of up to $50,000 to enable communities to improve their community at a grass roots level,” Mr Hazzard said. The funded organisations operate in the heart of their community and their projects will not only build new facilities, but improve their local area for generations to come.

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sydney-fiji“I urge local councils, charities, and community groups to think about future projects that could use this funding, to bring their community together. “All local organisations should get ready for March 2017 when Round Three grants become available.”

One-off grants of up to $50,000 have been awarded to projects which:

  • improve community infrastructure/facilities such as meeting spaces, community gardens and common areas
  • enhance open space to provide additional or improved recreation areas
  • improve social safety
  • increase accessibility for older people or people with a disability; and/or
  • facilitate better integration between social housing and the surrounding community.

For further information, contact the Social Housing Community Improvement Fund team on 1800 379 184 or email SHCIF@facs.nsw.gov.au.