The Liberal and Nationals Government is providing a further $150,000 in funding for small-scale upgrades and new equipment that community groups in Toowoomba Region need and deserve.

Expressions of interest are now open for Round 7 of the Stronger Communities Programme, allowing local governing bodies and community groups to nominate projects for grants of up to $20,000.

Federal Member for Groom Garth Hamilton said more funding for the Toowoomba Region would deliver the infrastructure and equipment our communities need to be successful and grow.

“Our Government continues to deliver for Toowoomba Region,” Mr Hamilton said.

“This latest funding injection will support up to 20 projects across our communities, supporting jobs and delivering an economic boost to drive our recovery on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This type of investment brings people together by strengthening social connections, building community participation and delivering a brighter and more vibrant future for communities.

“Previous rounds of Stronger Communities have already supported worthwhile projects as diverse as the purchase of a car for You Belong to help migrant women to pass their driving test through to a storage display for baby items provided to Eva’s Place.

“I strongly encourage interested organisations to contact my office regarding projects important to them and our community. Grants from $2,500 up to $20,000 are available to cover up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs, or up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs for local governing bodies.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the Government was continuing to back regional Australia.

“Through the Stronger Communities Programme, our investments support local jobs, grow local economies and deliver lasting infrastructure and much-needed equipment,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“We are providing $22.7 million under Round 7 to deliver investment in regional areas, support jobs to drive our economic recovery, and ensure our regions remain great places to live and visit.

“Our Government is continuing to back regional and remote communities, providing opportunities for them to get ahead and prosper into the future.”

Through the Stronger Communities Program, the Government has provided more than $135 million for community-building and job-creating projects across Australia.

More information is available at https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/stronger-communities-programme-round-7.

Click here to download an Expression of Interest for Stronger Communities Round 7. Applications close at 5.00 pm, Friday 3 December 2021.