Friday 7 March, 2014
Minister for Hospitality, George Souris, is encouraging applications for grants under the ClubGRANTS program to help local organisations build new community facilities and infrastructure.
Mr Souris said the ClubGRANTS Category 3 program will provide funding of between $500,000 and $2 million to community organisations for new and upgraded infrastructure, with $12 million to be allocated in 2013-14 financial year.
"The establishment of the Category 3 program was a commitment the Liberals and Nationals made, in partnership with ClubsNSW, to the people of NSW before the 2011 election," he said.
"Expressions of interest for 2013/14 Category 3 grants open on Friday (7 March 2014) with applications to close on Thursday 10 April 2014 and successful projects announced mid year.
"In this upcoming funding round, Category 3 grants will focus on providing funding to develop or enhance infrastructure facilities for sport and recreation in local communities.
"In following years, health and community-related projects will also be eligible for Category 3 grants.
"Those eligible to apply for grants include, local government, non-profit organisations, charities and non-trading cooperatives."
ClubsNSW CEO Anthony Ball said ClubGRANTS is a successful program that has been running for more than 15 years, which allows registered clubs to contribute funds to charities, sporting groups and other not-for-profit organisations in their local communities.
The scheme provides tax rebates on gaming machines profits generated by registered clubs when they provide support for community programs and services.
"In the last year alone, more than $90 million was contributed by clubs through ClubGRANTS. We are very proud that the program will now also be building large scale community infrastructure," Mr Ball said.
Under ClubGRANTS, tax rebates can be claimed by clubs for three types of expenditure:
The NSW Government has appointed a ClubGRANTS Category 3 Fund Committee to assess grant applications and recommend projects for approval by the Government.
The committee is chaired by Mr Mike Colreavy, who is a Trustee of the Government’s Responsible Gambling Fund and an experienced local government executive. It includes representatives from NSW Education & Communities (Aboriginal Affairs and Sport & Recreation), the Community Relations Commission, Council of Social Service NSW, Family & Community Services, Local Government NSW, NSW Ministry of Health, the Office of Liquor, Gaming & Racing, and a representative of ClubsNSW.