Toowoomba and Darling Down schools invited to share in new funding
Wednesday, 24 July 2019
New equipment, building projects or additional targeted support could soon be on the way for schools across Toowoomba and the Darling Downs with the Coalition Government making up to $200,000 available in the Groom electorate for projects to benefit local school kids.
Member for Groom John McVeigh said the Local Schools Community Fund will offer grants between $1,000 and $20,000 to contribute to a variety of school projects and associated costs.
“The Fund will open for applications on 25 July 2019 and I’d encourage all schools in the Groom electorate to think about what they could do with a share of the funds,” Dr McVeigh said.
“Schools may lodge one application for each of their campuses, so it’s important that the project identified delivers a real benefit for their local school community.”
Dr McVeigh said he regularly visits local schools and understands that every school community could benefit from access to a little extra financial assistance.
“We are lucky to live in a region that has a very high standard of education, but there is often a shortfall of funds for small projects or pieces of equipment,” he said.
“This great new program offers grants for a wide range of applications including things like
small-scale extensions or classroom refurbishments, new computer facilities, mental health and counselling services, playground equipment, library resources or sports facilities.
“They might also consider musical facilities or equipment, digital whiteboards, shade structures or software.”
The Local Schools Community Fund is open to government, Independent and Catholic schools, but eligibility conditions will apply, and proposed projects will be assessed by a committee to be appointed by the Member for Groom.
The Coalition Government announced the $30.2 million Local Schools Community Fund in the 2019 Budget.
Applications will be through SchoolsHUB – https://schools.education.gov.au/
Schools may submit one application for up to $20,000 funding for each of their campuses.
Applications open on 25 July 2019 and close on 30 September 2019 and projects must be completed by the end of 2020.