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Money pot for local schools up for grabs

New equipment, building projects or additional targeted support could soon be on the way for schools across Macarthur.

The Australian Government will offer up to $200,000 available for projects to benefit local kids’ learning experience under its Local Schools Community Fund.

 Federal Member for Macarthur, Dr Mike Freelander, says grants between $1,000 and $20,000 will be up for grabs to go towards school projects.

Projects could include small scale extensions or classroom refurbishments, new computer facilities, mental health and counselling services, playground equipment, library resources, or sports facilities.

“The fund opened for applications yesterday (July 25) and I’d encourage all schools in Macarthur  to think about what they could do with a share of the funds,” Dr Freelander 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.”

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 Macarthur.

Schools may submit one application for up to $20,000 funding for each of their campuses and projects must be completed by the end of 2020.

The Federal Government announced the $30.2 million Local Schools Community Fund in the 2019 Budget delivered last April.

Applications will be through SchoolsHUB – https://schools.education.gov.au/ – and will close on September 30.

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