5/12/2018

Hope Reins in Stronger Community grant success

Gympie not-for-profit Hope Reins will build a new hay shed and water tanks with a $17,720 grant from Round 4 of the Stronger Communities Programme, Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today.

 “The new hay shed will allow Hope Reins to purchase hay in bulk, which in turn will allow the organisation to extend its free programs to the Gympie community,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The tanks funded through the grant will be used to collect water from the shed, which is a huge help in these drought-affected times and will also further reduce costs.”

Mr O’Brien said Hope Reins was a much-valued organisation in the Gympie region, working with rescue horses and people with disabilities to improve quality of life for both.

“Hope Reins has a fantastic and dedicated group of volunteers, and their hard work should be recognised by the whole community,” he said.

“I congratulate them on their successful grant and look forward to seeing their new shed in operation.”

The Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Programme is designed to improve the resilience of communities by providing capital grants for small projects of between $5000 and $20,000. Up to $150,000 is available in each electorate per year.

The grants are available to not-for-profit organisations and local councils. Applications for the fourth round of the program have recently closed.

Further information on the SCP, including guidelines and frequently asked questions can be found on the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development’s website at: http://regional.gov.au/regional/programs/stronger-communities.aspx