Local community groups, charities, private organisations and Council, can apply for grants of up to $50,000 to create stronger social housing communities.

The one-off grants available to our local communities form part of the NSW Government’s Social Housing Community Improvement Fund – a three-year, $20million commitment to build stronger social housing communities.

Grants will be awarded to organisations for projects that could include the development or upgrade of communal gardens, playgrounds, basketball courts, skating ramps and meeting areas that provide opportunities for communities to come together.

This is all about turning social housing areas into strong, vibrant communities that our residents are proud to call home. The funding can also be used for developments that improve resident safety such as disability access, fencing or lighting and that help integrate social housing with the surrounding community.

All local organisations with a passion for improving the community are encouraged to apply.

Applications close on Friday, 18 December 2015 with projects required to be completed before 31 March 2017. For more information, and to apply online, visit: http://www.facs.nsw.gov.au/reforms/social-housing-community-improvement-fund-shcif