Everyone Can Play funding program opens

Communities affected by fire and drought are the focus of the new round of funding for inclusive playspaces in the NSW Government’s Everyone Can Play grant program.

NSW councils are invited to apply for the latest round of the program, which delivers better and more inclusive playspaces across NSW.

Applications from councils in declared drought or bushfire-affected areas will be prioritised in this round, with an extra $3 million reserved for them in addition to the $4 million grants round.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the potential addition of  new and inclusive playspaces would be a welcome investment in the region.

“This is a great opportunity for our local area to benefit from this outstanding program, which could see the creation of inclusive playspaces where everyone can play, no matter their age or ability,” he said.  

“The program is in its third year with an increased grants cap to be focussed towards struggling communities who have lost so much valuable public space.”

This round of the Everyone Can Play grant program will particularly support the delivery of projects by drought and fire-affected councils, with the usual requirement for matched funding varied for these councils so they will only need to contribute 25 per cent of matched funding. Eligible councils will also be able to apply for up to $700,000 in funding for exemplary projects bringing their community together and aiding recovery.

Councils can apply for grants of up to $300,000 for new playspaces and up to $75,000 for improvements. Applications are open until midday, 3 November 2020. For more information visit https://planning.nsw.gov.au/EveryoneCanPlayGrant

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