2019 Australia Post community grants open

Not-for-profit community organisations are invited to apply for a 2019 Australia Post Community Grant, with funding of up to $10,000 available to each recipient.

The initiative aims to support projects and services that address locally identified needs that strengthen social connections and reduce barriers to participating in community life.

Speaking on the launch of the program, Australia Post executive general manager Community and Consumer, Nicole Sheffield said it was a way for Australia Post to help communities thrive and prosper.

"Through this program, we're funding projects that bring people together to address local needs," Ms Sheffield said.

"With so much change to the way we live, work and shop, it's more important than ever that we have strong, vibrant local communities where people can connect to shape our shared future."

The 2019 Australia Post Community Grants will support initiatives that:

* Help people connect with each other through group activities (e.g. volunteering programs, civic engagement and environmental activities);

* Reduce barriers to participation in community life (e.g. transport, ability to pay, or access to community spaces); and/or

* Develop skills and leadership capability to strengthen community networks..

Eligible community organisations can apply for an Australia Post Community Grant for up to $10,000 via www.auspost.com.au/grants. Applications close on Sunday August 4 and all applicants will be notified of the outcome in October 2019.