Community groups invited to apply for infrastructure grants

Community organisations in the Gloucester valley are encouraged to apply for funding through the NSW government's infrastructure grants program.

$12.5 million has been allocated in the 2019-2020 program for new or upgraded facilities across sport and recreation, arts and culture, disaster readiness and community infrastructure.

Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen said projects that receive funding will "help make a real difference to the local community."

"The 2019/20 program and has been expanded to support projects that build community connections and the application process has been streamlined to make it easier and quicker," Mr Johnsen said.

"For the first time, the grants are available for projects that support youth, mental health, homelessness and domestic violence services as well as drought-affected communities."

Applications for the first round of funding are open now and close on Monday, August 26.

To check whether a project is eligible for a grant, call 9995 0992.