Mackellar schools invited to share in new funding

Northern Beaches MP, Jason Falinski says money is available for local schools to fund projects that benefit students and the school community.


Mr Falinski said up to $200,000 was available to schools in Mackellar through the Morrison Government’s $30.2 million Local Schools Community Fund.


“All schools in Mackellar will be eligible to apply for funding ranging in value from $1,000 to $20,000 with the money going towards a school project,” Mr Falinski said.


“School leaders know what is best for their schools, and the Local Schools Community Fund allows them to pursue a project that will make the biggest difference to their students’ education. Funding for small-scale extensions or classroom refurbishments, new computer facilities, mental health and counselling services, playground equipment, library resources, or sports facilities are all covered through this Fund.”


Minister for Education Dan Tehan said projects would be assessed on the benefit they would bring to the school community.


“The Morrison Government is providing record funding for Australian schools,” Mr Tehan said. “We will increase funding for all primary and secondary schools across all sectors by an average of 62 per cent per student.


“The Local Schools Community Fund is additional funding that builds on our investment by allowing individual schools to nominate their own projects that will make the biggest difference to their school community.”


Schools can lodge one application for each of their campuses and use SchoolsHUB – to apply. Applications open on 25 July 2019 and close on
30 September 2019. Projects must be completed by the end of 2020. Committees will be established by local Members of Parliament in every electorate in Australia to independently assess each application from schools within their electorate. The Local Schools Community Fund is open to all schools but eligibility conditions will apply.