New equipment, building projects or additional targeted support could soon be on the way for schools across Wentworth, with the Coalition Government making up to $200,000 available for projects which benefit local students.

Member for Wentworth, Dave Sharma MP, said the Local Schools Community Fund will offer grants between $1,000 and $20,000 to contribute to a variety of school projects and associated costs.

Projects could include small-scale extensions or classroom refurbishments, new computer facilities, mental health and counselling services, playground equipment, library resources, or sports facilities.

“The Fund will open for applications on 25 July 2019 and I’d encourage all schools in Wentworth to apply,” Mr Sharma said.

“Schools may lodge one application for each of their campuses, so it’s important that the project identified delivers a real benefit for their local school community.”

The Local Schools Community Fund is open to government, Independent and Catholic schools, but eligibility conditions will apply, and proposed projects will be assessed by a committee to be appointed by the Member for Wentworth.

The Federal Government announced the $30.2 million Local Schools Community Fund in the 2019 Budget.

Applications will be through SchoolsHUB – Schools may submit one application for up to $20,000 funding for each of their campuses. Applications open on 25 July 2019 and close on 30 September 2019 and projects must be completed by the end of 2020.