One of Port Macquarie’s most popular charities is set to benefit from $77,500 grant thanks to the NSW Nationals in Government.

NSW Nationals Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams the Hope Shop was awarded funding through Round Three of the Stronger Country Communities Fund program.

“The funding will be used to upgrade the Hope Shop Cafe Community Kitchen and improve their infrastructure at the popular location,” Mrs Williams said.

“Designer Living Kitchens have created a new disability-friendly community kitchen inclusive of new sinks, preparation areas, shelving and servery to grow their capacity to service community needs and create employment and training opportunities for disabled trainees and volunteers.

“The upgrade at the Hope Shop will create a safe and inclusive environment that fosters hope and wellbeing.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said $100 million was being distributed across regional NSW, with regional communities set to benefit from more than 550 new projects.

To date, rounds one and two of the program have funded more than 1000 projects.

“Locals across regional NSW are seeing the benefits of rounds one and two of the Fund, with projects making a big difference to everyday life, from new playgrounds loved by kids to light towers illuminating sporting fields,” Mr Barilaro said.

“We are funding grassroots projects that make a real difference to each community, and we know how important it is to support our regional towns with new infrastructure and programs.”

The $400 million Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the NSW Nationals in Government’s $1.7 billion Regional Growth Fund, which is being invested in local programs and infrastructure that improve the lives of people living in regional NSW.