Regional Development Victoria

Stronger Regional Communities Plan

The Stronger Regional Communities Plan small grants program aims to support rural and regional towns in attracting families and young people to live and work. It will do so by investing in community-led initiatives and partnerships that create or enhance the conditions for economic growth and build resilient, diversified and sustainable economies

Overview

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The Stronger Regional Communities Plan (SRCP) small grants program aims to support rural and regional towns in attracting families and young people to live and work. It will do so by investing in community-led initiatives and partnerships that create or enhance the conditions for economic growth and build resilient, diversified and sustainable economies

Objectives of Program

Strong communities are characterised by high levels of social and economic participation. They demonstrate effective decision-making and strong networks and are attractive to people considering moving to live and work.

The SRCP small grants program will support initiatives under the following two program streams:

  • Community Capacity Building
  • Population Attraction.

Community capacity building

This program stream aims to develop and strengthen local people’s capacity to make a difference in their communities. It will do this by supporting initiatives that build skills, increase citizen participation and grow local economic initiatives.

Activities that may be considered include but are not limited to;

  • supporting locally-led partnerships to address economic development challenges and grow opportunities
  • establishing or growing community and small enterprise projects
  • community strengthening projects which may have a small infrastructure component
  • increased local civic and economic development skills
  • collaboration that results in local economic development, planning or community resilience initiatives to flourish
  • increasing local community participation, diversity and collaboration in planning, decision making and regional priority projects.

Population attraction

This program stream aims to attract groups, such as professionals and skilled labour, businesses, families and young people to regional Victoria. It will do this by supporting priority projects that promote relevant lifestyles and employment opportunities.

Activities that may be considered include, but are not limited to:

  • events designed to promote the benefits and abilities of the local area and industries
  • engaging community groups to welcome new and potential families to the area
  • developing marketing and promotion strategies for towns undergoing significant change
  • using existing networks to identify and promote employment opportunities.

Funding Details

The SRCP supports small grants of up to $50,000

Application Process

Prior to submitting an application, applicants are advised to read the Stronger Regional Communities Plan application guidelines.

Step 1

Familiarise yourself with the SRCP application guidelines

Step 2

Contact your local RDV office to discuss your project

Step 3

Complete the funding application and submit with associated documentation

Download Resources

Project Category Download
Stronger Regional Communities Plan (SRCP) application guidelines (150.7 KB ) Download

Projects funded by this program

Project Name Region Year Amount Funded
Donald 2000 Inc: Donald's Cuisine in the Crop Mallee (Loddon Mallee) 2015 $5,000
East Gippsland Marketing Inc: Australian Adventure Festival 2016 Gippsland 2016 $50,000
Shepparton 'Get Mooving' Festival Goulburn (Hume) 2015 $20,000
Central Goldfields - 2015 Drought Economic Events Package Loddon Campaspe (Loddon Mallee) 2015 $15,000
Attracting Population from Activating the Goulburn Region Visitor Economy Goulburn (Hume) 2017 $25,000
Buloke - 2015 Drought Economic Events Package Mallee (Loddon Mallee) 2015 $15,000
Loddon - 2015 Drought Economic Events Package Loddon Campaspe (Loddon Mallee) 2015 $15,000
Career Horizons (City of Greater Bendigo) Loddon Campaspe (Loddon Mallee) 2015 $300,000
This Farm Needs A Farmer (Kyneton Agricultural Society Inc) Loddon Campaspe (Loddon Mallee) 2016 $18,000
Various Statewide creative and cultural programs (2014) Statewide 2014 $79,727
Various Statewide creative and cultural programs (2015) Statewide 2015 $216,428
Various Barwon creative and cultural programs (2015) Barwon (Barwon South West) 2015 $230,000
Various Loddon Campaspe creative and cultural programs (2015) Loddon Campaspe (Loddon Mallee) 2015 $210,000
Various Ovens Murray creative and cultural programs (2015) Ovens Murray (Hume) 2015 $200,000
Various Central Highlands creative and cultural programs (2015) Central Highlands (Grampians) 2015 $140,000
Various Gippsland creative and cultural programs (2015) Gippsland 2015 $95,000
Various Mallee creative and cultural programs (2015) Mallee (Loddon Mallee) 2015 $180,000
Various Great South Coast creative and cultural programs (2015) Great South Coast (Barwon South West) 2015 $115,000
Various Great South Coast creative and cultural programs (2016) Great South Coast (Barwon South West) 2016 $198,000
Various Mallee creative and cultural programs (2016) Mallee (Loddon Mallee) 2016 $202,700
Various Statewide creative and cultural programs (2016) Statewide 2016 $4,593,293
Various Gippsland creative and cultural programs (2016) Gippsland 2016 $247,100
Various Central Highlands creative and cultural programs (2016) Central Highlands (Grampians) 2016 $95,000
Various Loddon Campaspe creative and cultural programs (2016) Loddon Campaspe (Loddon Mallee) 2016 $345,000
Various Ovens Murray creative and cultural programs (2016) Ovens Murray (Hume) 2016 $20,000
Various Barwon creative and cultural programs (2016) Barwon (Barwon South West) 2016 $29,000
Various Barwon creative and cultural programs (2017) Barwon (Barwon South West) 2017 $393,000
Various Gippsland creative and cultural programs (2017) Gippsland 2017 $1,182,000
Various Mallee creative and cultural programs (2017) Mallee (Loddon Mallee) 2017 $206,590
Various Statewide creative and cultural programs (2017) Statewide 2017 $1,699,033
Various Central Highlands creative and cultural programs (2017) Central Highlands (Grampians) 2017 $705,000
Various Great South Coast creative and cultural programs (2017) Great South Coast (Barwon South West) 2017 $556,000
Various Ovens Murray creative and cultural programs (2017) Ovens Murray (Hume) 2017 $581,750
Various Goulburn creative and cultural programs (2017) Goulburn (Hume) 2014 $120,000
Wimmera Southern Mallee creative and cultural programs (2017) Wimmera Southern Mallee (Grampians) 2017 $510,000
Various Loddon Campaspe creative and cultural programs (2017) Loddon Campaspe (Loddon Mallee) 2017 $1,052,237
Various Loddon Campaspe creative and cultural programs (2018) Loddon Campaspe (Loddon Mallee) 2018 $100,000
Various WSM creative and cultural programs (2018) Wimmera Southern Mallee (Grampians) 2018 $99,636
Various Central Highlands creative and cultural programs (2018) Central Highlands (Grampians) 2018 $80,000
Various Statewide creative and cultural programs (2018) Statewide 2018 $65,000
Various GSC creative and cultural programs (2018) Great South Coast (Barwon South West) 2018 $130,000
Various Gippsland creative and cultural programs (2018) Gippsland 2018 $76,400
Wallan to Heathcote Rail Trail Feasibility Goulburn (Hume) 2015 $150,000
New Health & Wellness Retreat (Daylesford & surrounds) Feasibility Project Central Highlands (Grampians) 2016 $50,000
Mildura Riverfront Development Business Case Review & Investment Prospectus Mallee (Loddon Mallee) 2016 $100,000
Activating Direct International Air Access and Domestic Air Service Connection to Avalon - Planning and Facilitation Barwon (Barwon South West) 2018 $25,000
Destination Nagambie Goulburn (Hume) 2016 $50,000
Making a Splash in Benalla Planning Project Goulburn (Hume) 2018 $48,000
Black Caviar - Trail of Champions Goulburn (Hume) 2015 $20,000
Sam Miranda, Tour of the King Valley (Cycle Event) 2016 Ovens Murray (Hume) 2017 $10,000
Ned Kelly Alive Project Ovens Murray (Hume) 2017 $130,000
19th Century BLING - Goldfields Jewellery Exhibition Central Highlands (Grampians) 2016 $30,000
West Wimmera - 2015 Drought Economic Events Package Wimmera Southern Mallee (Grampians) 2015 $15,000
Yarriambiack - 2015 Drought Economic Events Package Wimmera Southern Mallee (Grampians) 2015 $15,000
Pyrenees - 2015 Drought Economic Events Package Wimmera Southern Mallee (Grampians) 2015 $15,000
Hindmarsh - 2015 Drought Economic Events Package Wimmera Southern Mallee (Grampians) 2015 $15,000
Horsham - 2015 Drought Economic Events Package Wimmera Southern Mallee (Grampians) 2015 $15,000
Northern Grampians - 2015 Drought Economic Events Package Wimmera Southern Mallee (Grampians) 2015 $15,000
Wimmera Weather - Business Case for Improved Services Wimmera Southern Mallee (Grampians) 2015 $15,000
Women, Wisdom & Wellbeing Dinner (East Grampians Health Service) Wimmera Southern Mallee (Grampians) 2016 $5,000
Hume Aboriginal Cultural Trail - business case project Ovens Murray (Hume) 2017 $150,000
Passions and Pathways (Goldfields LLEN) Loddon Campaspe (Loddon Mallee) 2018 $150,000
Imperial Parade – Melbourne: Sun Loong, Year of the Dog 2018 Loddon Campaspe (Loddon Mallee) 2018 $60,000
Committee for Maryborough - Building Business Capacity Loddon Campaspe (Loddon Mallee) 2017 $50,000
Go Goldfields - Next Steps 2015 - 2017 Loddon Campaspe (Loddon Mallee) 2015 $2,000,000
Strengthening Community Leadership in Central Goldfields Loddon Campaspe (Loddon Mallee) 2017 $150,000
Elmhurst Bush Nursing Centre 100yr Celebrations Central Highlands (Grampians) 2016 $10,000
Pyrenees Unearthed Central Highlands (Grampians) 2016 $15,000
Re-imagining Little Desert Nature Lodge - Business Case Preparation Central Highlands (Grampians) 2016 $40,000
Ride Walk Goldfields Master Plan - Linking the Greater Goldfields Through Outdoor Experience Central Highlands (Grampians) 2016 $120,000
Wimmera & Grampians Indigenous Tourism Feasibility Project (Stage 1) Wimmera Southern Mallee (Grampians) 2016 $65,000

*  This may not be a comprehensive listing of all announced funding through the Stronger Regional Communities Plan
*  CiC indicates the project funded amount is Commercial or Cabinet in Confidence

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