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Regional Development Victoria



Stronger Regional Communities Plan

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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.

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.

View or download the Stronger Regional Communities Plan application guidelines


Frequently Asked Questions


What is the aim of the program?

How much can be applied for?

Who can apply for funding?

What type of projects can be funded?

What kind of infrastructure projects can be supported?

What is meant by Community Capacity Building?

Can community events be funded?

What type of projects can be supported under the Population Attraction stream?

What activities will generally not be funded?


What is the aim of the 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 Grant Fund aims to:

  • improve the livability of regional and rural towns in order to attract and retain families and young people
  • increase community capability and provide opportunities to collaborate, innovate and drive change
  • increase community resilience to social, economic and environmental shocks.

There are two streams to the grant program. One focusing on capacity building and the other focusing on population attraction.

How much can be applied for?

The maximum amount that can be funded is $50,000.

Applicants are expected to make a co contribution. For Regional City Local Government Authorities this is two to one - one dollar contributed for every two dollars in grant funding. For all other applicants the ratio is three to one.

In addition, non-government applicants are able to contribute up to %75 of the co contribution in kind.

Who can apply for funding?

Private sector business, agencies and industry groups / local government authorities and government agencies / Not for profit organisations.

Individuals are not eligible to apply.

What type of projects can be funded?

Projects that will increase or enhance community participation and collaboration in addressing local economic challenges or employment participation and projects that raise awareness of opportunities to live and work in regional Victoria.

Projects make take many forms such as training & skill building, studies, events, consultation, infrastructure upgrades, marketing.

Projects need to demonstrate an outcome that relates to economic or civic capacity building, population attraction or town or industry promotion.

What kind of infrastructure projects can be supported?

The funding could support small upgrades to community infrastructure/facilities. Projects will need to demonstrate a community need (eg Hall, Meeting/Open Spaces which are accessible to the whole community), and lead to increased economic activity. The focus will be on projects which:

  • provide greater levels of use of the facility
  • demonstrate how an upgrade will benefit economic activity or capitalise on lost opportunities
  • upgrade the only community facility in a small town

What is meant by Community Capacity Building?

Activities which strengthen the knowledge, abilities, skills and behaviour of individuals and improve institutional structures and processes to address economic challenges and opportunities.

This stream aims to develop and strengthen people’s capacity to participate and make a difference in their communities. Project examples include:

  • the establishment of a forum, such as a local advocacy group, which brings together people from within the community to address common economic development challenges and opportunities
  • the development or delivery of a training program which increases local civic and economic development skills for members of the community
  • the establishment or growth of community and small enterprise projects
  • a community consultation project which engages with under-represented or hard-to-reach groups in order to obtain their contributions to local planning, decision-making and regional priority projects
  • a project which brings the community together and builds resilience in the wake of a disaster event or economic shock
  • a project which enables or strengthens a network for a disadvantaged cohort, such as a local women’s network dinner

Can community events be funded?

Small events may be supported that are aimed at promoting the town as a place to live and work or attract business or industry.

What type of projects can be supported under the Population Attraction stream?

Projects that promote relevant lifestyles and employment opportunities or attract people or business to Regional Victoria. Activities that may be considered include, but are not limited to:

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

What activities will generally not be funded?

The following activities would generally not be considered:

  • requests for retrospective funding, where projects have commenced (i.e. equipment purchased, contracts entered into or construction has begun) or have been completed prior to receiving funding approval
  • projects requiring ongoing funding from the Victorian Government
  • ongoing operating costs or salary subsidies except where a salary subsidy provides administrative and project management support for groups of local government authorities and project partners
  • private sector projects undertaken as a result of a Victorian Government contract
  • projects where funding is normally provided by other state, commonwealth and/or local government sources
  • any costs to meet regulatory requirements
  • the purchase of land.
Download the Stronger Regional Communities Plan application guidelines (PDF 150.7 KB)   

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http://www.rdv.vic.gov.au/programs-and-grants/stronger-regional-communities

Last Updated: 26 March 2018