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Living Local Regional Fund

The $5 million Our Regions: Living Local – Regional Fund supports locals and visitors in regional Victoria to experience new and better infrastructure that helps them come together as a community.

Overview

The $5 million Our Regions: Living Local – Regional Fund provides funding to support regional communities to recover and thrive. The fund has two streams to drive economic and social recovery in the regional areas hardest hit by the pandemic and provides funding for local community-building projects that promote social connections and cohesion, enhance liveability, and revitalise community spaces.

The Our Regions: Living Local Fund is part of the Government’s Our Regions: Living Local Initiative and is geared to ensure local towns will have the infrastructure they need to continue to thrive. Local councils and community organisations can apply for grants up to $200,000 for infrastructure projects. Smaller investments of up to $20,000 will be available for minor upgrades and maintenance to facilities, helping ensure they are accessible for years to come.

The Our Regions: Living Local Fund also offers grants for projects in metropolitan Melbourne communities. For further information, visit the Suburban Development website.

Objectives of Program

The Our Regions: Living Local – Regional Fund provides funding for local community-building projects that promote social connections, enhance liveability, and revitalise regional shopping strips and activity centres. The fund also provides grants to community organisations to help them in the great work they do to support their local communities.

The Our Regions: Living Local – Regional Fund comprises two streams:

  1. Living Local – Regional Grants Program ($4 million)
  2. Living Local – Regional Community Grants Program ($1 million).

The objectives of the Living Local – Regional Grants Program are to:

  • support the development, improvement and promotion of regional communities, shopping strips and activity centres as places of local economic activity and community gathering that work towards environmental sustainability
  • deliver permanent co-funded projects or sustainable community events and related activity that reflect the needs of local people and enhance living, working, socialising and recreation in local areas
  • enhance community inclusiveness, belonging, and participation, particularly among new residents and new workers and to support young people and mental health
  • focus on smaller scale approaches to revitalising regional communities that can be delivered in partnership with local government, businesses, and community sector organisations and groups
  • enhance liveability, safety, accessibility and vibrancy of communities, shopping strips and activity centres
  • enhance opportunities for small business in community shopping strips to thrive
  • progress reconciliation with Traditional Owners through the encouragement of proposals to incorporate local and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories.

The objectives of the Living Local – Regional Community Grants Program are to:

  • increase community connection, capacity, access and participation
  • develop and enhance a stronger sense of community belonging and connection
  • enhance community inclusiveness, belonging and participation, particularly amongst new residents
  • enhance local social outcomes.

Funding Details

The Living Local – Regional Grants Program is a competitive grants program open to eligible rural and regional local governments and incorporated (not-for-profit) organisations/associations.

Applicants may seek a minimum of $20,000 and maximum of $200,000 (exclusive of GST).

The Living Local – Regional Community Grants Program is open to applications from not-for-profit and charity organisations that are operating in rural and regional Victoria.

Community organisations can seek from $2,000 up to $20,000 (exclusive of GST) of grant funding for eligible equipment and minor refurbishments.


Application Process

Applicants are encouraged to email livinglocalfund@ecodev.vic.gov.au to discuss your idea and seek advice. A list of frequently asked questions have also been developed to assist with your application.

Before applying, please ensure that you:

  • have read and understood the information in the program guidelines
  • have all required documentation on hand.

Eligible applications will be assessed against response to the assessment criteria as well as supporting documents.

Applications for both streams close 11.59pm, 14 August 2022.

Step 1

Familiarise yourself with the program guidelines for the corresponding program and check that you can demonstrate the project’s ability to address each of the assessment criteria.

Step 2

Email Living Local Fund or call the Business Victoria Hotline on 13 22 15 to discuss your idea and seek advice.

Step 3

Complete the online form for the corresponding grants program and submit your application by the closing date.

Download Resources

Resource Download
Living Local - Regional Grants Program Guidelines (192.8 KB ) Download
Living Local - Regional Community Grants Program Guidelines (215.2 KB ) Download
Living Local - Regional Community Grants Program Guidelines - Accessible (55.9 KB ) Download
Living Local - Regional Grants Program Guidelines - Acccessible (60.5 KB ) Download

Contact details

We can assist you with advice and translation and accessibility support.

Phone Business Victoria Hotline: 13 22 15

Email: livinglocalfund@ecodev.vic.gov.au

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