Local Development Strategy grants program
The Local Development Strategy grants are designed to provide assistance to communities significantly impacted by the Victorian Forestry Plan to develop a local development strategy.
The Local Development Strategy grants are designed to provide assistance to 11 towns or communities significantly impacted by the Victorian Forestry Plan to begin to plan for their future.
These grants are part of the Victorian Government’s broader $120 million Victorian Forestry Plan Transition Package that focuses on retaining industry and community capability and jobs.
The grants aim to assist the 11 towns or communities to undertake economic diversification planning to support their local economy and transition to new, sustainable industries.
The $36 million Victorian Forestry Plan Transition Fund will support the implementation of the Local Development Strategies. It is planned that the Transition Fund grants be released in mid-2021.
Objectives of Program
To assist communities significantly impacted by the Victorian Forestry Plan to develop a local development strategy that:
- supports their transition away from native timber harvesting
- leads to the creation of new jobs in sustainable industries, and
- results in long-term economic and social benefits for the community.
The development of a local development strategy will be locally-led and undertaken in partnership with key stakeholders, including their local council.
The program has a total $4 million available.
Grants of approximately $400,000 per impacted town or community are available to them to develop new strategic plans or updating existing one, undertaking feasibility studies, research or economic assessments or engagement staff or consultants to undertake the tasks listed above.
A representative from the Victorian Forestry Plan transition team will work with each impacted town or community and the associated Local Government Area to determine which community organisation will prepare the grant application.
A representative from the Victorian Forestry Plan transition team will contact the eligible community organisation to discuss the program, provide the on-line application form link and provide support to prepare the application, where required.
For an application to receive funding through the program, the application must outline how the proposed project will develop a local development strategy that will:
- support the transition away from native timber harvesting
- lead to the creation of new jobs in sustainable industries, and
- result in long-term economic and social benefits for the local community.