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Regional Economic Stimulus and Resilience Grants

Support is available through the $34 million Regional Economic Stimulus and Resilience Grants for local community and economic recovery in bushfire-affected communities.


Local economic recovery

The $68.6 million Local Economic Recovery program was jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian Governments, who have each provided $34.3 million towards this program, which will fund local projects vital for community recovery, support economic stimulus projects, and boost industry and jobs across bushfire-affected regions.

After extensive consultation with local communities, the Australian and Victorian Governments allocated the available funding across two streams - a local community stream and a regional economic stream:

Local community stream:

Regional economic stream:

This program has closed and is no longer accepting applications.

Objectives of Program

Administered by Regional Development Victoria the $34 million Regional Economic Stimulus and Resilience Grants have been established to support regional economic recovery by stimulating economic growth and building economic resilience in bushfire affected regions. Objectives include:

  • increase economic and social benefits through enabling infrastructure
  • increase employment opportunities and decrease skills shortages
  • increase the capacity of the business community by enhancing employment, business and economic opportunities with a focus on tourism and primary industries, including small business or other sectors
  • increase business capability, including Aboriginal businesses
  • increase longer term resilience for future emergency events
  • increase and restore visitor confidence in the region
  • protect and enhance Aboriginal culture, and support participation and ownership

Funding Details

$34 million in funding is available for the Regional Economic Stimulus and Resilience Grants, with maximum funding per grant of $5 million for projects and programs in these areas:

  • East Gippsland Shire
  • Wellington Shire
  • Towong Shire
  • Alpine Shire
  • Indigo Shire
  • Mansfield Shire
  • Rural City of Wangaratta
  • Wodonga City
  • Falls Creek Alpine Resort
  • Mount Hotham Alpine Resort
  • Mount Buller and Mount Stirling Alpine Resort.

This program has closed and is no longer accepting applications.

Projects funded by this program

Project Name Region Year Amount Funded
Destination Gippsland: Dark Skies Trail Gippsland 2021 $267,000
East Gippsland Council: Bruthen Streetscape Enhancements Gippsland 2021 $1,010,000
East Gippsland Council: Buchan Streetscape and Local Link Improvements Gippsland 2021 $2,800,000
East Gippsland Council: Old Slipway Activation - Lakes Entrance Gippsland 2021 $562,000
Gabrielle Ingram Pty Ltd: Sailors Grave Brewing - Dune Town Gippsland 2021 $2,350,000
Mallacoota Abalone Limited: Rebuild Value Add of Mallacoota Abalone Limited Processing Facility Expansion - Stage 2B Gippsland 2021 $3,000,000
Riviera Nautic: Riviera Nautic Jetties Redevelopment Gippsland 2021 $190,000
Tambo Valley Honey: Tambo Valley Honey Shop Gippsland 2021 $400,000
Trustee for the Metung Hot Springs: Metung Hot Springs Gippsland 2021 $1,500,000
Workways Australia Limited: Envite Environment - Training and Skills for Bushfire Economic Recovery Gippsland 2021 $851,600
Alpine Council: Gateway to Alpine Adventure - Dinner Plain Activation Phase 2 Ovens Murray 2021 $2,000,000
Alpine Council: Great Alpine High Country Connectivity - Dargo High Plains Road Upgrade Ovens Murray 2021 $2,600,000
Cycle Plan t/a Bright Velo2: Cycle Tourism & Accommodation Redevelopment Ovens Murray 2021 $375,000
Falls Creek Alpine Resort Management Board: Lakeside Trailhead and Foreshore Redevelopment Ovens Murray 2021 $2,500,000
Mansfield Autism Statewide Services (MASS): Operation Gamechanger - Project Retreat Stage 1A Ovens Murray 2021 $1,350,000
The Alpine Hotel: Alpine Hotel Redevelopment Ovens Murray 2021 $600,000
Towong Council: Great River Road Stage 2 Ovens Murray 2021 $5,000,000
Upper Murray Inc: Upper Murray Place Based Power Plan Ovens Murray 2021 $2,174,400
Wines of the King Valley Inc: NE Victoria Vineyard Smoke Sensor Network Ovens Murray 2021 $870,000
Mt Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board: Mt Hotham Snow Play and Activity Hub Ovens Murray 2021 $2,500,000
Committee for Gippsland Inc: GROW Gippsland - Bushfire Recovery Business Procurement Support Gippsland 2021 $500,000

This list of funded projects may not be a comprehensive listing of all announced Regional Economic Stimulus and Resilience Grants.