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Stronger Regional Communities Program

The Stronger Regional Communities Program aims to support rural and regional towns in attracting families and young people to live and work in regional Victoria. 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 Program (SRCP) aims to support rural and regional towns in attracting families and young people to live and work in regional Victoria. 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.

Objectives of Program

The objectives of the SRCP program are to:

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

Funding Details

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 incorporate an infrastructure component
  • increased local civic and economic development skills
  • collaboration that results in local economic development or community resilience initiatives to flourish
  • increasing local community participation, diversity and collaboration in planning, decision making and regional priority projects
  • population retention and attraction activities that attract unskilled and skilled labour, professionals and businesses into the regions
  • initiatives that build skills, increase participation and grow local economic programs
  • engaging community groups to welcome new and potential families to the area
  • using existing networks to identify and promote employment opportunities.

Application Process

The process for applying for funding under the program is:

  • complete an Expression of Interest (available through RDV regional team representatives) to determine the eligibility of your idea and gain early advice to identify a project’s merits and risks
  • RDV will undertake an initial assessment against program eligibility and assessment criteria and provide feedback
  • if initial assessment is successful, the applicant will be invited to apply for program funding (an on-line link to an application form will be provided)
  • Applicant organisations will undergo a probity check to ensure that business registrations are up to date. In addition, some organisations may be selected for an independent financial risk assessment
  • RDV will assess applications against the assessment criteria
  • RDV will make a recommendation to the Minister for Regional Development
  • the Minister will consider the advice and determine whether to approve the application for funding.

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 supplied funding application and submit with associated documentation

Download Resources

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RJIF Application Guidelines 2019 (256.4 KB ) Download
RJIF Application Guidelines 2019 (124.8 KB ) Download

Projects funded by this program

Project Name Region Year Amount Funded
Donald 2000 Inc: Donald's Cuisine in the Crop Mallee 2015 $5,000
East Gippsland Marketing Inc: Australian Adventure Festival 2016 Gippsland 2016 $50,000
Shepparton 'Get Mooving' Festival Goulburn 2015 $20,000
Central Goldfields - 2015 Drought Economic Events Package Loddon Campaspe 2015 $15,000
Attracting population from activating the Goulburn region visitor economy Goulburn 2017 $25,000
Buloke - 2015 Drought Economic Events Package Mallee 2015 $15,000
Loddon - 2015 Drought Economic Events Package Loddon Campaspe 2015 $15,000
Career Horizons (City of Greater Bendigo) Loddon Campaspe 2015 $300,000
This Farm Needs A Farmer (Kyneton Agricultural Society Inc) Loddon Campaspe 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 2015 $230,000
Various Loddon Campaspe creative and cultural programs (2015) Loddon Campaspe 2015 $210,000
Various Ovens Murray creative and cultural programs (2015) Ovens Murray 2015 $200,000
Various Central Highlands creative and cultural programs (2015) Central Highlands 2015 $140,000
Various Gippsland creative and cultural programs (2015) Gippsland 2015 $95,000
Various Mallee creative and cultural programs (2015) Mallee 2015 $180,000
GSC creative and cultural programs (2015) Great South Coast 2015 $115,000
GSC creative and cultural programs (2016) Great South Coast 2016 $198,000
Various Mallee creative and cultural programs (2016) 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 2016 $95,000
Various Loddon Campaspe creative and cultural programs (2016) Loddon Campaspe 2016 $345,000
Various Ovens Murray creative and cultural programs (2016) Ovens Murray 2016 $20,000
Barwon creative and cultural programs (2016) Barwon 2016 $29,000
Barwon creative and cultural programs (2017) Barwon 2017 $393,000
Gippsland creative and cultural programs (2017) Gippsland 2017 $1,182,000
Mallee creative and cultural programs (2017) Mallee 2017 $206,590
Statewide creative and cultural programs (2017) Statewide 2017 $1,699,033
Central Highlands creative and cultural programs (2017) Central Highlands 2017 $705,000
Great South Coast creative and cultural programs (2017) Great South Coast 2017 $556,000
Ovens Murray creative and cultural programs (2017) Ovens Murray 2017 $581,750
Various Goulburn creative and cultural programs (2017) Ovens Murray 2014 $120,000
WSM creative and cultural programs (2017) Wimmera Southern Mallee 2017 $510,000
Various Loddon Campaspe creative and cultural programs (2017) Loddon Campaspe 2017 $1,052,237
Loddon Campaspe creative and cultural programs (2018) Loddon Campaspe 2018 $100,000
WSM creative and cultural programs (2018) Wimmera Southern Mallee 2018 $99,636
Various Central Highlands creative and cultural programs (2018) Central Highlands 2018 $80,000
Various Statewide creative and cultural programs (2018) Statewide 2018 $65,000
Various GSC creative and cultural programs (2018) Great South Coast 2018 $130,000
Various Gippsland creative and cultural programs (2018) Gippsland 2018 $76,400
Wallan to Heathcote Rail Trail Feasibility Goulburn 2015 $150,000
New Health & Wellness Retreat (Daylesford & surrounds) Feasibility Project Central Highlands 2016 $50,000
Mildura Riverfront Development Business Case Review & Investment Prospectus Mallee 2016 $100,000
Activating Direct International Air Access and Domestic Air Service Connection to Avalon - Planning and Facilitation Barwon 2018 $25,000
Destination Nagambie Goulburn 2016 $50,000
Making a Splash in Benalla, Planning Project Goulburn 2018 $48,000
Black Caviar - Trail of Champions Goulburn 2015 $20,000
Sam Miranda, Tour of the King Valley (Cycle Event) 2016 Ovens Murray 2017 $10,000
Ned Kelly Alive Project Ovens Murray 2017 $130,000
19th Century BLING - Goldfields Jewellery Exhibition Central Highlands 2016 $30,000
West Wimmera - 2015 Drought Economic Events Package Wimmera Southern Mallee 2015 $15,000
Yarriambiack - 2015 Drought Economic Events Package Wimmera Southern Mallee 2015 $15,000
Pyrenees - 2015 Drought Economic Events Package Wimmera Southern Mallee 2015 $15,000
Hindmarsh - 2015 Drought Economic Events Package Wimmera Southern Mallee 2015 $15,000
Horsham - 2015 Drought Economic Events Package Wimmera Southern Mallee 2015 $15,000
Northern Grampians - 2015 Drought Economic Events Package Wimmera Southern Mallee 2015 $15,000
Wimmera Weather - Business Case for improved services Wimmera Southern Mallee 2015 $15,000
Women, Wisdom & Wellbeing Dinner (East Grampians Health Service) Wimmera Southern Mallee 2016 $5,000
Hume Aboriginal Cultural Trail - business case project Ovens Murray 2017 $150,000
Passions and Pathways (Goldfields LLEN) Loddon Campaspe 2018 $150,000
Imperial Parade – Melbourne: Sun Loong, Year of the Dog 2018 Loddon Campaspe 2018 $60,000
Committee for Maryborough - Building Business Capacity Loddon Campaspe 2017 $50,000
Go Goldfields - Next Steps 2015 - 2017 Loddon Campaspe 2015 $2,000,000
Strengthening Community Leadership in Central Goldfields Loddon Campaspe 2017 $150,000
Elmhurst Bush Nursing Centre 100yr Celebrations Central Highlands 2016 $10,000
Pyrenees Unearthed Central Highlands 2016 $15,000
Re-imagining Little Desert Nature Lodge - Business Case Preparation Central Highlands 2016 $40,000
Ride Walk Goldfields Master Plan - Linking the Greater Goldfields through outdoor experience Central Highlands 2016 $120,000
Wimmera & Grampians Indigenous Tourism Feasibility Project (Stage 1) Wimmera Southern Mallee 2016 $65,000
RMIT: SWIFT App Development training Gippsland 2019 $45,200
Maximising Future Outcomes in Omeo Gippsland 2019 $50,000
South Gippsland Community Leaders Program Gippsland 2019 $37,500
East Gippsland: Snowy River Floodplain Rail Bridge Restoration - Business Case Gippsland 2019 $21,000
East Gippsland: ‘Live Like a Local’ Gippsland 2019 $50,000
Baromi Park community space upgrade Gippsland 2019 $50,000
Warrnambool Regional disability sector workforce needs analysis and action plan Great South Coast 2019 $195,000
Warrnambool – ‘A city for living’ campaign Great South Coast 2019 $30,000
Pyramid Hill Community Centre Planning Loddon Campaspe 2019 $40,000
Kyabram Fauna Park Strategic Development Plan Goulburn 2019 $50,000
Resilient Myrtleford Ovens Murray 2019 $30,000
Horse Power in the High Country Ovens Murray 2019 $24,000
Pitch coaching for impact for social enterprise Barwon 2019 $117,000
Building Community Capacity and Population Growth via a new Hamilton Gallery Great South Coast 2018 $30,000

*  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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