Local organisations, councils and community groups across Gippsland have been encouraged to apply for a share in $200 million of grant funding through Round Three of the Building Better Regions Fund.
Initiated by the Australian Government, the $641.6 million Building Better Regions Fund has been set up to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities across the country.
There were two streams of funding available – the Community Investments stream which funds community activities, new local events and regional strategic plans along with the Infrastructure Projects stream which supports projects which involve the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade and extension of existing infrastructure that provides economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas.
Each stream funds projects and initiatives up to $10 million, with minimum funding amounts starting at $5,000 for the Community Investment stream and $20,000 for the Infrastructure Projects stream.
RDA Gippsland Chair, Richard Elkington says the Fund helps Gippsland achieve fantastic economic outcomes for the region and gets projects off the ground.
“More than $6 million has already been allocated to infrastructure and community projects across Gippsland through Rounds One and Two of the Building Better Regions Fund which is a big win for our region and we’re looking forward to seeing more grants come from Round Three,” said Mr Elkington.
During Round Three, RDA Gippsland provided letters of support to eligible organisations applying for funding to strengthen applications and champion local projects and initiatives attracting federal grant funding
Rounds One and Two of the Building Better Regions Fund provided funding to the following local projects:
- $1,500,000 towards a mountain bike trail project in Omeo
- $1,100,000 towards a new early learning centre co-located at Warragul Primary School
- $1,000,000 towards a surf lifesaver club-house rebuild in Cape Paterson
- $725,590 towards a multi-function, centrally located, accessible community facility in Mallacoota
- $500,000 towards the reconfiguration of a building recently purchased by Gippsland Lakes Community Health build better community support facilities for Gippsland
- $99,721 towards community forums and events to tackle family violence in East Gippsland
- $97,500 towards a youth-focused entrepreneurship and capability development project in East Gippsland
- $85,000 towards a capacity and leadership development project for local producers in East Gippsland
- $75,000 towards a strategic plan to address social and economic issues affecting three rural and remote areas in East Gippsland, creating an individual blueprint for each.
- $19,975 towards a region-wide study to extract value from Gippsland’s waste and surplus vegetables
- $12,250 towards a field day event in East Gippsland designed to draw attention to invasive species and threats posed to the agricultural sector
Find out more about what’s happening in our region by visiting Our Projects page.