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Grant funding up for grabs across Melbourne suburbs


Local organisations, councils and community groups across Melbourne have under a month to apply for a share in $200 million of grant funding through 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 are 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 or extension of existing infrastructure that provide 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 Melbourne Chair, Steve Kozlowski says the Fund helps achieve fantastic local economic outcomes for Melbourne and gets projects off the ground.

“More than $8.7 million has already been allocated to infrastructure and community projects across the outer suburbs of Melbourne through Rounds One and Two of the Building Better Regions Fund which is a big win for our region,” said Mr Kozlowski.

Rounds One and Two of the Building Better Regions Fund provided funding to the following local projects:

  • $3,000,000 towards over 100 kilometres of mountain bike trails on the hills surrounding the town of Warburton
  • $2,845,377 towards the construction of the Eynesbury Recreation Reserve which will feature recreational facilities, including an adventure playground, BBQ facilities and walking paths
  • $1,500,000 towards the Lang Lang Community Recreation Precinct Pavilion which will encourage and support children to take up sport
  • $900,000 towards a new community multipurpose sports pavilion in Bunyip
  • $500,000 towards the upgrade of the Gembrook Leisure Park Playground Skate Park in Officer

“Now that Round Three funding has opened, we’re calling on not-for-profit organisations and agencies to put their hat in the ring and apply for a grant to channel more investment in our local economy and build better outcomes.”

Interested applicants are urged to contact the Regional Development Australia Melbourne office to receive a letter of support for their project.

“Round Three has a big focus on tourism with $45 million earmarked for tourism related infrastructure projects that will help stimulate local economies. RDA Melbourne is providing letters of support for any eligible organisation that applies for funding to strength applications and champion local projects and initiatives attracting federal grant funding,” said Mr Kozlowski.

Applications for Round Three have now closed.

If you would like to know more about this fund or the projects listed above, email RDA Melbourne.

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