What is the Growing Suburbs Fund?

The 2020-21 Growing Suburbs Fund (GFS) is a contribution towards meeting critical local community infrastructure needs for Melbourne’s diverse and fast-growing outer suburbs. It is positioned to quickly respond to the pressures being experienced by interface and peri-urbancommunities by bringing forward local community facilities that will make a big difference in the day-to-day lives of outer suburban families.

These councils play a critical role in supporting Victoria’s population growth and economy. They are diverse and home to some of the most vulnerable communities in Victoria.

 

Background

The Growing Suburbs Fund (GFS) has invested $250 million in critical infrastructure for ten of Victoria’s fastest-growing councils over the last five years.

Since 2015 the Growing Suburbs Fund has:

  • Funded 193 community infrastructure projects
  • Created more than 6750 jobs
  • Leveraged more than $660 million in investment

A new $25 million six-month extension to the Fund was announced by the Victorian Government on 3 June 2020. The fund is expanding to cover six peri-urban councils that face similar population growth and infrastructure challenges.

The ten eligible interface councils are: Cardinia, Casey, Hume Council, Melton, Mitchell Council, Mornington Peninsula, Nillumbik, Whittlesea, Wyndham and Yarra Ranges. The six eligible peri-urban councils are: Bass Coast, Baw Baw, Macedon Ranges, Moorabool, Golden Plains and Surf Coast Shire.

Together, the interface and peri urban councils are home to 30.4 per cent of Victoria’s population, or 2.7 million people.

 

Objectives

The 2020-21 Growing Suburbs Fund will contribute to meeting critical local infrastructure needs for communities in Melbourne’s changing and fast-growing outer suburbs. It is positioned to quickly respond to the pressures being experienced by interface and peri-urban communities by accelerating infrastructure projects that will make a big difference in the liveability and resilience of these communities.

Grants will be targeted towards high priority community infrastructure projects that contribute to:

  • the needs of rapidly growing communities;
  • local employment creation;
  • improved local economic conditions in Melbourne’s interface and peri-urban communities;
  • improved capacity for councils to respond to changing community needs and demands; and the
  • delivery of innovative models of integrated/shared community infrastructure.

 

Eligible Projects

The 2020-21 Growing Suburbs Fund will fund new, expandedorupgraded infrastructure projectswithin Melbourne’s ten interface and six peri-urban councils.

The program will support projects that have a directbenefitto communities and surrounding catchment areas across the following broad infrastructure categories:

  • community healthand well-being
  • early education, learning and training
  • sport,recreation,and leisure facilities that have dedicated community space and support multi use purposes
  • environmental and climate change resilience
  • placemaking, civic amenity, and community connecting

Only projects that are “shovel ready” will be funded under the 2020-21 GSF. There is no limit to the number of projects a council can submit for consideration.

 

Eligible Applicants

The 2020-21 GSFis open to Melbourne’s ten interfaceand six peri-urban councils.

The ten eligible interface councils are:

  • Cardinia Shire Council,
  • Casey City Council,
  • Hume City Council,
  • Melton City Council,
  • Mitchell Shire Council,
  • Mornington Peninsula Shire Council,
  • Nillumbik Shire Council,
  • Whittlesea City Council,
  • Wyndham City Council, and
  • Yarra Ranges Shire Council.

The six eligible peri-urban councils are:

  • Bass Coast Shire Council,
  • Baw Baw Shire Council,
  • Golden Plains Shire Council,
  • Macedon Ranges Shire Council,
  • Moorabool Shire Council and
  • Surf Coast Shire Council.

While only interface and peri-urban councils can apply for funding, not-for-profit or private sector organisations are encouraged to partner with these councils to put forward proposals for the 2020-21 GSF.

 

Timing

Applications close 13 July 2020.

 

More Information

 

2020/21 Funding Round – Successful Projects

Bass Coast Shire Council

PROJECT NAMEGSF FUNDING AMOUNTTOTAL PROJECT VALUE
Cowes Cultural and Community Centre$2,500,000$19,000,000

Baw Baw Shire Council

PROJECT NAMEGSF FUNDING AMOUNTTOTAL PROJECT VALUE
Longwarry Early Learning Centre$500,000$1,000,000

Cardinia Shire Council

PROJECT NAMEGSF FUNDING AMOUNTTOTAL PROJECT VALUE
Princes Highway Trail$989,824$1,979,648

Casey City Council

PROJECT NAMEGSF FUNDING AMOUNTTOTAL PROJECT VALUE
Strong Drive Children’s Centre Redevelopment$1,000,000$1,334,000
Orana Community Place, Early Years Facility$353,000$520,000
Olive Road Sporting Complex – Community Pavilion Redevelopment$1,000,000$2,043,484

Golden Plains Shire Council

PROJECT NAMEGSF FUNDING AMOUNTTOTAL PROJECT COST
Golden Plains Youth Hub$271,032$561,752

Hume City Council<