Up to $1M is available from the Community Facility Fund to support projects that will improve the amenity and liveability of the Latrobe Valley.

Latrobe Valley Community Facility Fund

Latrobe Valley Community Facility Fund

The Victorian Government has established a Latrobe Valley Community Facility Fund  to support projects that will improve the amenity and liveability of the Latrobe Valley.  In particular, projects that will bring people and jobs and improve the life of community members will be well regarded.

The Fund will support the Latrobe Valley region to build strong and resilient communities by investing in community-led initiatives and partnerships under the following two streams:

  • Liveable Latrobe Valley; and
  • Active Latrobe Valley.

 

Objective

Latrobe Valley Community Facility Fund aims to facilitate civic renewal that will help to make the Latrobe Valley a great place to live and work and to improve the health and wellbeing of those who live here. Supported projects will need to demonstrate improvements to productivity, enhance the long term competitiveness of the Latrobe Valley, and create conditions that will attract businesses and visitors to the area.

 

Funding

Liveable Latrobe Valley – Streams 1, 2 and 3

The funding is available in three streams: 

  • Stream One – Up to $5,000 for community events
  • Stream Two – Up to $50,000 for community space upgrades
  • Stream Three – Between $50,000$999,999 for town infrastructure developments and major upgrades

Active Latrobe Valley – Stream 4

The Fund has been established to support projects for amounts of up to $1 million.

Applicants will be expected to make a financial contribution or source third party funding for the project.  Contributions may be in cash and/or in kind.

In kind contributions must be no more than 50% of the total applicant contribution. In kind contributions will be valued at $20 per hour for unskilled work and $45 per hour for skilled work. Priority may be given to projects that are considered to be investment ready.

 

Eligible Projects

Liveable Latrobe Valley – Streams 1, 2 and 3

These three program streams will support projects that will make the Latrobe Valley a better place to live, attracting new businesses and residents and helping people to make a difference in their own community. Supported projects may include (but are not limited to):

  • Town beautification and streetscape projects;
  • Infrastructure that connects communities, links recreation to retail precincts, and attracts visitors;
  • Heritage and cultural initiatives of economic significance to the local community such as renewal of historic buildings and sites, arts and cultural centres or resource facilities;
  • Public hall upgrades;
  • Development of shared community spaces;
  • Upgrades of community spaces that enhance wellbeing and social connectedness;
  • Visitor attractions; and
  • Community events that bring people together to celebrate the place where they live and/or to work together to achieve community goals.

Active Latrobe Valley – Stream 4

This program stream will support projects designed to make communities a healthier place to live, concentrating on sport and recreation, including open space improvements for families, residents and visitors to enjoy. Supported projects may include (but are not limited to):

  • Parks, playgrounds and passive recreational area development;
  • Recreational precinct upgrades;
  • Sporting facilities and precincts;
  • Rail trails and walking tracks; and
  • Bicycle paths.

 

Eligible Applicants

Who can apply:

  • Local governments;
  • Not for profit organisations and community groups that:
    • Are an incorporated body, cooperative or association;
    • Have an Australian Business Number (ABN) or can provide written advice from the Australian Tax Office that no withholding tax is required from the grant payment; and
  • Consortia including local government, not for profit groups and private businesses.

Please note that all projects will be required to be endorsed/supported by the relevant Local Government Authority.

 

Timing

Applications open on an ongoing basis.

 

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