Up to $300,000 is available to build the facilities needed to take on more trainees and GP registrars.
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The Rural and Remote Teaching Infrastructure Grants Programme provides funding to upgrade and/or extend the existing premises of existing general practices, in rural or regional locations, to provide additional consultation rooms and space for teaching medical students and supervising GP registrars.
The Government supports a strong primary care workforce that can meet Australia’s future healthcare needs. This investment in general practice and the primary care workforce will not only strengthen the general practice workforce but also enhance the training of doctors, GP registrars and medical students in regional and rural settings to give patients in country communities better access to health services. Opportunities for medical students and registrars to experience rural and remote practice will help foster interest in careers in these areas, boosting the rural and regional health workforce.
As part of the 2014/15 Budget, the Australian Government committed $52.5 million to provide funding for an anticipated minimum of 175 Rural and Remote Teaching Infrastructure Grants Programme.
A maximum amount of $300,000 per application is available.
The funds will be allocated on a co-contribution basis, with general practices required to at least match the amount of Australian Government funding (e.g. if the grant application is for $300,000, the funding recipient needs to contribute $300,000 of their own funds for a total of $600,000).
Evidence of available funding (e.g. director’s financial guarantee or a bank guarantee) will be required at the time of application.
These Rural and Remote Teaching Infrastructure Grants are for existing general practices in rural and regional settings to provide additional space for supervision, teaching and training to strengthen the rural workforce, improve the distribution of the medical workforce in Australia and improve access to health services in these communities.
Applications for funding must be from existing general practices only and must be operating an existing general practice from existing premises in Australian Standard Geographical Classification Remoteness Area (ASGC-RA) 2-5.
Under the Rural and Remote Teaching Infrastructure Grants Programme funding agreement schedule, it is a requirement that funding is predominantely spent (at least 75% of Australian Government funds) on direct construction and/or renovation costs.
The project can only be undertaken at existing premises from which the general practice is operating.
Rural and Remote Teaching Infrastructure Grants Programme funding may include the following elements as a part of the infrastructure project:
- Direct construction and/or renovation, including fit-out, costs for labour and materials for builders, plumbers, electricians etc. on an existing general practice building;
- Supply and installation, for training purposes, of information and communication technology equipment (e.g. video conferencing equipment) including both hardware and software;
- Supply and installation (as appropriate) of essential medical equipment;
- Independent Project Management fees for the purpose of the project;
- Professional fees for the design of the infrastructure project;
- Professional fees for legal and accountancy advice relating directly to the infrastructure project; or
- Application fees for Development Approval, Building Permits and the like.
Writing a good quality grant application is a critical element in the application process. An application needs to be well thought through, written concisely, have clear objectives and purpose, and show clear links to the objectives of the grant guidelines.
The grant application must answer all questions, provide all required information and respond to the merit criteria. It should also reflect your organisation’s business strategy.
Writing a good application takes time and effort, and requires particular writing skills.
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Applications close on 23 February 2015.
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