Up to $50,ooo is available from the Stronger Regional Communities Plan to assist job creation and help retain existing jobs in regional areas of Victoria.
Stronger Regional Communities Plan
The Stronger Regional Communities Plan is a part of the $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund which will invest in growing jobs, building infrastructure and strengthening communities in regional Victoria.
The Stronger Regional Communities Plan aims to support rural and regional towns in attracting families and young people to live and work. It will do so by investing in community-led initiatives and partnerships that create or enhance the conditions for economic growth, building community capabilities to drive change and improving the liveability of regional and rural towns.
There are two Stronger Regional Communities Plan program streams available:
Community Capacity Building
Aims to develop and strengthen local people’s capacity to make a difference in their communities.
Aims to attract groups, such as professionals and skilled labour, businesses, families and young people to regional Victoria.
Funding of up to $50,000 is available for community capacity building or population attraction.
1. Community Capacity Building
- encourage and provide opportunities for local community participation in the design and delivery of significant projects, processes and planning within a region
- address economic development challenges through locally-led partnerships
- build the skills of people to participate in projects, processes and planning significant to the region.
2. Population Attraction
- events designed to promote the benefits and abilities of the local area and industries
- engaging community groups to welcome new and potential families to the area
- developing marketing and promotion strategies for towns undergoing significant change
- using existing networks to identify and promote employment opportunities.
Applications will be considered from:
- private sector businesses and agencies
- business and industry groups including:
- chambers of commerce and business associations
- industry peak bodies
- business and industry clusters and networks
- local government authorities
- government agencies
- not-for-profit organisations, including 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
- higher and other education institutions
- regional organisations e.g. regional strategic planning alliances.
Individuals are not eligible to apply.
Applications open on an ongoing basis.