A better way to be funded
MEMBER for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan has welcomed a move by Canberra to give community groups in rural and regional Australia an opportunity to apply directly for government funding.
Ms Ryan said the guidelines for the $1 billion Building Better Regions Fund, released last week by Federal Regional Development Minister Fiona Nash, allowed Rochester’s small community groups to apply directly.
Capital cities have been excluded from applying to the fund.
“Whether it’s the committee wanting to run a local farmers’ market, the Rotary club or a sporting club, these groups are at the heart of our towns and communities, just as they are in Rochester,” Ms Ryan said.
“This is an important step from the Commonwealth as it gives groups such as ours an opportunity to directly apply for important community projects.”
Funding is available for the construction of new infrastructure or the upgrading of existing infrastructure as well as community building activities such as local events, strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability building activities that deliver economic and social benefits to regional and remote communities.
Community groups can download guidelines at business.gov.au/assistance/ building-better-regions-fund.
Applications for the fund open on January 18.