The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said communities across regional Victoria can access grants worth between $1,000 and $20,000 to fund local projects that deliver important social benefits.
Senator McKenzie said the Coalition Government announced the new Stronger Communities Programme in the 2015 Budget.
“The new Stronger Communities Programme will provide $45 million over two years to fund small capital projects in local communities,” Senator McKenzie said.
“Regional communities will each receive funding of $150,000 per year over two years, to support projects that deliver social benefits.
“I will be consulting closely with eligible organisations right across regional Victoria to identify high priority projects.
“Between $1,000 and $20,000 will be made available to reputable, not-for-profit organisations to fund local projects.
“Grants will fund projects that will yield significant social benefits and can be delivered within the two-year lifespan of the programme.
“I look forward to seeing new local projects for a stronger community, and to the people of regional Victoria benefitting from this programme.”
Guidelines for the Programme will be available shortly on the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development website at www.infrastructure.gov.au.