Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie has called on Victorian communities to apply for funding under Round 5 of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), with applications now open.
“2020 was a challenging year for our communities, with bushfires, drought and a global pandemic but the BBRF will help to kick-start this new year, bringing support to community driven projects at a time it is most needed,” Senator McKenzie said.
“This round of funding includes $100 million in dedicated funding for tourism-related infrastructure boosting our regional tourism recovery, while maintaining $100 million for broader community infrastructure and investment.
“Regional communities play an integral role in our nation’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and I encourage eligible applicants to apply for both the community investments stream and the infrastructure projects stream to enhance community facilities, create much-needed jobs and encourage community cohesion through this time.
“Regional Victoria has already benefited from previous rounds of the BBRF with investments in projects such as the Great Valley Trail Project between Bright and Harrietville, and the Bonegilla Migrant Experience, driving economic growth and delivering lasting benefits to our local communities.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government is proud to be supporting regional communities through the BBRF, particularly those regions which rely upon domestic and international tourism.
“2020 highlighted just how strong our regions are, with communites and industries working to overcome many challenges to conitue to grow,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“The first four rounds of the BBRF were highly competitive with more than 3,200 applications received and 995 projects approved for funding, totalling just over $841.6 million.
“This is why I encourage all eligible applicants to apply for funding to ensure the lifeblood of this nation – our regions – continue building strong communities for the future.”
Applications are now open and can be submitted through the online portal at www.business.gov.au/bbrf.
If potential applicants have any questions regarding eligibility or delivery of the program, they can contact the AusIndustry Business Grants Hub on 13 28 46 to discuss their individual circumstances.
Prospective applicants are also encouraged to contact their local Regional Development Australia (RDA) committee to discuss their application. More information including contact details for your local RDA can be found at www.rda.gov.au.
Applications close on 5 March 2021, with successful applicants expected to be announced in mid-2021.