The Victorian Government has updated its Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund guidelines, with more that $30 million in grants available to help regional businesses and communities grow and attract investment.
Regional Development Minister Jaclyn Symes said the fund is designed to help businesses create more jobs in regional Victoria, support community projects and assist councils to build local infrastructure.
“The Regional Infrastructure Fund will move to a competitive round-based process, to ensure the best projects receive support – with grants of up to $500,000 available to councils and council-sponsored projects,” Ms. Symes said.
“We’re working hard to make sure Victoria’s country communities share in our state’s success – investing in infrastructure and services to create jobs, and make our regional towns and cities even better places to live.”
Ms. Symes said generous funding ratios will make it easier for smaller councils and local community organisations to access funding, meaning lower rate bases won’t preclude them from delivering projects for their communities.
“The Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund is part of the government’s record $2.6 billion Delivering for Regional and Rural Victoria Program unveiled in the Victorian Budget 2019/20,” Ms. Symes said.
“We’ll target investments in high-value and growing sectors like agriculture, renewable energy, advanced manufacturing and technology to create new jobs that will be here for the long-term.”
Applications open 6 November and close 18 December.