18 March 2017

Local council smart tech grants of up to $5m

I am excited to announce that councils in Corangamite can now apply for up to $5m in funding to support smart tech projects for local communities. 

The funding is part of the Turnbull Government’s $50m Smart Cities and Suburbs Program which has been opened by Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation Angus Taylor. 

I was pleased to host Assistant Minister Taylor in Geelong earlier this week and am delighted to launch this exciting new program to support the rollout of technology and data solutions for local communities. 

This is not just for metropolitan areas, good ideas come from everywhere and we welcome applications from across Corangamite. 

The Federal Government is co-investing in projects that apply smart technology, data-driven decision making and people-focused design. 

I encourage any interested applicants in Corangamite to put forward technology proposals that solve some of our community problems here locally, and have the potential to be scaled up and delivered nationwide. 

A wide range of projects are expected to be developed such as app-based detection of infrastructure wear and tear, traffic sensors, smart street lighting, or computer generated programs  that support local services. 

Eligible organisations such as local governments, private companies, not for profits and research organisations can apply for grants of between $100,000 and $5m to fund up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs.  

Applications are open from 17 March until 30 June 2017.  

The Smart Cities and Suburbs Program is supported by the Future Ready incubation series for councils that are looking to build smart cities know-how. 

For more information and to download a copy of the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program guidelines, visit business.gov.au   

17 March 2017