08 November 2017

Corangamite community encouraged to apply for second round of the Building Better Regions Fund

  • Applications now open for funding under the Building Better Regions Fund Round Two
  • Two streams available: Infrastructure Projects and Community Investments
  • Applications close on 19 December 2017

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson has urged organisations to apply for Round Two of the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), with applications now open for funding to support further job creation and economic growth in regional and rural Australia.

Ms Henderson said the region had already benefitted from Round One, with over $2.3m delivered toward eight projects across the two streams.

“Round One provided funding to Kids Plus Foundation, Upstart Entrepreneurial Challenge, Winchelsea Netball Club, Geelong Chamber of Commerce, Colac Otway Shire, Birregurra Community Group, Surf Coast Shire and Geelong Ethnic Communities Council to deliver projects that help strengthen the community. Projects include a new $3m Kids Plus Foundation Centre for Therapy, Research and Training for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities, particularly Cerebral Palsy and a new $500,000 netball pavilion for Winchelsea,” Ms Henderson said.

“It is projects like these that will support local organisations and job creation, while also ensuring the needs of the community are met.

“The fact BBRF has two streams – Infrastructure Projects and Community Investments – means communities have even more flexibility in developing proposals. Submissions closing on 19 December 2017 for both streams.

“I encourage all eligible organisations to get their applications in,” Ms Henderson said.

Acting Minister for Regional Development Darren Chester said BBRF was designed to back projects that create further investment in the community.

“Applicants should demonstrate how their project will drive economic development, make their region a more attractive place to live and foster partnerships across their community,” Mr Chester said.

“Infrastructure investment, and planning and capability building are significant to improving outcomes in a community. A clearly articulated regional aged care strategy, for instance, can have as big an impact on residents as building a new aged care facility in a single town.

“When combined, both streams will encourage job creation, economic growth, and encourage social cohesion across Australia”.

For more information on the Fund, or to submit an application, visit https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/building-better-regions-fund