Community groups urged to apply for funding


Community groups urged to apply for funding

Organisations such as Trangie Community Connections Incorporated have already benefitted from Round One of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), so RDA Orana Executive Officer Megan Dixon has welcomed the second round of funding under the Federal Government initiative.

Mrs Dixon said that the Orana-based charity received $176,000 which will allow planning for a respite centre for adults and children with disabilities.

“This funding enables improvements in our regional and rural areas. I would encourage all eligible community groups to submit their applications,” she explained.

Round Two of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) is now open for applications for both the Infrastructure Projects and Community Investments streams.

“The dual stream approach means that communities have more flexibility in developing proposals.”

Changes to application guidelines also allows greater scope for applicants unsuccessful in the first round to reapply.

“I would encourage applicants from the last round to review their applications, strengthen them and to re-apply.”

Assistance with the process can also be provided.

“RDA Orana can review applications and can also offer fee for service grant writing.”

The most significant changes to the BBRF guidelines are:

  • project eligibility boundaries have changed; and
  • projects located in an excluded area, may be eligible if they can clearly demonstrate significant benefits and employment outcomes which flow directly into an eligible area

As in round one, the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science’s Business Grants Hub will be delivering the program on behalf of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. The Business Grants Hub can be contacted on 13 28 46.

 Applications close at 5pm on 19 December 2017. Announcement of successful projects is expected in 2018.

 Potential applicants are advised to visit the BBRF website and mapping tool to assist in determining the eligibility of their project.

A list of Frequently Asked Questions is also available, providing further details on the changes between Rounds One and Two.    

The $481.6 million Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) supports the Australian Government’s commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.

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