Friday, January 13, 2017
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey is encouraging locals from across the electorate to consider lodging an application for a Building Better Regions Fund grant.
The new $297 million fund, which opens on Wednesday, January 18, replaces the National Stronger Regions Fund and will deliver infrastructure projects and community activities located outside the major capital cities.
Mr Ramsey said the Grey electorate had done very well under the former program with more than $25 million in projects receiving support at Ceduna, Kadina, Peterborough, Port Broughton, Port Lincoln, Port Pirie and Whyalla.
He said he expected the new program would offer even better opportunities for Grey, as funding will be available in two streams:
· The Infrastructure Projects Stream will invest in projects that involve the construction of new infrastructure, or upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure.
· The Community Investments Stream will invest in local events and activities, strategic regional plans and leadership and capability building activities.
“Locals know their community best and the new fund gives community groups and councils an opportunity to think outside the square. Funds are finite and that’s why I am pleased the new program restricts project support to the regions, as the name would imply,” he said.
“That means more opportunity for electorates like Grey and I look forward to seeing what projects our communities feel will best strengthen our region and help make it a more attractive place to live or improve community connections.”
To access the BBRF guidelines or to lodge an application visit www.business.gov.au/bbrf
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