The Morrison Government is continuing to back regional Australia, providing small grant funding to help towns and communities recover and grow on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local MP Sussan Ley says applications are now open for the new Rebuilding Regional Communities Program, offering local business and community or sporting groups a chance to apply for up to $10,000 or $50,000 to fund initiatives for places hit hardest by the pandemic.

“After experiencing drought, then the impact from bushfires and floods in recent times, COVID-19 brought us a bunch of whole new challenges to deal with.

“This funding can help local groups restart activities and social support networks as they recover from the setbacks caused by COVID.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the Coalition Government had a strong track record of investing in initiatives and projects which create jobs and make our regions stronger, both economically and socially – through this new funding we’re building on that.

“As a regional MP, I know how tough it has been for community groups to raise necessary funds to sustain operations and provide important services across our communities.”

The Government is partnering with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal to deliver the program, with funding available from two streams to support regional initiatives.

Eligible projects can include…

  • Purchase equipment or resources to strengthen organisations
  • Supporting training / attracting volunteers
  • Events and activities to reconnect the community
  • Enhancing community spaces
  • Support and services to assist vulnerable people, and those experiencing disadvantage

Applications and more information is available here.