Federal funding for 52 projects to help local groups rebuild their regions

Dept of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

The Albanese Labor Government continues to invest in the liveability, sustainability and resilience of regional, rural and remote communities – with over $811,000 in grants flowing to 52 local-led projects across the country.

Delivered through the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal’s (FRRR) Strengthening Rural Communities program, grants of up to $50,000 will support local organisations to uplift their communities, following significant disruption from COVID-19.

From improving equipment and facilities at community hubs, to workshops and education programs that will increase community engagement – these small-scale projects will be high impact, including:

  • In the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, where $50,000 will help establish a network of Young Community Carers and Responders to reduce social isolation and support the wellbeing of young people impacted by COVID-19.
  • In Glenmorgan in the Western Downs Region of Queensland, where $46,432 will support the installation of a solar system at the community owned Glenmorgan store to reduce its operating costs, along with the construction of an outdoor shaded meeting space to foster community connection.
  • In Ensay in Victoria, where $49,750 will support Ensay Hall develop a welcoming, accessible, and financially sustainable venue for events and activities, along with upgrades to bathroom facilities at the community hub.
  • In Lameroo in South Australia, where $50,000 will support the installation of silo art – creating a permanent cultural tourism asset in the heart of town, which will reinvigorate tourism following the pandemic.
  • In Boyup Brook in Western Australia, where $10,000 will get a series of mental health events off the ground to support rural men and teenage boys build resilience and connection following the pandemic.
  • In Copping in Tasmania, where $49,540 will support the construction of a distribution and storage shed for bulk food handling, to sustain the work of an organisation facing a 625 per cent increase in demand on their food relief services since the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • In East Arnhem in the Northern Territory, where $50,000 will support a commercial kitchen in a remote First Nations community to enhance post-pandemic recovery, improve employment opportunities and provide meals and social connection to vulnerable community members.

The funding is part of the Albanese Government’s $5 million investment from 2022 to 2024 in the Rebuilding Regional Communities stream of the FRRR’s Strengthening Rural Communities program.

Applications for the final round of the Rebuilding Regional Communities stream are currently open and close 5pm AEDT 26 February 2024.

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