The Albanese Government’s new $600 million Growing Regions Program is now open for expressions of interest.
It provides grants of between $500,000 and $15 million to local government entities and not-for-profit organisations, for capital works projects that deliver community and economic infrastructure projects across regional and rural Australia.
The Growing Regions Program stands in stark contrast to the discredited grants programs run by the Liberals and Nationals who ignored guidelines and proper process in favour of pork barrelling the schemes for their own electoral advantage.
We have been determined to provide something better for regional Australians.
We have spent time working on guidelines that are merit based, transparent and fairer for regional Australians.
The program will invest in critical regional infrastructure and community projects across regional and rural Australia through two $300 million funding rounds.
The Growing Regions Program is now open for Expressions of Interest which is the first stage of a two stage process to ensure projects meet requirements.
The Albanese Government is a strong supporter of Regional Australia and I encourage regions eligible for the program to take advantage of the opportunity to put in an EOI for eligible projects.
All council areas will be eligible for either the Growing Regions program, or the new Thriving Suburbs program announced in the May budget which will be open later this year.
Information about the Growing Regions Program can be found on the website.