Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund – Stronger Regional Communities Plan (SRCP)
This program aims to support rural and regional towns in attracting families and young people to live and work. It will do so by investing in community-led initiatives and partnerships that create or enhance the conditions for economic growth, building community capabilities to drive change and improving the liveability of regional and rural towns.
It is part of the $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund which will invest in growing jobs, building infrastructure and strengthening communities in regional Victoria.
There are two program streams available:
- Community capacity building: Aims to develop and strengthen local people’s capacity to make a difference in their communities.
- Population attraction: Aims to attract groups, such as professionals and skilled labour, businesses, families and young people to regional Victoria.
Grants of up to $50,000 are available on the following matched funding basis:
- Regional: 2:1
- Rural: 3:1
A total funding pool of $50 million is available.
Who Can Apply
Eligible applicants include:
- Private sector businesses and agencies
- Business and industry groups including:
a) Chambers of commerce and business associations
b) Industry peak bodies
c) Business and industry clusters and networks
- Local government authorities
- Government agencies
- Not-for-profit organisations, including community groups that:
a) Are an incorporated body, cooperative or association.
b) Have an Australian Business Number (ABN) or can provide written advice from the Australian Tax Office that no withholding tax is required from the grant payment.
- Higher and other education institutions
- Regional organisations (e.g. regional strategic planning alliances)
Eligible activities include initiatives that:
1. Community capacity building
- Encourage and provide opportunities for local community participation in the design and delivery of significant projects, processes and planning within a region.
- Address economic development challenges through locally-led partnerships.
- Build the skills of people to participate in projects, processes and planning significant to the region.
2. Population attraction
- Events designed to promote the benefits and abilities of the local area and industries.
- Engaging community groups to welcome new and potential families to the area.
- Developing marketing and promotion strategies for towns undergoing significant change.
- Using existing networks to identify and promote employment opportunities.
Priority may be given to projects that are considered as investment ready.
Main Assessment Criteria
The main assessment criteria include whether the application:
- Outlines clear objectives and proposed outcomes particularly demonstrating key elements of the relevant sub-program.
- Adresses an existing gap in these areas.
- Outlines a way to sustain project benefits once funding ceases.
- Quantifies the scale and nature of the challenge the project is seeking to address.
- Is strongly supported at a community level and consistent with local Council Plans.
- Is identified by or consistent with the directions of Regional Strategic Plans.
- Is supported by local knowledge and information demonstrating the challenges being confronted by the community such as natural disasters, rapid economic change, population growth and/or decline.
- Is supported by a clear scope and realistic time-frames.
- Is viable and represents value for money.
- Demonstrates a collaborative approach with a range of partners and resources required to undertake the project.
For population attraction initiatives, the following additional criteria applies:
- Targeting specific markets to suit specific town characteristics and location.
- Finding a balance between promotional strategies and realistic assessment of its local potential.
17 June 2015
This program is open on an ongoing basis.
Building, Construction and Engineering
Energy and Renewables
Finance and Business Services
Food and Beverage
Healthcare, Medical, Biotechnology and Nanotechnology
Training / Employment
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR)
Regional Development Victoria (RDV)