Community Leadership and Capacity Building Program for Bushfire Affected Communities
A two-year grants program, known as STEPS (Skills, Training, Engagement & Practical Support), is now open.
The program offers a source of funds to support not-for-profit community groups affected by the Victorian 2009 Bushfires.
Grants from $100 - $30,000 are available for projects that build resilience, create networks and partnerships, and support the development of community leadership. Closing dates for applications will be at the end of each month until April 2013 or all funds are committed.
Application forms and guidelines can be downloaded from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal’s website: www.frrr.org.au
Putting Locals First Program
The Putting Locals First Program (PLFP) is a $100 million initiative under the Regional Growth Fund that is designed to enable regional communities to devise and deliver service and infrastructure responses which reflect local priorities.
The program aims to improve infrastructure, facilities and services, increase business and employment opportunities, improve community connections, and enable communities to take action on their own behalf.
The program is open to local government, not-for-profit organisations, private sector businesses and agencies, and educational institutions, and comprises the following three components:
Improved local infrastructure - Grants up to $500,000
Local economic development and job creation - Grants up to $150,000
Local community Initiatives - Grants up to $150,000
Project planning grants up to $30,000 may also be provided to support the development of future proposals for the categories above.
Application forms and guidelines can be downloaded from Regional Development Victoria’s website: www.rdv.vic.gov.au
Fire Ready Communities Grants Program
The Fire Ready Communities grants program is a $5 million initiative that will run over four years.
It has been made available to the 52 identified high bushfire risk locations (which include Castlemaine) to support innovative locally-identified and locally-managed projects.
The funding intends to provide an opportunity for local communities to:
Think about the local environment and understand the risks
Understand their own capacity to respond to and recover from bushfire and other emergency situations
Understand the risks and plan realistically for strengthening their response and recovery efforts in times of bushfire and other emergencies
Find local solutions
Funding will be provided to support communities to facilitate important community-wide conversation, develop an understanding of key issues, deliver information / education to the community, and identify and implement practical solutions.
The program is open to local government and not-for-profit organisations under two streams:
Community safety projects – Grants of up to $30,000
Community networks – Grants of up to $100,000
Application guidelines can be downloaded from the Department of Planning and Community Development’s website: www.dpcd.vic.gov.au