Groups in regional areas can apply for inland rail community grants

Adding to the pipeline of opportunities and benefits that have begun flowing from Inland Rail, non-profit organisations in regional centres along the corridor now have a chance to tap into a dedicated community funding pool.

An Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations Programme has been established and nominations are being sought from eligible organisations and groups.

Inland Rail Director of Engagement, Environment and Property Rebecca Pickering said the purpose of the funding programme is to contribute to the wellbeing of regional communities in which Inland Rail operates.

"Inland Rail will leave positive legacies of varying magnitudes in regional areas and this programme is just one example of the importance we place on ensuring communities are receiving and reaping the benefits," Ms Pickering said.

"We're looking for nominations from non-profit organisations, community groups, Aboriginal Land Councils, Traditional Owner groups, and local government entities with projects, events, and activities that will help achieve community and regional prosperity and sustainability.

"Eligible groups can apply for amounts between $1,000 and $4,000 for one-off, short-term projects or activities with a focus on the priority areas of culture, safety, environment, recreation and entrepreneurism.

"It could be initiatives such as a community resilience-building event, a mentoring programme for young entrepreneurs, or hosting guest speakers at a local Chamber breakfast."

"In order to maximise benefits for regional areas, applications are restricted to regional centres along the corridor, and the programme is not available to organisations in the capital cities of Melbourne and Brisbane."

There will be quarterly rounds of funding, continuing throughout Inland Rail construction, and nominations for the current Round 1 funding close at 6pm on 30 April 2019.

For terms and conditions and to access an application form, please visit the Inland Rail website inlandrail.com.au/sponsorships, or email enquiries to IRCommunitySponsorships@ARTC.com.au

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