There is only two weeks left to apply for funds for priority infrastructure projects in regional communities across the Far North, Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said today.
Senator Macdonald said Round Three of the National Stronger Regions Fund which closes on 15 March, 2016, provides matching funding for local governments and incorporated not-for-profit groups for capital projects involving the construction of new infrastructure, or upgrades and extensions to existing facilities.
“The Coalition Government, through the Northern Australia White Paper, is making a landmark investment in Northern Australia, and the National Stronger Regions Fund is an important funding mechanism to help facilitate local infrastructure projects that underpin the long-term goals identified in the White Paper,” Senator Macdonald said.
Senator Macdonald said the fund had delivered important infrastructure projects for the region in previous funding rounds, including $2million for fibre optic cabling between Doomadgee and Burketown.
Grants must be between $20,000 and $10million, and funding must be matched dollar for dollar except for applicants in remote and very remote locations.
In Round Three, remote and very remote applicants need to contribute at least one dollar for every three dollars of funding.
More information on the programme is available at www.infrastructure.gov.au/nsrf.