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Round two of National Stronger Regions Fund opens for applications

LOCAL councils and incorporated not-for-profit organisations can now apply for funding of between $20,000 and $10 million for capital infrastructure projects under Round Two of the $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund.

Making the announcement last week, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren said the Australian Government is very pleased with the level of interest shown in the programme under Round One.

There were 405 applications received under Round One seeking funding of over $1.2 billion. The 51 successful projects received a total of $212.2 million under the first round of the programme.

Devonport, Tasmania
Above: The northern Tasmanian city of Devonport received almost $10 million under the first round of the National Stronger Regions Fund / by Peter Gawthrop.

"I encourage applicants to put forward projects that demonstrate strong economic outcomes, especially in disadvantaged regions, to give themselves the best opportunity for success under Round Two," Mr Truss said.

"Feedback will soon be available for unsuccessful applicants from Round One who wish to strengthen their application and re-apply for funding."

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs said funding was targeted in such a way to ensure successful projects deliver strong outcomes for local communities.

"Following feedback from various stakeholders, the Australian Government has made some amendments to the National Stronger Regions Fund to better reflect the objectives of the programme," Mr Briggs said.

"Under Round Two, $25 million will be quarantined for those projects seeking funding of $1 million or less. This will allow a broader reach across Australia's regions and better reflect the national intent of the programme.

"Applicants will also be able to submit up to two applications under this Round."

More information on the National Stronger Regions Fund, including a full list of Round One funded projects, is available fromĀ Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development website at <http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/nsrf/>.

Photo: Devonport, Tasmania / Peter Gawthrop / Licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC 2.0.

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