Rural fund offering $15k grants

MINISTER for Agriculture, Food and Regional Economies Tim Mulherin has announced the opening of the last round of the $2 million Building Rural Communities Fund.

Mr Mulherin said rural communities across Queensland would benefit from changes to the last round including grants being extended to up to $15,000, including up to $5000 for capital works.

"The grants are for projects that will improve the economic, social, cultural and environmental capacity of communities in rural Queensland," Mr Mulherin said.

"The increase in the grants from $10,000 to $15,000 is a result of feedback from community groups and organisations.

"The grants will provide increased support to communities to strengthen their capacity and build a more sustainable and prosperous future for rural and remote communities across Queensland."

Member for Mount Isa Betty Kiernan said 153 rural projects across Queensland have already shared in over $1.3 million in funding approved under previous funding rounds of this initiative.

"The funding is having a positive impact in many areas around the state on a great variety of projects designed to make rural and regional communities' better places to live and visit," Mrs Kiernan said.

"The funding is for plans like developing local sporting facilities or volunteer organisations, implementing tourism strategies or building natural disaster resilience.

Applications close on November 23.

To apply go to www.regions.qld.gov.au or call 132 523.


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