Over the past decade, Australia has withstood some of the harshest conditions in its history. Disease, drought, fire and flood have challenged local communities and businesses more than ever before. In response, migration from capital cities to regional centres is on the rise, technology is advancing at the speed of light and Australians are looking to their own backyard for holidays and tourism. To keep up and react to these rapidly changing times, local communities are leveraging grant funding to become more resilient and self-reliant.
Community grants present a new opportunity to local citizens with feet on the ground to produce and progress projects that directly affect their way of life. Grants allow for collaboration across regions to bring about wide-reaching benefits. Funding programs targeting small scale communities are the reason school students have access to laptops, pedestrian malls are safe and senior citizens have access to Wi-Fi.
Grant funding is a critical resource for local councils all around Australia. For some rural and remote areas, grant funding can account for more than 50% of council revenue. This funding assistance supports councils to deliver priority infrastructure and essential services to meet the identified needs of their communities. There are many local, state and federal programs open throughout the year with benefits that affect local economies, job creation and security, public safety, facilities and amenities, connections, art and culture. Read on to learn more about these programs and the many ways they are transforming local ways of life.