Walsh urges groups to apply for rural grants

By Campaspe News

LEADER of the Nationals Peter Walsh is encouraging local not-for-profit groups to apply for grants of up to $15,0000 under the the ANZ Seeds of Renewal Program.

The Member for Murray Plains said the program focuses specifically on helping build vibrant and sustainable rural communities with a population of 15,000 or fewer.

“I encourage our hard-working not-for-profit organisations across the Murray Plains electorate to convert their bright ideas into reality by applying for funding under this program,’’ he said.

“The program is unique to rural communities and offers a great opportunity to increase the vibrancy and prosperity of country towns.”

This year the program is committed to three focus areas that include:

■Improving environmental sustainability: initiatives that restore and conserve the natural environment or which contribute to lower carbon emissions, water stewardship and waste minimisation.

■Improving financial wellbeing within the community: particularly for the under-represented and disadvantaged, including initiatives that improve economic participation, for example through building financial literacy and vocational skills and providing access to meaningful work.

■Improving access to housing: improving housing access through initiatives that support those at risk of homelessness, or that provide supports for people living with a disability.

Applications are being accepted now and will close on Tuesday, August 6.

To apply visit

If you have any queries or wish to discuss a project call 1800 170 020 during business hours.