The Nationals in government are continuing to back regional Australia, providing more funding to help communities across Nicholls recover and grow as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applications are now open for the new Rebuilding Regional Communities Program, giving local businesses and community groups a chance to share in $5.7 million.

Grants are available for community-led initiatives that will bolster our region by strengthening social connections, supporting jobs, and creating economic opportunities.

Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, said the funding would deliver a much-needed boost for local businesses, communities and towns hit hard by the pandemic.

“The Nationals in government are continuing to invest in the projects and initiatives that will make our regional communities more resilient and more vibrant,” Mr Drum said.

“After being hit with bushfires, drought and flooding in recent years, the COVID-19 pandemic brought with it new challenges for locals and the communities in which they live.

“Access to this funding will help local groups restart activities and maintain social support networks in our regional towns as they recover from these setbacks.

“I look forward to working with local groups to help secure the funding they need to bounce back strongly and deliver for locals as we recover from the pandemic.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Barnaby Joyce, said the Nationals in government are continuing to stand behind regional Australia.

“We have a strong track record of investing in initiatives and projects that create jobs and make our regions stronger, both economically and socially, and through this new funding we’re building on that,” Mr Joyce said.

“As a regional MP, I know how tough it has been for community groups to raise necessary funds to sustain operations and provide important services across our communities.

“We know that small grants can have a big impact on regional communities and this $5.7 million in further funding will help drive the recovery of our regions.”

The Federal Government is partnering with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal to deliver the Rebuilding Regional Communities Program.

Funding will be available from two streams to support regional initiatives:

  1. The Micro Projects stream will provide small grants of up to $10,000 for regional communities with fewer than 50,000 people to help sustain local organisations and their work.
  2. The COVID Recovery stream will provide up to $50,000 for larger projects that will enhance the recovery of communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

There is no set end date for applications. Eligible organisations can apply between now and February 2024.

For more information and to apply, please visit


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