People in Benalla now have the chance to pitch their ideas for community projects and to vote for their favourite, thanks to the Victorian Government’s $30 million Pick My Project fund.
State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes has called on Northern Victoria communities to brainstorm and submit their ideas for projects they would like to get off the ground.
Grants of between $20000 and $200000 will be made available for ideas ranging from cultural events to community gardens — anything that will make our local communities better places to live.
In a Victorian-first, all residents aged 16 and over will be able to submit their idea for consideration under the program and then vote for the projects they think are most important.
All they’ll need is an idea that helps build a stronger community, and the backing of a local organisation, community group, school, local council, or other eligible group able to help deliver the project.
Projects will need to be feasible and have land-owner consent, but there are no restrictive guidelines — meaning many local priorities that fall-between the cracks of other grant programs are now eligible for funding.
‘‘Northern Victoria communities can now imagine, submit and vote for the projects they want — and we’ll help make them happen,’’ Ms Symes said.
‘‘This idea will help our locals get the projects they want for their communities.
‘‘There are many ideas out there and Pick My Project will help bring them to life.
‘‘Whether you’re a sporting club or a kindergarten, this fund is a chance to improve the community you live in.’’
A series of community workshops will take place across the state to provide more information about the initiative and support interested applicants.
Applications will remain open until Sunday, June 24, with winning projects to be announced in September.
●To view the guidelines, find out more about the workshops and register your interest, visit pickmyproject.vic.gov.au