$14 million investment to boost Murray- Darling communitites

Businesses, councils and not-for-profit organisations in the electorate have an opportunity to secure funding to create more jobs, strengthen business confidence and diversify their local economies.

Member for Albury, Greg Aplin has welcomed the announcement by the Australian and NSW Governments that $14.1 million of funding would soon be available to regional communities that were most impacted by the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

“This opportunity for funding will again support local businesses and the community by encouraging job creation, further diversifying local industries and increasing the economic output of local economies,” Mr Aplin said.

“In this second round over $14 million will be available across two funding streams to projects with the potential to drive significant job outcomes or support small businesses, small capability building projects and economic development projects that support economic diversification.

As part of the $14.1 million allocation, the Energise Enterprise fund is a $4.1 million investment in small businesses and capability building projects, with $25,000 one-off grants or $40,000 matched grants available for projects that encourage businesses to develop skills or focus on small community economic development projects.

“This is a new funding pathway encouraging businesses to work with local councils and not-for-profits to fund projects to diversify, strengthen and build resilience in their local economies,” Mr Aplin said.

“Our area received over $1m in the first round of this funding earlier this year so I encourage businesses, councils and eligible organisations to access the information and submit applications.”

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