Media Release - RDA Gold Coast RDAF Rounds 3 & 4 Posted on October 25, 2012

Rounds three and four of the Regional Development Australia Fund will be rolled out at the same time providing $225 million for partnership projects across Australia.

An information session will be held on Tuesday 30th October at the Southport Community Centre with Gold Coast community groups encouraged to attend. The session will commence at 6pm and will run for approximately one hour.

Regional Australia Minister Simon Crean said the Federal Government has improved the RDAF guidelines to make it easier to apply and broaden the sorts of projects which can be funded.

Mr Crean advised “Round four will see $175 million allocated through grants of between $500,000 and $15 million to deliver priority regional infrastructure in partnership with funding from state and local governments and the private sector.

“We will aim to allocate at least $40 million to arts and culture projects in rounds three and four – the amount provided to the sector in rounds one and two.” Mr Crean reaffirmed the Federal Government’s commitment to partnership projects that provide an investment multiplier.

Round three will not be suitable for the Gold Coast as it is for towns with a population of 30,000 or less.

Grants of up to $15 million are available for well-researched, strategic infrastructure projects delivering concrete economic and social benefits to their regions.

Regional Development Australia (RDA) Gold Coast, part of a national network of community based committees established by the Federal Government to facilitate and advise on regional development, will host the information session.

The RDA network will play a key role ensuring that regional infrastructure investment meets regional needs.

As part of the two-stage application process RDA committees will review EOIs from potential applicants and will select a number of priority projects to progress to full application.

RDA committees are community leaders uniquely placed to determine viable projects that align with their regional priorities and plans.

The information session on Tuesday 30th October will provide details about the RDAF application process, eligibility requirements and selection criteria, and co-funding requirements and opportunities.

The RDAF is worth almost $1 billion over five years and is designed to boost economic and community development as part of the Australian Government’s commitment to regional Australia. 

The new guidelines will be available on the RDA Gold Coast website www.rdagoldcoast.org.au . Rounds three and four are open for EOIs and will close 6th December 2012.

To register your interest for the information session please email admin@rdagoldcoast.org.au or call 5583 5095. A maximum of two representatives from any organisation may attend.

If you are unable to attend this information session and would like further information, please advise.
For further details of the remaining rounds, revised guidelines and to access an EOI form visit our website or

http://www.regional.gov.au/regional/programs/rdaf.aspx

MEDIA - For further information please contact:
Ian Pritchard – Executive Officer, RDA Gold Coast 0431 402 919

RSVP – For further information please contact:
Mandy Hurst – Executive Assistant, RDA Gold Coast 5583 5095 or admin@rdagoldcoast.org.au 

A PDF download of this media release is available here: 

MEDIA_RELEASE_RDA_GC_RDAF_Rounds_3__4.pdf

 

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