Applicants still keen to take advantage of the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages (RJIP) will have increased opportunity with the extension of applications for the $220 million initiative.
Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie said the extension to the applications deadline would benefit local North Coast community groups by allowing more time for them to prepare the best application possible.
“I’m really pleased about this extension,” Dr Gillespie said.
“Local community groups often aren’t used to the process of applying for government grants like major organisations are and a two week extension can really help them.
“The RJIP funding will be available across three streams: Local infrastructure; Business innovation; and Skills and training.
The $25 million package is designed to strengthen and stimulate long-term economic growth and deliver sustainable employment.”
Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the fortnight extension would ensure the best outcome for regional Australia.
“We have worked closely with regional and remote communities on this programme, and it is clear that some organisations would benefit from additional time to prepare a strong application,” Minister Nash said.
“To ensure organisations who have applied already won’t be disadvantaged in any way, we will be making contact and offering another opportunity to resubmit. That’s a win-win situation for everyone.
“What it means is that my Department receives strong applications on every front; smaller or less-resourced organisations are given more time to apply; and those who have already applied will be able to tweak their application so it is even better again.
“Most importantly, regional Australians will reap the rewards of this approach by seeing the best applications selected, and the strongest projects delivered.”
Applications for the Package now close on Tuesday 15 August at 5 pm, with successful applicants expected to be announced in the final quarter of 2017.
For more information on the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages, and to put in an application, visit Business.Gov.Au.