RDA workshop to build funding awareness and skills

Regional Development Australia (RDA) Sunshine Coast is hosting a workshop for Queensland and northern NSW RDA CEOs this Friday 9 October to provide RDAs with a better understanding of the requirements for seeking funding under the National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF).

Representatives from the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development in Canberra will explain how RDAs can identify, recognise and distinguish the elements of strong project proposals against NSRF guidelines.

The workshop, initiated by RDA Sunshine Coast, developed from August’s national RDA Forum in Canberra where Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss outlined the role of RDAs in supporting the NSRF application process.

RDA Sunshine Coast CEO Estella Rodighiero said RDAs were well placed to help potential grant applicants with their NSRF submissions by discussing opportunities and identifying infrastructure projects which aligned with key regional priorities.

“This workshop will provide RDA CEOs with the skills to better help applicants understand how to prepare professional funding submissions and increase their opportunities for successful funding outcomes,” she said.

“We will then share this information through NSRF grant writing workshops across the Sunshine Coast over the next few months to explain to potential applicants the type of project proposals sought, how to lodge an application, how assessments will be conducted, and dates for the next round of the Fund.”

The NSRF provides local community projects with between $20,000 and $10 million, covering up to 50 percent of project costs. It supports a range of local and regional development initiatives ranging from transport projects to the development of sports and community facilities.

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