Regional Development Australia Fund workshops 14-20 April 2011

$1 Billion Regional Development Australia Fund workshops being held across the Sunshine Coast for Not-for-Profit groups

The Chair of Regional Development Australia (RDA) Sunshine Coast will conduct a series of workshops to engage with community members of Not-for-Profit organisations to help them make applications to the $1 billion RDA Fund for local projects.

The workshops will take place across the Sunshine Coast from 14 April to 20 April 2011 and will provide an overview of funding guidelines and procedures when applying for grants through the RDA Fund.

The Chair said “Not-for-Profit organisations form the backbone of our community and it is wonderful news that they are eligible to receive grants from the recently announced RDA Fund.

“These information workshops assist RDA Sunshine Coast in working closely with local communities in order to secure the best possible social, economic and environmental outcomes for the region.

“Applications to the RDA Fund will be guided by community needs as identified in the RDA Sunshine Coast Regional Roadmap. RDA Sunshine Coast will make recommendations to the Australian Government in this regard.

“I encourage community groups to participate actively in these workshops. We are here to listen and let the Australian and State Governments know the Sunshine Coast community’s needs”.

Funding of between $500,000 and $25M per project will be available. Project grants over $5M will be required to be matched on at least a dollar for dollar basis.

Partner funding will be expected for grants except where extenuating circumstances prevent co-funding. Grants over $5M are required to be matched on at least a dollar-for-dollar basis. This is not necessarily required for projects under $5M.

RDA Sunshine Coast looks forward to seeing applications for local projects.

RDA Fund workshop details are as follows:

Date Time Location
Thursday      14 Apr 2011 14:30 – 15:30 United Synergies Boardroom 

12-14 Ernest Street


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Friday           15 April 2011 14:30 – 15:30 Interactive Community Planning  Boardroom 

Level 1, 65 Currie Street


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20 Apr 2011

10:00 – 11:00 Maleny 

Hinterland Business Centre

38a Coral Street


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20 Apr 2011

13:30 – 14:30 Duporth Tavern Function Room 

52 Duporth Avenue


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20 Apr 2011

16:00 – 17:00 Caloundra RSL 

19 West Terrace


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Please RSVP to RDA Sunshine Coast Executive Officer Russell Mason on 5451 6329 or email