Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas handed down a ‘Putting patients first’ state budget on May 3, with a continued focus on pandemic recovery, support for health workers, and jobs for Victorians.
Budget highlights for community groups include:
- $246 million to help creative industries bounce back after the pandemic, including a $6 million Creative Spaces and Places program to provide affordable creative spaces for artists
- $88 million for sport and recreation initiatives, including the Local Sports Infrastructure Fund, the Female Friendly Facilities Fund, and the Country Football and Netball Program
- a further $50 million for the Growing Suburbs Fund
- a new $40 million Victorian Industry Investment Fund as part of the Victorian Industry Fund to provide grants to support businesses and supply chains
- $20 million for local community grants programs to support small-scale infrastructure such as new playgrounds, community gardens and upgrades
- $7 million for a Low-Carbon Manufacturing Grant Program to help manufacturers compete globally for renewable energy components
- $6.4 million to continue the Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund
- $1.8 million for initiatives that help young people at risk, including the Empower Youth program.
It's unclear when or how this money will trickle down to not-for-profits and community groups, but we'll be keeping watch for updates relevant to Funding Centre members.
In the meantime, log in to your Funding Centre account and sign up for alerts to be the first to know where the money is flowing, and to search for and manage your grant applications using the dashboard tool.