Applications into the latest $200 million round of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) opened today (Thursday).
Federal Barker MP Tony Pasin urges regional communities to take advantage of the fund to get local infrastructure and community-building projects of all sizes off the ground.
Mr Pasin explained how the initiative, supporting regional and rural communities, has a particular focus on those communities doing it tough through the drought.
"...we will be here to support them for as long as it takes through a suite of initiatives such as the BBRF," he said.
Barker has already benefited from previous rounds of the BBRF with over $12 million invested through more than 40 local projects.
"These projects are driving economic growth in and delivering lasting benefits to our local communities," he said.
"Communities across the country are suffering from the effects of this prolonged dry-spell and this extra funding will help get local projects and infrastructure work underway to strengthen regional economies, keep tradies in work and money generating through local stores.
"The BBRF is a central plank of our commitment to supporting stronger regions, supporting local jobs by investing in 'shovel-ready' projects across regional Australia to ensure communities thrive and survive," Mr Pasin added.
The first three rounds of BBRF were reported as highly competitive with more than 2600 applications received and 832 projects funded, totalling just over $643 million.
Applications opened November 14 and close on December 19.
Further information on eligibility and how to apply is available at www.business.gov.au/bbrf.