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Grants for better public spaces and streetscapes now open

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Councils and community groups across Victoria will soon be able to develop better public spaces and improved streetscapes.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced the State Government would introduce a $20 million Living Local Fund for regional Victoria.

The fund is connected to the government’s Our Regions and Our Suburbs: Living Local Initiative, which aims to keep communities resourced with equipment and infrastructure.

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The Living Local Fund is dedicated to supporting an entire range of projects from upgraded halls, art installations and community gardens.

Councils and communities can apply for two types of grants:

A grant between $20,000 to $200,000 for infrastructure including new playgrounds and community gardens, splash pads, art installations and community hall upgrades.

Another grant between $2000 to $20,000 will also be provided for councils and community organisations to develop minor refurbishments and buy new equipment such as laptops, kitchen appliances and audio-visual equipment.

Ms Symes said the fund was essential to the future of many regional towns as it would improve liveability in communities.

“It’s great for our regional towns to have even more of a chance to support their local communities to build stronger connections for the future,”she said.

The Living Local Fund grant applications will close on August 14. .

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