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$80,000 Inland Rail funding for communities

The Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations Program has announced the 23 schools, community groups and associations along the Inland Rail alignment that will receive a combined $80,000 from the 14th round of its funding — taking total funds awarded by the program to more than $930,000.

The latest round of funding is the largest since the Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations Program started in 2019 and takes the total number of projects receiving funding from the program to 289.

Funding supports short-term or one-off initiatives like local festivals and celebrations, school STEM initiatives, upgrading sporting facilities, and supporting health and wellbeing groups.

Nominations for the next round of funding from the program are now open. Applications close Monday, October 31.

Inland Rail Health, Safety and Environment director Stephen Jones said the organisation was proud to give back to the communities that are home to Inland Rail.

“The work these organisations do is instrumental to the wellbeing of regional communities,” he said.

“The Community Sponsorships and Donations program is just one example of how we ensure that communities benefit from this nation-building project and that we leave a positive legacy in the regions along the Inland Rail alignment.

“We offer funding between $1000–$4000 for groups and organisations that operate along the Inland Rail route and contribute to local and regional prosperity, well-being, and sustainability. These funds will directly benefit the community through supporting vital local initiatives.

“I encourage other non-profit groups to lodge their applications for the next round of funding.”

For terms and conditions and to access an application form, visit here.