We’re inviting community groups and organisations to apply for round six of the Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations program, which is now open, and runs until 31 July 2020.
Inland Rail Director of Engagement, Environment and Property Rebecca Pickering said the grants could assist regional communities that have been heavily impacted by COVID-19 social distancing requirements.
“Delivering Inland Rail is only possible in partnership with the communities in which we operate and supporting our communities’ sustainability is paramount,” Ms Pickering said.
“A key commitment of Inland Rail is to leave a positive legacy along the rail corridor and the Community Sponsorships and Donations program is just one example of how we ensure regional communities benefit from this unique project.
“Projects funded represent a diverse range of initiatives such as upgrading community facilities, skills building in the areas of STEM education and inclusive events.
“In the first three rounds of the program, Inland Rail donated $180,000 toward a range of events, projects and activities along the rail corridor including sporting groups, schools, men’s groups and Indigenous cultural groups, and we want this effort to continue.”
Ms Pickering said the Australian Government had carefully assessed and prioritised the safe delivery of Inland Rail during the COVID-19 pandemic and ARTC considered programs to support local schools, community groups and associations more important than ever.
“Because of the impact COVID-19 has had on our communities, we are specifically encouraging applications for projects that increase the capacity to deliver services during the ongoing pandemic or create online STEM programs for students while they are being home-schooled,” she said.
“Other types of projects we’re looking to support include online literacy education programs for local communities or capital works which can be delivered by local tradespeople.
“Schools, community groups and associations in regional communities across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria can view the application criteria to tap into the Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations Program for grants of between $1000 and $4000 on the Inland Rail website.”
For terms and conditions and to access an application form, please visit inlandrail.artc.com.au/sponsorships or email enquiries to IRCommunitySponsorships@ARTC.com.au.