New round of Community sponsorships and donations open

Are you a community group or organisation which contributes to local and regional prosperity, wellbeing or sustainability?

Local community groups can apply for sponsorships

You’re invited to apply for a grant of up to $4000 in the latest round of our Community Sponsorships and Donations program, which is now open and runs until 31 July.

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 are looking to support include online literacy education programs to local communities, capital works which can be done by local tradespeople or to help fund equipment which can be bought locally.

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. Rail freight critical to helping keep Australia’s economy on track.


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