Indian Ocean Territories Community Development Grants Programme

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On 8 September 2015, Mr Barry Haase, Administrator of the Indian Ocean Territories, announced that $1.49 million would be provided for community infrastructure and projects from  Round Two of the IOT Community Development Grant Programme. Funding will be provided for sixteen projects on Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Decisions on projects to be funded were made by the Hon Jamie Briggs MP, former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development.

The Department is finalising the Funding Agreements with proponents. Once the Funding Agreement is signed by the proponent and the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, payments will be made according to agreed milestones.

Please contact Karen Lindsay (Director, IOT Policy Section) on 02 6274 8113 or IOTGrants@infrastructure.gov.au for more information.

Details of timing for Round Three will be provided in due course.

Overview

The Community Development Grants Programme is an initiative of the Australian Government. It provides grant funding for projects that support  economic and social projects which contribute to the development and community amenity of Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

During 2015–16, the Programme provided successful applicants with a grant of up to $200,000. Partner funding was not required, but was encouraged (as well as in-kind contributions). Each grant recipient was required to be a legal entity, for example an individual; a body corporate; or a local government organisation.

Applications were assessed according to the potential of the project to contribute to the development and community amenity of the IOT. The assessment considered support for economic development; development of the IOT communities; improved liveability, culture and sense of community in the IOT; presentation, protection or promotion of the natural environment of the IOT; and evidence of community support for the project.

Contact

Indian Ocean Territories Community Development Grants Programme
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
GPO Box 594
CANBERRA ACT 2601

E: IOTgrants@infrastructure.gov.au