NSW, VIC, QLD: Drought Communities Programme (DCP)

The Drought Communities Programme (DCP) is designed to deliver benefits in targeted drought affected regions of Australia. The Australian Government is providing $35 million over four years, commencing in the 2015 to 2016 financial year, to fund local infrastructure initiatives that provide employment for people whose work opportunities have been impacted by drought.

Funding will be targeted at projects that stimulate local community spending, use local resources, businesses and suppliers, and/or provide a long-lasting benefit to communities and the agricultural industries on which they depend.

Funding will be directed to declared local government areas.

Eligible projects must relate to economic, social and cultural infrastructure; safety and accessibility upgrades; and/or town facility developments and upgrades.

Projects will need to demonstrate they expect to:

  • lead to the employment of locals, with a focus on employing farmers and/or farm staff/labourers/contractors – and/or
  • contribute to the economic activity of communities/regions – and/or
  • lead to the retention of businesses, services and facilities

Funding will be directed to declared local government areas. The declared councils are listed in the DCP Grant Programme Guidelines.

Grant activity time frame: 1 July 2015 – 30 June 2019

Organisation: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

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