Category Archives: Grants

Local History Grants Program Now Open For 2016-17

Special Minister of State, Gavin Jennings, has today announced $350,000 towards grants for community projects that seek to preserve and share local history for the benefit of all Victorians.

The Local History Grants Program, managed by Public Record Office Victoria, is now accepting applications of up to $15,000.

The program is about putting our dedicated community organisations first, who do such a great job of collecting and preserving Victoria’s fascinating history.

Last year saw seventy-one community groups across Victoria share in the funding for historical projects and publications. These included the digitisation of Victorian records, the development of guided historic walking tours in Cornish Hill and Campbell’s Creek and the restoring of historic costumes from Bendigo.

Victoria’s diverse history is a real drawcard for visitors, with a total of 6.5 million people visiting a museum, gallery, heritage site or monument within our state in 2015-16. This has grown by 18.7 per cent over the last financial year and has been growing at 7.6 per cent over the last five years.

You can submit your application online via www.prov.vic.gov.au.

Applications close at 5pm on 31 January 2017.

Quote attributable to Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings

“Community projects that capture Victoria’s diverse history are important to help inform us about our development as a society, culture and people.”

“With these grants, we are ensuring our state’s history is protected for future generations.”

“This is also about putting people first, given the importance of our historical past in attracting visitors to our museums, galleries and other historic sites and boosting local jobs.”

Quotes attributable to Public Record Office Director and Keeper of Public Records Justine Heazlewood

“Thanks to last year’s local history grant funding, we have been able to support a great number of community projects across a range of areas.” 

“With this year’s grants program, we look forward to again helping Victorian community groups tell our diverse history, much of which may otherwise have gone untold without this support.”

$2 Million Boost For Victoria’s Learn Locals

The Adult Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board today launched its latest Capacity and Innovation Funding Round with applications closing on December 15.

Funding is available for projects that build organisational capacity, drive innovation and contribute towards improvements in learner engagement, participation and attainment. Projects can last for up to 18 months.

This is the eighth round of the Capacity and Innovation Fund, with more than $20 million distributed through this fund to Victoria’s more than 300 Learn Local Organisations.

Among projects funded in the last round was $141, 850 for Paynesville Neighbourhood Centre for a project linking the land and 21st century learning and $196,344 for Wimmera HUB to build training in the community.

Each year, Victoria’s Learn Local organisations help in excess of 50,000 Victorians develop new skills, pursue their goals of getting work or going on to further education.

The Labor Government is transforming Victoria into the Education State through a range of initiatives including:

  • Funding for pre-accredited training through the ACFE Board will increase by nearly $2 million in 2016:
  • The $320 million TAFE Rescue Fund, which is investing in new facilities and supporting TAFEs to better support their local community
  • The independent VET Funding Review, which is developing a more sustainable and stable funding model to better meet the skills needs of Victorians for the long-term and;
  • The opening of Skills and Jobs Centres which are one-stop-shops for students looking to start training, workers needing to reskill and unemployed workers needing support for retraining.

Successful applicants will be notified in April 2016, to find your nearest Learn Local, go to learnlocal.org.au

Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert

“Our investment in Learn Locals is very important. Pre-accredited training provides disadvantaged learners with opportunities to get off the treadmill of unemployment and back on the footpath to work or further study.”

“We’re investing in skills and training and transforming Victoria into the Education State, to prepare Victorians for the jobs of the future.”

Quotes attributable to Acting ACFE Board Chair Ron Wilson

On behalf of the ACFE Board, I encourage Learn Local Organisations to participate in this significant program.”

$12.4 million commitment to upgrade Macedon schools

Students and families in Macedon will benefit from a $12.4 million investment in local school infrastructure under a re-elected Coalition Government, Minister for Education Martin Dixon announced today.

Mr Dixon made the election commitment today during a visit to Daylesford Secondary College, Woodend Primary School and Gisborne Primary School with the Member for Northern Victoria Amanda Millar and Liberal candidate for Macedon Donna Petrovich.

“The Napthine Government is building better schools for all Victorian students and I’m delighted to announce that if the Coalition Government is returned, we will invest $10 million in Daylesford Secondary College to significantly upgrade the school,” Mr Dixon said.

“Daylesford Secondary was shamefully neglected for a decade under the former Labor government, and this important investment will fully fund Stage 2 of the school’s master plan, including landscaping for outdoor areas.

“In addition, we will deliver $1.2 million for Woodend Primary School to build a hall and administration facilities, and $1.26 million to upgrade the oval and outdoor facilities at Gisborne Primary School.”

Ms Millar said the Napthine Government has a clear record of delivering high quality educational infrastructure.

“The Victorian Coalition Government is proud to be delivering 24 new schools, and upgrades to hundreds of schools like Daylesford Secondary College,” Ms Millar said.

Ms Petrovich said students in Macedon were already benefiting from the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1.1 billion investment in school infrastructure.

“The Napthine Government has already delivered $3.5 million for Gisborne Secondary College, $5.3 million to upgrade Kyneton Secondary College, and $3.5 million to support Kyneton Primary School’s relocation plans, which will be a priority under a re-elected Napthine Government,” Ms Petrovich said.

“If the Napthine Government is re-elected in November, I look forward to working as local member with the school community to continue our positive investment in education in Macedon.”

The Napthine Government is building a better education system, with a record $9.2 billion for school education in 2014-15, $1 billion more than Labor’s last budget in 2010.

 

$4.8 million commitment to upgrade Kalianna Special School

Students and families in Bendigo will benefit from a $4.8 million investment in Kalianna Special School under a re-elected Coalition Government, Minister for Education Martin Dixon announced today.

Mr Dixon made the election commitment during a visit to Kalianna Special School with the Member for Northern Victoria Amanda Millar and the Liberal candidate for Bendigo West Michael Langdon and Liberal candidate for Bendigo East Greg Bickley.

“The Napthine Government is building better schools for all Victorian students and I’m delighted to announce a $4.8 million upgrade of Kalianna Special School if the Coalition Government is returned,” Mr Dixon said.

The funding will allow the school to significantly modernise and upgrade its facilities to support the learning needs of students and support high quality teaching.

Ms Millar said the Napthine Government has a clear record of delivering high quality educational infrastructure.

“The Victorian Coalition Government is proud to be delivering 24 new schools, and upgrades to hundreds of schools, like Kalianna Special School,” Ms Millar said.

Mr Langdon said students in Bendigo were already benefiting from the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1.1 billion investment in school infrastructure since 2011.

“The Napthine Government has already delivered $25.6 million in Bendigo West, including $12.5 million for Castlemaine Secondary College, $11.5 million for Golden Square Primary School and $1.1 million for Winters Flat Primary School,” Mr Langdon said.

“As a school community, Kalianna Special School should be proud of the quality education it delivers, and its strong advocacy on behalf their students and families. The Napthine Government is committed to supporting the school by providing this new infrastructure.

“If the Napthine Government is re-elected in November, I look forward to working with the school community to continue our positive investment in education in Bendigo West.”

The Napthine Government is building a better education system, with a record $9.2 billion for school education in 2014-15, $1 billion more than Labor’s last budget in 2010.

 

Minister opens $4 million Fairhills Primary upgrade

Minister for Education Martin Dixon today officially opened the $4 million upgrade to Fairhills Primary School with Member for Ferntree Gully Nick Wakeling.

On a tour of the new facilities Mr Dixon said the $4 million, announced in the 2013-14 State Budget, had funded the transformation of two classroom blocks into four new flexible learning centres.

“The Napthine Government is building better schools for all Victorian students, and the Coalition is proud to have invested $4 million in the future of Fairhills Primary,” Mr Dixon said.

“Since 2011 the Victorian Coalition Government has invested $1.1 billion in school capital, including $8 million for Eastern Ranges School, $4.5 million for Ferntree Gully North Primary School, $4 million for Wattle View Primary School, and $3 million for Mountain Gate Primary School,” Mr Dixon said.

Each centre is linked via a central „pine‟containing active and passive learning areas, and group learning and presentation spaces.

Fairhills Primary School Principal Moi Beaurain said the whole school community love the new open learning spaces.

“The spaces really push learning so that it meets the requirements of 21st century skill-based education. The kids have taken to it like a duck to water,” Ms Beaurain said.

Mr Wakeling said Fairhills has built an outstanding reputation as an innovative leader in education in Ferntree Gully.

“The funding provided by the Napthine Government has helped implement the school‟ vision of a whole-school approach to curriculum delivery through flexible learning spaces,” Mr Wakeling said.

“These fantastic 21st century facilities will boost student learning for families from Ferntree Gully and surrounding suburbs for generations to come.”

The Napthine Government is building a better education system, with a record $9.2 billion for school education in 2014-15, $1 billion more than Labor‟ last budget in 2010.

 

$1.8 million commitment to upgrade Orchard Grove Primary School

Students and families in Forest Hill will benefit from a $1.8 million investment in Orchard Grove Primary School under a re-elected Coalition Government, Minister for Education Martin Dixon announced today.

Mr Dixon made the election commitment today during a visit to Orchard Grove Primary School with the Member for Forest Hill, Neil Angus.

“The Napthine Government is building better schools for all Victorian students and I’m delighted to announce a $1.8 million upgrade of Orchard Grove Primary School if the Coalition Government is returned,” Mr Dixon said.

The funding will allow the school to modernise and expand its administrative and staff facilities, as well as significantly upgrade its toilet and first aid facilities for staff and students.

Mr Dixon said the Napthine Government has a clear record of delivering high quality educational infrastructure.

“The Victorian Coalition Government is proud to be delivering 24 new schools and upgrades to hundreds of schools, like Orchard Grove Primary School,” Mr Dixon said.

Mr Angus said students in Forest Hill were already benefiting from the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1.1 billion investment in school infrastructure.

“The Napthine Government has already delivered $7.1 million dollars in capital and additional maintenance funding for schools in Forest Hill, including $2.7 million for Vermont Secondary College and $2.1 million for Forest Hill College,” Mr Angus said.

“As a school community, Orchard Grove Primary School should be proud of the quality education it delivers to students. The Napthine Government is committed to supporting the school’s rapid growth by providing this new infrastructure.

“If the Napthine Government is re-elected in November, I will continue to work with the school community to continue our positive investment in education in Forest Hill.”

The Napthine Government is building a better education system, with a record $9.2 billion for school education in 2014-15, $1 billion more than Labor’s last budget in 2010.

 

Coalition pledges $5 million to upgrade Parkhill Primary

Parkhill Primary School at Ashwood will receive a major $5 million upgrade under a re-elected Coalition Government, Premier Denis Napthine announced today.

Dr Napthine made the announcement during a visit to the school today with Education Minister Martin Dixon and the local Member for Burwood, Graham Watt, on the first day back at school in term 4.

“The Victorian Coalition Government is building better schools for all Victorian students and I’m delighted to announce a $5 million upgrade of Parkhill Primary School if the Coalition Government is returned,” Dr Napthine said.

“This $5 million investment will enable the Parkhill school community to complete a master plan and then deliver permanent, high quality facilities to support the learning and teaching of its 300-strong students and staff.

“The project will see a rebuild of the Prep to Year 6 classrooms and a refurbishment of the library and administration areas. Our Government is committed to improving education in Burwood by ensuring students and families have access to the very best facilities and learning spaces available,” Dr Napthine said.

Mr Dixon said the Napthine Government has a clear record of delivering high quality educational infrastructure.

“As a former teacher and principal I am proud that the Victorian Coalition Government is delivering 23 new schools, and upgrades to hundreds of schools, like Parkhill Primary School,” Mr Dixon said.

Mr Watt said Burwood was benefitting from the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1.1 billion investment in school infrastructure..

“The Napthine Government has already delivered $15.5 million for Ashwood Secondary College, and $2.6 million for Solway Primary School, as well as $900,000 for Ashburton Primary School in Burwood,” Mr Watt said.

“While Labor neglected these schoosl and cut statewide maintenance funding by 20 per cent, we have increased maintenance funding by 40 per cent to address Labor’s shameful underinvestment in key growth areas, like Burwood.

“If the Napthine Government is re-elected in November, I look forward to working with the school community to deliver this important upgrade for Parkhill Primary and the broader Burwood community, continuing our positive investment in education in the region,” Mr Watt said.

The Napthine Government is building a better education system, with a record $9.2 billion for school education in 2014-15, $1 billion more than Labor’s last budget in 2010.

Coalition invests $1.5 million to support Victoria’s apprentices

Minister for Higher Education and Skills Nick Wakeling today announced that a support program for apprentices will continue thanks to a $1.5 million investment by the Victorian Coalition Government.

Mr Wakeling said the funding would allow the Apprenticeship Support Officer program to operate for a further six months, ahead of the start of the Commonwealth Government’s new Australian Apprentice Support Network next July.

“The Apprenticeship Support Officer program provides targeted pastoral care to young apprentices in the early stages of their apprenticeship which is often when students are most at risk of leaving their courses,” Mr Wakeling said.

Last week, Mr Wakeling welcomed the Commonwealth Government’s review of training packages and accredited courses, which will give all students a better chance of gaining employment.

“Victoria’s TAFE and training system has already been refocussed to match the rapid pace of structural change in the Victorian economy by developing stronger partnerships with industry and employers,” Mr Wakeling said.

“The Victorian Coalition Government has increased funding for the TAFE and training system from just over $800 million under Labor to $1.2 billion per year. This is an increase of 50 per cent.

“In recognition of the key role apprentices play in meeting our state’s skills needs, we have also increased the average subsidy for traditional trade apprenticeships to around $14,000 across an apprenticeship,” Mr Wakeling said.

Mr Wakeling said the Napthine Government has worked hard to fix Labor’s bungled attempt at reforming the training sector in 2008.

“We now have a training system that is focused on delivering skills that allow graduates to gain long term and meaningful jobs,” Mr Wakeling said.

“Our industry participation model has ensured 72 per cent of training is now in areas of skills shortage and employment growth – more than ever before.”

Napthine Government delivers additional $23 million for school maintenance

Minister for Education Martin Dixon today announced that 169 schools will receive a share of $23 million in additional maintenance funding to repair, replace, or rebuild school buildings.

The further investment of $23 million is in addition to the $51.5 million allocated in 2013, and $71 million allocated in the 2014-15 Victorian State Budget to address Labor’s $420 million maintenance backlog.

“During the 2012 maintenance audit – a fulfillment of a Coalition Government election promise – all 27,000 Victorian government school buildings were assessed, and the audit exposed a decade of Labor neglect,” Mr Dixon said.

“The Victorian Auditor-General’s Office found Labor’s Building the Education Revolution program was underfunded by $70 million and forced schools to maintain underutilised facilities and buildings.

“After 11 years of Labor neglect and a 20 per cent cut to maintenance funding, the Napthine Government stepped in and took decisive action.

“The Coalition Government has delivered on its election promises, and has increased direct school maintenance funding by over 40 per cent, in contrast to Labor’s cuts and broken promises,” Mr Dixon said.

“In its first State Budget, the Coalition Government invested an additional $100 million in school maintenance including funding to cover cost overruns in Labor’s Building the Education Revolution for maintenance, cleaning, and utilities.

“We have already delivered $51.5 million in additional maintenance funding, and this second round of additional school maintenance funding will address the 321 Victorian government school buildings most in need of urgent works.

“Our record is clear – unlike Labor, when we make a promise, we deliver on it.”

Since 2011, the Victorian Coalition Government has delivered a $1.1 billion investment in school infrastructure, including 23 new schools and upgrades to hundreds of existing schools.

For a full list of recipients, please go to: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/news/archive/Pages/maintenance.aspx

 

Minister opens $3 million Rosebud Primary School

Minister for Education Martin Dixon officially opened the $3 million redevelopment of Rosebud Primary School today.

On a tour of the new facilities Mr Dixon said the $3 million project, funded in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 Victorian State Budgets, had delivered modern teaching and learning facilities.

“The Napthine Government is building better schools for all Victorian students, and as a former teacher and principal, I am proud to invest in the future of Rosebud Primary School.

“As local member for Nepean I know this $3 million investment will benefit the students, staff and families of Rosebud Primary School for years to come,” Mr Dixon said.

The funding included master planning and a complete stage one rebuild, with six new classrooms for the junior school and the refurbishment of the original school building to house a dedicated music space for the whole school.

“The Victorian Coalition Government has delivered on all of its school commitments from the last election, including planning and funding the redevelopment of Rosebud Primary School,” Mr Dixon said.

“Since 2011, we have invested $1.1 billion in school capital, delivering 23 new schools and significantly upgrading hundreds of existing schools like Rosebud Primary School and Nepean Special School, which received $100,000 in the 2011-12 Victorian State Budget.”

Principal Tony Short said the new learning spaces had made a massive difference to the school.

“It has allowed the teachers to be more flexible in how they teach, which has led to the children being more calm and relaxed,” Mr Short said.

“The building is spacious, light and bright and is just fantastic. The children love learning in their new facility.”

The Napthine Government is building a better education system, with a record $9.2 billion for school education in 2014-15, $1 billion more than Labor’s last budget in 2010.