REGIONAL JOB CREATION FUND ROUND 2 OPEN AND ‘READY FOR BUSINESS’

Thursday, 10 February 2022

 

A STATE Government grants program which has helped create more than 320 new local jobs is back open and ready for business, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall today urging innovative local operators to apply for Round 2 of the Regional Job Creation Fund (RJIF).

 

Mr Marshall said an eye-watering $6.82 million was provided for business expansion projects across the electorate through Round 1.

 

“In the last 12 months, this program paved the way for 327 new manufacturing, food processing and creative industry jobs in our region,” Mr Marshall said.

 

“As regional economies emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, existing businesses are looking at how they can expand, diversify and make the most of the changing landscape.

 

“For example, Bindaree Beef at Inverell will use a $4 million grant to redevelop its boning room, establish a staff training facility and work towards meeting the demands of new domestic and international markets.

 

“At Armidale, bathroom vanity manufacturer Timberline and medical supply manufacturer Forte Healthcare are using RJIF grants to expand their plants, purchase equipment and increase output.

 

“For operators wanting to fast-track their growth plans, now is the time.

 

“Grants will range from $100,000 to $5 million to help fund projects such as replacing plant equipment, upgrading technology and developing regionally iconic tourism experiences.

 

“I encourage businesses considering making an application to contact the Department of Regional NSW for advice.

 

“Businesses have shown incredible resilience in the face of the pandemic, and the State Government is continuing to support them by co-funding projects that drive investment, create jobs and boost economic recovery.”

 

Applications are open and close at 9am on Monday, 14 March 2022.

 

For information about eligibility criteria and program guidelines, go to www.nsw.gov.au/RJCF

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