Locals now have the chance to pitch their ideas for community projects and to vote for them, under the State  Government’s new $30 million “Pick My Project” fund.

Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville has called on individuals, clubs, schools and other organisations   right across the Peninsula to brainstorm and submit their ideas for projects they would like to get off the ground.

Grants of between $20,000 and $200,000 will be made available for ideas ranging from cultural events to community gardens – anything that will make our local communities better places to live.

In a Victorian-first, all residents aged 16 and over will be able to submit their idea for consideration under the program and then vote for the projects they think are most important.

All they’ll need is an idea that helps build a stronger community, and the backing of a local organisation, community group, school, local council, or other eligible group able to help deliver the project.

A series of community workshops will now take place across the state to provide more information about the initiative and support interested applicants.

Applications will remain open until Sunday, 24 June 2018, with winning projects to be announced in September 2018.

To view the guidelines, find out more about the workshops and register your interest, visit pickmyproject.vic.gov.au.