Do you have an idea that will benefit communities in Western Victoria?
If so, you could receive up to $10,000 from the 2015 Helen and Geoff Handbury Fellowship Program, through RMIT University.
Applications close on Saturday, 29 November. Read more about the fellowship program.
Dr Yaso Nadarajah, Senior Research Fellow and Coordinator of the Fellowship Program at RMIT, said applicants didn't have to have research or project management expertise.
"It provides an opportunity for locals from all backgrounds to develop a concept that will benefit the region, especially if their idea falls outside of other grant processes, or they don't see themselves as capable of applying for a grant," she said.
"The program encourages and supports practical projects by individuals or groups that contribute to lasting improvements, especially in the sustainability of vulnerable western Victoria communities.
"We'd like to see that that research supported by the Fellowship Program would benefit similar communities beyond western Victoria".
Successful Fellowship recipients will receive financial support up to $10,000 to undertake projects in the priority areas of agricultural innovation, cultural diversity, food security or ecology.
Twenty-two fellowships have been awarded since 2002 to a wide range of community members and researchers in Western Victoria.
There are information centres in the following towns: Warrnambool, Hamilton, Portland, Port Fairy, Coleraine, Casterton, Heywood, Dunkeld, Macarthur and Ararat.
Please contact members of the Advisory Committee if you wish to discuss your idea or want feedback on it.
For interviews, please contact: Tony MacGillivray, 0418 528 264 (Hamilton), Reverend Peter Cook, (03) 5571 2577 or Dr Yaso Nadarajah, (03) 9925 3542.
For general media enquiries: Louise Handran, (03) 9925 9088 or 0400 715 363.