GROW is a plan to support people in regional and rural areas where it's hard to find work. GROW (G21 Region Opportunities for Work) is an initiative of the G21 – Geelong Region Alliance and Give Where You Live.
GROW developed from a G21 Addressing Disadvantage Taskforce report that coincided with concern from Give Where You Live that different approaches may be needed to tackle regional social and economic disadvantage. This context is consistent with the Victorian Government's interest in the challenges facing regional and rural communities.
The first phase of GROW involves the development of a Business Plan focused on the City of Greater Geelong and Colac Otway Shire. This phase is being funded jointly by Regional Development Victoria, G21, Give Where You Live and the City of Greater Geelong, Colac Otway Shire, Surfcoast Shire, Golden Plains Shire and the Borough of Queenscliffe.
In addition, Give Where You Live has committed funds over the coming 10 years to support implementation of the GROW Business Plan across the whole G21 Region. This may include securing additional resources for existing programs or identified gaps, facilitating the involvement of multiple organisations and sectors and monitoring and evaluating outcomes. This commitment also provides a base from which the region can identify appropriate public, private and philanthropic funds in a coordinated way.