Building Better Regions Fund Infrastructure Projects Stream

At a glance

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Provides organisations with grants of between $20,000 to $10 million to support projects which involve the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must:

  • be a legal entity, have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be one of the following entities:
    • a local governing body
    • a not for profit organisation.

Other eligibility requirements apply.

Contact information:

13 28 46

business.gov.au/contact

Overview

The $481.6 million Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) supports the Australian Government's commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.

The program will fund projects in regional Australia outside the major capital cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, and Canberra.

There are two streams of funding available under the program.

Infrastructure Projects Stream

The Infrastructure Projects Stream supports projects which involve the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas.

  • The minimum grant amount is $20,000.
  • The maximum grant amount is $10 million.
  • For most projects grant funding will be up to 50 per cent or up to 75 per cent of your eligible project costs. Your location will determine the percentage of grant funding you can receive.
  • You may apply for a partial or full exemption to the co-funding requirement if you can demonstrate that you are experiencing exceptional circumstances.

Community Investments Stream

The Community Investments Stream funds community building activities including, but not limited to, new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability building activities. These projects will deliver economic and social benefits to regional and remote communities.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must be a legal entity, have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be one of the following entities:

  • a local governing body as defined by the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995
  • a not for profit organisation that has been established for at least two years.

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • a for profit organisation
  • an individual, partnership or trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust)
  • a Commonwealth, state or territory government agency or body (including government business enterprises)
  • a university, technical college, school or hospital
  • a Regional Development Australia Committee.

Your project must:

  • be located in regional Australia outside the major capital cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, and Canberra
  • be seeking a grant of at least $20,000, and up to a maximum of $10 million
  • provide evidence confirming all co-funding contributions
  • have a project that has not started at the time of application
  • be ready to commence within 12 weeks of executing the grant agreement
  • be completed by 31 December 2019.

For more information on eligibility please refer to the Program Guidelines.

Merit criteria

To be competitive you must score highly against all of the criteria:

  • The economic benefit your project will deliver to the region during and beyond the construction phase.
  • The social benefit your project will deliver to the region during and beyond the construction phase.
  • The value for money offered by your project.
  • Your capacity, capability and resources to carry out the project.

How to apply

You will need to read the Program Guidelines, the sample grant agreement applicable to your project (small to medium or large) and Am I ready to apply?.

You must complete the online application form. You can only submit an application during a funding round.

Applications for the Infrastructure Projects Stream closed on 28 February 2017.

How we assess applications

We first assess your application against the eligibility criteria and then against the merit criteria. Only eligible applications will proceed to the merit assessment stage.

We then provide advice to the Ministerial Panel on eligible applications with recommendations on which projects to fund. The Ministerial Panel will decide which grants to approve.

For more information on how we assess your application please refer to section 7 of the Program Guidelines.

If your application is successful

If your application is successful, you will receive a written offer. If you are unsuccessful, we will notify you in writing.

Successful applicants must enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth within 60 days from the date of the written offer. The grant agreement will specify the reporting requirements, payment schedule and milestones necessary to receive payments. Payment and reporting arrangements will differ depending on the size and complexity of the project.

Mapping tool

In your application, you will need to provide the latitude and longitude of your project location.

This tool will assist you in determining the location of your project and whether it is in a regional or remote area.

Mapping tool

Key documents

  • Program guidelines
  • Sample grant agreement - small to medium projects
  • Sample grant agreement - large projects
  • Am I ready to apply?
  • Factsheet
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Sample application form
  • Applicant attachments – How to guide
  • Evidence of contribution letter template

Grant recipients

View the grant recipients under the Building Better Regions Fund Infrastructure Projects Stream.

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