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Building Better Regions Fund – Community Investments Stream – Round 4 – Drought Support

The Round 4 Community Investments Stream supports projects benefiting local communities in drought-affected areas. Through these projects, it aims to provide both economic and social benefits.


What do you get?

Grants of $5000 to $1 million to cover 50% or more of project costs.

Who is this for?

A not-for-profit, local government or non-distributing co-operative.


The $841.6 million Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) supports the Australian Government’s commitment to:

  • create jobs
  • drive economic growth
  • build stronger regional communities into the future

For Round 4 there is a total of $200 million available.

The Community Investments Stream will fund new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, or leadership and capability strengthening activities that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas.

Grants of between $5,000 and $1 million are available. However, given the nature of eligible projects we expect most grants will be under $100,000.

For most projects grant funding will be up to either 50% or 75% 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 your cash contribution if you can demonstrate that you are experiencing exceptional circumstances.

For small projects with a total grant amount of equal to or less than $20,000, grant funding will be up to 100% of eligible project costs.

Your project will need to deliver economic and social benefits to a regional or remote community.

The BBRF Round 4 includes a grant opportunity for an Infrastructure Projects Stream


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible you must have an Australian business number (ABN).

You must be one of the following:

  • an incorporated not-for-profit organisation
  • an Australian local government agency or body as defined in the glossary of the grant opportunity guidelines
  • a non-distributing co-operative

We can only accept applications where:

  • your project is taking place in a drought-affected location in Australia, as outlined under 2.1.1 of the grant opportunity guidelines
  • your project is located in Australia and in an eligible location unless you can clearly demonstrate the significant benefits and employment outcomes, that flow directly into an eligible area
  • you can provide evidence of how you will provide your share of project costs if applicable

As part of the application process, you will be required to provide evidence supporting your claim that your project will be delivered in a location affected by drought. This evidence could include:

  • projects located in a local government area that is eligible for the Australian Government’s Drought Communities Programme - Extension
  • projects located in a locality drought-declared by the relevant state or territory government
  • official Bureau of Meteorology rainfall data indicating an extended period without or significant decline in rainfall
  • demonstrated impact of economic and/or employment decline as a result of drought

For us to consider you a not-for-profit organisation you must demonstrate your not-for-profit status through one of the following:

  • Current Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission's (ACNC) Registration
  • State or territory incorporated association status
  • Constitutional documents and/or Articles of Association that demonstrate the not-for-profit character of the organisation 

For more information on eligibility please refer to the grant opportunity guidelines.

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How do you apply?

Building Better Regions Fund – Community Investments Stream – Round 4 – Drought Support is currently closed to applications.

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Need help?

  • Contact us for help with your application or to find out more.

  • Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm across Australia

Grant recipients

View the successful applicants from round 2

See the successful applicants receiving a grant from round 1

Learn who are the successful applicants of round 3

Learn who are the successful applicants of round 4

Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines – Round 4

Feedback for applicants - Round 4

Sample standard grant agreement – Round 4

Are you ready to apply fact sheet – Round 4

Community investments stream fact sheet – Round 4

Employment outcomes fact sheet – Round 4

Evidence of contribution letter template – Round 4

Accountants declaration template – Round 4

Sample application form – Round 4

Past round guidelines

Grant opportunity guidelines - Round 1

Grant opportunity guidelines - Round 2

Grant opportunity guidelines - Round 3