Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF)

This program provides funding for infrastructure projects and community investment that will create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future. Both streams will open on 18 January 2017. The Infrastructure Projects Stream closed at 5pm local time on 28 February 2017 and the Community Investments Stream will close at 5pm local time on 31 March 2017.

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Applicants impacted by Cyclone Debbie

If you are in a cyclone affected area you may be concerned that Cyclone Debbie will impact your ability to submit your Building Better Regions Fund application by the closing time 5pm local time, Friday 31 March 2017.

We are extending the closing time for affected applicants, and will provide an update here on the revised closing time shortly.

In the meantime please progress your application as best you can.


The $297.7 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. A mapping tool is available to assist applicants determine the eligibility of their project location.

There are two streams of funding available under the program:

Infrastructure Projects Stream

Applications for the Infrastructure Projects Stream closed at 5pm local time on 28 February 2017.

The Infrastructure Projects Stream will 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.

Community Investments Stream

The Community Investments Stream will fund 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.

The minimum grant amount is $5,000 and the maximum grant amount is $10 million, however given the nature of eligible projects we expect most grants will be under $100,000.

You must complete your project within 12 months of executing the grant agreement with the Commonwealth and by 31 December 2019.

Applications for the Community Investments Stream open on 18 January 2017 and close 5pm local time on 31 March 2017.

Who can apply?

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 (the Infrastructure Projects Stream requires you to have 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.

Information Sessions

We have recorded an Information session presentation for any customers who were not able to attend one of the information sessions held in January and February.

This BBRF presentation is a summary of information about the BBRF. If you are considering applying for the program, please read the program guidelines before submitting your application.

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.

Click here to access the mapping tool.

Key documents

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