Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF)

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

  • Delivered by: AusIndustry

Overview

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

Applications for the Community Investments Stream closed at 5pm local time on 31 March 2017.

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.

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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