Building Better Regions Fund Community Investments Stream

At a glance


Provides organisations with grants of between $5,000 to $10 million to fund community activities in regional and remote communities.

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:

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The $641.6 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.

Community Investments Stream

The Community Investments Stream will fund the following community activities, new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability strengthening activities.

  • The minimum grant amount is $5,000.
  • The maximum grant amount is $10 million, however given the nature of eligible projects we expect most grants will be under $100,000.
  • For projects with a total project cost of more than $20,000, 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.
  • For small projects with a total project value of less than $20,000, grant funding will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs.
  • You may apply for a partial or full exemption to the co-funding requirement if you can demonstrate that you are experiencing exceptional circumstances.

These projects will deliver economic and social benefits to regional and remote communities.

Infrastructure activities as defined in section 3.1, of the Program Guidelines are not eligible for the Community Investments Stream.

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.

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 not for profit trust organisation)
  • a Commonwealth, state or territory government agency or body (including government business enterprises) with the exception of those organisations referred to in 6.2 of the Program Guidelines
  • a university, technical college, school or hospital
  • a Regional Development Australia Committee.

Your project must:

  • be located in Australia and in an eligible area. You may still apply if your project is in an excluded area, however, you must clearly demonstrate the significant and demonstrable benefits and employment outcomes which flow directly into an eligible area
  • be seeking a grant of at least $5,000 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 completed within 12 months of executing a grant agreement and by 31 December 2020

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 project period.
  • The social benefit your project will deliver to the region during and beyond the project period.
  • 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 or medium) and the following documents carefully before you complete an application:

  • Feedback for Applicants
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Sample Application Form
  • Am I Ready to Apply

You can only submit an application during a funding round.

We have changed some of the documents we require you to attach to your application, please read the Program Guidelines for more information.

For assistance with the application form contact us.

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.

Mapping tool

Key documents

  • Program guidelines
  • Sample grant agreement - small projects
  • Sample grant agreement - medium projects
  • Am I ready to apply?
  • Factsheet
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Sample application form
  • Evidence of contribution letter template
  • Accountant declaration template

Grant recipients

View the grant recipients for round 1 of the Building Better Regions Fund Community Investments Stream.

View the grant recipients for round 2 of the Building Better Regions Fund Community Investments Stream.

Feedback for applicants is available.

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