Building Better Regions Fund Infrastructure Projects Stream
At a glance
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.
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.
- 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 will fund the following community activities, new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability strengthening activities. 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.
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
- 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 2020.
For more information on eligibility please refer to the Program Guidelines.
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 can only submit an application during a funding round.
For assistance with the application form contact us.
We have changed some of the documents we require you to attach to your application, please read the Program Guidelines for more information.
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.
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.
- Program guidelines
- Sample grant agreement - small to medium projects
- Sample grant agreement - large projects
- Am I ready to apply?
- Frequently asked questions
- Sample application form
- Evidence of contribution letter template
- Accountant declaration template
View the grant recipients for round 1 of the Building Better Regions Fund Infrastructure Projects Stream.
View the grant recipients for round 2 of the Building Better Regions Fund Infrastructure Projects Stream.