Building Better Regions Fund Infrastructure Projects Stream

At a glance

Closed

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:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)

and

  • be one of the following incorporated entities:
    • an incorporated not for profit organisation.
    • an Australian local government agency or body as defined in appendix A of the grant opportunity guidelines
    • non-distributing co-operatives.

Other eligibility requirements apply.

Contact information:

13 28 46

business.gov.au/contact

Overview

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 and remote communities into the future.

For Round 3, $200 million is available, with up to $45 million of this funding earmarked to support tourism related infrastructure projects.

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 your contribution 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, or leadership and capability strengthening activities that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas. Infrastructure activities are not eligible for the Community Investments Stream.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)

and

  • be one of the following incorporated entities:
    • an incorporated not for profit organisation. As 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
    • an Australian local government agency or body as defined in appendix A of the grant opportunity guidelines.
    • non-distributing co-operatives.

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 non 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 section 4.1 of the grant opportunity guidelines
  • a university, technical college, school or hospital
  • a Regional Development Australia Committee
  • a registered training organisation.

Your project must:

  • not be located in an excluded area unless you can clearly demonstrate the significant benefits and employment outcomes, that flow directly into an eligible area.
  • be seeking a grant of at least $20,000, and up to a maximum of $10 million
  • provide evidence confirming all cash and in-kind contributions
  • have a project that has not started at the time of application
  • be ready to commence soon after executing the grant agreement
  • be completed by 31 December 2021.

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

Merit criteria

To be competitive you must score highly against all of the criteria:

  • Merit criterion 1 Economic benefit of your project for the region (15 points)
  • Merit criterion 2 Social benefit of your project for the region (15 points)
  • Merit criterion 3 Project delivery (5 points)
  • Merit criterion 4 Impact of grant funding (5 points) 

How to apply

The Building Better Regions Fund Infrastructure Projects Stream is currently closed to applications. 

How we assess applications

We assess your application against the eligibility criteria and then against the merit criteria. Only eligible applications will proceed to the merit assessment stage.

The amount of detail and supporting evidence you provide in your application should be relative to the project size, complexity and grant amount requested. You should define, quantify and provide evidence to support your answers. The sample application form displays character limits.

We provide recommendations to the Ministerial Panel on which projects to fund. The Ministerial Panel will make the final decision.

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 and give you the chance to discuss the outcome with us.

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.

We may make an initial payment when the grant agreement is executed. We will make subsequent payments after we have received and accepted the required report. We set aside a minimum of 10 per cent of the total grant funding for the final payment. We will pay this when you submit a satisfactory final report.

Payments will be made by direct credit into a nominated bank account.

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

  • Grant opportunity guidelines
  • Sample grant agreement - small to medium projects
  • Sample grant agreement - large 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 Infrastructure Projects Stream.

View the grant recipients for round 2 of the Building Better Regions Fund Infrastructure Projects Stream.

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