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Building Better Regions Fund – Community Investments Stream – Round Five


The Round Five Community Investments Stream supports 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.

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Close date: 05 Mar 2021 05:00 PM AEDT.

What do you get?

Grants of $5000 to $1 million to cover 50% or more of eligible project costs.

Who is this for?

An incorporated not-for-profit, local government agency or body or non-distributing co-operative.

Overview


The $1.04 billion Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) supports the Australian Government’s commitment to: 

  • drive economic growth
  • build stronger regional communities into the future.

For Round Five a total of $200 million is available, with $100 million dedicated to tourism-related infrastructure projects. 

The Community Investments Stream will fund 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 projects are not eligible under the Community Investments Stream.

For most projects grant funding will be up to either 50% or 75% 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 cash contribution if you can demonstrate that you are experiencing exceptional circumstances. 

For small projects with a total grant amount of equal to or less than $20,000, grant funding will be up to 100% of eligible project costs. 

Your project will need to deliver economic and social benefits to a regional or remote community.  

The BBRF Round Five includes a grant opportunity for an Infrastructure Projects Stream

Eligibility


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible you must have an Australian Business Number (ABN).

You must be one of the following:

  • an incorporated not-for-profit organisation
  • an Australian local government agency or body as defined in the glossary of the grant opportunity guidelines
  • a non-distributing cooperative.

We can only accept applications where:

  • your project is located in an eligible location as outlined under section 5.2 of the grant opportunity guidelines
  • you can provide evidence of how you will provide your share of the project costs.

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

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Applying


How do you apply?

You should read the grant opportunity guidelines and sample grant agreement before you apply. 

To apply, you must submit your application through the online portal. You’ll need to set up an account when you first log into the portal. The portal allows you to apply for and manage a grant or service in a secure online environment.

 

Apply now for the Building Better Regions Fund Community Investments Stream - Round 5 

Before you apply, make sure you:

  • read the grant guidelines
  • read the factsheet
  • Read the frequently asked questions.
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Need help?

  • Contact us for help with your application or to find out more.

  • Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm across Australia

Grant recipients

View the successful applicants from round 2

See the successful applicants receiving a grant from round 1

Learn who are the successful applicants of round 3

Learn who are the successful applicants of round 4

Information session


View the webinar facilitated by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications and Regional Development Australia (RDA) Central West which focuses on:

  • what the Australian Government wants to achieve from BBRF Round 5
  • program guidelines
  • assessment process
  • what makes a good application stand out from the rest.

Information session questions and answers

Key documents


Grant opportunity guidelines

Frequently Asked Questions

Employment outcomes factsheet

Are you ready to apply factsheet

Sample application form

Sample grant agreement – standard

Evidence of contribution letter template

Accountants declaration template

Independent audit report template

Past round guidelines


Grant opportunity guidelines - Round 1

Grant opportunity guidelines - Round 2

Grant opportunity guidelines - Round 3

Grant opportunity guidelines – Round 4