Building Better Regions Fund

About the Programme

The Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) will create jobs, drive economic growth and build strong regional communities across Australia by funding infrastructure and community investment projects.

$1.04 billion was available through this program to fund projects in regional Australia outside the major cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra.

The BBRF is a competitive, merit based grant program with two streams:

  • The Infrastructure Projects Stream supports projects which involve construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure that provides economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas.
  • The Community Investments Stream provides organisations with grants of between $5,000 to $10 million to new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability strengthening activities that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas.

Round Five

Round Five opens on 12 January 2021 and closes on 5 March 2021.

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

The Infrastructure Projects Stream supports projects that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas. The projects can be either construction of new infrastructure or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure. The Infrastructure Projects Stream only supports investment ready projects.

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 contribution requirement if you can demonstrate that you are experiencing exceptional circumstances.

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

What do you get?

Grants of $20,000 to $10 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.

Further information can be found at the Building Better Regions Fund Website.

Developing Funding Proposals - A Guidance Manual for Practitioners

The WA RDA Network has engaged AEC Group Pty Ltd to develop a Guidance Manual to support the BBRF Round One. Download a copy of the report HERE. We have also been privy to a webinar facilitated by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications focused on Round 5 of the Australian Government's Building Better Regions Fund. You can view a video of the presentation HERE or download a copy HERE.

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You are encouraged to seek the support of your RDA Committee for your project.  Your RDA Committee can:

  • assist you to identify and develop a strong project proposal that will contribute to long term economic growth and is a priority within your region; and
  • work with you to prepare a competitive application, supporting documents and evidence.

Round Four

A total of 109 projects to the value of $205 million were approved for funding under the Infrastructure Projects Stream.  The successful applications can be viewed here

A total of 54 projects to the value of $2 million were approved for funding under the Community Investments Stream.  The successful applications can be viewed here.

Round Three

A total of 166 projects to the value of $197.4 million were approved for funding under the Infrastructure Projects Stream.  The successful applications can be viewed here

A total of 164 projects to the value of $6.9 million were approved for funding under the Community Investments Stream.  The successful applications can be viewed here.

Round Two

The successful applications for the Infrastructure Project Stream were announced on 9 July 2018 and a full list can be viewed here.

The Community Investments Stream was announced on 4 July 2018 and a list of successful applicants can be viewed here.

Round One

The successful applications for the Infrastructure Project Stream were announced on 4 August 2017. The full list of Infrastructure Project Stream applications is available here.

Successful projects from the Community Investments Stream were announced on 22 September 2017. The list of successful Community Investments Stream funding offers is here.