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The $481.6 million Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) aims 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 will 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.

  • 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 funds community building activities including, but not limited to, new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability building 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.

Eligibility

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.

Applications close: 19 December 2017.

More information on Infrastructure Projects Stream

More information on Community Investments Stream

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