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Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) – Community Investments Stream


This program seeks to fund community building activities including, but not limited to, new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability building activities. These projects will deliver economic and social benefits to regional and remote communities. It is one of the funding streams of the $641.6 million Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) which aims to support 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.

Grants between $5,000 and $10 million are available, however given the nature of eligible projects it is expected that most grants will be under $100,000.

Applicants are required to provide a co-funding contribution with the following ratio:
- 3:1 for projects classified as remote or very remote. The total government funding is up to 75% of the eligible project cost.
- 1:1 for all other classifications. The total government funding is up to 50% of eligible project cost.
- Projects with a total value of less than $20,000 and those that are granted an exceptional circumstances co-funding exemption are exempted from co-funding (although any level of contribution is encouraged). The total government funding is up to 100% of eligible project cost.

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

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants 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 they must demonstrate their not for profit status through one of the following:
a) Current Australian Charities and Not for profits Commission’s (ACNC) Registration
b) State or Territory incorporated association status
c) 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 Guidelines
- Non-distributing co-operatives

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete eligibility requirements.

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities must directly relate to the project and must be one of the following:
- Local events and workshops
a) Arts and culture events
b) Community and public events
c) Attracting new businesses or economic opportunities
d) Community sporting events
e) Events which attract tourists and visitors to a region
f) Workshops for community development
g) Hire of equipment or infrastructure to support the event or activity
- Strategic planning
a) Regional skills audits
b) Research projects to support regional development strategic plans
c) Collecting socio-economic information
d) Strategic plan development
- Regional leadership and capability
a) Leadership courses
b) Participation and community building measures for young people
c) Participation in activities to improve local business and industry leadership capability

Please refer to the Guidelines for the list of eligible expenditure.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
- Economic benefits of their project for the region (10 points)
- Social benefits of their project for the region (10 points)
- Capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (5 points)
- Impact of grant funding on their project (5 points)

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of the assessment criteria.


The following are ineligible for funding:
- For-profit organisation
- Individual, partnership or trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a non for profit trust organisation)
- University, technical college, school or hospital
- Regional Development Australia Committee
- Fundraising events
- Events for political/lobby groups
- Private events
- Land use planning
- Service delivery planning
- Capital funding for research centres
- Vocational education and training (VET)
- Apprenticeships
- Higher education qualifications

Please refer to the Guidelines for the list of ineligible activities.

  • Start-up
  • Research & Development
  • Marketing
  • Export
  • Business Support
Documentation Uploaded
Guidelines 2018-09-27 Download
Fact Sheet 2018-09-27 Download
FAQs 2018-09-27 Download
Sample Application Form 2018-09-27 Download
Sample Grant Agreement - Small Projects 2018-09-27 Download
Sample Grant Agreement - Medium Projects 2018-09-27 Download
Evidence of Contribution Letter Template 2018-09-27 Download
Accountant Declaration Template 2018-09-27 Download
Recipients 2019-05-25 Download
Recipients 2019-05-25 Download

Use these documents as a guide only - always get the latest direct from the Administrator

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Status Pending
Opening Date 27 Sep 2018
Start By Date 1 Nov 2018
Closing Date 15 Nov 2018
Closing Information
This program is available annually. The next funding round is yet to be announced.

Funding Type Grant
Min.Funding $5,000
Max.Funding $10M
Total Funding Pool $200M
Co-contribution Yes
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
Training / Employment
Arts : Events
CommunityServices : Other
Gender Any
Age Any
Who Can Apply?
General - Non-Industry Specific
Eligible Organisation Type(s)
Difficulty Rating
Tier Federal
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
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