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Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) – Overview

Overview

This program seeks to support the Australian government’s commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future. It will fund projects in regional Australia outside the major capital cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, and Canberra. This supersedes the National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF).

The program is designed to achieve the following outcomes in regional and remote communities:
- Create jobs
- Have a positive impact on economic activity, including Indigenous economic participation through employment and supplier-use outcomes
- Enhance community facilities
- Enhance leadership capacity
- Encourage community cohesion and sense of identity

There are two streams of funding available under the program:
1. Infrastructure projects
- Grants between $20,000 and $10 million are available.
- For most projects grant funding will be up to 50% or up to 75% of the eligible project costs.

2. Community investments
- Grants between $5,000 and $10 million are available, however given the nature of eligible projects 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% or up to 75% of the eligible project costs. For small projects with a total project value of less than $20,000, grant funding will be up to 100% of eligible project costs.

A total funding pool of $641.6 million is available over four years from 2016-17 to 2020-21.

As announced in the 2018-19 Federal Budget, the government is providing $206.5 million for a third round of the Building Better Regions Fund. This includes $45 million to improve tourism-related infrastructure, supporting demand driven projects that ensure the benefits of government investment can be multiplied across the tourism sector in the regions. This investment increases the funding available to the Building Better Regions Fund to $641.6 million

Who Can Apply?

Please refer to the individual streams for the specific eligibility requirements.

Eligible Activities

Please refer to the individual Guidelines of each stream for the specific eligible projects/activities.

Main Assessment Criteria

Please refer to the Guidelines for the specific assessment criteria of each stream.

Restrictions

Please refer to the individual Guidelines of each stream for the specific ineligible projects/activities.

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  • Research & Development
  • Marketing
     
  • Export
     
  • Business Support
     
Documentation Uploaded
Recipients - Community Investments Stream 2018-08-13 Download
Recipients - Infrastructure Projects Stream 2018-08-13 Download
Guidelines - Infrastructure Projects Stream 2018-09-27 Download
Guidelines - Community Investments Stream 2018-09-27 Download

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

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Category
Business
Community
Dates
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.

Value
Funding Type Grant
Min.Funding $5,000
Max.Funding $10M
Total Funding Pool $641.6M
Co-contribution Yes
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
Activities
Training / Employment
Marketing
Infrastructure / Equipment
Sector/SubSector
CommunityServices : Employment
Infrastructure : Other
Gender Any
Age Any
Who Can Apply?
Location
National
Region
Regional
Rural
Industries
General - Non-Industry Specific
Eligible Organisation Type(s)
Organisation
Difficulty Rating
Administrator
Tier Federal
Department
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Contacts
Program Administrator
AusIndustry
Telephone
132846
Email
https://www.business.gov.au/Forms/Email-us
General WebsiteVisit
Program Website Visit