Building Better Regions Fund

The BBRF will invest $297.7 million over four years in infrastructure projects and community investments to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future

Building Better Regions Fund

The BBRF will invest $297.7 million over four years in infrastructure projects and community investments to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.

Grants are available through two funding streams; Infrastructure Projects and Community Investments.

• 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 Community Investments Stream will 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.

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science’s AusIndustry Business Grants Hub is responsible for administering the program on behalf of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (this includes grant application, enquiries and project management activities).

Both streams will open on 18 January 2017.

The Infrastructure Projects Stream will close at 5pm local time on 28 February 2017 and the Community Investments Stream will close at 5pm local time on 31 March 2017.

Program Guidelines, the application form, contact details for enquiries, and other programme information, is available on www.business.gov.au/bbrf

Applicants seeking further guidance around the application process can contact www.business.gov.au or call the contact centre on 13 28 46.

Applicants are also encouraged to seek the support of their Regional Development Australia (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.