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Building Better Regions Fund

Building Better Regions FundThe Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash has announced the $297.7 million Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) which will supersede the previous National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) with applications opening on 18 January 2017.

The BBRF will run over four years from 2016-17 to 2019-20 and will only be available in rural, regional and remote communities excluding major capital cities. 

The program will also be divided into 2 different streams: 

  • Infrastructure Projects Stream($20,000-$10 million) to fund projects which involve the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure.

Applications open 18 January and close 28 February 2017. 

  • Community Investments Stream($5,000-$10 million) to fund community building activities including but not limited to, new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability building activities.

Applications open 18 January and close 31 March 2017. 

For Information and Program Guidelines see here.

Information Sessions will be held to find out more about the grant funding available and how to apply: 

  • Dubbo on 31 January 2017 – 10:30am-12pm, Western Plains Cultural Centre, 76 Wingewarra St
  • Wagga Wagga on 2 February 2017 – 10am-11:30am, Wagga City Council Chambers, 243 Baylis St
  • Tamworth on 3 February 2017 – 10:30am-12pm, UNE, Tamworth Centre, 23 Fitzroy Street

Alternatively a webinar will be made available on the BBRF website in mid-January 2017.

All Local Governments and Not-for-Profit organisations are encouraged to consider applying. 


National Stronger Regions Fund – programme closed. National Stronger Regions Fund logo

There will be no further funding rounds under this programme. 

National Stronger Regions Fund – Round 3

On 7 October 2016 the Australian Government announced 67 infrastructure projects to receive $126.5m under Round Three of NSRF.

A total of 4 projects from the Central Western region were awarded funding for priority infrastructure in Bathurst, Forbes, Lithgow and Parkes, surpassing results from previous rounds and outperforming other regions in NSW.

“Nearly a quarter of the number of projects funded across NSW are located within our region – this is outstanding for the Central West ” said Regional Development Australia Central West Chair Alan McCormack.

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For further information about NSRF Round 3 successful applicants see the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development website.

National Stronger Regions Fund – Round 2

The Government has encouraged applicants to seek the support of their Regional Development Australia Committee for their project. RDA Central West is keen to get behind strong regional projects that improve the economic prospects for the region and address areas of disadvantage. Please contact us to discuss your project and how RDA Central West may be able to assist applicants get proposals submitted in Round 2.

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National Stronger Regions Fund – Round 1

The Australian Government has opened the new National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) which will invest $1 billion over the next five years to promote economic development into regional areas. The focus of the program is to support investment in priority infrastructure areas. Examples of possible priority areas include freight and transport projects, convention centres, and major multi-purpose sports and community facilities.

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National Stronger Regions Fund

The Federal Budget confirmed the $1 Billion National Stronger Regions Fund. This will comprise a $200 million per year allocation from July 2015.

The Fund will enable councils and community groups to apply for grants between $20,000 and $10 million, to meet up to half the cost of suitable community building projects.

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