Building Better Regions Fund
This is in addition to $137,500 in BBRF Community Stream Investments for strategic plans, leadership and capability-building activities.
Outcomes of Round 1 BBRF Infrasrtucture Stream and feedback for applicants is available here.
Outcomes of Round 1 BBRF Community Investments Stream and feedback for applicants is available here.
Infrastructure Funding was awarded to Councils and Not-for-Profit organisations for five projects in the Central Western region, located in Bathurst, Orange, Forbes, Lachlan and Weddin Local Government Areas.
- Bathurst Regional Council is set to receive $10 million for the Velocity Park project, a second motorsport circuit on Mount Panorama in Bathurst expected to significantly expand tourism and the local economy.
- House with No Steps will receive $210,000 for the Aussie Biscuit Factory move and re-build in Forbes, creating new jobs and facilitating social inclusion with the majority for people with a disability.
- Housing Plus will receive $588,800 to build the Orange Crisis Centre for women and children escaping domestic violence, filling a significant needs gap in the region.
- Lachlan Shire Council is set to receive $181,450 for the Tottenham Pool Multipurpose Facilities, supporting the expanded use of this critical community facility.
- Weddin Shire Council received $950,000 for the Grenfell Health Hub, an integrated medical facility catering for local demand and e-health support into the future.
Community Investments Stream Funding was also awarded for the following:
- Central West Farming Systems (CWFS), based in Condobolin NSW, will receive $67,500 for an Agricultural Marking Skills Audit in Central West NSW to assess the knowledge of AgMarketing among farmers in the grain and livestock industry across the region, and ultimately target training to boost this through their ‘AgMarketing Project’.
- Forbes Shire Council will receive $70,000 to develop an agricultural strategic plan for the Forbes Shire, to encourage new agricultural products, industries, opportunities and partnerships for the sector.
The Australian Government has indicated that Round 2 of the BBRF is expected to be opened before the end of the year.
Although Round 2 applications are yet to open, project development and applications take time, requiring planning, budgeting, co-funding and letters of support. Organisations and Community groups are encouraged to call our office to talk through project ideas for Round 2 on 6369 1600 – we are here to help.
The Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), which superseded the previous National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF), opened for the first round of applications in January 2017.
The BBRF program 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 is 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.
- 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.
For Information and Program Guidelines from Round 1 BBRF click here.
All Local Governments and Not-for-Profit organisations are encouraged to consider applying.
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.
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.
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.
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.