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Canola field Central West NSW

Regional Growth Fund

NSW Central West RegionNSW Government has announced a $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund to fund infrastructure in regional NSW.

Eligible organisations include local governments, industry and community organisations, as well as regional organisations. Organisations can contact RDA Central West for assistance in developing project proposals on 02 6369 1600.

The following six programs will be made available under through the Regional Growth Fund:

$300 Million Community Amenity Fund

1. Regional Cultural Fund – Investment to support arts and culture
Applications have closed for 2017 and will reopen in 2018. 

2. Stronger Country Communities Fund – delivery of crucial local infrastructure to improve quality of life (such as upgrades to community facilities, playgrounds, health centres, refurbish schools, libraries and community centres).
Only Local Councils may apply but community groups with project ideas can contact their local Council.
Local Councils must apply in the following time periods: 
Closed 9 Aug 2017 :  Lithgow Shire
Closed 18 Oct 2017: Bathurst, Blayney, Orange, Cabonne, Oberon, Cowra, Parkes, Forbes, Lachlan, Weddin Shires.

$1 Billion Economic Activation Fund

3. Regional Sports Infrastructure – to enhance and build sporting infrastructure, and targeting investments over $1 million (administered by the NSW Office of Sport)
NOW OPEN : the fund remains open to EOI’s year-round.

4. Growing Local Economies – funding enabling infrastructure to grow regional centres (through job creation and economic growth)
This could include road works, natural gas mains and pipelines, water supply, sewerage connections and telecommunications (including data networks). The program is expected to deliver long–term growth benefits.
NOW OPEN : this is a two-stage process, with EOI’s submitted first.
The fund will remain open until all funding has been exhausted.
NSW Business Case Guidelines are provided below 

5. Resources for Regions – investment in mining-impacted communities (including infrastructure for health, water, roads, education, tourism and CBD renewals)
EOI’s closed on 18 August 2017

6. Connecting Country Communities – funding to improve regional voice and data connectivity (including to build and upgrade mobile base stations, connect businesses to global markets and schools with innovative learning resources)
Opens late 2017

Business Case Guidelines

These business case guidelines for NSW regional infrastructure projects are designed to support applicants prepare strong proposals and simplify the requirements set out in longer, more technical NSW Government guidelines.

Download: Business Case Guidelines 
Download: Business Case Template
Download: Example of a Business Case

Prior to commencing work on developing a business case for a project please contact the Office of Regional Development to discuss your project ideas and program eligibility.

An Expression of Interest needs to be completed and assessed before applicants will be requested to prepare a business case for potential program funding.

For more info visit the NSW Government’s webpage on Writing a Business Case 

The Regional Growth Fund aligns with the vision set out in the NSW Governments’ Regional Development Framework.

More information can be found on the Regional Growth Fund website.