The $1.04 billion Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) supports the Australian Government’s commitment to:

  • drive economic growth
  • build stronger regional communities into the future.

For Round Five, there is a total of $200 million available, with $100 million dedicated to tourism-related infrastructure projects.

The Infrastructure Projects Stream supports projects that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas. The projects can be either construction of new infrastructure or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure. The Infrastructure Projects Stream only supports investment ready projects.

For most projects grant funding will be up to either 50% or 75% of your eligible project costs. Your location will determine the percentage of grant funding you can receive.

You may apply for a partial or full exemption to your contribution requirement if you can demonstrate that you are experiencing exceptional circumstances.

Your project will need to deliver economic and social benefits to a regional or remote community.

Tourism Related Infrastructure project funding – key points:

  • Round Five of the program incorporates $100 million towards tourism-related infrastructure projects
  • when applying, you will be asked to indicate your intention to seek funding for your project from the tourism-related infrastructure projects funding pool
  • you will be asked to demonstrate the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on your region’s tourism industry (or the region that will benefit from your proposed project) and how your project will provide benefits to the tourism industry to assist in mitigating the impact from the COVID-19 pandemic
  • you will be required to provide evidence to support your claims and must meet the eligibility requirements
  • you do not have to be a tourist organisation to apply for the tourism-related infrastructure funding.

To be eligible you must have an Australian business number (ABN).

You must be one of the following:

  • an incorporated not-for-profit organisation
  • an Australian local government agency or body as defined in the glossary of the grant opportunity guidelines
  • a non-distributing co-operative.

We can only accept applications where:

  • your project is located in an eligible location (section 5.2 of the grant opportunity guidelines)
  • you can provide evidence of how you will provide your share of the project costs
  • you can confirm that you have the authority of the land or infrastructure project owner to undertake the project at the nominated site/s.

More information on eligibility criteria is at section 4 of the grant opportunity guidelines.

Not eligible

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • a for-profit organisation
  • an individual, partnership or trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a not-for-profit trust organisation)
  • a Commonwealth, state or territory government agency or body (including government business enterprises) with the exception of those organisations referred to in section 4.1 of the grant opportunity guidelines
  • a university, technical college, school or hospital
  • a Regional Development Australia Committee.

Eligible and excluded areas

Your project must be in an eligible area. You will need to show this in your application by providing the latitude and longitude of your project location.

Our mapping tool will help you determine your project location and its eligibility.

Use the Building Better Regions Fund map tool.

Total Amount Available (AUD):

Estimated Grant Value (AUD):

From $20,000.00 to $10,000,000.00
Instructions for Application Submission:

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