Building Better Regions Fund Round Four Infrastructure Projects Stream

What funding is available?

The Infrastructure Projects Stream supports investment ready 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 minimum grant amount is $20,000.
  • The maximum grant amount is $10 million.
  • You must complete your project by 31 December 2022.
  • For most projects, grant funding will be up to 50 per cent or up to 75 per cent of your eligible project costs. Your location will determine the percentage of grant funding you can receive.
  • In exceptional circumstances an exemption to the requirement for a cash contribution may be granted.
  • A cash contribution is strongly encouraged for all projects, as projects without a cash contribution may not score as highly against the assessment criteria.

    How does it work?

    Grant funding will be awarded through an open competitive process.

    Applications will be ineligible if projects are not located in a drought-affected location, and if satisfactory evidence is not provided to support the applicants claims.

    Eligible applicants must apply during a funding round and applications are assessed against assessment criteria and other eligible applications in the funding round.

    Opening and closing dates will be published on business.gov.au/BBRFIP.

    If successful in being awarded funding, construction should be ready to commence within 12 weeks of executing a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. Projects cannot commence before a grant agreement is executed.

    Who can apply?

    To be eligible you must:

  • have an ABN

    and

  • be one of the following incorporated entities:
    • an incorporated not for profit organisation. As a not for profit organisation you must demonstrate your not for profit status through one of the following:
      • Current Australian Charities and Not for profits Commission’s (ACNC) Registration
      • State or territory incorporated association status
      • Constitutional documents and/or Articles of Association that demonstrate the not for profit character of the organisation
    • an Australian local government agency or body as defined in section 4.1 and the glossary of the guidelines
    • §non-distributing co-operatives.

      The full eligibility criteria are in the grant opportunity guidelines. Please read the guidelines before filling out an application.

      Who is not eligible to apply?

      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 program guidelines
  • a university, technical college, school or hospital
  • a Regional Development Australia Committee.

    What activities are eligible?

    Your project must take place in a drought-affected location in Australia, as outlined under 2.1.2 of the grant opportunity guidelines.

    Eligible activities must directly relate to the project and can include:

  • the construction of new infrastructure
  • the upgrade to existing infrastructure
  • the extension of existing infrastructure
  • the replacement of infrastructure where there is a significant increase in benefit.

    Refer to the grant opportunity guidelines for further details.

    How will my application be assessed?

    If your application is eligible we will assess it against the assessment criteria. To be competitive you must score highly against all of the following criteria:

  • the economic benefits your project will deliver to the region
  • the social benefits your project will deliver to the region
  • project delivery - your capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project
  • the impact of grant funding on your project.

Projects will also be assessed relative to project size, complexity and the grant amount requested.

What will I need to do if successful?

You will need to sign a grant agreement with the Commonwealth within 60 days of receiving the written offer. The terms and conditions of the grant agreement are not negotiable.

The grant agreement requires you to report on your progress and completed activities.

How do I apply?

You should read the grant opportunity guidelines, relevant fact sheets, Frequently Asked Questions and the Are you ready to apply factsheet before you apply. For program documentation visit the BBRF Infrastructure Projects Stream page.

To apply you must:

  • complete the online application form
  • address all eligibility and assessment criteria
  • attach all of the mandatory documents
  • submit your application by the advertised closing date.

Where can I find more information?

Visit business.gov.au/BBRFIP or call 13 28 46.