Regional Development Australia - Wheatbelt
An Australian Government Initiative

Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) Guidelines Released

The guidelines for the two funding streams are now available. Applications will open on the 18th January 2017.
 
The Infrastructure Projects Stream will support 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. Minimum grant amount of $20,000 and a maximum grant amount of $10 million for projects that must be completed by 31 Dec 2019. Closing 28th February 2017.
Download the Infrastructure Projects Guidelines and Fact Sheet.
 
The Community Investments Stream will fund community building activities including but not limited to, new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability building activities. These projects will deliver economic and social benefits to regional and remote communities. The minimum grant amount is $5,000 and the maximum grant amount is $10 million, however given the nature of eligible projects most grants are expected to be under $100,000. The project must be completed within 12 months of executing the grant agreement with the Commonwealth and by 31 Dec 2019. Closing 31st March 2017.
Download the Community Investments Guidelines and Fact Sheet.
 
BBRF Information Sessions – WA - A webinar will be made available in mid-January 2017 with information sessions to be held in Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Albany, Bunbury and Geraldton.
 
The BBRF is an Australian Government initiative that will refocus the remaining funding under the National Stronger Regions Fund to better meet the needs of regional and remote communities.  By re-focusing funding the BBRF will create jobs and drive economic growth in regional Australia, and will build the kind of regional communities that people either want to stay in or come back to. Local Governments and not-for-profit organisations located outside of the major capital cities are eligible to apply.
 
If you are intending to be ready for the release of this fund, we recommend you invest time now in developing your proposal, undertaking economic modelling and gathering partners.  Our Executive Officer, Juliet Grist is available to contribute to discussions around potential projects – juliet.grist@rdawheatbelt.com.au
 
The guidelines for the new Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) include some locations identified as ‘Very Remote’ or ‘Remote’ as only needing to meet a $1 for every $3 funding criteria. This may encourage those with a ready project to bring it forward and apply. You will need to provide the latitude and longitude of your project location to establish eligibility. A mapping tool is available to download
 
Download the BBRF 'Am I Ready to Apply' applicant help document.