Applications for the Building Better Regions Fund (Round 4 Drought Relief) Grants have now closed. Applications closed on December 19.

This funding will be available under two streams as outlined below. Drought eligibility must also be proven for both streams, for more information see the Drought eligibility section.

The objective of this round is to drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities in areas that have been affected by the current drought. It will do this by investing in shovel ready infrastructure and community building projects incrended to create jobs, have a positive impact on economic activity, enhance community facilities, enhance leadership capacity, and encourage community cohesion and a sense of identity.

Successful applications in Round 3 of the Building Better Regions Fund included Cobram Community Cinema ($526,000) Kings Park Seymour Agricultural Pavilion ($487,000), Warramunda Village Palliative and High Care Extension ($500,000), and the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup ($145,000).

Infrastructure Projects Stream

Key facts

      • The Infrastructure Projects Stream is for investment-ready projects for new infrastructure or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure that provides economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas.
      • The minimum grant amount is $20,000 and the maximum grant amount is $10 million.
      • These funds can represent between 50% and 100% of the eligible project costs depending on on the project’s circumstance.
      • This is a competitive process and projects will be selected primarily on a basis of the economic and social benefits of the project for the drough-affected region.

Organisation eligibility

To apply you must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be one of the following entities:

      • An incorporated not-for-profit organisation
      • An Australian local government agency or body
      • Non-distributing co-operatives

The following are not eligible to apply: for-profit organisations, individuals or partnerships, trusts that are not applying on behalf of a not-for-profit organisation, unincorporated associations, Commonwealth/state/territory government agencies or bodies, universities/technical colleges/schools, hospitals, or a Regional Development Australia Committee.

Project eligibility

To be eligible your project must:

      • Be an investment ready project. We consider a project to be investment ready where you have taken steps to allow construction to commence within 12 weeks of executing an agreement.
      • Be aimed at the construction, upgrade or extension of infrastructure that provides economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas.
      • Comprise one of the following activities:
            • The construction of new infrastructure
            • The upgrade of existing infrastructure
            • The extension of existing infrastructure
            • The replacement of infrastructure where there is a significant increase in benefit
      • Not have started construction.
      • Be completed by 31 December 2022.

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Community Investments Stream

Key facts

      • The Community Investments Stream is for projects involving community activities including, new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, or leadership and capability strengthening activities that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas.
      • The minimum grant amount is $5,000 and the maximum grant amount is $1 million, with the majority of grants expected to be under $100,000.
      • This funding amount can represent between 50% and 100% of the eligible project costs depending on on the project’s circumstance.
      • This is a competitive process and projects will be selected primarily on a basis of the economic and social benefits of the project for the drought-affected region.

Organisation eligibility

To apply you must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be one of the following entities:

      • An incorporated not-for-profit organisation
      • An Australian local government agency or body
      • Non-distributing co-operatives

Projects must be completed by 31 December 2022

The following are not eligible to apply: for-profit organisations, individuals or partnerships, trusts that are not applying on behalf of a not-for-profit organisation, unincorporated associations, Commonwealth/state/territory government agencies or bodies, universities/technical colleges/schools, hospitals, or a Regional Development Australia Committee.

Project eligibility

To be eligible your project must:

      • Be aimed at new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, or leadership and capability strengthening activities that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas
      • Comprise one of the following activities:
          • New local events or significant addition to existing events, including arts and culture events like theatre and gallery exhibitions, community and public events like festivals and field days, events attracting new business or economic opportunities such a conferences or business events, community sporting events such as carnivals or exhibitions, or events which attract tourists and visitors to a region.
          • Strategic planning including regional skills audits, research projects to support regional development strategic plans, and collecting socio-economic information.
          • Regional leadership and capability building including leadership courses, participation and community building measures for young people, and participation in activities to improve local business and industry leadership capability.
      • Not have commenced.
      • Be completed by 31 December 2022.

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Drought eligibility

To be eligible under either stream of Round 4, applicants must declare that they are in a drought affected area. Evidence to support applicant claims will need to be provided; this evidence could include:

      • Official Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) rainfall data indicating an extended period without or a significant decline in rainfall
            • Data such as this or this can be found on the BOM website and may assist your application.
            • For confirmation that the data you have will be accepted please call the Grants Hub on 13 28 46.
            • If you need assistance extracting data from the BOM website, please contact BOM on (03) 9669 4000.
      • Demonstrated impact of economic and/or employment decline as a result of drought
            • Please call the Grants Hub on 13 28 46 if you need any clarification on this, such as examples of what evidence would be accepted, and from what sources.
      • The project is located in a local government area (LGA) that is eligible for the Australian Government’s Drought Communities Programme – Extension
            • At this stage, the only LGA in Nicholls that is officially announced as a part of this Programme is Strathbogie Shire.
      • The project is located in a locality drought-declared by the relevant state or territory government
            • At this stage, no part of the Nicholls electorate has been drought-declared by the Victorian Government.

For help

If you need assistance or have any questions please contact contact the Community Grants Hub on 13 28 46 or via web chat, email, or online enquiry form, or contact my office.

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