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Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects Stream – Round Five

The Round Five Infrastructure Projects Stream supports investment ready projects that provide economic and social benefits for regional and remote areas. 

Close date: 05 Mar 2021 05:00 PM AEDT.

What do you get?

Grants of $20,000 to $10 million to cover 50% or more of eligible project costs.

Who is this for?

An incorporated not-for-profit, local government agency or body or non-distributing co-operative.


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.

The BBRF Round Five includes a grant opportunity for a Community Investments Stream.


What are the eligibility criteria?

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.

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How do you apply?

You should read the grant opportunity guidelines and sample grant agreement before you apply. 

To apply, you must submit your application through the online portal. You’ll need to set up an account when you first log into the portal. The portal allows you to apply for and manage a grant or service in a secure online environment.

Apply now for Better Regions Fund Infrastructure Projects Stream - Round Five 

Before you apply, make sure you:

  • read the grant opportunity guidelines
  • read the sample grant agreement
  • understand the assessment criteria.
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Need help?

  • Contact us for help with your application or to find out more.

  • Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm across Australia

Grant recipients

See the successful applicants receiving a grant from round 1

View the successful applicants from round 2

Learn who are the successful applicants of round 3

Learn who are the successful applicants of round 4

Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

Frequently Asked Questions

Tourism Related Infrastructure Factsheet

Employment outcomes factsheet

Cost-benefit analysis factsheet

Are you ready to apply factsheet

Sample application form

Sample standard grant agreement

Evidence of contribution letter template

Authority to undertake the project at the site

Accountants declaration template

Independent audit report template

Past round guidelines

Grant opportunity guidelines - Round 1

Grant opportunity guidelines - Round 2

Grant opportunity guidelines - Round 3

Grant opportunity guidelines - Round 4