Building Resilient Regional Leaders Initiative (Pilot)

The Building Resilient Regional Leaders Initiative (Pilot) helps organisations to deliver place based leadership training to support current and emerging regional leaders and facilitate the development of regional networks contributing to their region’s long-term resilience.
This grant is currently closed to applications

What do you get?

Grants from $250,000 and $5 million.

Who is this for?

Organisations who are equipped to engage community and businesses to improve the capacity and capability of local participants to support their regions’ economic and social wellbeing, especially through future challenges.


The Building Resilient Regional Leaders Initiative (Pilot) provides organisations with up to $5 million to support current and emerging regional leaders to further develop their leadership and resilience skills, enabling them to become strong local voices who can help sustain regional Australia’s recovery from COVID-19, bushfires and other crises, and contribute to their region’s long-term resilience.

The program will:

  • deliver place based leadership training to support current and emerging regional leaders to develop leadership and resilience skills
  • facilitate the development of networks between current and emerging regional leaders, mentors and other experts where appropriate to help maximise the impacts of the training over the long-term
  • provide participants with opportunities and techniques to develop deeper connections within their regions.

There is a total of $5 million over two years available for this grant opportunity.

Grants will be from $250,000 to $5 million. The grant amount will be up to 100% of eligible project costs.

Project locations

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications has provided an online noticeboard tool to allow representatives from regions to express their interest in being involved in the program. Applicants will have access to this information to assist in determining where there is a need for the program. Linking your application to an identified region’s expression of interest is not mandatory.

Further information about the online noticeboard tool can be found on the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications' website.

You may propose one or more project locations up to a maximum of 10. You will need to demonstrate in your application why the chosen region(s) would benefit from the intended project in your response to assessment criteria.


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible you must have an Australian business number (ABN) and be one of the following entities:

  • an entity incorporated in Australia
  • a company limited by guarantee
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
  • an incorporated association
  • an incorporated not for profit organisation
  • a publicly funded research organisation (PFRO) as defined in section 14
  • an Indigenous Corporation (under the Corporation (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cth)).

Your project has at least $250,000 in eligible expenditure.

You must complete your project by 31 May 2023.

Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead organisation who is the main driver of the project and are eligible to apply. For further information on joint applications, refer to section 7.2 of the grant opportunity guidelines.

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • any organisation not included in section 4.1
  • an organisation, or your project partner is an organisation, included on the National Redress Scheme’s website on the list of ‘Institutions that have not joined or signified their intent to join the Scheme’ (
  • an individual
  • a partnership
  • an unincorporated association
  • a trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust)
  • a Commonwealth, State, Territory or local government body (including government business enterprises)
  • a non-corporate Commonwealth entity.


How do you apply?

The Building Resilient Regional Leaders Initiative is closed to applications.

We assess your application against the eligibility criteria and then against the assessment criteria. Only eligible applications will proceed to the assessment stage.

The amount of detail and supporting evidence you provide in your application should be relative to the project size, complexity and grant amount requested. You should define, quantify and provide evidence to support your answers.

The Minister will make the final decision.

We will only consider funding applications that score at least 50 per cent against each assessment criterion, as these represent best value for money.

Assessment criterion 1
Project alignment with policy intent (program objectives/outcomes) (50 points)

Assessment criterion 2
Capability, capacity and resources to deliver your project (30 points)

Assessment criterion 3
Evaluating the benefits of your project (20 points)

See the grant opportunity guidelines for full descriptions of the criteria.

If your application is successful, you’ll receive a written offer. If you are unsuccessful, we’ll notify you in writing.

Successful applicants must enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. The grant agreement will specify the reporting requirements, payment schedule and milestones necessary to receive payments.

We’ll make the first payment when the grant agreement is executed. We’ll make subsequent payments after we have received and accepted the required report.

Payments will be made by direct credit into a nominated bank account.

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Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

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Sample application form

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Sample grant agreement – standard

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