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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.

Open date: 24 Sep 2021 09:00 AM AEST.
Close date: 05 Nov 2021 05:00 PM AEDT.

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.


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.


How do you apply?

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

When the grant is open to applications, 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.

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Information Sessions

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications will be running an information session about the pilot program via teleconference on Friday 17 September from 3.00pm – 4.00pm AEST.

Please register for the session at EventBrite by COB Wednesday 15 September 2021.

Need help?

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

Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

Sample application form

Sample grant agreement – standard