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Regional Airports Program

Regional Airports Program provides regional airports or aerodromes with grants to enhance aviation safety and accessibility.


What do you get?

Grants will be from $20,000 to $5 million.

Who is this for?

Owners and operators of airports or aerodromes in regional areas of Australia.


The Regional Airports Program provides grants to enhance the safety and accessibility of aerodromes in regional areas of Australia. It will support critical air infrastructure that will:

  • improve the safety of aircraft, operators and passengers using regional airports or aerodromes
  • facilitate improved delivery of essential goods and services such as food supplies, health care and passenger air services
  • improve the connectivity of Australia’s regions to domestic and global market opportunities
  • meet the operational requirements of aeromedical and other emergency services in the region

There is a total of $45 million available for this grant round. 

Grants will be from $20,000 to $5 million.

The grant amount will be up to 50% of eligible project costs, unless you and a third party are both contributing to eligible project costs. In this case, the grant amount will be up to 33.3% of eligible project costs.

There will be other grant rounds and we will publish the opening and closing dates and any other relevant information on business.gov.au and GrantConnect.


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible, you must:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • be an owner and/or operator of an existing aerodrome or airport in a regional area in Australia

You must also be one of the following:

  • an entity incorporated in Australia (including incorporated trustees on behalf of a trust)
  • an Australian local government agency or body (defined in Appendix A of the Grant Opportunity Guidelines)
  • an Australian state or territory government agency or body
  • a corporate Commonwealth entity
  • an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation that is registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006

State agencies or other eligible entities may apply on behalf of aerodrome owners/operators. In these cases, they'll be the lead applicant in a joint application and be entirely responsible for the project, including:

  • administering
  • reporting
  • acquitting all project expenditure

Only the lead organisation can submit the application form and enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth.

We can only accept applications where:

You must also provide evidence from your Board or Council (or Chief Executive Officer or equivalent if there is no board) that the project:

  • is supported by the applicant organisation
  • that the organisation is willing to accept responsibility to complete the project
  • that the organisation is willing to meet the costs of the project not covered by grant funding

Check the full eligibility details in the Grant opportunity guidelines.


How do you apply?

The Regional Airports Program has closed to applications.

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Need help?

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

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

Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

Fact sheet

Sample grant agreement

Sample Board or CEO approval letter