Regional Decentralisation Agenda – Securing Raw Materials Program

The Regional Decentralisation Agenda – Securing Raw Materials Program helps businesses to move to regional areas to research and develop innovative and locally sourced raw material supplies.

The grant is no longer available

What do you get?

Grants from $250,000 and $5 million.

Who is this for?

Businesses who are committed to establishing a new operation or relocating their operation to a regional area.


The Regional Decentralisation Agenda – Securing Raw Materials Program provides businesses with up to $5 million to relocate or expand into regional areas and partner with a regional university or research organisation.

The program will:

  • support research and development into innovative and locally sourced raw material supplies and capitalise on a region’s comparative advantages
  • establish, secure and strengthen the supply of innovative or improved raw materials to Australian industry, particularly regional industries
  • increase economic activity, diversity and jobs in regional areas, including by establishing new industry sectors, businesses and suppliers
  • support and strengthen partnerships between industry and regional universities and research organisations.

There is a total of $35 million over two years available for this grant round.

Grants will be from $250,000 to $5 million. The grant amount will be up to 50% of eligible project costs.


Eligible entity

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • be an entity incorporated in Australia that is a trading corporation.

Eligible projects

Your project must:

  • support research and development of innovative or improved locally sourced raw material supplies including value-add or the use of existing known supplies for new purposes
  • include your business relocating from a capital city to a regional area or your business establishing a new operation, branch or outpost in a regional area
  • have at least 10 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees in your organisation who are relocating or commencing work in the regional area
  • include eligible activities and eligible expenditure of at least $500,000.

Projects in the minerals extraction and traditional energy production sectors are not eligible for grant funding.

You must complete your project by 31 March 2022.

Eligible activities

Eligible activities may include:

  • research and development into:
    • new or improved raw materials
    • methods of processing raw materials
    • technologies to produce raw materials
    • methods of growing raw materials
    • new uses for existing raw materials.
  • proof of concept of the outcomes of research
  • commercialising the outcomes of research
  • establishing new processing facilities in regional areas
  • relocating business operations or establishing a new branch or outpost of the business’ operations.

We may also approve other activities. Check the full eligibility details in the Grant opportunity guidelines.


How do you apply?

The Regional Decentralisation Agenda – Securing Raw Materials Program is closed to applications.

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Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

Standard grant agreement

Sample application form

Sample Board or CEO approval letter