Regional Growth Fund


Initial Applications - Stage 1 applications close at 5pm AEST on 27 April 2018Regional Growth Fund

RDA Great Southern is pleased to advise that the Australian Governments $272.2 million Regional Growth Fund (RGF) is now open for Initial Applications.  Applications close on 27 April 2018 and successful projects must be fully acquitted by 30 June 2022.


Selection of projects will be undertaken in two stages.  Stage one is an Initial Application, which is competitive and will confirm application and project eligibility, and provide evidence of how the project addresses the merit criteria.  Stage Two is the submission of a Full Business Case. Only successful applicants at the end of Stage One will be invited to submit a Full Business Case.


The minimum funding available under RGF is $10 million with a requirement for matching funding.  The fund is open to state and territory governments, local governments, the private sector and not-for-profit organisations for projects that are located in, or significantly benefit regional Australia.  Projects may include a number of strategically linked projects, which together form a package of works that will unlock opportunity and potential in regional communities to deliver long term jobs and drive economic growth. This will allow the combining of projects that cross over Regional Development Australian (RDA) boundaries.


Programme Guidelines are available at


Building Better Regions Fund


About the Programme

The Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) will create jobs, drive economic growth and support strong regional communities across Australia by funding infrastructure and community investment projects.


$481.6 million is available through this program and will fund projects in regional Australia outside the major cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra.


Round One of the BBRF has now closed and the successful applications for the Infrastructure Project Stream was announced on 4 August. The full list of successful Infrastructure Project Stream applications is available to download.


Successful projects, from the Community Investments Stream of the fund was announced on 22 September. The list of successful Community Investments Stream funding offers is now available.


Round Two


There are two streams of funding available under Round Two of the program which opened on 7 November 2017:


  • Infrastructure Projects Stream supports projects which involved the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure that provided economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas.

The minimum grant amount is $20,000 and the maximum grant amount is $10 million.

Download the Infrastructure Projects Guidelines and Fact Sheet.

There is no "local time" close of the application period. Applications close Tuesday 19 December 2017, 5pm Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time.


  • Community Investment Stream funds community activities including, new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability strengthening activities.  These projects will deliver economic and social benefits to regional and remote communities. 

The minimum grant amount is $5,000 and a maximum grant amount is $10 million, however given the nature of eligible projects it is expected that most grants will be under $100,000.

Download the Community Investments Guidelines and Fact Sheet.

There is no "local time" close of the application period. Applications close Tuesday 19 December 2017, 5pm Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time.


Mapping Tool

The location of your project has bearing on different elements of the program.  Consideration is given on the location of your project when determining:

  • geographic eligibility
  • the level of co-funding you need to provide
  • a loading applied to your assessment score


Download the BBRF 'Am I Ready to Apply' applicant help document.


Developing Funding Proposals - A Guidance Manual for Practitioners


The WA RDA Network has engaged AEC Group Pty Ltd to develop a Guidance Manual to support the BBRF Round One. Download a copy HERE


You are encouraged to seek the support of your RDA Committee for your project.  Your RDA Committee can:


  • assist you to identify and develop a strong project proposal that will contribute to long term economic growth and is a priority within your region; and
  • work with you to prepare a competitive application, supporting documents and evidence.



Our Executive Officer, Simon Lyas is available to contribute to discussions around potential projects.