Building Better Regions Fund

Round Four of the Building Better Regions Fund is now open; but before you get too excited – are you eligible?

Two hundred million dollars is available, however only projects in drought-affected areas will be eligible. This means that your project must either be in a drought-declared area or you must be able to clearly demonstrate the significant and demonstrable benefits and employment outcomes that your project will create, and which will flow directly into an eligible (drought-affected) area.

Eligible projects:

Are located in Local Government Areas (LGAs) – recognised as being in drought by the Australian Government’s Drought Communities Programme – extensions are eligible. In Victoria, this includes the Buloke, Mildura, Wellington, East Gippsland, Pyrenees, Yarriambiack, Gannawarra, Strathbogie, Latrobe and Swan Hill Council Local Government Areas. The full list of LGAs can be found here.

Are in a locality that has been drought-declared by the relevant state or territorial government. In Victoria that is likely to include Mildura, Wellington and East Gippsland councils.

Can evidence their need with official Bureau of Meteorology rainfall data, indicating an extended period without, or significant decline in, rainfall in their project area.

Can demonstrate the impact of economic and/or employment decline as a result of drought in their project area.

We recommend that in addition to meeting at least one of the above location criteria, you get a letter of support from your Member of Parliament that outlines the extent of the drought in your project area along with their support for your project.

Similar to previous rounds, not-for-profits and local councils can apply for grants of $20,000 to $10 million. For most projects, grant funding will be up to either 50% or 75% of your eligible project costs. Your location will determine the percentage of grant funding you may receive. Grant funding for small projects, with a total grant amount of equal to or less than $20,000, will be up to 100 per cent of the eligible project costs.

There are two streams:

The Infrastructure Projects’ Stream: For projects that involve construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure

·The Community Investments Stream: For community development activities including, but not limited to, new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, leadership and capability building activities.

Applications close on 19 December 2019.

If you need a hand with your application, keep us in mind. You can outsource your grant writing to our experts; or, if your timeline permits, rather than just delivering your project proposal – maximise the value of your consulting spend, by letting us teach you or your team, so that next time you can perform this work in-house. You’ll find further information about our grant writing services on our website

Learn more here.

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