Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF)

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

The fund invests in projects located in, or benefiting eligible areas outside the major capital cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, and Canberra.

Nearly $642 million is available through this program including $200 million towards a third round of BBRF which was announced in the 2018–19 Budget, extending the program by another year to 2021–22.

Funding streams

Grant funding is available through two funding streams:

  • The Infrastructure Projects Stream: Supports projects that involve construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure
  • The Community Investments Stream: Funds community development activities including, but not limited to, new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, leadership and capability building activities

Funding rounds

The Australian Government has announced $200 million in the 2018–19 Budget for Round Three of the BBRF. To help regions unlock their tourism potential, a key priority for the BBRF will be to help stimulate local economies by investing in the tourism sector through tourism-related infrastructure projects. It is anticipated that Round Three will be open for applications in the second half of this year.

To access details of the successful Round Two projects, go to the Building Better Regions Fund website.

To access details of the successful Round One projects, go to the Building Better Regions Fund website.

Further information

Program Guidelines, contact details for enquiries, and other program information is available on the Building Better Regions Fund website.