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Please note that while we update our lists of available grants regularly, this is not a comprehensive list and closing dates and details should be verified using the links provided as they are subject to change by the providers without notice.

COVID-19 Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program - Phase 3 Grant Closes: 30th of June 2023 - 11:30 pm Value: $20,000 to $23.42 Million Estimated Run By: Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=df9187a4-2be6-4db7-be2a-733f1b9b5890

The purpose of the LRCI Program is to support local councils to deliver priority local road and community infrastructure projects across Australia, supporting jobs and the resilience of local economies to help communities bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Project construction can commence once Project Nominations are approved by the Department with projects required to be physically completed by 30 June 2023.

As with the earlier Phases of the LRCI Program, Eligible Funding Recipients can select a broad range of projects to fund so that communities can continue to be provided with the infrastructure they require. It is expected that Eligible Funding Recipients will use local businesses and workforces to deliver projects wherever possible to ensure stimulus funding flows into local communities.

Co-contributions are not required under the LRCI Program, but Local Councils may expend their own funds on Eligible Projects. Any unspent funds in a Council's allocation will be forfieted.

Last Updated: 20th of November 2021
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Regional and Remote Airports Security Awareness Program Grant Closes: 30th of May 2024 - 5:00 pm Value: $1,000 to $5,000 Run By: Australian Government Department of Home Affairs Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=4e3e2dee-d596-4a25-8af7-19a7cc3ad2c6

This program provides re-imbursement funding to support regional and remote airports to meet requirements of the Screener Accreditation Scheme. The program aims to provide transitional support through the implementation of the new scheme with funding concluding in 2024.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • support regional and remote airports to meet requirements of the Screener Accreditation Scheme
  • increase the delivery and effectiveness of education, training and testing for screening officers and air cargo examination officers
  • reduce the cost burden of airport security to regional airports
  • support regional airport compliance with the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004.
Last Updated: 5th of December 2022
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Regional Investment Activation Fund - Stream Two Grant Ongoing Until Program Closes: 31st of December 2024 or until expended Value: $1 Million to $10 Million Run By: NSW Government Department of Regional NSW Further Information: https://www.nsw.gov.au/grants-and-funding/regional-investment-activation-fund-stream-two

This grant supports projects that are time-sensitive and strategically significant for a priority industry or location. Projects may be recommended for funding support under the Regional Investment Activation Fund.

The $110 million Regional Investment Activation Fund will co-invest with eligible entities on projects that will deliver, significant economic, social and/or environmental benefits for a priority industry or location.

The objectives of the grant are to:

  • Support the growth of existing industries and the establishment of new/emerging industries where regional NSW has a strong actual or potential competitive advantage
  • Activate the economic potential of Special Activation Precincts, Regional Job Precincts, Renewable Energy Zones, hydrogen hubs and other priority locations through increased private sector investment
  • Create new high quality employment opportunities
  • Support the shift towards higher-value-added activities and participation in global value chains and supply chains
  • Promote collaboration between businesses, education and research institutions and other parties through sharing of knowledge, resources and infrastructure.

Applicants must provide a cash co-contribution of at least 50 per cent of the total project cost.

Joint applications are eligible under Stream Two of the Regional Investment Activation Fund provided the lead applicant satisfies the eligibility criteria and the proposed project aligns to the key objectives of the fund and Stream Two.

To be eligible for funding through Stream Two of the Regional Investment Activation Fund, projects must:

  • Be located in one of the 93 regional NSW local government areas, the Unincorporated Far West or Lord Howe Island. Projects located in Greater Sydney (including the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Wollondilly), Newcastle or Wollongong Local Government Areas are not eligible
  • Demonstrate the project would not occur in regional NSW at all, or in the same timeframe without government investment support
  • Be delivered and operational by 30 May 2025. It is recommended applicants have a COVID plan in place to mitigate any potential delays due to COVID-19
  • Support sustainable employment opportunities and drive increased productivity, innovation and competitiveness of businesses in regional NSW priority industries or in a location of strategic importance
  • Deliver significant economic, social and/or environmental benefits for a priority industry or location
  • Provide proof of $20 million of public liability insurance at time of contracting
  • Secure approvals to meet project timeframes
  • Confirm secured cash co-contribution
  • Not be suitable for financial support under other Australian and/or NSW Government funding programs, or requires a NSW Government funding co-contribution to support an application to another government or industry program.

Stream Two of the Regional Investment Activation Fund grant funding may be used for capital and other expenses directly related to the delivery of eligible projects. This may include:

  • Purchase of land (if necessary for the project and suitable alternatives to rent do not exist)
  • Purchasing, constructing, installing and/or commissioning new plant, equipment and/or machinery
  • Purchasing, constructing, establishing and/or fitting out new facilities, buildings or hubs
  • Purchasing technology and/or intellectual property (IP) required to undertake the project
  • Upgrading existing facilities, buildings, plant, equipment, machinery and/or technology where necessary to deliver the project and achieve its outcomes
  • Cost of contractors to construct new buildings and facilities
  • External project management and administration costs up to 10% of project cost
  • Contingency costs up to 25% of project cost
  • Eligible costs incurred once both parties have signed a Funding Deed.
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Last Updated: 12th of October 2022
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Regional Australia Microgrid Pilots Program Grant Closes: 31st of December 2026 or until expended Value: $1 Million to $5 Million Run By: Australian Government: Australian Renewable Energy Agency Further Information: https://arena.gov.au/funding/regional-australia-microgrid-pilots-ramp/

The Regional Australia Microgrid Pilots Program (the Program) aims to support pilot projects for microgrids in Regional Australia that:

  • Have demonstrated Project viability through a Feasibility Study.
  • Include the deployment of equipment and technology solutions that enable the coordinated use of distributed renewable energy technologies and the microgrid demonstration.
  • Demonstrate improved resilience and reliability of microgrids in regional areas; and
  • Demonstrate capability of resolving one or more of the remaining barriers to final investment and full deployment of microgrid solutions.

For the purposes of the Program the term microgrid is used to include the following technical configurations:

  • Embedded Microgrid: An electricity supply arrangement that coordinates and optimises the use of connected, locationally proximate distributed energy resources (DER) to provide secure and reliable electricity within the microgrid and is able to provide value to the major grid. This could include energy market participation, provision of system flexibility, systems services and deferral of network investment.
  • Standalone Power Systems (SAPS): An electricity supply arrangement that can demonstrate temporary or permanent operation when not physically connected to a major grid. SAPS encompasses supply to single and multiple customers. Where:
    • customers, currently connected to a major grid, can move to a SAPS, or
    • a SAPS is installed rather than a new grid connection.
  • Remote Isolated Microgrid: An electricity supply arrangement that already operates as an isolated SAPS and will continue to do so. These systems are often in very remote locations and managed by State Government owned corporations.
Last Updated: 20th of November 2021
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Black Spot Program Grant Closes: Ongoing Run By: Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications Further Information: http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure_investment/black_spot/

Road crashes are a major cost to Australians every year. Black Spot projects target those road locations where crashes are occurring. By funding measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at dangerous locations, the programme reduces the risk of crashes. Programmes of this sort are very effective, saving the community many times the cost of the relatively minor road improvements that are implemented

The Black Spot Programme makes an important contribution in reducing the national road toll under the National Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan.

The Australian Government has committed $500 million to the Black Spot Programme from 2014-15 to 2018-19, which includes an additional $200 million over two years from 2015-16 under the Infrastructure Growth Package to improve road safety across the nation.

The Government has announced changes to the programme’s eligibility criteria for 2015-16 and 2016-17 aimed at assisting local communities to compete for this additional funding over the next two years.

Under the new criteria, the minimum Benefit Cost Ratio for proposals has been reduced from 2:1 to 1:1. In addition, the minimum crash history of sites has been reduced from 3 to 2 casualty crashes over five years or 0.13 casualty crashes per kilometre per year over 5 years.

The criteria has also been amended to allow more funding for the proactive treatment of unsafe roads. Consultative Panels will able to allocate up to 40% of funding to sites on the basis of a road safety audit.

The Government has also guaranteed that at least 50 per cent of funding provided over the next two years will be dedicated to fixing roads in regional Australia.

Last Updated: 15th of October 2020
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Safe and Secure Water Program Grant Closes: Ongoing until expended Value: No minimum or maximum, $1 Billion total pool Run By: NSW Government Further Information: http://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/water/plans-programs/infrastructure-programs/safe-and-secure-water-program

The Safe and Secure Water Program (SSWP) is a $1 billion regional infrastructure co-funding program established in 2017 under the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Fund.

The SSWP will co-fund eligible water and sewerage projects that deliver economic growth in regional NSW through improvements to public health, water security, environmental outcomes and/or social benefits.

Last Updated: 15th of October 2020
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Major Project Status Grant Closes: Ongoing Value: Government Support Run By: Major Projects Facilitation Agency Further Information: https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/major-project-status

Major Project Status is the Australian Government’s recognition of the national significance of a project – for economic growth, employment or for regional Australia.

If your project gets Major Project Status, you’ll get extra support from the Major Projects Facilitation Agency (MPFA). This includes help with coordination and facilitation of Commonwealth Government approvals. Your project may need a range of approvals such as environmental, biosecurity or foreign investment approvals.

Most projects have Major Project Status for 3 years.

If approved, you will get:

  • A single entry point for Commonwealth Government approvals
  • Project support and coordination
  • Help with state and territory approvals

To be eligible, the project must have an estimated investment of more than $50 million and meet the following criteria:

  1. The project is of strategic significance to Australia
  2. The project requires Commonwealth Government approvals or involvement
  3. The project has sufficient financial resources and is commercially viable
Last Updated: 19th of May 2021
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Bridges Renewal Program Grant Closes: Ongoing Value: Up to $5 Million Run By: Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications Further Information: https://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/resources/brp-hvspp/index.aspx

The Bridges Renewal Program is an Australian Government initiative to fund the upgrade and replacement of bridges to enhance access for local communities and facilitate higher productivity vehicle access.

Up until now, these programs invited applications separately through specified, time-limited funding rounds. The Australian Government will now consider projects on an ongoing basis with applications accepted all year round to provide increased flexibility and permit projects to be submitted when they will most benefit Australia’s bridges and heavy vehicle infrastructure.

Last Updated: 9th of November 2022
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Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program Grant Closes: Ongoing Value: Up to $5 Million Run By: Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications Further Information: https://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/resources/brp-hvspp/index.aspx

The Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP) is an Australian Government initiative to fund infrastructure projects that improve the productivity and safety outcomes of heavy vehicle operations across Australia.
Up until now, these programs invited applications separately through specified, time-limited funding rounds. The Australian Government will now consider projects on an ongoing basis with applications accepted all year round to provide increased flexibility and permit projects to be submitted when they will most benefit Australia’s bridges and heavy vehicle infrastructure.

Last Updated: 9th of November 2022
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Regional Roads REPAIR Program Grant Closes: Ongoing Value: Undisclosed Run By: Transport for NSW Further Information: https://roads-waterways.transport.nsw.gov.au/business-industry/partners-suppliers/lgr/grant-programs/regional-roads-repair-program.html

The REPAIR Program provides funds to assist councils in carrying out larger rehabilitation and development works on regional roads. The aim of the REPAIR Program is to minimise the long term maintenance costs of these roads in line with their function and usage.

Under the REPAIR Program, councils can apply for a 50 per cent contribution from the State Government for specific works. Works must be completed by 30 June in the financial year in which funds were provided.

Works must contribute to at least one of the following:

  • Economic development
  • Integrity of communities
  • Road network efficiency
  • Regional tourism
  • Road safety

The REPAIR Program targets the following types of work in order of priority:

Rural areas

  • Road pavement rehabilitation
  • Sealing shoulders / widening
  • Bridge repairs and replacement
  • Provision of initial seals that contribute to minimising long-term maintenance costs

Urban areas

  • Road pavement rehabilitation and travel lanes
  • Bridge repairs and replacement
  • Development of travel lanes
Last Updated: 17th of January 2022
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Boating Infrastructure Emergency Repair Pool (BIERP) Grant Closes: Ongoing Value: Up to $500,000 Run By: Transport for NSW Further Information: https://roads-waterways.transport.nsw.gov.au/maritime/projects/boating-now/#BoatingInfrastructureEmergencyRepairPool(BIERP)

The BIERP provides a funding mechanism for repair or replacement of recreational boating infrastructure that is lost or damaged in natural events such as storms and floods and extends assistance to events such as acts of vandalism, theft or accidental damage.

Funding requests for emergency repairs can be received at any time by completing and submitting the relevant application form and supporting documentation.

Repair or replacement of publicly owned recreational boating facilities may be eligible for funding under the BIERP. These facilities include recreational jetties and wharves, boat ramps, pontoons, pump out facilities, slipways, storage facilities, parking areas and some supporting amenities, provided that the asset owner has appropriately insured and
maintained the asset. Funding for boating infrastructure that is owned by a registered club or voluntary organisation may also be considered, provided that the facility significantly benefits boaters and is publicly accessible.

Last Updated: 18th of January 2022
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Traffic Route Lighting Subsidy Grant Closes: Ongoing Value: Undisclosed Run By: Transport for NSW Further Information: https://roads-waterways.transport.nsw.gov.au/business-industry/partners-suppliers/traffic-management/local-councils/traffic-route-lighting.html

The Traffic Route Lighting Subsidy Scheme (TRLSS) is a scheme administered by Roads and Maritime Services whereby councils may apply for a subsidy for providing a higher level of lighting than might normally be provided on certain major routes, with the aim of decreasing night time road crashes. The amount of the subsidy depends on the number of certain types of inventory installed as detailed by each council.

Last Updated: 9th of November 2022
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Local Government Road Safety Program Grant Closes: Ongoing Value: Unspecified Run By: Transport for NSW Further Information: https://roads-waterways.transport.nsw.gov.au/business-industry/partners-suppliers/lgr/grant-programs/local-government-road-safety-program.html

Transport for NSW (TfNSW) works in partnership with local councils to co-fund Safety Officer (RSO) positions and contribute funding to LGRSP projects targeting road safety issues at a local level.
The objectives of the LGRSP are:

  • Raise the profile of road safety within local government areas (LGAs)
  • Create a road safety culture within the local community
  • Consult with internal council stakeholders, in particular through the Local Traffic Committee and relevant local businesses, other government agencies and community organisations, which is integral to the delivery of effective road safety initiatives.
  • Deliver regional, state and national road safety initiatives within the local context
  • Develop, implement and evaluate evidence-based projects aimed at influencing behaviour to improve road safety in local communities
  • Promote, encourage and support the adoption the ‘Safe System’ approach to road safety and integrate this within the strategic planning framework for local councils i.e work with engineers to promote safe system initiatives and treatments
  • Facilitate the involvement of local businesses, other government agencies and community groups/clubs in community road safety

Co-funding is available for approved councils to:

  • Employ an RSO (see Section 6) whose tasks will include applying for road safety project funding (up to the amount approved by TfNSW)
  • Support road safety projects (see Section 5) to address identified road safety issues in the LGA (up to the amount approved by TfNSW).

The Local Government Road Safety Program provides:

  • Professional support for local councils to address local road safety issues
  • Funding to support a dedicated behavioural road safety role to your LGA
  • Project funding for behavioural and safer system road safety projects

Councils choosing not to employ an RSO can apply for road safety project funding of up to 50 per cent of the cost of the project. This could include a HR component for the cost of personnel to plan and deliver the project. 

Last Updated: 20th of April 2022
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Off-farm Efficiency Program Grant Closes: Ongoing Value: Unspecified Run By: NSW Deptartment of Planning & Environment - Water Further Information: https://www.dpie.nsw.gov.au/water/water-infrastructure-nsw/off-farm-efficiency-program

The Australian Government’s Off-farm Efficiency Program is a $1.54 billion initiative to upgrade water infrastructure to reduce water losses and increase water available for the environment. The program has three streams including $1.33 billion for state-led projects (open) and $150 million for grants provided direct to applicants (now closed). A further $60 million is available for on-farm projects, however NSW Government will not progress applications under this stream.

Projects funded under the program will provide long-term benefits through improved water infrastructure and reduced water losses. Water users and the community will also benefit from increased water reliability and the creation of job opportunities.

The program aims to:

  • improve and modernise water delivery systems and reduce water losses to increase the volume of available water for the environment, irrigation, urban and industrial networks, irrigators and communities
  • drive employment and create infrastructure opportunities for local communities through funding arrangements for suitable projects
  • deliver on the NSW Government’s commitment to the Murray Darling Basin Plan to contribute to the return of 450 GL to the environment by June 2024.

The program is open to individuals and entities in the irrigation, urban and manufacturing sectors across the Murray Darling Basin for projects that will achieve water efficiencies and return water to the environment.

The following types of projects are eligible to apply for funding under the program:

  • Irrigation networks: installing new, or upgrading existing, irrigation infrastructure and technology in water delivery networks to supply water to irrigators, including permanently decommissioning inefficient or underused sections of a water delivery network
  • Industrial or mining: constructing, replacing, upgrading, installing, improving, or refurbishing industrial water uses, including reducing leakage, for the purpose of using water for producing goods and services
  • Urban: constructing, replacing, upgrading, installing, improving, or refurbishing urban water supply arrangements, including reducing leakage for the purpose of urban water supply
  • Stock and domestic: improving stock and domestic water supply on one or more properties for the purpose of watering stock and supplying water for human use.

Feasibility funding is available to help identify early project opportunities to reduce water losses and increase water available for the environment in the Murray-Darling Basin. This can include investigations into improving infrastructure, confirming water losses and savings, informing the potential costs of construction, and supporting formal discussions with stakeholders.

Some on-property projects are eligible such as the installation or replacement of pipes, tanks and troughs for stock and domestic systems These are considered ‘off-farm’ activities as stock and domestic water entitlements are not tradeable and do not impact the water market. Individuals or organisations proposing on-property stock and domestic projects to improve water delivery and reduce water losses are encouraged to contact winsw.programs@dpie.nsw.gov.au for more information.

Last Updated: 12th of October 2022
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