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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.

Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund – Microgrids Grant Closes: 27th of January 2021 - 5:00 pm Value: $100,000 to $10 Million Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=57030810-ea48-478c-aa02-04cb55903dd5

This program will fund feasibility studies looking at microgrid technologies to replace, upgrade or supplement existing electricity supply arrangements in off-grid and fringe-of grid communities located in regional and remote areas. For the purpose of the program, a microgrid is an electricity supply arrangement that can (but may not always) function autonomously, and generates and supplies electricity to multiple customers.

The objective of the program is to support regional and remote communities to investigate whether replacing, upgrading or supplementing a microgrid or upgrading existing off-grid and fringe-of-grid supply with microgrid or related new energy technologies would be cost effective.

The intended outcomes of the program are:

  • improved regional business, community services and emergency resilience through innovative microgrid solutions
  • scaled-up and improved microgrid systems in regional and remote communities
  • increased human capital (skills/knowledge) in the design and deployment of microgrids
  • demonstrated commerciality and/or reliability and security benefits of deploying and upgrading microgrids
  • reduced barriers to microgrid uptake in remote and regional communities
  • increased dissemination of technology and/or project knowledge regarding the deployment and upgrading of  microgrids.
Last Updated: 17th of December 2020
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Mobile Black Spot Program Round 5A Grant Closes: 10th of February 2021 - 5:00 pm Value: Up to $34 Million Run By: Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=2cf12f3a-9688-4da6-b5f6-a736b1adef34

The objectives of the Mobile Black Spot Program are to extend and improve mobile phone coverage and competition in regional and remote Australia, by co-funding new telecommunications infrastructure.

Round 5A will be used to test a range of different program designs to continue to expand and improve mobile coverage in regional and remote Australia.

The objectives of Round 5A are two-fold:

  • To fund solutions that will provide new and improved mobile coverage (Mobile Coverage Solutions), with priority afforded to:
    • High Priority Natural Disaster Prone Areas; and
    • Designated Major Regional and Remote Transport Corridors.
  • To fund projects that trial/pilot new technologies and delivery models (Trial Solutions) that provide proof of concept for new ways to extend and improve mobile coverage and competition in less populated and traditionally higher-cost regional and remote areas.
Last Updated: 30th of November 2020
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Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects Stream Grant Opened12th of January 2020 - 10:00 am Closes: 5th of March 2021 - 5:00 pm Value: $20,000 to $10 Million Run By: Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications Further Information: https://www.business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/building-better-regions-fund-infrastructure-projects-stream#at-a-glance

The Infrastructure Projects Stream supports projects that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas. The projects can be either construction of new infrastructure or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure. The Infrastructure Projects Stream only supports investment ready projects.

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 can receive.

You may apply for a partial or full exemption to your contribution requirement if you can demonstrate that you are experiencing exceptional circumstances.

Your project will need to deliver economic and social benefits to a regional or remote community.

Last Updated: 17th of December 2020
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Rural, Regional and Other Special Needs Building Fund - Capital Funding Grant Closes: 18th of March 2021 - 12:00 pm Run By: Australian Government Department of Health Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=207e55bd-cd17-14b0-2ae4-5049394ff309

A $150 million total pool is available are new residential care buildings, and the upgrade of existing residential care buildings which, without the assistance of capital grants provided under the Fund, would otherwise not be available. The Fund also supports access to residential care and continuity of care in a region or area, or for a Special Needs Group, where access would otherwise be at risk.

To increase access to residential care which may otherwise not be available, the Fund provides capital grants for the construction or upgrade of residential aged care buildings:

  • in rural, regional and remote areas of Australia,and/or
  • which specifically focus on the provision of residential care to people from Special Needs Groups or concessional, supported, assisted or low-means residents (as defined under the Act), including in major cities, and/or
  • in a location where there is a demonstrated need for additionalresidential aged care services.
Last Updated: 13th of January 2021
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Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program Grant Closes: 31st of July 2021 Value: $14,596 to $40.7699 Million Run By: Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=012e25f9-75ca-4647-b57a-bf18d2888a28

This program provides funding to Local Councils for local road and community infrastructure projects. The scope of LRCI Program Phase 2 supports a broad range of eligible projects so communities can fund the infrastructure that they need, support businesses and create employment opportunities across their communities.

The LRCI Program Phase 2 aims to continue to assist a community-led recovery from COVID-19 by supporting local jobs, firms, and procurement. It expected that councils will use local businesses and workforces to deliver projects under the LRCI Program where possible to ensure stimulus funding flows into local communities.

Local Councils who have in place an executed Grant Agreement in relation to their ‘Nominal Funding Allocation’ under Phase 1 of the LRCI Program are eligible for Phase 2.


Last Updated: 17th of December 2020
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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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