Regional Development Australia - Kimberley
Regional Development Australia - Kimberley


The Minister announce the successful applicants from the first round of the BBRF Infrastructure Fund.

A total of 545 applications were received with 110 projects being approved to a total spend of $219.5 million.

Of these 110 projects 4 projects were funded in the Kimberley region. Congratulations to Mangkaja Arts in Fitzroy Crossing; Mimbi Aboriginal Corporation in Fitzroy Crossing; Nyamba Buru Yawuru in Broome; and Wunan Foundation in their Halls Creek project.

The 4 projects totalled $8.7 million in Commonwealth funding. It is an extremely competitive process. For those unsuccessful applicants please get in touch with our office regarding obtaining feedback, etc.

We believe there will be a further round of BBRF funding later in the year so don’t give up.

Building Better Regions Fund Guidelines Released


Is your project on track to be ready for the BBRF?


Applications opened on the 18th January 2017.

The Infrastructure Projects Stream will support projects which involve the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas. Minimum grant amount of $20,000 and a maximum grant amount of $10 million for projects that must be completed by 31 Dec 2019. Closed 28th February 2017.
Download the Infrastructure Projects Guidelines and Fact Sheet.

The Community Investments Stream will fund community building activities including but not limited to, new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability building activities. These projects will deliver economic and social benefits to regional and remote communities. The minimum grant amount is $5,000 and the maximum grant amount is $10 million, however given the nature of eligible projects most grants are expected to be under $100,000. The project must be completed within 12 months of executing the grant agreement with the Commonwealth and by 31 Dec 2019. Closing 31st March 2017.
Download the Community Investments Guidelines and Fact Sheet.

BBRF Information Sessions – WA - A webinar will be made available in mid-January 2017 with information sessions to be held in Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Albany, Bunbury and Geraldton.

The BBRF is an Australian Government initiative that will refocus the remaining funding under the National Stronger Regions Fund to better meet the needs of regional and remote communities.  By re-focusing funding the BBRF will create jobs and drive economic growth in regional Australia, and will build the kind of regional communities that people either want to stay in or come back to. Local Governments and not-for-profit organisations located outside of the major capital cities are eligible to apply.

If you are intending to be ready for the release of this fund, we recommend you invest time now in developing your proposal, undertaking economic modelling and gathering partnerships our Executive Officer, Chris Mitchell is available to contribute to discussions around potential projects –

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