Regional Development Australia - Kimberley
Regional Development Australia - Kimberley

Oct 6, 2014

The National Stronger Regions Fund is an initiative to boost social and economic development in Australia’s regions by funding priority infrastructure projects in local communities. The Australian Government has committed $1 billion to the fund over five years commencing from 2015–16.

Funding will be provided for capital projects which involve construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade, extension or enhancement of existing infrastructure. Projects selected for funding should deliver an economic benefit to the region beyond the period of construction, and should support disadvantaged regions or areas of disadvantage within a region.

Local Government and incorporated not-for-profit organisations are eligible to apply for grants of between $20,000 and $10 million. Grant funding must be matched in cash on at least a dollar for dollar basis, and the funded part of the project must be completed on or before 31 December 2019.

Please refer to the guidelines for more information about eligibility and how to apply.


Applications for Round One funding will be accepted between 1 October 2014 and 5pm applicant’s local time on 28 November 2014, using the Department’s secure Grants Management System (GMS) Portal.

If possible, please avoid waiting until the last minute to submit your application, as high volumes of users can slow the system and may make it difficult for you to complete your submission.

If you wish to apply for funding, your local Regional Development Australia (RDA) Committee may assist you to:

  • identify infrastructure projects;
  • facilitate bringing key parties together; and/or
  • prepare applications, supporting documents and evidence.

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