Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF)

bbrf_On 23 November 2016 the Australian Government announced the release of the program guidelines for the new Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) – to replace the National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF).

The BBRF will invest $297.7 million over four years in infrastructure projects and community investments to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.

Grants are available through two funding streams; Infrastructure Projects and Community Investments.

  • 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.
  • 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 Department of Industry, Innovation and Science’s AusIndustry Business Grants Hub is responsible for administering the program on behalf of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (this includes grant application, enquiries and project management activities).

Program Guidelines, the application form, contact details for enquiries, and other programme information, is available on www.business.gov.au/bbrf.

Round One applications opened 18 January 2017, and closed 28 February 2017 (Infrastructure Projects Stream) and 31 March 2017 (Community Investments Stream).

If you are not eligible for the BBRF, please see our Grants and Funding Opportunities resource page.


BBRF Round One

Barry Cheales (Vice President Buderim Men’s Shed), Ted O’Brien (Member for Fairfax), Shanna Douglas (RDA Sunshine Coast), Bryan O’Neill, and John Stevenson (Buderim Men’s Shed).

Community Investments Stream

On 22 September 2017, Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, Minister for Regional Development announced the outcomes of the 1st Round of the Building Better Regions Fund Community Investments Stream.

A total of $47,425 was granted to Noosa Council’s Floating Land initiative, a five-week festival of exhibitions, events and workshops celebrating nature and environmental sustainability. The highlight of this year’s festival, which began on September 8 and continues until October 15, is a series of sculptures created in outdoor natural settings. The funding was to support additional elements being added to the festival.

A grant of $19,500 went to the Noosa Capacity Building Framework, Digital Tool and Pitch Event – an initiative of the Noosa Chamber of Commerce, aimed at developing and pitching new regional business opportunities.

Funding of $5,652 was awarded to a project titled Volunteer to Career – an initiative of Volunteering Sunshine Coast. The funds will be used to deliver four information sessions across the Coast, discussing opportunities for volunteering and for mature aged jobseekers.

Infrastructure Projects Stream

On 4 August 2017, Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, Minister for Regional Development announced the outcomes of the 1st Round of the Building Better Regions Fund Infrastructure Projects Stream.

RDA Sunshine Coast was excited to support these projects as one of our core roles is to support the growth and development of regional communities across the Sunshine Coast, by connecting organisations to take advantage of government programs, policies and initiatives.

The Buderim Men’s Shed, and Caloundra Events Centre play a crucial role in supporting, and strengthening the Sunshine Coast community and we are happy to see funding go to such great causes.

Buderim’s Men Shed has secured $500,000 in funding for the construction of their new premises. As the largest Men’s Shed in Australia, Buderim Men’s Shed is a non-profit, non-commercial community organisation providing a safe and friendly meeting place for men to work on projects. A major objective of the Men’s Shed is to advance the health, well being and social inclusion of all members through activities such as woodwork, toy making, metal work, and gardening.

The Men’s Shed was the second successful application from the Sunshine Coast, after the Events Centre Caloundra announced a dollar-for-dollar partnership between the Sunshine Coast Council and the BBRF to secure $6m in funding. The redevelopment project will include refurbishments of the main entrance, a foyer upgrade, improvements to the box office, bar counters and function room and more. Acoustic upgrades to theatre walls and the ceiling are also scheduled, while heating and air-conditioning and disability access will all be delivered.


Previous Rounds of the NSRF

Please note that there will be no further Rounds of the NSRF open for application.

Nambour Heritage Tramway

On 7 October 2016 the Australian Government announced 67 infrastructure projects to receive $126.5m under Round Three of NSRF. $500,000 was granted to the Nambour Heritage Tramway project which has put Nambour’s rebirth back on track.

Roughly a kilometre in length, the first stage will link the Coles shopping centre with Aldi, while plans for the second stage will see the tramway continued to the Nambour Showgrounds.

RDASC was excited to support this project as one of our core roles is to support the growth and development of regional communities across the Sunshine Coast, by connecting organisations to take advantage of government programs, policies and initiatives. The Nambour Heritage Tramway project is a much needed step in revitalising Nambour.

Round Three is now closed

  • Details of Round Three successful applications [PDF: 291 KB]
  • Feedback for NSRF Round Three applicants PDF: 399 KB
  • Round Three NSRF Program Guidelines [PDF: 1086 KB] – applies to projects approved and funded under Round Three only.

Round Two is now closed

  • Details of Round Two successful projects [PDF: 357 KB]
  • Round Two NSRF Programme Guidelines [PDF: 999 KB] – applies to projects approved and funded under Round Two only.

Round One is now closed

  • Details of Round One successful Projects: [PDF: 121 KB]
  • NSRF Guidelines Round One October 2014 [PDF: 913 KB] – applies to projects approved and funded under Round One only.