Grants and Funding Opportunities

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.

  • 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.
  • 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

If you are not eligible for the BBRF, please refer to the list of Grants and Funding Programs below to find the one that is relevant to your organisation.

Grants and Funding Programs

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Grants and assistance programs are available for businesses from the Australian, state and territory governments, and local councils. If you are not eligible for the Building Better Regions Fund, please refer to the list of grants and assistance programs to find one that is relevant to your organisation.

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Accelerate Small Business Grants Program

  • The Accelerate Small Business Grants Program provides targeted assistance to small businesses that demonstrate high-growth and employment aspirations, to engage high-level expertise for their business.

Advance Regional Innovation Program (ARIP)

  • The #SCRIPT Advance Regional Innovation Program (ARIP) will provide $1 million over 3 years to develop innovation and entrepreneurial activities across the Sunshine Coast region.

Advance Queensland funding and support programs

Advancing Queensland: an age-friendly community grants program

  • The Advancing Queensland: an age-friendly community grants program provides funding for local projects and initiatives to enhance the age-friendliness of communities across Queensland. Over 3 years from 2017-18, $1 million per annum will be made available through open funding rounds to seed fund community projects involving partnerships between local government, community and other organisations to co-develop, implement and promote innovative age-friendly projects.

Aurizon Community Giving Fund

  • The Fund is focused on the broad areas of health and wellbeing, community safety, the environment and education.

Australian Communities Foundation Funding (ACF)

  • ACF Grants fall broadly into the areas of arts and culture, community development and advocacy, community services and welfare, disability, education, training and employment, environment, health and medical research, overseas aid and development.

Australia Council for the Arts Grant Programs

  • Australia Council has developed a new grants model which will support a diverse range of artists, artistic practice, organisations and arts activity.

Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs)

  • An Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE) is a not-for-profit organisation, with charitable status, which provides meaningful employment for people with significant disability who would otherwise not be able to work. It is a business that makes products, or provides services. ADEs are given Australian Government funding for each person they employ.

Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) – Digital Solutions

  • The $18.02 million ASBAS program will support service providers to offer low cost, high quality digital advisory services to Australian small businesses in metropolitan and regional parts of NSW, ACT, QLD, NT, WA, SA, VIC and TAS.

Australian Sports Commission (ASC)

Aurizon Community Giving Fund

  • The Fund is focused on the broad areas of health and wellbeing, community safety, the environment and education.

Barayamal’s Budding Entrepreneurs Program

  • Barayamal’s Budding Entrepreneurs Program will accelerate the success of four Indigenous entrepreneurs by providing free working space at Australia’s largest community of scalable tech startups (Fishburners) and an Entrepreneurship Development Program for 3-months in Brisbane or Sydney.

Business Development Fund – Advance Queensland

  • The Business Development Fund focuses on the growth of innovative Queensland businesses, particularly in the emerging industries of tomorrow. It will create high value, knowledge-based and skilled jobs now and into the future.

Business Event Assistance Program

  • Facilitated by Business Events Sunshine Coast in partnership with the Sunshine Coast Council, the Business Event Assistance Program offers support to attract conferences, meetings and exhibitions which raise the profile of the region as a destination business events.  

Business Finance Loans – Indigenous Business Australia

  • Indigenous Business Australia’s (IBA) Business Development and Assistance Program assists Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people to access the skills, knowledge and resources required to start and grow a viable, sustainable business.

Caltex Australia – Sponsorship and Social Investment

Capital Grants Programme

  • The Capital Grants Programme provides funding to assist non-government primary and secondary school communities to improve capital infrastructure where they otherwise may not have access to sufficient capital resources.

Coca-Cola Australia Foundation

Community benefit funding programs

Community Broadcasting Foundation (CBF) Pty Ltd

  • CBF funding assists community broadcasting organisations in urban, regional, rural and remote Australia to produce media by and for their communities.

Community Development Grants Programme

Community Support Programme

  • The Community Support Programme assists child care providers to establish or maintain viable services in parts of the country where they might not otherwise be viable or able to meet the unique requirements of the community, such as in disadvantaged or regional and remote areas.

Cooperative Research Centre Projects (CRC-Ps) Grants

CSIRO Innovation Fund

  • The new CSIRO Innovation Fund supports the early stage commercialisation of innovations from CSIRO, universities and other publicly funded research bodies.

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development Funding Programmes

Listed below are the programmes which are funded under the Infrastructure Investment Programme as well as the Grants Programmes for regions. Additional funding assistance is also offered for local roads.

Disability Community Events Grants 2016

First Start Loan – Primary producer

  • First Start Loans provide finance up to $650,000 to assist you in the early years of establishing your primary production enterprise. Obtain the finance you need to enter into primary production or to become a full-time primary producer.

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

  • FRRR Grants are available for charitable purposes that benefit the residents of Australia’s rural, regional or remote communities.

Future Makers (Optus)

  • Future Makers supports innovative tech solutions which help solve societal issues for disadvantaged youth so they can reach their full potential.

Gambling Community Benefit Fund

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Google Ad Grants

  • Google Ad Grants empower nonprofit organisations, through $10,000 per month in in-kind AdWords™ advertising, to promote their missions and initiatives on Google search result pages. Open to non-profit organisations which hold current and valid charity status.

Heywire Youth Innovation Grant

  • Heywire grants aim to make life better for rural and regional youth. ABC Heywire partners with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) to offer $100,000 in seed funding annually to help at least ten community organisations make these innovative ideas a reality.

Ignite Ideas Fund

  • The Advance Queensland Ignite Ideas Fund supports the development of new or improved products, processes or services to secure investment, launch into global markets and grow business.

Impact Investment Readiness Fund

  • The Fund offers grants of up to $100,000 for enterprises to purchase specialised capacity building support from providers such as advisory, financial, intermediary or legal services.

Industry Skills Fund – Youth Stream

  • The Industry Skills Fund – Youth Stream comprises two pilot programmes, Training for Employment Scholarships and Youth Employment Pathways, which will address youth unemployment by supporting businesses to employ more young people; and community organisations to help young people return to school, start vocational training or move into work.

New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)

  • Eligible job seekers interested in starting and running a small business may be able to access assistance through the NEIS.

Noosa Council funding and grants

  • Noosa Council’s Community Grants are intended to help organisations and individuals to meet community needs, build community skills and resilience and develop and maintain community infrastructure.

Queensland Destination Events Program

  • The Queensland Destination Events Program (QDEP), formerly the Regional Development Program (RDP), seeks to leverage the crucial link between events and the destinations in which they are staged, extending the flow of the economic, marketing and social benefits of events throughout metropolitan and regional Queensland.

Queensland Startup Events and Activities Fund

  • The $300,000 Queensland Startup Events and Activities fund aims to build capability within Queensland’s startup community. A ‘startup’ is defined as a new high-growth potential business, developing innovative products and services, with a globally scalable market.

Restart Wage Subsidy

  • Restart offers up to $10,000 support to employers who employ and retain eligible job seekers who are 50 years of age or older, and who have been unemployed and on income support for six months or more.

Rural and Regional Development Grant

  • The Tim Fairfax Family Foundation supports Australian charitable organisations and initiatives aimed at addressing the particular needs of communities in rural, remote and regional areas within Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Sidney Myer Fund & The Myer Foundation

  • The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund make grants across Australia in accordance with our vision to improve peoples’ lives in lasting and positive ways.

Small Business Digital Grants Program

  • The Small Business Digital Grants Program provides small businesses with access to digital technologies and services to enable them to work smarter, engage with the global economy and make the most of online business opportunities arising from digital disruption.

Small Business Entrepreneur QLD

Startup Queensland

  • The $300,000 Startup Queensland fund aims to build capability within Queensland’s startup community. A startup is defined as a new high-growth potential business, developing innovative products and services, with a globally scalable market. Funding is available for up to 50% of total eligible activity costs, up to a maximum of $25,000 (excluding GST) per activity.

Stronger Communities Programme

  • The objective of the Stronger Communities Programme is to fund small capital projects which will deliver social benefits. The programme aims to improve local community participation, cohesion and contribute to vibrant and viable communities.

Sunshine Coast Council grants

SunSuper Dreams for a Better World

The Courier-Mail Children’s Fund

Veteran and Community Grants

  • The Veteran and Community Grants (V&CG) program aims to maintain and improve the independence and quality of life for members of the veteran community by providing funding for projects that support activities and services to sustain or enhance health and wellbeing.

Women and Leadership Australia Scholarship – National Industry Scholarship Initiative

  • Scholarship Funding Grants are available at two levels to support the development of emerging and established women leaders from early career through to senior level.

Young Starters’ Fund

  • The Young Starters’ Fund will provide funding up to 70% of your total eligible activity costs, up to a maximum of $20,000 (ex GST) per activity to deliver events and activities that build entrepreneurial and technology startup skills in young Queenslanders, aged 15–24.