Building Resilient Regional Leaders Initiative

What is the Building Resilient Regional Leaders Initiative?

The Building Resilient Regional Leaders Initiative is a grant opportunity to help organisations deliver place based leadership training to support current and emerging regional leaders and facilitate the development of regional networks contributing to their region’s long-term resilience.



The Building Resilient Regional Leaders Initiative (Pilot) will run over two years from 2021-22 to 2022-23. The program was announced as part of the 2020-21 Budget.

The program is place-based and intended to meet local needs. The purpose of the program is to support current and emerging regional leaders to further develop their leadership and resilience skills, enabling them to become strong local voices who can help sustain regional Australia’s recovery from COVID-19, bushfires and other crises, and contribute to their region’s long-term resilience. Local leaders have a significant role to play in boosting the resilience and vibrancy of their communities.



The Building Resilient Regional Leaders Initiative aims to: 

  • deliver place based leadership training to support current and emerging regional leaders to develop leadership and resilience skills
  • facilitate the development of networks between current and emerging regional leaders, mentors and other experts where appropriate to help maximise the impacts of the training over the long-term
  • provide participants with opportunities and techniques to develop deeper connections within their regions.



There is a total of $5 million over two years available for this grant opportunity. Grants will be from $250,000 to $5 million. The grant amount will be up to 100% of eligible project costs.


Eligible Projects

To be eligible your project must have at least $250,000 in eligible expenditure and should:

  • develop tailored, place based leadership training that is co-designed with participants to support current and emerging leaders in developing their knowledge and resilience skills to best support their unique region
  • deliver leadership training to current and emerging leaders in groups of approximately 25 participants per cohort in up to 10 locations (refer to section 2.1) and include participants who are:
    • volunteers and employees of local government, community organisations and businesses
    • drawn from diverse groups, including women, young people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and Indigenous Australians
    • involved in their local community’s recovery from COVID-19, natural disaster or other crisis through volunteering or their employment or business activities
    • motivated to build on skills for future challenges, interested in widening their networks, and willing and able to commit the time and effort to the course requirements
    • aged 18 years or over
  • include the participation of local experts (e.g. academics or psychologists) to facilitate a regional development approach to masterclasses and to facilitate leadership aptitude awareness sessions
  • develop strong and enduring local and regional networks and connections between course participants within each region (past and present), mentors, and community organisations and businesses by:
    • hosting networking events
    • running a mentoring program between participants and prominent local leaders
    • encouraging the participation of local community and business groups to facilitate workshops
    • establishing an alumni network and delivering projects that rely on and deepen regional networks as part of the learning activity


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible you must have an Australian business number (ABN) and be one of the following entities:

  • an entity incorporated in Australia
  • a company limited by guarantee
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
  • an incorporated association
  • an incorporated not for profit organisation
  • a publicly funded research organisation (PFRO) as defined in section 14
  • an Indigenous Corporation (under the Corporation (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cth)).

Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead organisation who is the main driver of the project and are eligible to apply. For further information on joint applications, refer to section 7.2 of the grant opportunity guidelines.



Applications close 05 November 2021.


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