Up to $10M is available for projects that involve construction of new infrastructure that deliver an economic benefit to the region.

 

National Stronger Regions Fund

 

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100% Success Rate

Over $7M Raised So Far

 

Overview

The National Stronger Regions Fund funding will be provided for capital projects which involve construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade, extension or enhancement of existing infrastructure.

 

Success Stories

Greater Shepparton City Council

Bulletpoint assisted the Greater Shepparton City Council to receive $7.19 million towards the Greater Shepparton Regional Sports Precinct through the Regional Development Australia Fund Round Four.

This project will substantially expand the capacity of the 65 hectare Greater Shepparton Regional Sports Precinct (GSRSP) by building new fields and facilities for a range of sports. It will provide modern infrastructure for the site, including a linking boulevard, fencing, landscaping, playgrounds,signage, car parks, traffic signals and supporting works.

The project will include construction of five new football fields, a new synthetic hockey pitch and athletics track, and eight new netball courts, together with upgrades to existing multipurpose fields. New lighting, pavilions and improved spectator amenities feature in most elements of the project.

 

Background

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.

 

Objectives

The objective of the National Stronger Regions Fund is to fund investment ready projects which support economic growth and sustainability of regions across Australia, particularly disadvantaged regions, by supporting investment in priority infrastructure.

The desired outcomes of the programme are:

  • improved level of economic activity in regions;
  • increased productivity in the regions;
  • increased employment and a more skilled workforce in regions;
  • increased capacity and improved capability of regions to deliver major projects, and to secure and manage investment funding;
  • improved partnerships between local, state and territory governments, the private sector and community groups; and
  • more stable and viable communities, where people choose to live

Not all projects will be able to contribute to each desired outcome, however collectively the projects will meet the NSRF objective and desired outcomes.

 

Eligible Projects

National Stronger Regions Funding will be provided for infrastructure projects which provide economic benefit and have an identifiable and sustainable impact on a region.

Projects seeking funding from the National Stronger Regions Fund could, for example:

  • improve or upgrade transport networks to support connectivity and freight movement, such as transport hubs, intermodal services, airports, or upgrades to wharves or cargo loading facilities which cannot be funded by the market;
  • enhance the efficient movement of freight, support an industrial estate or strengthen supply chains;
  • increase access to water and waste services, support improved water management or enhance irrigation services (routine upgrades and repairs will not be funded);
  • extend or enhance services to regions, for example deliver gas pipelines to new industrial estates, upgrade water pipes to support irrigation and industrial growth, or more efficiently manage waste water;
  • convention centres and community or performance centres which deliver economic benefits or support increases in tourism; or
  • construct large flagship or signature multi-purpose sporting facilities which generate significant long term economic and social benefits and/or support leadership in local communities, for example a state-of-the-art facility which will act as the state hub and will host national, state and elite events on a regular and ongoing basis

 

Funding

The Australian Government has committed $1 billion to the National Stronger Regions Fund over five years commencing from 2015–16. Local Government and incorporated not-for-profit organisations are eligible to apply for National Stronger Regions Fund 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.

 

Timing

Applications for Round 3 close 15 March 2016.

 

Expert Assistance

Writing a good quality grant application is a critical element in the application process. An application needs to be well thought through, written concisely, have clear objectives and purpose, and show clear links to the objectives of the grant guidelines.

The grant application must answer all questions, provide all required information and respond to the merit criteria. It should also reflect your organisation’s business strategy.

Writing a good application takes time and effort, and requires particular writing skills.

Bulletpoint are expert grant consultants and can assist with all aspects of grant preparation. We are an independent grants consultancy and not affiliated, associated nor endorsed by any government agency.

We know what it takes to secure this grant.

Contact us to see how we can assist you.

 

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Round 3 Recipients

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Bathurst Regional Council – $2,296,862

The Project will provide an additional cultural facility for the Bathurst Region through the restoration and extension of the historic Railway Institute Building. The facility will value add and strengthen the visitor economy whilst at the same time preserve and convey the significant story of rail for Bathurst and NSW.

Bega & District Nursing Home Ltd – $4,583,386

The outcome of this project is the redevelopment of the oldest wing of Bega & District Nursing Home’s Hillgrove House, which currently houses multi-bed resident rooms and an ancilla