The program guidelines are now available for eligible applicants to start preparing expressions of interest. Further information on the application process, including application forms, will be provided when Round 1 opens on 5 July 2023.
The Growing Regions Program provides grants of between $500,000 and $15 million to local government entities and not-for-profit organisations, for capital works projects that deliver community and economic infrastructure projects across regional and rural Australia.
The program is open competitive with grants awarded on a merit basis.
There will be a two-stage application process. Under Stage One, applicants will be required to submit Expressions of Interest which will be assessed to ensure projects meet eligibility requirements, project readiness and program suitability, and are aligned with regional priorities for the area.
Expressions of Interest that are assessed as meeting requirements and approved to proceed will be invited to submit a full application (Stage Two).
Round 1 will open for expressions of interest on 5 July 2023, with $300 million available to support capital works projects for community and economic infrastructure across regional and rural areas.
Guidelines and program information will also be available on GrantConnect and at business.gov.au
- Growing Regions Program Round 1 Guidelines (Revised) – sub-section 4.1 of the guidelines previously released on 6 May 2023 has been updated to clarify the eligibility of incorporated not-for-profit organisations and Alpine Resorts Victoria. Accordingly, sub-section 4.3 has been updated to remove Resort Management Boards as an organisation not eligible to apply. For information on who is eligible to apply please see section 4 of the attached guidelines and visit GrantConnect to view the Addenda outlining the reason for the change.
- Growing Regions Program Minister’s media release
- Program eligibility mapping tool