Growing Regions Program

On 16 May 2024, the Hon Catherine King MP, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government announced funding for 40 projects under Round 1 of the Growing Regions Program.

Minister King’s media release can be found at Investing in Communities in Regional Australia.

The successful projects that have been offered funding under Round 1 are provided at Growing Regions Program – Round 1 successful projects

The Australian Government has committed $600 million over three years from 2023-24 for the Growing Regions Program, with $300 million available over two rounds.

The Growing Regions Program provides funding of between $500,000 and $15 million to local government entities and incorporated 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 funding awarded on a merit basis.

The program uses a two-stage application process. Under Stage one – Expression of Interest, applicants are required to submit expressions of interest which are 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 Stage two – full application.

Funding rounds

Round 1 opened on 5 July 2023 and closed 15 January 2024.

Round 2 is expected to open in 2024.

Guidelines for Round 1 and program information are also available on GrantConnect and at business.gov.au

Supporting documentation

The Commonwealth Department of Social Services is offering up to half of the cost to build Changing Places facilities in Local Government Areas (LGAs) across Australia. Changing Places are accessible toilets with extra features and more space to meet the needs of people with disability and their carers.

As at 1 February 2024, the Department of Social Services has increased the funding offer to provide:

  • 50% of the funding towards build costs for Changing Places facilities in LGAs with an existing facility
  • 40% of the funding towards build costs for all subsequent facilities in any LGA with at least one Changing Places

This funding offer can supplement other sources of funding, including the Growing Regions Program. Applicants are encouraged to consider including a Changing Places facility in upcoming community infrastructure plans.

Further information can be found at Changing Places | Department of Social Services, Australian Government (dss.gov.au).