Grants and Funding
Roads and Transport
The Black Spot Programme makes an important contribution in reducing the national road toll under the National Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan.
The Australian Government has extended the Black Spot Program and is providing $60 million per year from the 2021 to 2022 financial year onwards, building on the current $684.5 million investment from the 2013 to 2014 financial year to the 2020 to 2021 financial year.
Nominations for Black Spot locations are invited from state and territory Governments, local councils, community groups and associations, road user groups, industry and individuals.
The Australian Government has committed $360 million over five years to 2019-20 to the Bridges Renewal Programme.
The Programme upgrades and repairs bridges to enhance access for local communities and facilitate higher productivity vehicle access.
The date for the opening of Round Four has not yet been decided (as at 22 March 2018).
The Australian Government provides a number of assistance measures to support farm families, farm businesses and rural communities to prepare for, manage through and recover from drought and other hardship. This includes a range of additional measures announced in the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.
The Drought Communities Programme (DCP) is designed to deliver benefits in targeted drought affected regions of Australia. The Australian Government is providing $35 million over four years, commencing in 2015-16, to fund local infrastructure initiatives that provide employment for people whose work opportunities have been impacted by drought.
Funding will be targeted at projects that stimulate local community spending, use local resources, businesses and suppliers, and/or provide a long-lasting benefit to communities and the agricultural industries on which they depend.
Funding will be directed to declared local government areas.
The Programme will provide up to $35.0 million [$12 million in 2015‑16, $13 million in 2016-17, $5 million in 2017‑18 and $5 million in 2018‑19].
Declared Councils will each receive total payments of $1.5 million.
The Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP) is an Australian Government initiative to fund infrastructure projects that improve productivity and safety outcomes of heavy vehicle operations across Australia.
The Australian Government has extended the HVSPP and will provide $40 million per year from the 2021 to 2022 financial year onwards. The commitment builds on the current $328 million investment from the 2013 to 2014 financial year to the 2020 to 2021 financial year.
On 15 December 2017, the former Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon Darren Chester MP, announced that Round Six of the HVSPP was open for proposals from 15 December 2017 to 30 March 2018.
State, territory and local governments are eligible to apply for funding for projects that will upgrade road infrastructure to improve heavy vehicle safety and freight efficiency, saving lives and reducing travel times for freight on Australia's roads.
The Australian Government will contribute up to 50 per cent of the total project cost to successful projects, up to a maximum of $5 million.
Round Six opens 15 December 2017
Round Six closes 30 March 2018
Round Six proposal period 15 weeks
Round Six proposals must be submitted by 11:59pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) on 30 March 2018.
The Australian Government provides targeted support for aerodrome infrastructure and air services to remote areas where they are not commercially viable. This funding is provided through the Regional Aviation Access Programme (RAAP).
The RAAP provides funding assistance for access and safety upgrades to remote aerodromes as well as subsidised flights to ensure residents of remote communities have access to regional service centres.
Funding is allocated across the following Funding Components of RAAP:
- the Remote Air Services Subsidy (RASS) Scheme;
- the Remote Airstrip Upgrade (RAU) Programme; and
- the Remote Aerodrome Inspection (RAI) Programme.
The Consolidated Programme Guidelines for the Regional Aviation Access Programme are attached below:
Connections to some of Australia's most regional and remote communities have been further strengthened with $7 million allocated to 31 projects under Round 5 of the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program. See Media Statement
The Roads to Recovery Program supports the maintenance of the nation's local road infrastructure asset, which facilitates greater access for Australians and improved safety, economic and social outcomes.
The Roads to Recovery Program does not contain a sunset clause under the National Land Transport Act 2014, meaning no new legislation is required for the continuation of the program.
From the 2013 to 2014 financial year to the 2020 to 2021 financial year the Australian Government will provide $4.4 billion under the Roads to Recovery Program. The funding is to be distributed to Australia's local councils, state and territory governments responsible for local roads in the unincorporated areas (where there are no councils) and the Indian Ocean Territories.
The recent Smart Cities and Suburbs Program provided funding to support projects that apply innovative technology-based solutions to urban challenges to improve the liveability, productivity and sustainability of Australian cities, suburbs and towns.
Local governments that are new to smart cities and smart technology can register for the Future Ready incubation package. This package was not directly linked to the grants application process but supports capability building in local government. The package will provide participating local governments with the opportunity to collaborate with industry, build organisational capability, establish partnerships and develop innovative smart city plans and projects.
The incubation package is open for registrations.
The department has a new streamlined process for administering three programs relating to natural disaster mitigation projects, community resilience and local government key infrastructure.
Community Resilience Fund (CRF)
The aim of the CRF is to make Queensland communities more resilient to natural disasters, and reduce future expenditure on asset restoration. Information from 2016-17 period - TBC for future opportunities.
Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program (LGGSP)
The aim of the LGGSP is to support local governments to deliver key infrastructure projects. TBC.
Natural Disaster Resilience Program (NDRP)
The aim of the NDRP is to reduce Queensland communities' vulnerability to natural hazards and build community resilience. Funding round to be announced shortly.
Building our Regions is a $445 million targeted regional infrastructure program for local government projects. The purpose of the program is to provide funding for critical infrastructure in regional areas of the state, while also generating jobs, fostering economic development and improving the liveability of regional communities.
Building our Regions has allocated $225 million across 174 projects. A further $70 million is available under Round 4 of the program.
The Round 4 guidelines are available to assist councils with submitting an expression of interest.
TIDS provides funding to local governments for the development/upgrading of roads and transport related infrastructure.
The QCoast2100 program will administer the Local Government Coastal Hazard Adaptation Fund - assisting local councils develop coastal hazard adaptation strategies and pilot projects.
How much: $12M over 3 years.
Get Playing Places and Spaces provides funding for infrastructure development so that more Queenslanders can be involved in sport and active recreation.
Eligible organisations can apply for up to $150,000 (GST exclusive).
Organisations will need to contribute a minimum of 20 per cent to the total eligible project costs unless the project is in a disaster declared Local Government Area for Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie and associated rainfall and flooding events as per the Fact Sheet (PDF, 219KB). Applications are to be submitted online.
- Round 7 opens for applications on 2 July 2018
- Applications close on 31 August 2018
- Announcement of successful projects in November 2018
- Successful projects can commence in January 2019
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.
Within this context, the aims and objectives of the QDEP are as follows:
- Generate local economic activity and development in the host destination
- Attract external visitation to the destination
- Drive social and community outcomes for the host destination, noting the important link between community outcomes and economic benefits
- Enhance the profile and appeal of the host destination
- The QDEP offers two funding options for regional events:
- Destination Event funding – single year funding for developing events seeking growth ($10,000 - $25,000 per year)
- Significant Event funding – single year or up to three years of funding for events that can demonstrate a strong track record of growth or growth potential ($25,000 - $100,000 per year)
Round 10 is now open.
Please note that results from your current event must be included in your funding application, therefore your current event must be completed before you can apply for funding.
To apply for Destination event funding: Destination event funding application form
Please note, applicants will now be required to submit an expression of interest for Significant event funding: Significant event funding Expression of Interest form
On Monday 20 March 2017, the Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, The Honourable Jackie Trad announced the Innovation and Improvement Fund.
The fund offers financial assistance to councils to enable new and improved ways of 'doing planning', that also contributes to better planning in Queensland.
While local government will be the recipient of successful applications, the improvements and innovations will need to demonstrate how they contribute to better planning in Queensland and the local community.
Round 2 is expected to open in the first half of 2018.