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The lowdown on grants and funding opportunities

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Environment

QCoast2100 Program - Coastal Hazard Adaptation Planning Grants

Feral pest initiative fund

Drought Assistance

Community Heritage and Icons Grants

Community

Community Resilience Fund (CRF)

Sport and Rec - Get in the Game

Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program (LGGSP)

Building Better Regions Fund

Disaster Management

Community Resilience Fund

Natural Disaster Resilience Program (NDRP)

Infrastructure

Regional Capital Fund

Royalties for resource producing communities

Remote Communities Infrastructure Fund

Agriculture White Paper

Building our regions

Drought Communities (Infrastructure) Programme

Stronger Communities Programme

Qld Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Fund 2017-18

National Water Infrastructure Development Fund - Feasability Component

Roads and Transport

Roads to Recovery

Remote airstrip upgrade

Heavy vehicle safety and productivity program

Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS)

Developing Northern Australia package

Black Spots (roads)

Bridge Renewal Program

 

Federal Grants

Agriculture White Paper  

The Government is establishing a $500 million National Water Infrastructure Fund for farmers’ future water security. $50 million of this will be allocated for the detailed planning necessary to inform future investment decisions. The remaining $450 million will go towards constructing water infrastructure projects, in partnership with state and territory governments and the private sector.

How much: $500 million

Specifics to be advised.

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Black Spots (Roads) 

The Australian Government has committed $500 million to the Black Spot Program from 2014-15 to 2018- 9, which includes an additional $200 million over two years from 2015-16 under the Infrastructure Growth Package to improve road safety.

How much: $200 million over 2 years from 2015-16 nationally.

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Bridges Renewal Program 

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.

ROUND THREE NOW OPEN

Round Three is open to state, territory and local governments.

The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon Darren Chester MP has announced that Round Three of the Bridges Renewal Programme will be open to accept proposals from 17 March 2017 to 15 May 2017.

Round Three opens                         17 March 2017

Round Three closes                         15 May 2017

Round Three proposal period         8 Weeks

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Drought Assistance measures 

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.

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Drought Communities (Infrastructure) Programme 

$35 million shovel-ready, local infrastructure and employment projects comes under the Drought Communities Program. The 2015-16 eligible councils are identified on page 7 of the Guidelines document: Balonne, Barcaldine, Blackall-Tambo, Bulloo, Burke, Diamantina, Flinders, Longreach, McKinlay, Murweh, Paroo and Winton in Queensland. The programme is due to run over four years commencing in 2015-16.

How much: $35 million over 4 years from 2015-16 for identified council areas.

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Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme 

The specific HVSPP objectives are to

  • Increase productivity of heavy vehicles by enhancing the capacity of existing roads and improving connections to freight networks
  • Improve the safety environment for heavy vehicles

Projects will be selected as part of a competitive, merit based process and the programme will contribute a maximum of 50 per cent of total project costs. 

Applications: Round 5 is now closed, with successful projects yet to be announced. 

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Building Better Regions Fund 

The Building Better Regions Fund provides funding for infrastructure projects and community investment that will create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future. 

The $297.7 million Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) supports the Australian Government’s commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.

There are two streams of funding available under the program, the Infrastructure Projects Stream and Community Investments Stream.

How much: $297.7 million

Applications: Both streams opened 18 January 2017. The Infrastructure Projects Stream will close at 5pm local time on 28 February 2017 and the Community Investments Stream will close at 5pm local time on 31 March 2017.

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Northern Australia White Paper (including $100m for Beef Roads) 

From its base in Darwin, the Office of Northern Australia is coordinating the implementation of the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia, which sets out key policies and initiatives to drive growth in the north.

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Remote Airstrip Upgrade 

An additional $33.7 million over the next four years for airstrip funding will be available from 2015-16 under the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme and will provide grants for safety and access upgrades including repair and upgrade of runway surfaces, safety equipment such as runway lighting and navigation aids, and infrastructure such as fences and gates.

How much: $33.7m over 4 years nationally. Round 3 - Approved Projects

Applications: Round 4 closed 21 October 2016

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Roads to Recovery 

This programme contributes to the Infrastructure Investment Programme through supporting maintenance of the nation’s local road infrastructure asset, which facilitates greater access for Australians and improved safety, economic and social outcomes.

Roads to Recovery allocations for the councils in each jurisdiction (except the ACT as it is a unitary jurisdiction) have been determined on the basis of the recommendations of the Local Government Grants Commissions in each state and the Northern Territory for the roads component of the Financial Assistance Grants. 

How much: From 2014-15 to 2018-19 the Government will provide $3.2 billion

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Stronger Communities Programme

The objective of the Stronger Communities Programme is to fund small capital projects which will deliver social benefits. The programme aims to improve local community participation, cohesion and contribute to vibrant and viable communities. The input of the community is a key priority of the SCP. Each Member of Parliament must establish a community consultation committee to assist with identifying projects for consideration by the Government.

How much: $45m over two funding rounds from 2015-16

Applications: Round 2 is now closed and applications are being assessed. 

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National Water Infrastructure Development Fund - Feasability Component 

Implementing the Australian Government’s commitment to start the detailed planning necessary to build or augment existing water infrastructure, including dams, pipelines or managed aquifer recharge, the fund was announced in the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia ‚Äčand the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.

The Australian Government set aside $50 million to fund feasibility studies that gather the information and evidence needed to make water infrastructure proposals investment-ready.

How much: $50 million (for this component)

Applications: Closed. Funding for the capital component will be available from 2017-18. Further information will be made available once arrangements are finalised.

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Community Heritage and Icons Grants     

Applications for funding through the Community Heritage and Icons Grants program are now open. Applications must be received before 2:00PM (AEDT) on Thursday 23 March 2017. The program will provide funding (between $2500 and $10 000) for a range of interpretation, communication, promotion and volunteer activities that promote community participation and awareness of places listed on Australia’s National Heritage List. Councils are eligible to apply. Projects may include signage, development of web content/virtual tours, community events or education programs.

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Federal and State Government

Feral Pest Initiative Fund - Round 2  

A range of pest management grant funding opportunities are now open for applications from stakeholders in drought declared areas. See the Applicant Guidelines. Funding areas include:

  • Cluster fencing
  • Community weed and pest animal projects
  • Mentoring and support of best practice management and biosecurity obligations

How much:

  • Cluster fencing - $5 million over 3 years
  • Weed and Pest animal projects - $1.84 million over 3 years PLUS $2 million Federal funding (pending approval)
  • Supporting industry and local government - 1.9 million over 3 years

Applications: CLOSE 5pm 2 December 2016 (projects must be able to be completed by 30 June 2019).

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State Government

Qld Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Fund 2017-18   

The Australian Government is providing funding to the states and territories over four years as part of the Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Program (TDDI) with completion in 2017-18. The Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games (DTESB) is responsible for administering the Queensland TDDI funding.

The key TDDI and Tourism 2020 objective to be met by the Fund is to:

  • increase overnight visitor expenditure by driving demand and increasing tourism expenditure, with flow-on economic benefits across the tourism supply chain.

How much: Funding of between $100,000 and $300,000 (excluding GST), on a dollar-for-dollar matched cash funding contribution basis by proponents (cannot be in-kind contributions or Australian Government funding sources), is available for projects that are to be completed by 30 June 2018. Successful applicants will receive up to 50 per cent of costs for eligible and approved activities, subject to a maximum amount of $300,000 (excluding GST). 

Applications: Opened 25 October 2016 - CLOSES 6 December 2016

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2016-17 Grants and subsidies program  

The 2016-17 Program incorporated the:

  • Community Resilience Fund (CRF)
  • Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program (LGGSP) and 
  • Natural Disaster Resilience Program (NDRP)

Projects approved for funding under the 2016-17 Programs will be allocated a subsidy of up to 60 per cent of eligible project costs. State Government Media Release 9 September 2016

How much: $62.3 million, of which $12 million is provided by the Australian Government under NDRP.

Applications: Closed 28 September 2016 - applicants will be informed of the outcomes. 

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Building our regions 

Building our Regions is a $375 million targeted regional infrastructure program for local government projects. The primary purpose of the Building our Regions program is to provide funding for critical infrastructure in regional areas of the state, while also supporting jobs, fostering economic development and improving the liveability of regional communities.

Three main types of projects will be funded:

  • transport infrastructure e.g. airports, transport projects and roads
  • flood mitigation infrastructure e.g. levees and drainage works
  • critical community infrastructure e.g. water, waste water and sewerage

Round 3

Round 3 for all regional councils eligible under the Regional Capital Fund, Royalties for Resource Producing Communities Fund, and Remote and Indigenous Communities Fund is currently underway with 127 shortlisted projects. Councils with shortlisted projects are invited to submit detailed applications between Monday 13 March and Friday 7 April 2017.

Supplementary round

The supplementary round for councils under the Remote and Indigenous Communities Fund is currently underway with 22 shortlisted projects. Detailed applications have closed and are now being assessed. Successful projects will be announced by mid-year 2017.

 

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Regional Capital Fund 

How much: $70m over 2 years
Applications:  TBA

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Remote and Indigenous Communities Fund 

How much: $15m over 2 years
Applications: TBA

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Royalties for Resource Producing Communites 

How much: $55m over 2 years.
Applications: TBA

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Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS) 

Election commitment to increase funding for next two financial years. TIDS provides funding to local governments for the development/upgrading of roads and transport related infrastructure.

How much: $140m over 2 years

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QCoast2100 Program - coastal hazard adaptation planning grants 

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.
Applications: Open

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Sport and Recreation - Get in the Game 

A new three year $80 million commitment to the Get in the Game initiative has been announced to increase participation in sport and recreation. Under this umbrella program, Get Playing Plus provides capital funding up to $1.5m for new and upgraded sporting infrastructure. 

How much: $80m over 3 years.
Applications: TBA

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