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Councils and community organisations in regional Victoria can now apply for round 5 of the Building Better Regions Fund


Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson has called on communities in the region to apply for funding under Round 5 of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), with applications now open.

“2020 was a challenging year for our community, with bushfires, drought and a global pandemic but the BBRF will help to kick-start this new year, bringing support to community driven projects at a time it is most needed,” Senator Henderson said.

“This round of funding includes $100 million in dedicated funding for tourism-related infrastructure boosting our regional tourism recovery, while maintaining $100 million for broader community infrastructure and investment.

Regional Victoria plays an integral role in our nation’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and I  encourage communities in our region to apply for both the community investments stream and the infrastructure projects stream to enhance our community facilities, create much-needed jobs and encourage community cohesion through this time.

“Our region has already benefited from previous rounds of the BBRF with investments in projects such as the delivery of $260,000 for the Youth Training Facility Construction project at the Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club, driving economic growth in regional Victoria and delivering lasting benefits to our local communities.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government is proud to be supporting regional communities through the BBRF, particularly those regions which rely upon domestic and international tourism, “2020 highlighted just how strong our regions are, with communities and industries working to overcome many challenges to continue to grow,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“The first four rounds of the BBRF were highly competitive with more than 3,200 applications received and 995 projects approved for funding, totalling just over $841.6 million. “This is why I encourage all eligible applicants to apply for funding to ensure the lifeblood of this nation – our regions – continue building strong communities for the future.”

Applications are now open and can be submitted through the online portal at

If potential applicants have any questions regarding eligibility or delivery of the program, they can contact the AusIndustry Business Grants Hub on 13 28 46 to discuss their individual circumstances.

Prospective applicants are also encouraged to contact their local Regional Development Australia (RDA) committee to discuss their application. More information including contact details for your local RDA can be found at

Applications close on 5 March 2021, with successful applicants expected to be announced in mid-2021.

Media Contacts
Deputy Prime Minister – Jo Williamson 0418 475 668 | Dean Shachar 0418 202 860
Senator Sarah Henderson – Kerry Ridgeway 0408 316 298

12 January 2021

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