On 23 November 2016 the Australian Government announced the release of the program guidelines for the new Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) - to replace the National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF).
The BBRF will invest $297.7 million over four years in infrastructure projects and community investments to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.
Grants are available through two funding streams; Infrastructure Projects and Community Investments.
The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science's AusIndustry Business Grants Hub is responsible for administering the program on behalf of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (this includes grant application, enquiries and project management activities).
Applications open 18 January 2017 and close 28 February 2017 (Infrastructure Projects Stream) and 31 March 2017 (Community Investments Stream).
Program guidelines, the application form, contact details for enquiries and other programme information is available on www.business.gov.au/bbrf
A number of free information sessions are being hosted between 18 January and 7 February. The closest one to the Gold Coast will be held at Toowoomba:
Thursday 2nd February
10.30am to 12 noon
Eagle Room, City Golf Club
254 South Street, Toowoomba
If you're unable to make this session, a webinar will be made available in mid January.
You can check your areas eligibility to apply for BBRF funding. The Gold Coast is designated as either 'Included Area - Major Cities' or 'Included Area - Inner Regional'. A mapping tool to confirm your area's eligibility can be found here.