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The lowdown on grants and funding opportunities

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Environment

QCoast2100 Program - Coastal Hazard Adaptation Planning Grants

Drought Assistance

Community

Community Resilience Fund (CRF)

Sport and Rec - Get in the Game

Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program (LGGSP)

Building Better Regions Fund

Advancing Queensland: An Age Friendly Community Grants Program

Queensland Destination Events Program

Disaster Management

Community Resilience Fund

Natural Disaster Resilience Program (NDRP)

Infrastructure

Agriculture White Paper

Building our Regions

Drought Communities (Infrastructure) Programme

Innovation and Improvement Fund

QLD Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Fund 2017-18

National Water Infrastructure Development Fund - Feasability Component

Smart Cities and Suburbs Program – Round 1

Roads and Transport

Roads to Recovery

Regional and Remote Aviation

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 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 committed $500 million to the Black Spot Programme from 2014-15 to 2018-19, which includes an additional $200 million over two years from 2015-16 to improve road safety across the nation.

Nominations for Black Spot locations are invited from State and Territory Governments, local councils, community groups and associations, road user groups, industry and individuals.

All nominations should be made on the official Black Spot Nomination Form. [PDF: 262 KB] All completed nomination forms must be mailed to the relevant state or territory authority.  Sites which fail to meet eligibility criteria with regard to crash history, or are not supported by a road safety audit, cannot be considered.

On receipt of a completed Black Spot Nomination Form the relevant state/territory transport agency will examine the nominated site's eligibility, and may undertake an economic assessment of a treatment proposal. All nominations will be referred for consideration by the appropriate Consultative Panel.

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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 IS NOW CLOSED

Announcement of successful proposals is not expected until late 2017.

Round Four

There is currently no scheduled date for the opening of Round Four.

 

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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 

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.

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Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme 

The Australian Government has committed $288 million over seven years to 2019-20 to the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme. The HVSPP is an Australian Government initiative to fund infrastructure projects that improve productivity and safety outcomes of heavy vehicle operations across Australia.

The Heavy Vehicle Safety Productivity Programme is currently closed for applications.

Under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme, the Australian Government contributes up to 50 per cent of the total project cost. Projects are selected through a competitive, merit based process.

Proponents are encouraged to consult with industry and community more broadly on projects to ensure industry priorities and community views are considered in the development of proposals.

Payments for all successful projects are made through National Partnership Agreements to State/Territory Governments.

Round Five

Successful projects under Round Five of the HVSPP were announced by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport on 1 September 2016. A list of successful projects under Round Five is available here.

 

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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 closed 5pm local time on 28 February 2017 and the Community Investments Stream closed 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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Regional and remote aviation 

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:

Consolidated Programme Guidelines for the Regional Aviation Access Programme

Remote Airstrip Upgrade (RAU) Programme

The Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program is part of the Australian Government's Regional Aviation Access Program (RAAP) and provides funding for upgrades to remote airstrips in isolated communities. This funding continues the Australian Government's commitment to improving the safety of remote air transport and the access of residents to essential goods and services, including urgent medical care.

On 10 February 2017, the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport announced $11.8 million in Commonwealth funding for 91 access and safety upgrade projects across Australia.

Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme Round 4—Approved Projects.

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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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Smart Cities and Suburbs Program - Round 1

The Smart Cities and Suburbs Program provides 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.

The $50 million competitive Smart Cities and Suburbs Program was announced as part of the 2016 election campaign.

The program will support projects that apply innovative technology-based solutions to urban challenges. The program encourages eligible organisations – local governments, private companies, research organisations and not for profit bodies – to deliver collaborative smart city projects that improve the liveability, productivity and sustainability of Australian cities, suburbs and towns.

This program involves two components: 

  • A granting component which opened for applications on 17 March and will close on 30 June 2017.
  • An incubation package which is open for registrations.

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National Water Infrastructure Development Fund - Capital Component 

The National Water Infrastructure Development Fund (the fund) implements 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. This will help secure the nation’s water supplies and deliver regional economic development benefits for Australia, while also protecting our environment.

Structure of the fund

The fund has two parts: the capital component ($440 million) and the feasibility component ($59.5 million).

Capital component

Applications are now open for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from state and territory governments for water infrastructure construction through the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund.

Funding for the capital component will be available from 2017–18.

EOIs will be accepted continuously until all funds are committed.

Applications received by 3pm AEDT 16 March 2017 are now being assessed.

Applications received after this time and date but before 3pm AEST 17 August 2017 will be assessed for funding prior to 1 November 2017.

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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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: Are closed with next review expect 30 September 2017.

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2016-17 Grants and subsidies program  

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.

Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program (LGGSP)

The aim of the LGGSP is to support local governments to deliver key infrastructure projects.

Natural Disaster Resilience Program (NDRP)

The aim of the NDRP is to reduce Queensland communities' vulnerability to natural hazards and build community resilience.

Applications are closed.

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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 (PDF icon 101 KB). Detailed applications have closed and are now being assessed. Successful projects will be announced by mid-year 2017.

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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 

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.

Important dates

Round 6


Applications open 19 June 2017

Applications close 11 August 2017

Announcement of successful projects in October 2017

Successful projects commence from 1 November 2017

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Advancing Queensland: An Age Friendly Community Grants Program 

The Advancing Queensland: an age-friendly community grants program provides funding for local projects and initiatives to enhance the age-friendliness of communities across Queensland.

Over 3 years from 2017-18, $1 million per annum will be made available through open funding rounds to seed fund community projects involving partnerships between local government, community and other organisations to co-develop, implement and promote innovative age-friendly projects.

Each year, the age-friendly community grants program will focus on 2 to 3 age-friendly domains. The 2017-18 grant round focuses on innovative approaches, responses and solutions to local issues with a specific focus on Transport, Outdoor Spaces and Buildings and Housing domains.

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 16 June 2017.

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Queensland Destination Events Program 

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)

Applications for Round 7 are now closed

Applications for Round 8 open in July 2017 and close in October 2017.

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Innovation and Improvement Fund 

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 will offer 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 one of the fund is now closed with announcements of successful applications expected mid-2017.

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