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National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF)
Program ID: 11187
Overview
This program seeks to fund investment ready projects which support economic growth and sustainability of regions across Australia, particularly disadvantaged regions, by supporting investment in priority infrastructure.

The program aims to achieve the following outcomes:
- Improved level of economic activity in regions.
- Increased productivity in the regions.
- Increased employment and a more skilled workforce in regions.
- Increased capacity and improve capability of regions to deliver major projects, and to secure and manage investment funding
- Improved partnerships between local, State and Territory governments, the private sector and community groups.
- More stable and viable communities, where people choose to live.

Grants between $20,000 and $10 million are available on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

A total funding pool of $1 billion is available over five years from 2015-16.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications in advance of the deadline.
Who Can Apply
Eligible applicants must be:
- A legal entity with an Australian Business Number (ABN).
- An organisation that is one of the following:
a) A local government body including the ACT government, either in its own right or on behalf of a consortium.
b) A not-for-profit organisation, either in its own right or on behalf of a consortium, that is not owned by a State or Territory government.

A consortium must be supported by appropriate legal arrangements, and must be led by a local government body or eligible not-for-profit organisation. A consortium may include ineligible organisations.

Please review the Guidelines for the list of eligible local government bodies.
Eligible Activities
Eligible capital projects include the:
- Construction of new infrastructure
- Upgrade or an extension of existing infrastructure

Replacement of existing infrastructure will only be eligible where there is a demonstrated significant increase in productivity.
Main Assessment Criteria
The main assessment criteria include the extent to which the project:
- Contributes to economic growth in the region.
- Addresses disadvantage in the region.
- Increases investment and builds partnerships in the region.
- And proponent are viable and sustainable.

Please review the Guidelines for the complete information of these criteria.
Applies to
DocumentationUploaded
GuidelinesSeptember 2016
FAQSSeptember 2016
Funding Agreement TemplateSeptember 2016
Application User GuideSeptember 2016
Application Form QuestionsSeptember 2016
RecipientsSeptember 2016
Use these documents as a guide only - always get the latest direct from the Administrator
Status Pending
Start Application 15 December 2015
Opening Date 15 January 2016
Closing Date 15 March 2016
Closing Information
This program is available annually. The next funding round is yet to be announced.
Funding Type Grant
Minimum Funding $20,000
Maximum Funding $10.0M
Total Funding Pool $1.0B
Requires Co-contribution? Yes
Competitive Yes
Location National
Industry
General - Non-Industry Specific
Activities
Infrastructure / Equipment
Difficulty Rating
Department
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (DIRD)
Program Administrator
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (DIRD)
Telephone 02 6274 7111
General Website Visit website
Program Website Visit website
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