Grants & Funding

Grants and funding opportunities

RDA FSC provides the following information regarding available grants and opportunities for the benefit of our community. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of the grants that are available, instead it offers links to grants, primarily for organisations. There are many more grants available and we have provided some useful links below to help you find them.

Grants & Assistance is the assistance portal on the Australian Government’s site. The search feature provides access to over 600 grants that support business, local government and community. It includes incentives for research and development, support for small businesses, tax and duty concessions, and assistance for industries in transition.

Community Builders NSW is an interactive online hub for everyone involved in community level social, economic and environmental change and is provided by JobsNSW Funding for a range of community projects is available through the Far South Coast local councils of Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla and Bega Valley. Information about community funding programs can be found on council websites.


GrantsLINK is one of the best resources for community groups, businesses and organisations looking for funding.

GrantsLINK features State and Commonwealth funding programs on offer.
This website is managed by the Department of Infrastructure.

Visit: My Region for more information.

Round Three of the Bridges Renewal Program

Funding is now up open under the third round of the Bridges Renewal Program, which keeps communities connected and regional industries profitable.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon Darren Chester MP, said Round 3 of the $360 million Bridges Renewal Program would accept submissions from state, territory and local governments from Friday 17 March 2017.  “Better bridges enhance safety and access for local communities, and keep local businesses and the road freight sector powering on – delivering dollars into the pockets of local businesses and supporting local jobs”, Mr Chester said.

“Successful applicants can receive up to 50 per cent of the cost associated with fixing their ageing bridges, with submissions going through a competitive merit-based selection process.
“State, territory and local governments are eligible to apply for up to $5 million in Australian Government funding per project.”

Mr Chester said proponents should discuss priorities with their local communities, industry stakeholders, Regional Development Australia committees and relevant government road agencies early in the process of compiling their proposals.

Round 3 is open for applications until 15 May 2017. Guidelines and proposal forms are now available on the Bridges Renewal Program website

Building Better Regions Fund opens for applications

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.

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.

  • Infrastructure Projects Stream will support projects which involve the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas.
  • The Community Investments Stream will fund community building activities including, but not limited to, new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability building activities. These projects will deliver economic and social benefits to regional and remote communities.

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 at


$12,702,054 in Regional Funding for South Coast

Rob Pollock OAM, Chair of Regional Development Australia – Far South Coast (RDA FSC) announced today that the Far South Coast of NSW will receive $12,702,054  from the National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF); an initiative of the Federal Government’s Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

The total funding will support 5 projects across the RDA FSC region:

  1. $9,532,500 for the Shoalhaven Motorsports Complex
  2. $1,229,554 for the Mind the Gap project addressing mental illness in Nowra
  3. $500,000 for the Moruya Library, Arts and Cultural Hub, Stage 1
  4. $450,000 for Carer’s Accommodation at SE Regional Hospital, Bega
  5. $990,000 for North Bega Industrial Estate Sewer Project

Rob Pollock OAM said “I congratulate the successful applicants who faced some stiff competition from a total of 513 applicants across Australia”.

“The investment of more than $12 million in our region will support a diverse range of infrastructure from tourism, entertainment and the arts, to social inclusion, delivery of utilities and healthcare, and, most importantly it will mean jobs,” Mr Pollock said.

NSRF Round Two saw $293 million allocated through grants delivered to 111 priority regional infrastructure projects in partnership with local governments and the not-for-profit sector.

“The programme allows communities to identify their own priority infrastructure projects and particularly encourages partnerships between not-for-profit organisations, local, state and territory governments as well as the private sector.

“The Australian Government recognises the vital role Australia’s regions can and must play to drive economic development, to lift productivity and to encourage and foster innovation and recognises the role of RDA FSC as the peak regional development body on the NSW far south coast”, Mr Pollock said.

The National Stronger Regions Fund is delivering $1 billion over five years to promote economic growth and address regional disadvantage and details of Round Three of the programme will be open on 15th January 2016. Details can be found on the Department’s website and through the RDA FSC website at