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Regional Growth Fund – NSW Govt

NSW Central West RegionNSW Government has announced a $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund to fund infrastructure in regional NSW.

Eligible organisations include local governments, industry and community organisations, as well as regional organisations. Organisations can contact RDA Central West for assistance in developing project proposals on 02 6369 1600.

The following six programs will be made available under through the Regional Growth Fund:

$300 Million Community Amenity Fund

1. Regional Cultural Fund – Investment to support arts and culture
Applications for Round Two closed in September 2018.

View successful applicants for Round One here.

2. Stronger Country Communities Fund – focus in Round Two is on local community amenity and sporting infrastructure projects, including infrastructure that improves the quality of life  such as upgrades to community facilities, playgrounds, health centres, refurbishing schools, libraries and community centres, and sports grounds.
There is $200 million available in Round Two – $100 million for general community amenity projects  and another $100 million available for local sports infrastructure projects. To reflect the funding split, Councils are required to submit sport projects that total at least 50 per cent of their total Round Two allocation (Councils will be sent a letter informing them of their total Round Two funding allocation).
Projects between $50,000 and $1 million do not require co-funding; projects over $1 million require at least 25% co-funding.
Only Local Councils may apply under this Fund, however they are expected to work with sporting and other community groups to identify priority projects and submit applications on behalf of these organisations.
Applications for Round Two closed in May 2018 and is under assessment.

$1 Billion Economic Activation Fund

3. Regional Sports Infrastructure – Round Two is to invest in new and existing facilities to improve the participation and performance in sports at all levels, targeting investments between $1 million and $10 million (grant amounts) for regional sport hubs or regionally significant sport facilities (administered by the NSW Office of Sport).
$100 million is available under Round Two of this Fund in 2018.
EOI’s for Round Two closed 4 May 2018 with detailed business cases closing 31 August 2018.

4. Growing Local Economies – funding enabling infrastructure to grow regional centres (through job creation and economic growth)
This could include road works, natural gas mains and pipelines, water supply, sewerage connections and telecommunications (including data networks). The program is expected to deliver long–term growth benefits.
NOW OPEN : this is a two-stage process, with EOI’s submitted first.
The fund will remain open until all funding has been exhausted.
NSW Business Case Guidelines are provided below 

5. Resources for Regions – investment in mining-impacted communities (including infrastructure for health, water, roads, education, tourism and CBD renewals)

Round 6 shortlisted applicants have been invited by the Department of Premier and Cabinet to submit a Detailed Application by November 2018.

6. Connecting Country Communities Fund– funding to improve regional voice and data connectivity (including to build and upgrade mobile base stations, connect businesses to global markets and schools with innovative learning resources).
Applications and EOI’s can only be submitted by Mobile Network Operators and Telecommunications Infrastructure Providers.
Communities can report mobile and broadband internet issues here. 
Applications for the fund are now closed.

Business Case Guidelines

These business case guidelines for NSW regional infrastructure projects are designed to support applicants prepare strong proposals and simplify the requirements set out in longer, more technical NSW Government guidelines.

Download: Business Case Guidelines 
Download: Business Case Template
Download: Example of a Business Case

Prior to commencing work on developing a business case for a project please contact the Office of Regional Development to discuss your project ideas and program eligibility.

An Expression of Interest needs to be completed and assessed before applicants will be requested to prepare a business case for potential program funding.

For more info visit the NSW Government’s webpage on Writing a Business Case 

The Regional Growth Fund aligns with the vision set out in the NSW Governments’ Regional Development Framework.

More information can be found on the Regional Growth Fund website.