Regional Development VictoriaRDA Barwon South West

State Government of Victoria

National Stronger Regions

On 1st October 2014 the Australian Government announced the opening of the new National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF).

The National Stronger Regions Fund is an initiative to boost social and economic development in Australia’s regions by funding priority infrastructure projects in local communities. The Australian Government has committed $1 billion to the fund over five years commencing from 2015–16.

Funding will be provided for capital projects which involve construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade, extension or enhancement of existing infrastructure. Projects selected for funding should deliver an economic benefit to the region beyond the period of construction, and should support disadvantaged regions or areas of disadvantage within a region.

Local Government and incorporated not-for-profit organisations are eligible to apply for grants of between $20,000 and $10 million. Grant funding must be matched in cash on at least a dollar for dollar basis, and the funded part of the project must be completed on or before 31 December 2019.

You will find more information and guidelines on eligibility and how to apply

or please contact our regional office on 03 5215 600 or email

Applications for Round One funding will be accepted between 1 October 2014 and 5pm applicant’s local time on 28 November 2014.

The Regional Development Australia (RDA) Barwon South West Committee are eager to offer assistance to potential project applicants, particularly where projects align with regional planning priorities. The Committee is also keen to assist to:

  • Identify infrastructure projects, 
  • Facilitate bringing key partners together; and
  • Assist in the preparation of applications, supporting documents and evidence


Regional Matters Spotlight

Last Updated: 15 April 2016