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Regional Infrastructure Fund

The Regional Infrastructure Fund seeks to assist the growth of rural Victoria by providing grants for infrastructure projects that have the potential to stimulate economic and community development.

Overview

Streetscape in Halls Gap with a large sign welcoming visitors with mountain scenery in the background

The Regional Infrastructure Fund (RIF) focusses on priority projects to meaningfully support regional communities in their immediate response and recovery efforts, address complex local challenges and lay the groundwork for future growth.

RIF is a key component of the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund (RJIF), the Victorian Government’s flagship regional development fund central to driving growth and recovery in rural and regional Victoria. RJIF has been allocated $30 million in 2022-23 to leverage private sector investment, grow and diversify our regional economy, and improve economic and social outcomes to make regional Victoria an even better place to live, work and invest.

RJIF supports regional communities in their immediate response and recovery efforts, seeks to address complex local challenges and enable opportunities for future growth. The impact of COVID-19 has seen increased numbers of people living and working in rural and regional Victoria. The Victorian Government recognises the ongoing opportunities to support our growing regions with the infrastructure communities need to thrive and attract a skilled workforce.

Objectives of Program

The objectives of the Regional Infrastructure Fund (RIF) are:

  • To create and retain jobs in regional areas and support regional economies and communities, including transition, diversification and recovery efforts.
  • To increase economic and social benefits through improved community access and usability of precincts, towns or regions.
  • To increase economic and social benefits through investment in strategic and public enabling infrastructure.

Projects funded through the Regional Infrastructure Fund will support the implementation of the Regional Economic Development Strategies (REDS) and the longer-term outcomes of:

  • an enhanced visitor economy (e.g. cultural, food, natural assets)
  • improved infrastructure for growth sectors (e.g. health, energy, education)
  • increased liveability to support population growth and/or retention
  • jobs growth and improved workforce supply
  • more resilience to pandemics, economic transition, and natural disasters.

Funded activity should show alignment to the relevant Regional Economic Development Strategy.


Funding Details

Funding requests will be considered between $20,000 and $3 million excluding GST. Lower grant amounts than requested may be offered to a successful applicant.

In determining funding, previous Victorian Government contributions from all sources may be taken into consideration.

To receive a grant through the Regional Infrastucture Fund (RIF), a project must have funding from other sources beyond the requested grant amount. Applications must show co-contribution funding as per the required funding ratio outlined in the Program Guidelines.

The Regional Infrastructure Fund will support enabling and transformative infrastructure projects that:

  • are strategic and align with the relevant Regional Economic Development Strategy and RJIF objectives and, where appropriate, other current and relevant government (local, state or federal) economic and placed-based plans and strategies
  • respond to and addresses opportunities and challenges relevant to an identified region or place
  • make a clear case for the impact of the project and its identified economic and community benefits, at the local and regional level, and/or for the state or an industry
  • are sustainable over the longer term, show demand for use and have no fundamental risks or constraints to the project’s viability (e.g. labour supply, transportation requirement etc.)
  • have an evidence base showing demand for the project, demonstrate that consultation has been undertaken, and there is appropriate stakeholder support, whether that be community, local government, or local industry
  • are well planned with well mapped project implementation planning, have identified other funding sources, and have a clear timeline for project development and use.
  • can demonstrate that all relevant approvals and permits required to commence the project can be obtained within the proposed delivery time frame.

The following activities will not be considered:

  • early-stage project planning
  • project planning for infrastructure projects such as a feasibility study, a demand study, or a business case to enable prospective applicants to investigate the technical and or economic viability of an infrastructure project (design and construct projects may be considered)
  • local strategic planning including economic development strategies and plans for future growth and infrastructure needs
  • private sector projects undertaken as a result of a government contract
  • projects where funding is normally provided by other state, Commonwealth or local government sources
  • projects requiring ongoing funding from the Victorian Government when completed
  • requests for retrospective funding, where projects have been completed or have started construction prior to receiving funding approval
  • projects that are only purchasing plant and equipment
  • purchase of land
  • ongoing operating costs or salary subsidies
  • application development expenses.

Applications for 2022-23 funding are now open and close at 11.59pm 17 August 2022.


Application eligibility

Projects delivered within the following locations can apply for funding, in accordance with relevant program eligibility criteria.

Regional cities

  • Ballarat
  • Greater Bendigo
  • Greater Geelong
  • Greater Shepparton
  • Horsham
  • Latrobe
  • Mildura
  • Wangaratta
  • Warrnambool
  • Wodonga

Large Rural Councils

  • Bass Coast
  • Baw Baw
  • Campaspe
  • Colac-Otway
  • Corangamite
  • East Gippsland
  • Glenelg
  • Golden Plains
  • Macedon Ranges
  • Mitchell
  • Moira
  • Moorabool
  • Mount Alexander
  • Moyne
  • South Gippsland
  • Southern Grampians
  • Surf Coast
  • Swan Hill
  • Wellington

Small Rural Councils and Alpine Resorts

  • Alpine
  • Ararat
  • Benalla
  • Buloke
  • Central Goldfields
  • Gannawarra
  • Hepburn
  • Hindmarsh
  • Indigo
  • Loddon
  • Mansfield
  • Murrindindi
  • Northern Grampians
  • Pyrenees
  • Queenscliffe
  • Strathbogie
  • Towong
  • West Wimmera
  • Yarriambiack
  • Mt Baw Baw
  • Falls Creek
  • Mt Hotham
  • Mt Buller
  • Mt Stirling
  • Lake Mountain

Who can apply

Applicants must have an Australian Business Number (ABN).

Applications will be considered from the following legal entities:

  • Local Government Authorities
  • Alpine Resorts Management Boards
  • Aboriginal organisations
  • business and industry groups including:
    • chambers of commerce and business associations
    • industry peak bodies
    • business and industry clusters and networks
  • incorporated not-for-profit organisations, including community groups that are a:
    • cooperative or association
    • social enterprise organisation
  • TAFE institutions and universities
  • public/private partnerships, through an incorporated entity
  • other organisations agreed by Regional Development Victoria at its discretion.

Application Process

Applicants should familiarise themselves with the Program Guidelines to confirm eligibility. A list of frequently asked questions have also been developed to assist with your application.

Applications should clearly describe the activity and proposed project and address the assessment criteria in the Program Guidelines.

Eligible applications will be assessed against response to the assessment criteria as well as supporting documents.

Applications for 2022-23 funding are now open and close at 11.59pm 17 August 2022.

Step 1

Read the Program Guidelines to establish eligibility and read the DJPR Grants Agreement for the funding

Step 2

Contact your local RDV office to discuss the proposed project and express interest in applying

Step 3

The relevant RDV office will provide a link to the online application form.

Download Resources

Resource Download
Program Guidelines - Regional Infrastructure Fund 2022-23 (352.8 KB ) Download
Program Guidelines - Regional Infrastructure Fund 2022-23 - Accessible (91.6 KB ) Download

Projects funded by this program

This table includes projects funded under the previous program streams:

  • Enabling Infrastructure
  • Productive and Liveable Cities and Centres
  • Rural Development
  • Visitor Economy
Project Name Region Year Amount Funded
Buloke Council: Charlton Park 2020 Multi-Purpose Facility Development Mallee 2017 $1,100,000
Glenelg Council: Henty Employment Precinct infrastructure upgrade Great South Coast 2017 $1,500,000
Geelong Council: Leopold Community Hub Stage 2 Project Barwon 2017 $3,000,000
Mitchell Council: Wallan Town Centre Redevelopment Project Goulburn 2017 $1,500,000
Buloke Council: Donald Multipurpose Community Facility Redevelopment Mallee 2017 $1,000,000
Buloke Council: Advancing Intensive Agricultural Opportunities in the Loddon Mallee Region Mallee 2017 $50,000
Alpine Better Places - Economic Rejuvenation for Porepunkah Ovens Murray 2017 $500,000
Victorian Goldfields Railway Service Reorientation - Business Case and Design (Stage 1) Loddon Campaspe 2017 $35,000
Indigo Council: Chiltern Town Centre and Connectivity Ovens Murray 2017 $200,000
Macedon Ranges Council: Kyneton – Campaspe River Trail Improvement and Connections Project Loddon Campaspe 2017 $300,000
Wellington Council: Loch Sport Foreshore Redevelopment Gippsland 2017 $175,000
Pyrenees Council: Moonambel Water Supply Concept Design Central Highlands 2017 $50,000
Macedon Ranges Council: Romsey Streetscape and Access Project Loddon Campaspe 2017 $400,000
Yarriambiack Council: Woomelang Shopping Precinct Upgrade Wimmera Southern Mallee 2017 $100,000
Towong Council: The Great River Road Ovens Murray 2017 $330,000
DELWP: Harcourt Mountain Bike Park Loddon Campaspe 2017 $1,990,000
Pyrenees Council: Sustainable Community Hubs Central Highlands 2018 $230,000
Hepburn Council: East Street Heavy Vehicle Access Improvements Central Highlands 2017 $400,000
West Wimmera Council: Lake Charlegrark Precinct Development Wimmera Southern Mallee 2018 $200,000
Campaspe Council: Rochester Market Reserve Project Loddon Campaspe 2018 $151,000
Bass Coast Shire Council: Revitalisation of the Cowes Precinct - Delivering on the Phillip Island Vision for the Future Gippsland 2017 $1,800,000
Borough of Queenscliffe: Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve Stage 1 Barwon 2017 $500,000
Ararat Council: Ararat On the Move - Alexandra Oval Redevelopment - Event & Visitor Space Central Highlands 2018 $500,000
Castlemaine State Festival Ltd: Castlemaine Goods Shed: Creative Industries Hub Central Highlands 2018 $500,000
Victorian Rail Track: Bendigo Tramways Development Loddon Campaspe 2019 $416,800
Moira Council: Cobram Revitalisation and Liveability Goulburn 2019 $500,000
Towong Council: Upper Murray Events Centre Ovens Murray 2019 $800,000
Warrnambool Council: Reid Oval Redevelopment Great South Coast 2019 $2,000,000
Ballarat Council: Eureka Stadium and Sports Infrastructure - Relocation of Ballarat Showgrounds Central Highlands 2018 $5,000,000
Queenscliffe Council: Queenscliffe Hub Barwon 2018 $2,550,000
Colac Otway Council: Stage One Forrest Mountain Bike Revitalisation Project Barwon 2020 $500,000
Surf Coast Council: Connecting Torquay's Town Centre Barwon 2020 $500,000
Hepburn Council: Daylesford Aquatic and Civic Plaza Precinct Central Highlands 2020 $100,000
Central Goldfields Council: Central Goldfields Art Gallery Revitalisation Phase 1 Central Highlands 2020 $500,000
Golden Plains Council: Three Trails Project Central Highlands 2020 $500,000
Moorabool Council: The Bacchus Marsh 1000+ Central Highlands 2020 $500,000
Baw Baw Council: Rawson Skate Park and RV Park Gippsland 2020 $322,782
East Gippsland Council: Bairnsdale South Industrial Estate Water Augmentation Project Gippsland 2020 $500,000
South Gippsland Council: Great Southern Rail Trail Extension (Leongatha to Korumburra) Gippsland 2020 $500,000
Mitchell Council: Kilmore Township Sydney Road North Rejuvenation Goulburn 2020 $500,000
Shepparton Council: Linking Yanha Gurtji - RiverConnect Goulburn 2020 $500,000
Ararat Council: Ararat East Development Zone Road Realignment Integrated Planning Strategy Central Highlands 2020 $500,000
Corangamite Council: Timboon Town Centre Activation Great South Coast 2020 $300,000
Glenelg Council: Portland Bay Marina Extension Great South Coast 2020 $500,000
Moyne Council: Garvoc Community Hub Great South Coast 2020 $400,000
Southern Grampians Council: The Dunkeld Visitor Hub and Grampians Peaks Trailhead Great South Coast 2020 $500,000
Benalla Council: Visitors, Cinema, History - Co-location in Benalla Ovens Murray 2020 $500,000
Buloke Council: Brightening Broadway (Wycheproof) Mallee 2020 $450,000
Gannawarra Council: Koondrook All Abilities Play Facility Mallee 2020 $390,000
Mildura Council: Mildura Riverfront Powerhouse Redevelopment Mallee 2020 $500,000
Swan Hill Council: Vibrant Villages Mallee 2020 $500,000
Falls Creek Alpine Resort Management Board: Falls Creek Mountain Bike Park Stage 5 Ovens Murray 2020 $500,000
Indigo Council: Beechworth Precinct Renewal - Courthouse Kelly Trials Experience Ovens Murray 2020 $500,000
Moira Council: Bringing Big Business to Small Towns Ovens Murray 2020 $500,000
Towong Council: Tallangatta Holiday Park - Growing a Tourism Economy Ovens Murray 2020 $500,000
Wangaratta Council: Regional Activity Precinct Riverside Park Ovens Murray 2020 $500,000
Wodonga Council: Burraja Cultural and Environmental Centre redevelopment Ovens Murray 2020 $430,000
Horsham Council: City to River Transformation Stage 1 - Wimmera Riverfront Activation Wimmera Southern Mallee 2020 $500,000
Northern Grampians Council: Stawell Housing Development Wimmera Southern Mallee 2020 $500,000
West Wimmera Council: Activating the Edenhope Community Centre - Aspirations for Paradise (Hopes for Eden) Wimmera Southern Mallee 2020 $333,000
Yarriambiack Council: Home Is Where the Hall Is Wimmera Southern Mallee 2020 $438,035
Northern Grampians Council: Halls Gap Activation - Stage 1 Wimmera Southern Mallee 2018 $100,000
University of Melbourne: Stawell Underground Physics Lab Wimmera Southern Mallee 2019 $500,000
South Gippsland Council: Redevelopment Main Street Foster Gippsland 2018 $500,000
Golden Plains Council: Bannockburn Civic Heart Precinct - Stage 1 Central Highlands 2017 $500,000
Northern Grampians Council: Stawell CBD Revitalisation Wimmera Southern Mallee 2018 $500,000
Southern Grampians Council: Hamilton CBD Liveability & Economic Revitalisation Project Great South Coast 2018 $2,702,650
Wangaratta Council: Wangaratta Gateway Precinct Project Ovens Murray 2018 $2,500,000
Wodonga Council: Wodonga Library and Gallery Redevelopment project Ovens Murray 2018 $4,000,000
Northern Grampians Council: St Arnaud Civic Precinct Revitalisation - Stage 2 Wimmera Southern Mallee 2018 $200,000
Pyrenees Council: Activate Avoca - Stage 1 Central Highlands 2018 $500,000
Yarriambiack Council: Rupanyup Community Retail Hub Wimmera Southern Mallee 2018 $500,000
Moyne Council: Hawkesdale/Wangoom Halls Cluster Upgrade Great South Coast 2018 $307,500
Moyne Council: Reardon Theatre Upgrade Great South Coast 2018 $292,166
Worn Gundidj: Tower Hill Tourism Development Great South Coast 2017 $92,062
Mitchell Council: Improving Liveability - Better Parks for Seymour Goulburn 2018 $500,000
Murrindindi Council: Releasing the Floating City - Expanding the Houseboat Manufacturing Industry at Eildon Goulburn 2018 $500,000
Surf Coast Council: Torquay CBD Strategic Investment Facilitation Project Barwon 2017 $40,000
Moorabool Council: Business Case and Economic Analysis for Parwan Employment Precinct Central Highlands 2018 $30,000
Wildlife Wonders Ltd: Ecotourism for economic development and environmental conservation Barwon 2018 $1,500,000
Mount Alexander Council: Small Town Streetscape Project Loddon Campaspe 2020 $500,000
Hepburn Council: Bullarto Station Tourist Precinct Central Highlands 2021 $500,000
Wimmera Development Association Inc: By Five Project Wimmera Southern Mallee 2021 $165,000
Macedon Ranges Council: Romsey Ecotherapy Park - Stage 3 Loddon Campaspe 2020 $615,000
Strathbogie Council: Nagambie foreshore walk Goulburn 2021 $3,000,000
Mildura Council: Burraja Cultural and Environmental Centre redevelopment Mallee 2020 $430,000
Barwon Paper Mills - Fyansford: Fyansford Papermill Arts and Culture Precinct Regeneration - sewerage upgrade Barwon 2021 $1,000,000
Ararat Council: Ararat Housing Transition Central Highlands 2021 $300,000
Ballarat Tramway Museum: Museum Junction and Zoo Drive Track Replacement Central Highlands 2021 $2,000,000
Golden Plains Council: Bannockburn South West Industrial Estate Central Highlands 2021 $300,000
Hepburn Council: Creswick Town Hall Central Highlands 2021 $500,000
Hepburn Council: Trentham Community Hub Central Highlands 2021 $3,500,000
Hepburn Council: Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens - New Visitor Experience Central Highlands 2021 $500,000
Bass Coast Shire Council: Wonthaggi Activity Centre Streetscapes Gippsland 2021 $2,000,000
East Gippsland Council: Paynesville Maritime Precinct Stage 2 (Jetties and new boat ramp) Gippsland 2021 $4,000,000
State Coal Mine - Rescue Station Arts Inc: Rescue Station Amenities Block Gippsland 2021 $50,000
Wellington Council: Great Southern Rail Trail (GSRT) Extension - Welshpool to Alberton Gippsland 2021 $6,000,000
Murrindindi Council: Alexandra Rotary Park and Visitor Activity Precinct Goulburn 2021 $800,000
Shepparton Council: Maude Street Mall Revitalisation 2021 Goulburn 2021 $3,750,000
Corangamite Council: Stage 1 Port Campbell Town Centre Revitalisation Project Great South Coast 2021 $6,000,000
Glenelg Council: Portland Foreshore Multipurpose Community Pavilion Great South Coast 2021 $5,000,000
Bendigo Council: Bendigo Showgrounds upgrade Loddon Campaspe 2021 $680,000
Bendigo Council: Golden Dragon Museum Restaurant and Outdoor Dining Activation Loddon Campaspe 2021 $1,000,000
Central Goldfields Council: Maryborough Railway Station Upgrade and Activation Loddon Campaspe 2021 $1,800,000
Central Goldfields Council: Princes Park Outdoor Gym Loddon Campaspe 2021 $95,590
Girgarre Development Group Inc: Gargarro Regional Botanic Garden, Stage 2 Loddon Campaspe 2021 $1,485,000
Loddon Council: Pyramid Hill Community Centre Development - Stage 1 Loddon Campaspe 2021 $2,475,000
Mount Alexander Council: Mount Alexander - Small Town Streetscapes - Stages 3 & 4 Loddon Campaspe 2021 $1,400,000
Buloke Council: Buloke Play Spaces Trail Mallee 2021 $2,600,000
Gannawarra Council: Sustainable Recreational Water for Quambatook Mallee 2021 $2,050,000
Alpine Council: Gateway to Alpine Adventure - Dinner Plain Snowmaking Ovens Murray 2021 $3,000,000
Indigo Council: Lake Sambell Precinct Revitalisation Ovens Murray 2021 $550,000
Mount Buller & Mount Stirling Alpine Resort Management Board: Mt Buller Electricity Upgrade Project Ovens Murray 2021 $3,600,000
Towong Council: Connecting Walwa - Walwa Town Trails Ovens Murray 2021 $150,000
Towong Council: Corryong CBD revitalisation Ovens Murray 2021 $1,500,000
Towong Council: Corryong Circuit Trail Ovens Murray 2021 $750,000
Hindmarsh Council: Wimmera Southern Mallee Caravan Park Upgrades - Hindmarsh Wimmera Southern Mallee 2021 $650,000
Horsham Council: Wimmera Southern Mallee Caravan Park Upgrades Wimmera Southern Mallee 2021 $316,000
Northern Grampians Council: Wimmera Southern Mallee Caravan Park Upgrades - Northern Grampians Wimmera Southern Mallee 2021 $455,000
West Wimmera Council: Wimmera Southern Mallee Caravan Park Upgrades - West Wimmera Wimmera Southern Mallee 2021 $574,000
Yarriambiack Council: Warracknabeal Court House Reactivation Wimmera Southern Mallee 2021 $248,750
Yarriambiack Council: Wimmera Southern Mallee Caravan Park Upgrades - Yarriambiack Wimmera Southern Mallee 2021 $544,000
Beyond the Bell Great South Coast Ltd: Beyond the Bell 2017-2020 Great South Coast 2017 $1,115,000
Sandhurst Trustees: Small Town Big Difference Pilot - Contribution to the Community Enterprise Foundation Mallee 2021 $60,000
Moyne Council: East Beach Precinct Barwon 2022 $1,270,319
Bass Coast Shire Council: Aspirational Tracks and Trails - Bridge and Boardwalk Redevelopment Gippsland 2022 $416,000
South Gippsland Council: GSRT Railway Precincts Development Gippsland 2022 $2,000,000
Ballarat & District Aboriginal Co-Operative: BADAC Elders Independent Living Community Central Highlands 2022 $2,600,000
Ballarat Foundation United Way Inc: The Ballarat Community Hub Central Highlands 2022 $1,047,785
Hindmarsh Council: Rainbow Rises Events Centre Infrastructure Development Wimmera Southern Mallee 2022 $500,000
Moorabool Council: Navigators Community Multi Purpose Hub Wimmera Southern Mallee 2022 $326,000
Yarriambiack Council: Easing Yarriambiack's Affordable Rental Housing Shortage Wimmera Southern Mallee 2022 $2,800,000
Horsham Council: Hamilton Street Pedestrian Bridge Wimmera Southern Mallee 2022 $1,225,000
Strathbogie Council: Nagambie Industrial Precinct Expansion Goulburn 2022 $900,000
Buloke Council: Cabins Infrastructure for Tourism and Short Term Accommodation Mallee 2022 $2,340,000
Mildura Council: Mildura CBD Urban Regener8 Mallee 2022 $300,000
Colac Otway Council: Elliminyt Wetlands - Support New Residential Land Release for Colac Great South Coast 2022 $3,000,000
  • This may not be a comprehensive listing of all announced funding through the Regional Infrastructure Fund
  • CiC indicates the project funded amount is Commercial or Cabinet in Confidence
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