Building Better Regions Fund

The $841.6 million Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) supports the Australian Government’s commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.

There are two streams of funding available under the program:

Round Four projects have been awarded and announced. (5 June 2020)
A total value of $205 million over 109 projects have been awarded under the Infrastructure Program Stream.

A total value of $2 million over 54 projects have been awarded under the Community Investment Stream.

RDA Tropical North Support

For future rounds, to the best of our ability RDA Tropical North will provide support to potential applicants:

  • to identify and develop a strong project proposal that will contribute to long term economic growth and is a priority in our region, and
  • work with you to prepare a competitive application, supporting documents and evidence.

Please contact us at  or (07) 4041 1729 to arrange a time to discuss your proposal.

Note: there are rigorous eligibility and co-contribution requirements for projects. We encourage you to access the mapping tool in the grant portal where you can note the location of your project and it will advise you of your specific co-contribution requirements.

Successful FNQ Projects - Round Four (Announced 5 June 2020)
Infrastructure Projects Stream Project BBRF Investment Total Project Value
A list of successful projects nationwide is available HERE 


Successful FNQ Projects - Round Three (Announced 3rd April 2019)
Infrastructure Projects Stream Project BBRF Investment Total Project Value
Cook Shire Council Cooktown Airport Expansion Stage 2; $1,738,079 $2,317,439
Access Community Housing Callaghan Street Community Housing $990,079 $1,980,159
Community Investments Stream
Tablelands Regional Council Tablelands Smart Community Strategy (Atherton) $20,000 $20,000
Cairns Regional Council Youth Urban Art Project – Pride of Place (Babinda) $50,000 $100,000
Tablelands Regional Council Tablelands Tourism Strategy (Atherton) $20,000 $20,000
Cook Shire Council Cooktown 2020 Festival – Festival Hub Main Stage $214,902 $286,536
Centacare FNQ Building Our Community Conference (Cairns City) $19,900 $19,900
Brettacorp Inc. North of the Tully; Economy and Environment Master Tree Grower leadership course $20,000 $20,000