Government grants are available from federal, state and local government programs.  Over time, these programs are open for rounds, usually short periods of time for submissions.  We promote government grant opportunities on our website below.

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Building Better Regions Fund

Building Better Regions Fund


Round 5 has been announced by the Deputy Prime Minister, with $200 million available in 2021 to create jobs and drive economic growth in regions.

$100 million has been targeted to support tourism-related infrastructure projects, while a further $100 million will support broader community infrastructure and investment.

The guidelines for Round 5 are available here.

We can assist you to develop a competitive application, assess your project's alignment with the region's long term economic growth strategy and strengthen your proposal.  If you require assistance, please email RDA Illawarra.

There are two streams of funding available under the Building Better Regions Fund program: 

Infrastructure Projects Stream
The Infrastructure Projects Stream supports projects that involve the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of exiting infrastructure.

Community Investments Stream
The Community Investments Stream funds community development activities, including, but not limited to, new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, leadership and capability building activities.

SME Export Hubs Grants

SME Export Hubs Grants

The Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Export Hubs provides grants from $150,000 to $1.5 million to help establish and/or operate SME export hubs in the six Growth Centre sectors. The export hubs will work with Growth Centres to facilitate SME export opportunities.

The six Growth Centre sectos include:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Cyber Security
  • Food and Agribusiness
  • Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals
  • Mining Equipment, Technology and Services
  • Oil, Gas and Energy Resources

RDA Illawarra offers support for those wishing to apply for the Fund. Please email for assistance.

For further information, visit SME Export Hubs


Port Kembla Community Investment Fund

Port Kembla Community Investment Fund

The NSW Government established the Port Kembla Community Investment Fund as an ongoing program linked to the long term lease of Port Kembla. The objective of the fund program is to activate, enhance and build community amenity in Port Kembla. Amenity in this context is defined as the pleasantness, attractiveness or liveability of a location for residents, workers and visitors.

The program is designed to achieve:

  • Increased economic activity
  • Enhanced activation and connectivity of public infrastructure, precincts and community spaces
  • Improved environmental air, land and waterway quality

For more information visit Port Kembla Community Investment Fund


Regional Growth Fund

Regional Growth Fund

The Regional Growth Fund provided grants of $10 million or more for major transformational projects which support long-term economic growth and create jobs in regions undergoing structural adjustment.

Only available for Shellharbour & Kiama LGAs.

Visit Regional Growth Fund for more information. 


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