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Regional Growth Fund

The Regional Growth Fund (RGF) is an Australian Government four- year (FY19 – FY22) $272.2m investment program, administered by the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities.


Guidelines at a Glance:

Purpose: to support long term economic growth and create jobs in regions through supporting transformational projects that will build stronger regional communities.

Project areas: including, but not limited to, transport and communications, tourism, manufacturing and primary industries.

Grant minimum: $10m, requires matched leverage cash investment from the private sector, NFPs and other levels of government.


  • Open:  2 March 2018 – Close:  5.00 pm 27 April 2018
  • Two stage application process – Stage 1:  Initial Application; Stage 2:  Full Business Case

You are encouraged to seek the support of your Regional Development Australia (RDA) Committee for your project to:

  • Assist you to identify and develop a strong project proposal that will contribute to long term economic growth and is a priority within your region
  • Work with you to prepare a competitive Initial Application, supporting documents and evidence.

Eligibility:  state and territory governments, local governments, the private sector and NFP organisations

ACT Region eligibility map:

Note:  “You may still apply if your project is located in an excluded area however, you must clearly demonstrate the significant and demonstrable benefits and employment outcomes which flow directly into an eligible area.”

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