National Stronger Regions Fund: Round Two now open

Media Release


19 May 2015

Joint release with:

Jamie Briggs

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development;
Federal Member for Mayo

Local councils and incorporated not-for-profit organisations can now apply for funding of between $20,000 and $10 million for capital infrastructure projects under Round Two of the $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss, at Ronald McDonald House in Brisbane today for the announcement, said the Australian Government is very pleased with the level of interest shown in the programme under Round One.

The Ronald McDonald House project was one of 51 successful applicants under Round One.

“We are providing $5.3 million towards construction of a new $34 million Ronald McDonald House in South Brisbane, with 112 accommodation rooms, communal spaces including a kitchen, laundry, dining area, lounge and games room,” Mr Truss said.

“The facility will also include outdoor recreation and play areas and on-site parking.

“There were 405 applications received under Round One seeking funding of over $1.2 billion.

“I encourage applicants to put forward projects that demonstrate strong economic outcomes, especially in disadvantaged regions, to give themselves the best opportunity for success under Round Two.

“Feedback will soon be available for unsuccessful applicants from Round One who wish to strengthen their application and re-apply for funding.”

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs said funding was targeted in such a way to ensure successful projects deliver strong outcomes for local communities.

“Following feedback from various stakeholders, the Australian Government has made some amendments to the National Stronger Regions Fund to better reflect the objectives of the programme,” Mr Briggs said.

“Under Round Two, $25 million will be quarantined for those projects seeking funding of $1 million or less. This will allow a broader reach across Australia's regions and better reflect the national intent of the programme.

“Applicants will also be able to submit up to two applications under this Round.”

The Australian Government provided $212 million to successful applicants under Round One of the programme.

More information on the programme, including on the application process for Round Two, is available at: