Grants / Funding Advocacy

Regional Development Australia Central Coast aims to ensure the Central Coast community are aware of current funding initiatives and to provide information and advice on grant and funding options available through Federal, State and Local Government department and agencies, as well as community based funding initiatives. To assist this RDACC compiles a list of updated grants and funding initiatives regularly to inform the Central Coast community.

See our Current Grants list


 Building Better Regions Fund 

 The $641.6 million Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) supports the Australian Government's commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional and remote communities into the future. 

 Infrastructure Projects Stream 

The Infrastructure Projects Stream supports projects which involve the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas. 

Community Investments Stream

The Community Investments Stream will fund new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, or leadership and capability strengthening activities that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas.


BBRF Round 5

The Australian Government has announced the 2020-2021 Federal Budget will allocate $200 million to the next round of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), in order to support regional areas with new infrastructure to help create jobs and drive economic growth.

The fund’s upcoming round will reserve $100 million for tourism-related infrastructure and $100 million for broader community infrastructure and investment.

Applications open 12th January 2021. Grant Opportunity Guidelines are now available.

Regional Job Creation Fund

The $100 million Regional Job Creation Fund supports existing businesses in regional NSW to grow and encourage interstate or overseas businesses to invest in regional NSW.

Regional NSW is Australia’s largest and most diverse regional economy and is home to thriving agribusiness, energy and resources industries and strong manufacturing, tourism and service sectors.

It has all the key ingredients for businesses to thrive and has direct road and rail access to major domestic markets and highly efficient transport linkages to some of the world’s fastest growing markets across Asia and beyond.

The Regional Job Creation Fund supports regional investment and job creation by offering up to $10 million in co-funding to activate or bring forward regional projects in engine, enabling or emerging engine industries. Examples of eligible projects could include the:

  • replacement, upgrade or adaptation of plant and equipment at an existing regional NSW business
  • establishment of an additional production line for an existing regional NSW business
  • onshoring of activity currently done overseas to a regional NSW location
  • development of new regional tourism experiences and visitor attractions
  • relocation of a business operation from out of state to regional NSW.

The Regional Job Creation Fund’s focus is to co-fund projects creating at least five sustainable regional jobs.

Regional Growth Fund

The NSW Government is investing an additional $1.7 billion in regional infrastructure to support growing regional centres, activate local economies and improve services in communities, through the Regional Growth Fund.

The Regional Growth Fund will invest in projects that facilitate regional development through six funds. These funds aim to enable essential infrastructure, support arts and culture, enhance and build sporting infrastructure, improve regional voice and data connectivity, invest in our mining-impacted communities, spur job creation and deliver local infrastructure.



Programmes are designed to help Australian businesses of all sizes and industries improve productivity and competitiveness, and create jobs. Includes a Grant Finder tool.

Jobs for NSW

Jobs for NSW provides financial support to startups and emerging and fast-growth small to medium enterprises (SMEs) to build momentum and grow jobs.

Central Coast Council

Central Coast Council gives the community the opportunity to apply for funding to support events, programs and initiatives.

Central Coast Grant Finder

Search for business and community grants.