Grants and Funding

RDA Orana is available to assist organisations in review project ideas and identify possible funding sources. To help you take advantage of funding opportunities we have put together a list of resources to assist you access grants and apply for funding:

For some general tips on grant writing, click here.

National Stronger Regions Fund

On Wednesday, 1st October, the Australian Government announced the opening of the new National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF).

This Fund will invest $1 billion over five years to promote economic development in Australia’s regions and is open to Local Government and incorporated not-for-profit organisations.

Applicants are encouraged to seek the support of their Regional Development Australia (RDA) Committee for their project. RDA Committees can:
  • assist Applicants to identify and develop worthwhile project proposals that contribute to long term economic growth and have been identified as priorities within their region, and
  • work with Applicants to prepare competitive applications, supporting documents and evidence.
  • RDA Committees may also approach eligible organisations about developing an application for an infrastructure project or play a facilitation role by bringing key parties together, including those who may provide a financial contribution to the project.
  • RDA committees will not be involved in the appraisal or prioritisation of applications.

If you would like to speak with Regional Development Australia – Orana about a potential project please read our document, Round 3 National Stronger Regions Fund - Guidelines at a Glance (below) before contacting us on (02) 6885 1488, or by email

To access information on the fund, including guidelines, FAQs and application details, please visit the National Stronger Regions Fund webpage.

Round 3 National Stronger Regions Fund - Guidelines at a Glance Round 3 National Stronger Regions Fund - Guidelines at a Glance (391 KB)

If you have any questions about the eligibility criteria or application process please email

Please note that Round 3 is now closed and Round 4 has not yet been announced.

Stronger Communities Programme

The objective of the Stronger Communities Programme is to fund small capital projects which will deliver social benefits. The programme aims to improve local community participation, cohesion and contribute to vibrant and viable communities. The Stronger Communities Programme will deliver $45 million over two years commencing in 2015-16.

Key Aspects:

  • Federal Members of Parliament (MPs) will establish a community consultation committee to undertake consultation in their electorate to identify eligible projects and invite applicants to apply.
  • Local government and incorporated not-for-profit organisations are eligible to apply.
  • Grants of between $5,000 and up to a maximum of $20,000 are available.
  • Applicants are required to confirm matched funding in cash or in-kind on at least a dollar-for-dollar basis.
  • Funding of $150,000 per electorate per year will be allocated for two years commencing 2015-16.
  • Applicants will be invited to apply by MPs following community consultation. All applications must be submitted to MPs using the Department’s Grants Management System (GMS) Portal.
  • MPs will select projects from their electorate, totalling no more than $150,000 per year, and submit these projects to the Department for assessment against the requirements of the Guidelines.

To access information about the programme, including guidelines and guidance for Members of Parliament, please visit the Stronger Communities Programme webpage.