Cross-Border Infrastructure Fund

The $20 million Cross-Border Commissioner’s Infrastructure Fund, established by the NSW Government, provides targeted investment in social, economic, environmental and cultural infrastructure in cross-border communities.

Funding is available to support infrastructure proposals within NSW cross-border communities where there is a formal cross-border agreement with NSW. Proposals require co-investment from the neighbouring jurisdiction or private partner(s) in the neighbouring jurisdiction. Applications for the Fund must detail how the infrastructure investment project will improve economic, social, cultural or environmental outcomes in both jurisdictions. Projects should support local procurement, job creation and skills development outcomes.

The Office of the NSW Cross Border Commissioner will work closely with border communities to help identify potential projects.

Open round:

A COVID Recovery Round is now open to support those cross-border communities that have been demonstrably impacted by the events of the past few years, particularly border restrictions.

How to apply

Interested applicants are invited to complete an initial application form on SmartyGrants outlining the proposed project and how it addresses the eligibility criteria. All applicants are advised to read the full eligibility criteria and funding guidelines document.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Cross-Border Commissioner at enquiries@cbc.nsw.gov.au.

Applications for Stage 1 of the COVID Recovery Round close at 11.59pm on 28 January 2022. Eligible and ineligible applicants will be notified within 10 business days of submitting the application. (Note: our office will be closed from 24 December 2021 and reopening January 10 2022)

If a proposal meets the criteria, applicants will be invited to submit a detailed business case through SmartyGrants. For projects of low value, business case submission is at the discretion of the NSW Cross-Border Commissioner.

Program funding

Grants are available from $25,000 and projects are required to be completed within three years of the grant announcement. Funding is available to support infrastructure proposals in cross-border communities where there is a formal whole of government cross-border agreement in place. Proposals require co-investment from the neighbouring jurisdiction or private partner(s) in the neighbouring jurisdiction which is proportional to the expected jurisdictional or private benefit.  All grants are exclusive of GST.

For full details on eligibility, download the funding guidelines document below .

Visit Smartygrants to begin your application.

The following resources and tools are available to support applications:

Applications open:       November 2021
Applications close:       11.59pm, 28 January 2022