Regional Futures – Collaborative Projects

Creating collaborations across regional Queensland to solve significant innovation challenges. 

  • Applications for this program have been placed on hold temporarily while we review the program guidelines and application form.
  • The program will reopen to applications by the end of 2022.


About the program

The Collaborative Projects program supports regional innovation leaders to collaborate with partners to unlock Queensland’s economic potential, whether by solving a significant problem or creating an opportunity for the regions.

A collaborative project should aim to:

  • provide tangible benefits to regional communities
  • support regional strengths and/or emerging industries
  • realise potential and remove barriers targeting issues of regional significance
  • increase the regional ecosystem’s capability and contribute to its future prosperity and resilience.

The program is part of the Queensland Government’s new Advance Queensland Regional Futures initiative, and has been developed with learnings from Advancing Regional Innovation Program (ARIP).


Up to $200,000 (excluding GST) for projects of up to 18 months.


To be eligible for funding, the applicant organisation must at the time of application:

  • be based in a Queensland region*
  • have an ABN and be registered for GST
  • be collaborating with one or more organisation(s) based in a Queensland region*
  • provide a signed Regional Futures - Collaborative Projects - Regional Engagement Officer Certificate.
  • be able to match the requested funding 1:1 in cash
  • be ready to commence the project within 60 business days of the grant approval
  • be able to complete the project within 18 months of the commencement date.

* For the purpose of the Regional Futures – Collaborative Projects program, a Queensland region is any local government area except for Brisbane City Council. Applicant organisations can check which local government they are located within on the Electoral Commission Queensland Interactive Map.

The proposed collaborative project must be able to demonstrate:

  1. significance of the opportunity and innovation activity
  2. strength of collaboration and viability of the project
  3. benefit to the region/s and Queensland.

Application Process

  • Applications are open continuously (or until funds have been allocated) and are assessed competitively.
  • Applicant organisations must contact a Regional Engagement Officer to discuss their project before applying – please email to schedule an appointment.
  • A certificate will be provided by the Regional Engagement Officer after the appointment should the project meet the eligibility requirements.
  • Applicants should submit their completed applications before the advertised assessment dates to be considered in the next assessment.
  • Applications received after an advertised assessment date will be included in the following assessment date.
  • Applicants will be notified by email of the assessment outcome.

 Assessment Dates

Future assessment dates will be provided once the review of the program has been completed. 

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