Urban Precincts and Partnerships Program (uPPP)

Urban Precincts and Partnerships Program (uPPP)

  • The minimum funding for Stream One is $500,000, while the maximum funding is $5 million. 
  • The minimum funding for Stream Two is $5 million, and the maximum is $50 million.
  • The program is forecast to launch in 2024-25.

The Urban Precincts and Partnerships Program (uPPP) was announced during the 2023-24 budget. Launching in 2024-25, the Australian Government has dedicated $150 million ($120 million estimated to be available) over the span of three years across two streams:

- Stream One - Precinct Development and Planning
- Stream Two - Precinct Delivery

The aim is to develop and plan urban precincts in capital cities that deliver more liveable suburbs and improved cities, with the intention to connect and serve local communities. 

The Government seeks to deliver urban development to assist the growth of the population in creating a resilient community. Examples of these precincts are urban and suburban areas that are experiencing growth, urban centres, as well as renewal areas. 

Precincts will enhance the outcomes of the communities they are to be established in, complimenting the already existing areas, activities, and transport.   

Key Requirements

The uPPP consists of two Streams, each serving the outcome of delivering urban infrastructure that aligns with the community. Stream One is focused on the planning aspect of the precinct as a whole. Whereas Stream Two is focused on the delivery of one or more components of the precinct.

Creating partnership is vital to the success of the program. The program aims to illustrate the importance of unity between businesses, community, and governments for productive delivery of urban infrastructure through planning and collaboration.

The entity must engage with local community and achieve community support for the project.

Stream One – Precinct Development and Planning

The funding opportunity aims to:

  • activate partnerships among relevant government entities, community organisations, and businesses with a shared vision for a regional precinct
  • deliver precinct plans tailored to local contexts and based on community feedback and engagement
  • support precinct plans to become investment-ready

The purpose of Stream One funding is to plan and develop a precinct area that is ready for the investment phase where a project plan and budget have already been established. This funding has been generated with the understanding that financial constraints can hold back the creation of infrastructure concepts that could become well-designed projects with the right funding.

Funding will be up to 100% of the eligible expenditure to a maximum of $5 million. Contributions can be made in cash, land and resources, or both.

Stream Two – Precinct Delivery

The funding opportunity aims to collaborate with partners to deliver precinct projects that enhance productivity, equity, and resilience in urban areas across Australia.

The purpose of Stream Two funding is to develop one or more projects which are elements of a whole precinct where construction is ready to begin with a business case, consultation and design already finalised, with eligible expenditure of at least $5 million. Examples of these elements are open spaces, pathways, roads, and buildings that work in conjunction with other aspects of your project.

Funding is up to 100% of the eligible expenditure to a maximum to $50 million. Contributions can be made in cash, land and resources, or both.

The proposed project must be in an urban location. Eligible locations include:
  • Greater Sydney
  • Greater Melbourne
  • Greater Perth
  • Greater Adelaide
  • Greater Brisbane
  • Greater Darwin
  • Greater Hobart
  • The entire Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

What is eligible for funding?

Funding can be utilised towards activities that directly relate to a project in an Australian capital city and must be a direct cost of the project or sustained as a result of a necessary project audit activity.
Stream One – Precinct Development and Planning

To be eligible, your project must:

  • meet the objectives outlined in the funding opportunity
  • have at least $500,000 in eligible expenditure

The activities that are eligible must be directly related to the project and include:

  • investigating, planning, designing, and consulting
  • developing partnerships and establishing responsibilities
  • researching the viability of a project
  • creating business cases

Other activities may also be approved that relate directly to the outcomes of the uPPP.

Stream Two – Precinct Delivery

To be eligible, your project must:

  • be ready to commence construction, with a completed business case, design, and consultation
  • aim to meet the objectives of the funding opportunity
  • have at least $5 million in eligible expenditure

The activities that are eligible must be directly related to the project and include:

  • construction of new infrastructure
  • upgrades or extensions of current infrastructure
  • acquiring equipment and infrastructure

Other activities may also be approved that relate directly to the outcomes of the uPPP.

What companies are eligible for funding?

In order to qualify you must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) or Office of the Registrar of Indigenous
Organisations (ORIC) registration.

Your entity must also be:

  • an Australian State/Territory government agency or body
  • an Australian local government agency or body
  • a university that can be not-for-profit
  • a not-for-profit organisation – with the ability to prove your not-for-profit status.

Is this grant competitive or entitlement based?

Competitive. Your application will be assessed among other applications by a judging panel.

How can I increase my chances of winning this grant?

By engaging an accredited government grants consultant, such as Avant Group.

Competitive grants often require significant business case development and project analysis to support the application, this may include detailed presentations supporting the project’s merit, projected sales, cost-benefit analysis and more.

As part of your engagement with Avant Group, your account manager will assess the required documents and will provide the following as needed to support your grant submission.

Grant application writeup including a detailed presentation illustrating how the grant funding will contribute to your project, how the funding will contribute to the project’s budget, a project milestone plan, delivery timeline, impact on employment if applicable and a breakdown of the management and leadership team for the project

  • Industry analysis presentation
  • Competitor Analysis Presentation
  • Marketing and Sales Analysis Presentation
  • 3-5 year Cashflow Forecast
  • 3-5 year Balance Sheet Forecast
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis of Grant Funding
  • End-to-end grant application including information collating, analysis and application writing
  • CAPEX (Capital Expenditure) cost-benefit analysis
  • Stakeholder relations and Risk Mitigation Plans
  • Any other relevant forecasting that will support your application

How can I get help with my application? Or know if I’m likely to win funding?

Avant Group offers a no-obligation assessment of your eligibility for funding and will assess your likelihood of a successful grant application.