Grants and Funding Opportunities

Please note that RDA Northern Inland do not directly administer grant programs and do not directly provide grants to project proponents. However, there are many grants, awards and other funding opportunities available to organisations and individuals in the Northern Inland.


If you have any questions regarding funding opportunities please contact our office on (02) 6771 0700

Featured Grants

Growing Local Economies Fund

As part of the NSW Government’s $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund, funding will be made available through the Growing Local Economies fund over four years to develop new regional economic opportunities and enliven local economies.


Purpose of Funds.

Growing Local Economies is designed to unlock growth in regional NSW by delivering infrastructure that supports projects of economic significance.

Types of projects that could be funded include road works, natural gas mains and pipelines, water supply, sewerage connections and telecommunications (including data networks).

The Growing Local Economies fund is open to projects that have the capacity to:

  • deliver jobs and economic growth
  • help regional communities capitalise on their strengths or broaden and reposition their industry base
  • demonstrate benefits beyond one organisation
  • have a minimum project size of $1 million
  • align with state and regional priorities and achieve Benefit to Cost Ratio greater than 1.0.



Growing Local Economies will make funding available for projects in regional NSW outside Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong. Project applications are invited from:

  • local government
  • Aboriginal Land Councils and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups
  • infrastructure providers, such as telecommunication firms
  • incorporated associations, including business, industry and community organisations
  • cooperatives
  • educational institutions and non–government organisations.

Partnerships between groups are encouraged.


More information:



Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme

The Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme is now accepting Business Evaluation and Business Growth Grant applications.


The Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme, which is delivered through the Australian Government’s new Single Business Service, offers easy to access practical support to Australian businesses in a simplified and streamlined way. It is a new approach to the way government provides services to business that recognises Australia’s diverse business landscape and that the market and industry is changing in the global economy.


The Programme aims to improve the capabilities of small to medium enterprises to become more competitive and grow.


The Programme is now accepting applications for Business Evaluations, and Business Growth Grants under the Business Management stream. Information, including guidelines and application forms, are now available through


Business Evaluations – provide a top to bottom analysis of an eligible business, which meet the eligibility requirements and threshold qualifications, at their premises at no fee to the business for this service. The business receives a detailed report and recommendations for the business to make improvements. Evaluations are delivered through our national network of more than 100 experienced private sector advisers.


Business Growth Grants – are small, co-funded grants to engage external expertise to assist businesses with implementing improvements recommended by their Business Evaluation. Businesses must have received a Business Evaluation to be eligible to apply for a Business Growth Grant.


The Research Connections (September) and Commercialising Ideas (November) streams of the Programme will come online later this year and information about those services will be available in coming months.

Grants and Assistance Finder

In addition to the grants and funding opportunities listed here, you can also use the Grants and Assistance Finder on This tool provides a listing of Australian, state and territory grants and assistance.


The grants and assistance finder can be accessed at:


Tendering is becoming a vital part of how many businesses in the Northern Inland operate on a day to day basis.

Both state and federal governments often have projects open for tender. For more information on NSW State Government Tenders please go to for further information on Federal Government Tenders please go to

Commercial tenders are also becoming more popular. For more information on the commercial tendering process please go to or

The Industry Capability Network (ICN) creates opportunity for New South Wales and Australian industry. If you are developing a supply chain and need a competitive local source of supply, ICN can help.

ICN bridges the information gap between buyers and sellers by advising on:

  • supply chain development
  • import replacement
  • local industry capability and capacity

For more information please go to