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 and each month we will be highlighting some of them below.
If you have any questions regarding funding opportunities please contact our office on (02) 6771 0700
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Round three of the National Stronger Regions Fund opened on 15 January, 2016 and closed on 15 March, 2016. Successful applications are expected to be announced in July, 2016. Meanwhile, the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development has released the final list of officially accepted applications.
Round 2 saw $293million in Federal Government funds go to regional areas of Australia for project funding. Local Councils, not-for-profits and relevant public organisations were eligible to apply.
The Northern Inland NSW Applications in the final National Stronger Regions Fund Round 3 list are:
Armidale Dumaresq Council
ADC Regional Airport expansion & land Development
Glen Innes Severn Council
Glen Innes Aggregates Wattle Vale Quarry
Gunnedah Shire Council
Donnelly Fields Sporting Field Upgrade
Gunnedah Shire Council
Gunnedah Sewerage Treatment Plant Upgrade
Liverpool Plains Shire Council
Upgrade the Liverpool Plains Regional Water Supply
Moree Plains Shire Council
Moree Civic Precinct Redevelopment
Narrabri Shire Council
Narrabri CBD Revitalisation Project
Tamworth Regional Council
Northern Inland Centre of Sporting Excellence
Construction of a water storage for Walcha.
Find out more at http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/NSRF/index.aspx
Jobs for NSW is a private sector-led and NSW Government-backed initiative which aims to make the NSW economy as competitive as possible and therefore help create new jobs across the State.
The initiative will help deliver on the NSW Government's election commitment to create 150,000 new jobs in the four years to March 2019.
Further information is available on the NSW Department of Industry website here.
Introducing the Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme – 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 www.business.gov.au.
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.
Applications Close July 27th
Groups across the region can apply for individual grants of up to $60,000 to preserve important pieces of local military history and put them back on display.
The $60,000 grants will help with the upgrade or installation of war memorial plaques and the refurbishment of community halls and so on. Local RSL sub-branches, community groups and councils.
The allocation of $1 million comes from uncollected gaming prize money and will be administered by Liquor & Gaming NSW in consultation with the NSW Branch of the RSL of Australia and the Office of Veterans Affairs.
Further details including how communities can lodge expressions of interest for funding will be published on the Liquor & Gaming NSW at www.liquorandgaming.justice.nsw.gov.au
The funding is in addition the NSW Community War Memorials Fund which provides grants of up to $10,000 to help repair, conserve and restore war memorials across the state.
Nominations Close 31st of August 2016
Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities is a grant program initiated by the Monsanto Fund in partnership with the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR). It aims to help support local communities in cotton growing regions.
The program allows farmers to nominate a community group or not-for-profit organisation to receive one of thirty $5,000 grants.
This is a great opportunity for groups or initiatives that are important to the community to get a funding boost.
Go to Nominate Online to complete a nomination form.
Applications Close 9th of August 2016
Applications are now open for a $4.8 million fund to bolster local tourism infrastructure projects across the State.
Local councils, state government entities, Aboriginal Land Councils, non-government organisations and private operators are encouraged to apply for a share of the funds as part of the 2016-17 Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure program (TDDI).
Projects should create and encourage visitation to a destination and fall into the categories of:
Project funding must be matched dollar for dollar by project organisers.
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres emphasised the importance of tourism infrastructure in ensuring that NSW remains the number one destination in Australia.
“NSW is seeing a huge increase in visitor numbers and visitor expenditure, with visitors to the state spending $31.5 billion in the year ending March 2016,” he said.
Further information on the Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure program, including Guidelines and Application Process, are available on the website at: www.nsw.gov.au/tddi.
All applications must be submitted using the online application form on the NSW eTendering website at: www.etendering.nsw.gov.au
Applications Close 30th of September 2016
Local councils, transport operators and community groups in the region are encouraged to apply for a share of around $3.3 million in grants to improve the customer experience on public transport.
The funding is available through the State Government’s Country Passenger Transport Infrastructure Grant Scheme (CPTIGS), which has funded 138 projects since March 2011, worth more than $6 million.
Local councils, operators, schools and community groups are urged to work together to identify the needs within the community, then apply to support their local public transport services.
The CPTIGS supports projects that directly benefit customers in rural, regional and remote communities travelling on services contracted by Transport for NSW. The funding can be for such infrastructure as new bus shelters, improvements to existing shelters, signage or better lighting and security.
Applicants will welcome the simplified application process which is completed on-line at www.transportnsw.smartygrants.com.au/CPTIGS2015-17.
Guidelines and further information are available from: www.transport.nsw.gov.au/content/country-passenger-transport-infrastructure-grants-scheme-cptigs
Applications Close 2nd of August 2016
Three NSW Government $50,000 Regional Arts Fellowships dedicated to support country-based artists are up for grabs.
The fellowships offer regional artists, together with arts and cultural workers a great opportunity to broaden their talent and skills.
Opening July 1
Are you fed up with litter in your local area? Or maybe you’re part of a group who are already doing something to clean up your neighbourhood, but could do with some extra funds to help out?
Community Litter Grants started in 2013 to equip locals with tools and resources to implement litter solutions in their neighbourhoods.
Grants of up to $5000 are available.
The Small Grants for Rural Communities is the longest running and broadest program FRRR offers, opening twice per year.
It is a great example of a collaborative program supported by various partners which has the flexibility to address issues that make a difference to the sustainability of rural, regional and remote communities.
Grants of up to $5,000 are available for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities in rural, regional or remote Australia. Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or fewer. Applicants must be not-for-profit community organisations with an ABN or incorporation certificate.
For further information, go to www.frrr.org.au
Applications close 31st of July 2016
Future2 seeks to support programs that address the needs of disadvantaged young Australians through:
Further information is available here.
Applications are ongoing
The Multicultural NSW Grants Program invests in community projects and activities that foster community engagement, build community harmony and social cohesion and celebrate the unique riches of our culturally diverse state.
The program delivers on our principles for action to:
Further information is available on the Multicultural NSW website here: http://multicultural.nsw.gov.au/grants/about_grant_timetable/
2017 Round opens in May 2017
Westpac Foundation Community Grants are funded through donations and fundraising by our Westpac branch employees, Westpac customers and the general public.
The grants, which are up to $10,000 each, are awarded to local, grassroots not for profit organisations with big and small ideas to improve educational opportunities, employment pathways or quality of life for Australian's experiencing disadvantage.
In addition to financial support the Westpac Foundation is also committed in providing a range of non-financial support to help maximise the impact and sustainability of the community organisations supported.
For further information and to apply, go to: www.westpac.com.au/about-westpac/our-foundations/westpac-foundation/grants/community-grants/
As part of the NSW Government's $300 million Drought Strategy, a $45 million Farm Business Skills Professional Development Program has been developed to support farm business in all conditions, but particularly in relation to preparing for and responding to drought.
The Minister for Primary Industries, Lands and Water, Niall Blair, announced the first stage of the program, calling for education and service providers to apply for pre-approval of courses.
Farmers are now able to view a list of pre-approved courses. This list will be updated as additional products become available.
Alternatively, farmers can apply for consideration to attend other professional development activities which they have identified as meeting their particular requirements.
Approved participants will be able to claim reimbursement of costs upon completion of the course. A maximum reimbursement of $5,000 over five years applies for any farmer with reimbursements capped at $9,000 per farm business.
Three professional development priority areas have been identified:
For further information, visit: www.raa.nsw.gov.au/assistance/professional-development-program
Funding for 2015-16 has closed
This funding program is open to non-government or not-for-profit organisations, community groups, chambers of commerce and businesses to implement community safety and crime prevention initiatives throughout the state.
The Community Safety Fund will support projects that:
For further information on the NSW Government’s Community Safety Fund and to apply please visit www.crimeprevention.nsw.gov.au
IBA’s Business Development and Assistance Program assists Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people to access the skills, knowledge and resources required to start and grow a viable, sustainable business.
Across each stage of the business life cycle, IBA staff can help you review your personal circumstances and identify what further guidance and advice will assist you to achieve your business goals.
We also offer finance to eligible customers to support business start-up and growth.
IBA is keen to assist Indigenous Australians at all stages of business, whether you are preparing for business ownership, in the early stages of business development, or wanting to grow your existing business.
Find out more on their website: http://www.iba.gov.au/business-ownership/
Applications are ongoing
Google Ad Grants is the nonprofit edition of AdWords, Google's online advertising tool. Google Ad Grants empowers nonprofit organisations, through $10,000 per month in in-kind AdWords™ advertising, to promote their missions and initiatives on Google search result pages.
Further information is available at: www.google.com.au/grants/
The Industry Skills Fund - Youth Stream includes two pilot programmes, Training for Employment Scholarships and Youth Employment Pathways, which will address youth unemployment by supporting businesses to employ more young people; and community organisations to help young people return to school, start vocational training or move into work.
Training for Employment Scholarships supports training that meets the needs of your business and assists young people who are ready for employment, but require further training.
If your business has less than 200 employees, and you hire an unemployed person aged 18 to 24 years after 1 March 2015, you may be eligible for funding of up to $7 500 for the cost of up to 26 weeks job specific training.
Youth Employment Pathways supports community organisations assist disengaged young people, aged 15 to 18 years, to get back into school, start vocational training, or move into work.
Community service organisations may be eligible for financial support to purchase or provide services to meet individuals’ needs such as intensive case management, job search, mentoring and other services relevant to young people.
The two pilot programmes; Training for Employment Scholarships and Youth Employment Pathways, are available until 29 February 2016 in selected regional areas and areas of high youth unemployment.
Applications are Ongoing
The Foundation provides grants to assist Aboriginal communities and individuals by providing funds to support projects which advance the aims of the Foundation, with the current focus on supporting art, health and cultural projects with a connection to Aboriginal art and/or artists. Find out more on their website at www.aboriginal.org.au/grants.htm.
Applications are ongoing
Museums & Galleries of NSW (M&G NSW) provides programs and services improving the visitor experience in small to medium museums, galleries and Aboriginal cultural centres across NSW.
Applications are ongoing
The National Cultural Heritage Account is open to Australian cultural organisations—including museums, art galleries, libraries, archives, historic buildings, national trusts and local history museums and galleries, and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander keeping place for sacred/secret material.
Applications for 2016-17 have closed.
The 2017-18 round is expected to open in October 2016.
The Veteran and Community Grants (V&CG) programme aims to maintain and improve the independence and quality of life for members of the veteran community by providing funding for projects that support activities and services to sustain or enhance health and wellbeing.
More Information is available on their website here.
Heritage Funding For Local Communities
The government’s NSW Heritage Grants program makes $6.5 million available for heritage and conservation over the next two years. The purpose is to help local communities preserve tangible reminders of our past and conserve them for future generations.
Grants are available in four streams spanning Aboriginal, youth and seniors, state and local heritage projects.
The 2015/16 and 2016/17 program will provide:
To find out more about the NSW Heritage Grants program and to apply for grants visit www.environment.nsw.gov.au/Heritage/funding/index.htm
The Farm Household Allowance (FHA) provides eligible farmers and their partners who are experiencing financial hardship with assistance and support to improve their long-term financial situation.
Eligible farmers and their partners will be able to access up to three years of payment. This is designed to give farm families time to get back on their feet and the opportunity to take steps to improve their circumstances.
Please go to the Human Services website here for further information.
Applications close on various dates
A new arts and cultural development program will be introduced in 2015 to replace the Arts Funding Program. The new Arts and Cultural Development Program (ACDP) will deliver quality arts and cultural experiences to diverse audiences across the State, and support a resilient creative sector.
The new structure offers arts and cultural organisations the opportunity to progress from project funding to annual program funding, and then on to multi-year funding, depending on their capacity to achieve sustained success.
Applications are ongoing
Innovate NSW TechVouchers (TV) assists technology SMEs to collaborate with a NSW research organisation to overcome a technical challenge or test a new technology.
The grant provides matched funding of up to 50% of total project cost to a maximum of $15,000 to the research organisation/partner. SMEs can connect with an expert in their field and engage on a joint research project, or access high tech instruments and facilities for testing and feasibility studies.
Further details are available at: http://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/business-and-industry-in-nsw/innovation-and-research/techvouchers
Applications are ongoing
Australian Communities Foundation supports a range of charitable organisations and projects each year. The Foundation’s grants are made locally, nationally and internationally through Australian registered charitable organisations. It’s one way our foundation recognises the essential role the not-for-profit sector plays in supporting and building strong and resilient communities as well as assisting those most in need.
Grants fall broadly into the areas of arts & culture, community development & advocacy, community services & welfare, disability, education, training & employment, environment, health & medical research, overseas aid & development. Specific target groups are also supported, including Indigenous communities and refugee/asylum seekers.
Further information can be found on their website: www.communityfoundation.org.au
Applications are ongoing
If you are an eligible job seeker and are interested in starting and running a small business, you may be able to access assistance through the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS). NEIS can provide you with accredited small business training, business advice and mentoring for the first year of your business operating, as well as income support for up to 39 weeks.
Your local NEIS provider can help you put your business idea into practice. They will provide you with individualised assistance to help you achieve your goals, and will maintain regular contact with you to provide extra help if you experience any business problems or need other additional support.
Further details are available on the Department of Employment’s website at employment.gov.au/help-available-and-eligibility-neis
Employment programs fit under Category 1 of the NSW Club Grants scheme and a funding round is expected shortly. Last year, registered clubs allocated more than $92 million to deserving causes through the ClubGRANTS program.
Details are available on the Clubs NSW website here.
Applications are ongoing
The Community Support Programme (CSP) through the Department of Social Services assists child care providers to establish or maintain viable services in parts of the country where they might not otherwise be viable or able to meet the unique requirements of the community, such as in disadvantaged or regional and remote areas.
The CSP provides support to child care services in the following ways:
• Establishment and Sustainability Assistance to Mainstream services i.e., mainly those services that are approved to administer Child Care Benefit on behalf of families. There are a range of payments for Mainstream services that are dependent on the type of child care service, its size and location.
• Budget Based Funding to Non-Mainstream services i.e., services that provide child care in communities where mainstream services are not available or viable or where there is a need for Indigenous- focused or culturally competent services.
Find out more on their website at: https://www.education.gov.au/community-support-programme
GRANTSLink - GrantsLINK makes it easier to find suitable and relevant grants for your community projects from the many Australian government grants that are available.
Grants & Assistance Finder - Finding business-related government grants and assistance has never been easier. This tool provides a listing of Australian, state and territory grants and assistance.
Community Builders - Looking for funding for your community project? Here's a list of funding programs from federal, state and local government, as well as institutions, philanthropic trusts and businesses. Search by the kind of project you’re looking to fund, or by the organisation you’re looking for funding from.
There are three funding elements to Innovate NSW:
While the Key Requirements for each program element varies, all applications are competitively assessed against the following criteria:
For more information and application guidelines, please visit:
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 https://tenders.nsw.gov.au for further information on Federal Government Tenders please go to www.tenders.gov.au
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:
For more information please go to http://www.icn.org.au