Grants and Funding Opportunities

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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National Stronger Regions Fund

Round One of the National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) closed on 28 November 2014, with successful projects to be announced in May 2015.


The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development has announced that the opening of NSRF Round Two will be delayed. This delay is to ensure applicants are notified of the outcome of Round One before NSRF Round Two is opened

Round Two of NSRF was scheduled to open on 1 May and close on 31 July 2015. Access to the Grants Management System (GMS) Portal for Round Two will be available once the round is open.

This programme will provide funding of $1 billion over 5 years, commencing in 2015-16, to fund priority infrastructure in regional communities.


  • Grants must be between $20,000 and $10 million.
  • Local government and incorporated not-for-profit organisations are eligible to apply.
  • Grant funding must be matched in cash on at least a dollar for dollar basis.
  • Funding will be provided for capital projects which involve construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade, extension or enhancement of existing infrastructure.
  • The project must deliver an economic benefit to the region beyond the period of construction.
  • Projects should support disadvantaged regions or areas of disadvantage within a region.
  • The NSRF funded part of the project must be completed on or before 31 December 2019.

For information go to

Regional Industries Investment Fund

The Regional Industries Investment Fund (RIIF) has been established by NSW Trade and Investment to drive economic growth in regional NSW as well as enhancing the attractiveness of regional areas. Financial assistance is available under this Fund for projects across regional NSW that result in or promote economic outcomes for the State.


Further information is available on the NSW Trade and Investment website here.


Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme

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


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.


Featured Grants

Scholarships to Boost Young Country Artistic Talent

Applications Close: 11th of June 2015

The State Government has created a new scheme to develop young artistic talent through a country scholarship program. The government has invested in 100 scholarship grants valued at $10,000 each, available for 18-to-25 year olds living in country NSW.

Applications for 25 NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarships are now open until 11 June 2015.
Talented local artists and arts workers from any art form, including dance, design, digital arts, history, Aboriginal arts, literature, music, theatre, screen and the visual arts are encouraged to apply for this opportunity.

The scholarships are available to fund activities including mentorships or internships, residencies, short-term courses and workshops, travel and the creation of new work.
The new scholarships are designed to help unlock the potential of young artists and arts workers living in country areas.

For more information or to apply for a NSW Young Regional Artists Scholarship, visit:

AMP Foundation’s Tomorrow Fund

Applications Close: 14th of May 2015

The AMP Foundation’s Tomorrow Fund is offering $1 million in grants to help Australians who are doing great things.

Now in its second year, the Fund targets Australians who are working hard to make a difference in their chosen field - whether artists, inventors, social innovators, musicians, researchers or others - offering them a financial boost for their projects.

AMP’s Director of Media and Community Relations Julia Quinn said AMP wanted to support talented and determined Australians working hard across all fields of endeavour.

Grant recipients can put their funds towards a range of activities, including training, travel costs, living expenses, research and development. “Our AMP Tomorrow Makers are as diverse as Australia itself and what they share is a desire to make a positive difference in the community, either by creating something special or inspiring others”.

The AMP Tomorrow Fund is open to individuals of all ages, walks of life, interests and abilities who are working hard on a project or passion but need help to take it to the next level.

AMP’s Tomorrow Fund wants to remove barriers by giving out grants of between $10,000 and $100,000 to help with costs such as travel, living expenses and research – or whatever it takes to achieve their dream.
Applications for the AMP Tomorrow Fund are open now and will close at 4pm on 14 May 2015. Applications can be made here.

Aboriginal Benefits Foundation

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

Assistance for small exporters

Applications are ongoing

On 13 May 2014, the government announced a $15 million package to assist small exporters, comprising three components – a rebate for eligible small exporters is available in 2014-15 to assist with export registration charges; a review of export fees and charges; and funding for projects that will help improve market access for small exporters.

10 million over 3 financial years is available through the Department of Agriculture. Further details can be found on their website at:


Men's Health Community Grants - Foundation 49

Applications close: 22nd of May 2015

The purpose of the grants is to fund activities across Australia to raise awareness of men’s health issues and encourage men to have a regular health check.

Industry Skills Fund - Youth Stream - Business (AUS)

Applications close: 29th of February 2016

The Industry Skills Fund - Youth Stream includes two pilot programmes, Training for Employment Scholarships and Youth Engagement Pathways.


Museum Grants

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.

National Cultural Heritage grants

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.


Festivals Australia: Regional Festivals Project Fund


The Regional Festivals Project Fund supports the inclusion of an arts project at festivals in regional and remote Australia. Grants are available to support the costs to produce and present an arts activity and there is no limit on the amount that can be requested.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to speak with an Australia Council Grants Officer before applying to this fund.

For more information and to apply, visit their website here.

The Australia Council for the Arts Grant runs a wide range of grants and programs with closing dates from March to December

A range of grants are available ranging from $5,000 to 6 year organistation funding grants.

Further information is available on their website here.


Department of Veterans' Affairs - Veteran & Community Grants

Applications are Ongoing


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:

  •     $550,000 for Aboriginal heritage places;
  •     $1 million for community, youth and seniors heritage projects;
  •     $2.42 million for State Heritage Register-listed places, including $2.2 million for major works projects; and
  •     $2.35 million for local heritage places.

To find out more about the NSW Heritage Grants program and to apply for grants visit


Farm Household Allowance

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.

NSW Arts & Cultural Development Program

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.



Innovate NSW – TechVouchers

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:

Australian Communities Foundation

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:


New Enterprise Incentive Scheme

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


NSW – Grants - NSW Club Grant

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.


  • Category 1: Supports community welfare and social services; community development; employment assistance activities; community health services; and projects aimed at improving the living standards of low income and disadvantaged people.
  • Category 2: Provides funding for general community development and support activities, such as junior sport.
  • Category 3: Is a state-wide fund that supports large-scale community infrastructure projects, such as hospitals and sporting facilities.


Details are available on the Clubs NSW website here.

Useful Links

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.

Innovate NSW

There are three funding elements to Innovate NSW:

  • Minimum Viable Product (MVP) grants provide matched funding up to $15,000 to assist technology SMEs to engage with a potential business customer to demonstrate an idea, prove a concept, develop a prototype or customise a B2B solution that addresses a high growth opportunity or challenge for a key sector.
  • TechVouchers (TV) grants provide up to $15,000 in matched funding for technology SMEs to collaborate with a NSW research organisation to overcome a specific technical challenge or test a new technology. As with the MVP grant, the technology should address a high growth opportunity or challenge for a potential business customer in a key market sector (as detailed above).
  • Collaborative Solutions (CS) provides grants of up to 25% of project costs (to a maximum of $100,000), for consortia to develop an innovative solution that addresses a high growth opportunity or challenge in a key sector (as noted above). The consortia must include three entities: a technology SME with the ability to develop and commercialise the solution (Lead Company), a pilot business customer in a key sector that is willing to test the solution (Pilot Organisation), and at least one partner company that will provide additional technology, research capabilities, or assistance to scale the solution. Note: the Pilot Organisation is not committed to purchase the product, but to guide the product development.


Evaluation Criteria
While the Key Requirements for each program element varies, all applications are competitively assessed against the following criteria:

  •  Innovative Use of Enabling Technologies
  •  Strength of the Business Model
  •  Industry Sector Benefits
  •  Economic Benefits to NSW


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 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