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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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.


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.


Featured Grants

NSW Fellowship for Aboriginal Artists

Applications close on Monday 11 August 2014


The NSW Government’s Aboriginal Arts Fellowship worth $30,000. The Aboriginal Arts Fellowship is open to arts practitioners working across all art forms including collections and cultural heritage, community arts and cultural development, dance, literature and more.


The fellowship supports a self-directed program of professional development that might include travel within Australia or overseas, a mentorship or internship, residences, courses or workshops, research or the creation of new work.


The NSW Aboriginal Arts Fellowship is offered by Arts NSW and an independent peer panel will assess applications. The winner of the Fellowship will be announced later this year.  For more information and to apply, visit



Small Business WorkCover Rebate

Applications close 31st of August


Any business with an ABN who has 0-50 employees can access WorkCover funds to assist with workplace improvements. WorkCover’s Small Business Rebate Program offers rebates of up to $500 to help small business owners and sole traders purchase and install safety improvements. For further information and an application form, go to:



Royal Agricultural Society Foundation Scholarships

Applications close 30th of September 2014


Since 2011, the Royal Agricultural Society Foundation has provided over 180 students with $921,500 worth of financial support to fulfill their educational goals. Rural Scholarships are targeted at a tertiary level – TAFE, VET courses and University.

Rural Scholarships (NSW only) Up to 45 scholarships for $5000

JB Fairfax Award for Rural Journalism (National), 1 only for $10,000

Sydney Royal Wine Scholarship (National), 1 only for $5000

Sydney Royal Dairy Produce Scholarship (NSW only), – 1 only for $5000

For more information visit:

Grants from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal


Applications close 1 August, 2014

The Repair-Restore-Renew (RRR) grants program helps communities in Qld, NSW, VIC and TAS recover from the fires, floods and cyclones that affected communities during 2013. For further information, go to:


Rural Education Australia Program
Applications close 25th of August 2014

The Rural Education Australia Program, which is known as REAPing Rewards, is a national program targeting education. It supports locally-driven projects and programs that directly benefit children and youth (0-18 years) and their educators in rural and remote communities. Grants are up to $10,000.
Find out more on their website at:



The 2015 Regional Arts Fund (RAF)

Applications close 14th of August, 2014

Applications are open for arts projects that will be taking place next year. Assistance available for this category will be from a minimum of $5,000 up to a maximum of $30,000. Funding is targeted at activities that will have long-term cultural, economic and social benefits for individuals and communities.
For further information, go to:



Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

2014 Round 4 Applications Close: 25th of August 2014


The REAPing Rewards small grant program is a national program targeting education. It supports locally-driven projects and programs that directly benefit children and youth (0-18 years) and their educators in rural and remote communities. Grants are up to $10,000.


Find out more on the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal website here.


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.



Heywire Youth Innovation Grants

Applications close: September 2014


2014 Heywire Youth Innovation Grants are designed to bring the ideas of young people in regional Australia to life. There are $100,000 in grants to be shared across ten communities.
Find out more at

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:

Regional Visitor Economy Fund

The Regional Visitor Economy Fund (RVEF) is managed and administered by Destination NSW and supports investment in the regional New South Wales visitor economy on a matched dollar-for-dollar basis.
Applications may be submitted for product development and marketing activities that will contribute to the NSW Government objective of doubling overnight visitor expenditure by 2020.


Applying for Contestable Funds:
There will be two rounds in the 2014/15 financial year:

  • Round 1: opens 05 May 2014 and closes 13 June 2014
  • Round 3: opens 29 September 2014 and closes 07 November 2014

Applying for Quarantined Funds:
Only Registered Tourism Organisations may apply for quarantined funds.


Please note: The Program Guidelines have been updated to provide more detailed information regarding KPIs and the information required in addressing each of the criteria. We encourage you to have a fresh read of the guidelines prior to developing any applications and proposals.
Application forms and further details are available 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.

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:

Current Business Grants

This spreadsheet contains all relevant business grants from the Commonwealth and NSW State governments as at the 23rd of June 2014.

DownloadCurrent Grants (113 KB)

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.


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