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 One Applications Close: 28th of November 2014
The National Stronger Regions Fund is an initiative to boost social and economic development in Australia’s regions by funding priority infrastructure projects in local communities. The Australian Government has committed $1 billion to the fund over five years commencing from 2015–16.
Funding will be provided for capital projects which involve construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade, extension or enhancement of existing infrastructure. Projects selected for funding should deliver an economic benefit to the region beyond the period of construction, and should support disadvantaged regions or areas of disadvantage within a region.
Local Government and incorporated not-for-profit organisations are eligible to apply for grants of between $20,000 and $10 million. Grant funding must be matched in cash on at least a dollar for dollar basis, and the funded part of the project must be completed on or before 31 December 2019.
Further information is available on the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development’s website at investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/NSRF/
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.
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: 31st of October 2014
The Murray Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Program was developed to provide assistance to economic development projects that support the economic base of regional communities that are likely to be affected by the implementation of the Murray Darling Basin Plan.
The NSW Government has announced that up to $32.5 million in Commonwealth funding will soon be made available to communities impacted by the Murray-Darling Basin Plan (MDBP).
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services Andrew Stoner said the NSW Government would administer a new Murray-Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Program to provide funding for economic development projects and diversification initiatives that create new jobs in the region.
“The NSW Government has fought long and hard to secure the interests of communities spread throughout the Murray Darling Basin,” Mr Stoner said.
“Before signing the historic Basin Plan earlier this year, we successfully negotiated an additional $80 million of funding over the next eight years.
“This funding will go towards developing further infrastructure and water management projects, water resource plans, and other activities to address the impacts on Basin communities.
“It also includes $32.5 million for the Murray-Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Program to support local communities to adjust to the changes required by the plan.
Each application for assistance will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by an independent panel with regard to the program criteria, and the project's potential to diversify and broaden the economic base of communities likely to be impacted by the implementation of the Murray Darling Basin Plan. The net economic benefits of the project as shown in a cost benefit analysis, and input from relevant stakeholders will also be taken into consideration by the panel.
Further information is available on the NSW Trade and Investment website here.
Applications close 31st of October 2014
Local councils in the Northern Inland are encouraged to apply for funding under the NSW Government’s new Public Library Infrastructure Grants program.
The new program was created to help build or upgrade library facilities, infrastructure and services.
The following priority areas have been identified for the program:
For more information go to: www.sl.nsw.gov.au/services/public_libraries/funding/grants.html
Applications close: 30th of November 2014
The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) recently partnered with Monsanto Fund to launch Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities. Cotton growers can nominate a not-for-profit organisation in their local community to receive a $5,000 grant.
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: www.business.nsw.gov.au/doing-business-in-nsw/innovate-nsw/innovate-nsw-techvouchers
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:
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: www.destinationnsw.com.au/rvef
Applications Close: 1st of December 2014
The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme is a key Australian Government financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters. Administered by Austrade, the scheme supports a wide range of industry sectors and products, including inbound tourism and the export of intellectual property and know-how outside Australia.
The EMDG scheme:
Further information can be found on the Australian Trade Commission’s website at www.austrade.gov.au/Export/Export-Grants
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.
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:
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 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