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 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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Jobs for NSW

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.


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.


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.

Featured Grants

$1mil local military history preservation fund

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


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.



Aussie cotton farmers grow communities

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.



$4.8 million fund to help boost local tourism

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:

  • Environmental – the development or enhancement of natural assets;
  • Built – such as mixed use, exhibition and sporting facilities;
  • Transport – such as roads, rail networks, ports, airports; and
  • Enabling – Indigenous tourism development, plans and feasibility studies and programs to improve industry capability.


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:


All applications must be submitted using the online application form on the NSW eTendering website at:



Grants available to improve transport experience in the region

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


Guidelines and further information are available from:



Local artists invited to apply for state government fellowships

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.


For further details, please visit the website here or send an email to


Community Litter Grants

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.



Small Grants for Rural Communities

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


Future2 Make The Difference! Grants

Applications close 31st of July 2016

Future2 seeks to support programs that address the needs of disadvantaged young Australians through:

  • Education, including skills training and leadership development
  • Engagement, including mentoring and juvenile justice programs
  • Employment, including work experience and job readiness training
  • Well-being, including remedial programs for drug and alcohol dependence
  • Independent living, including addressing social exclusion and homelessness


Further information is available here.

Multicultural NSW Sponsorship Grants

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:

  • Engage with all sections of society and break down barriers to participation
  • Enable equitable access to services and programs
  • Enrich social and economic capacity through cultural diversity as an asset of our state.


Further information is available on the Multicultural NSW website here:


Westpac Foundation Community Grants

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:


Farm Business Skills Professional Development Program

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:

  • Risk management
  • Financial and business management
  • Farm business planning/drought preparedness.


For further information, visit:

Crime Fighting Fund to Help Communities Stay Safe

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:

  • Address local crime hot spots;
  • Address anti-social behaviour in communities;
  • Promote safe and inclusive use of public spaces; and
  • Promote collaborative approaches to community safety and crime reduction, prevention and detection initiatives.


For further information on the NSW Government’s Community Safety Fund and to apply please visit


Indigenous Business Australia

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:


Google Ad Grants

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:

Industry Skills Fund – Youth Stream

Applications ongoing

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.

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

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.


Department of Veterans' Affairs - Veteran & Community Grants

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:

  •     $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.



Community Support Programme

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:

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