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 applications have now closed, Round Two dates yet to be advised

 

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/

 


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 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.

 


Featured Grants

Regional Clean Energy Grants

Applications Close: 12pm 15th of December 2014

 

The Growing Community Energy grants will fund early stage development of community energy projects, recognising that community energy projects face prohibitive start-up costs. The grants will finance pre-feasibility studies, community engagement and planning to help create viable community-owned business models that can attract further investment.

 

Follow this link to the relevant application form and guidelines:
www.environment.nsw.gov.au/communities/clean-energy-projects.htm

 

RASF Community Future Grant

Applications Close: 5pm 8th of December 2014

  •  Do you have an idea or project in need of funding that will inject life into your local town?
  •  Are you aged 35 or under?
  •  Do you have a local organisation you can partner with to deliver your project?

If you answered yes to all of these points - you are eligible to  apply.

 

The Rural Agricultural Society Foundation Community Futures Grant Program encourages and champions rural youth leadership through the provision of up to $25,000 to fund community projects that address a need or issue in your town.  It funds projects in rural and regional NSW that will result in enhanced social and economic outcomes for the wider community.

 

Find out more on their website: www.rasnsw.com.au/832.htm

 

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.

 

Read more at www.arts.nsw.gov.au/index.php/category/funding-and-support/types-of-funding/

 
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: www.business.nsw.gov.au/doing-business-in-nsw/innovate-nsw/innovate-nsw-techvouchers
 

Export Market Development Grants

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:

  • encourages small and medium sized Australian businesses to develop export markets
  • reimburses up to 50% of eligible export promotion expenses above $5,000 provided that the total expenses are at least $15,000
  • provides up to eight (8) grants to each eligible applicant.

 

Further information can be found on the Australian Trade Commission’s website at www.austrade.gov.au/Export/Export-Grants

 

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: www.communityfoundation.org.au

 

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 employment.gov.au/help-available-and-eligibility-neis

 

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:
www.business.nsw.gov.au/doing-business-in-nsw/innovate-nsw


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.


Tenders

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


Commercial tenders are also becoming more popular. For more information on the commercial tendering process please go to www.tenderlink.com or www.tenders.com.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:

  • supply chain development
  • import replacement
  • local industry capability and capacity

For more information please go to http://www.icn.org.au





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