$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 www.liquorandgaming.justice.nsw.gov.au

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: www.nsw.gov.au/tddi.

All applications must be submitted using the online application form on the NSW eTendering website at: www.etendering.nsw.gov.au

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 www.transportnsw.smartygrants.com.au/CPTIGS2015-17.

Guidelines and further information are available from: www.transport.nsw.gov.au/content/country-passenger-transport-infrastructure-grants-scheme-cptigs

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 arts.funding@arts.nsw.gov.au

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 www.frrr.org.au

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: http://multicultural.nsw.gov.au/grants/about_grant_timetable/

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: www.westpac.com.au/about-westpac/our-foundations/westpac-foundation/grants/community-grants/

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: www.raa.nsw.gov.au/assistance/professional-development-program

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 www.crimeprevention.nsw.gov.au

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: http://www.iba.gov.au/business-ownership/

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: www.google.com.au/grants/

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 www.aboriginal.org.au/grants.htm.

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 www.environment.nsw.gov.au/Heritage/funding/index.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: http://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/business-and-industry-in-nsw/innovation-and-research/techvouchers

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.

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: https://www.education.gov.au/community-support-programme