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Community Grants and Funding Opportunities

Please note that while we update our lists of available grants regularly, this is not a comprehensive list and closing dates and details should be verified using the links provided as they are subject to change by the providers without notice.

If you have been affected by Coronavirus, details on the announced assistance is available on our dedicated Coronavirus (COVID-19) Assistance page.

If you have been affected by the ongoing drought or the recent bushfires, a list of available grants and assitance is available on our dedicated Drought Assistance and Bushfire Assistance pages.

Multicultural Media Grants Grant Closes: 29th of January 2021 Value: $5,000 to $10,000 Run By: Multicultural NSW Further Information: https://multicultural.nsw.gov.au/grants

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Multicultural Media outlets have helped with the broad distribution of accurate and timely information in community languages, contributing to the safety and wellbeing of our State.

This funding aims to support the reach and sustainability of the multicultural media sector in NSW following COVID-19.
Applications must address how Multicultural Media outlets will:

  • engage the diverse members of their community
  • ensure they are representing the diverse voices of their community
  • extend their reach to new segments of their community
  • enhance the quality of their services, coverage, or capacity
  • create a greater sense of belonging and connection in multicultural communities
  • build capacity to communicate with newly arrived communities.

 

Last Updated: 13th of January 2021
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Mulicultural Festivals and Events Grant Closes: 29th of January 2021 Value: $5,000 to $10,000 Run By: Multicultural NSW Further Information: https://multicultural.nsw.gov.au/grants

Multicultural NSW supports Festivals & Events that celebrate and embrace our state’s vibrant cultural diversity.

The grants will support multicultural and multifaith community groups to produce Festivals and Events that celebrate and embrace our state’s vibrant cultural diversity, while ensuring health and safety remains a priority.

Applications must address how Festivals and Events will:

  • invest in activities that foster social cohesion and celebrate cultural diversity as a precious part of our NSW identity and way of life
  • promote cross-cultural awareness and understanding. They must engage a broad cross-section of the NSW community and cannot solely rely on multicultural communities to attend
  • ensure NSW’s multicultural communities can celebrate, preserve and share traditions
  • be accessible by the general public and are for all communities of NSW
Last Updated: 13th of January 2021
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Veteran and Community Grants Grant Closes: 29th of January 2021 - 11:00 pm Value: Up to $150,000 Run By: Department of Vetrans Affairs Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=90d17f31-67bb-44c9-9452-94c1beb37ded

This program provides funding to maintain and improve the independence and quality of life for members of the Australian veteran community by providing funding for projects that sustain or enhance health and wellbeing.

The intended outcomes of the program are to deliver projects that:

  • are sustainable and have an ongoing benefit for members of the Australian veteran community
  • increase opportunities for members of the Australian veteran community to engage in social and community activities and/or improve health behaviours and support healthy places.

As this is a restricted, targeted program, to be eligible, you must be either:

  • An ex-service organisation (ESO)
  • A non-ESO operating as a Trustee on behalf of a Trust that includes an ESO
  • A non-ESO in a partnership or consortia arrangement with at least one ESO
Last Updated: 13th of January 2021
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Before and After School Care Equipment and Facilities Grant Program Grant Closes: 31st of January 2021 Value: Up to $30,000 Run By: NSW Government Department of Education Further Information: https://education.nsw.gov.au/content/dam/main-education/public-schools/going-to-a-public-school/media/documents/basc/Equipment-and-Facilities-Grant-Guidelines-2020.pdf

The Equipment and Facilities Grant Program supports schools and services to fund equipment and facilities that enable new services to establish and existing services to expand. Applicants may seek up to $30,000 (GST exclusive) for their project and applications will be assessed based on the level of demand for the increase in places and how well the proposed project will address the issue.

This is an open –competitive grant program.

Last Updated: 23rd of October 2020
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The Harcourts Foundation Grant Current Round Closes: 3rd of February 2021 Value: Unspecified Run By: The Harcourts Foundation Further Information: https://harcourtsfoundation.org/australia/

As the foundation's purpose is “To provide support that helps, grows, and enriches our communities”, they have a clear focus on providing grants to reputable community-based charitable organisations which need funding for projects and initiatives designed to benefit as many people as possible.

Because most of the funding for The Harcourts Foundation is generously provided by Harcourts offices, they will only consider applications from groups for a specific event, project, item, or initiative where Harcourts has an office.

Last Updated: 23rd of October 2020
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The Honda Foundation Grant Closes: 5th of February 2021 Value: Undisclosed Run By: The Honda Foundation Further Information: https://www.thehondafoundation.com.au/application

The Honda Foundation is funded by contributions from Honda Australia, private donors and more than 100 dealerships across the country. More than $10 million has so far been donated to hundreds of very worthy causes, including empowering disadvantaged Australians, providing relief for victims of natural disasters and supporting the development of new technologies and research to fight disease.

The Honda Foundation acts as a charitable trust, providing financial assistance to charities and organisations doing amazing work across a range of social and environmental issues. These include:

  • Supporting the disadvantaged, disabled or those suffering from illness
  • Relief for victims of natural disasters
  • Promotion of innovation and new technologies
  • The promotion, development and preservation of Australian culture

The Honda Foundation also provides a 12-month Loan Vehicle Program which includes registration, insurance and all servicing costs, and is capped at 20 loan vehicles at any one time.

Last Updated: 23rd of October 2020
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Supporting Younger Veterans Grant Closes: 5th of February 2021 - 11:00 pm Value: Up to $150,000 Run By: Department of Vetrans Affairs Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=83624b68-f533-4061-b933-6b457f52ef93

This program provides funding to support the ‘younger veterans’ community’, being Australian veterans with post-1999 military service, and their families.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • deliver services to the younger veterans’ community that build community capacity for the future and complement services already provided by the Commonwealth
  • expand on existing or well established services offered to the younger veterans’ community to new regions within Australia or in development of new services that will be offered in more than one location
  • raise awareness of the important issues faced by the younger veterans’ community.

This is a targeted competitive process, and to be eligible you must be one of the following:

  • an Ex-Service Organisation (ESO) that specifically provides support and services to members of the younger veterans’ community; and/or are adapting their business model to focus on this cohort
  • a non-ESO (an organisation external to the ESO community) operating as a Trustee on behalf of a Trust that includes an ESO
  • a non-ESO in a partnership or consortia arrangement with at least one ESO that directly provides support and services to members of the younger veterans’ community
Last Updated: 13th of January 2021
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Community War Memorials Fund Grant Current Round Closes: 11th of February 2021 Value: Up to $10,000 Run By: NSW Department of Vetrans Affairs Further Information: https://www.veterans.nsw.gov.au/heritage/community-war-memorials-fund/cwmf-202021-program-guidelines/

Funding to help conserve, repair and protect war memorials across NSW including conservation assessments, honour roll repair, war memorial cleaning and conservation work, arborist advice for war memorial trees, security measures for memorials, repairs to war memorial halls and improvements to the accessibility of memorials.

Last Updated: 23rd of October 2020
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Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program Grant Closes: 11th of February 2021 Value: Up to $4,000 Run By: Department of Vetrans Affairs Further Information: https://www.dva.gov.au/about-us/overview/consultations-and-grants/grants-and-bursaries/saluting-their-service-commemorative

The NSW Government established the Community War Memorials Fund to help conserve, repair and protect war memorials across NSW. Since the establishment of the program in 2008, grants have been provided for a wide range of projects including conservation assessments, honour roll repair, war memorial cleaning and conservation work, arborist advice for war memorial trees, security measures for memorials, repairs to war memorial halls and improvements to the accessibility of memorials.

Two application rounds are run each year. The rounds open on Anzac Day and Remembrance Day.

Last Updated: 23rd of October 2020
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Women’s Economic Security Project Grants Grant Closes: 12th of February 2021 Value: $50,000 to $300,000 Run By: Ecstra Further Information: https://www.ecstra.org.au/womens-economic-security-project-grant

The Women’s Economic Security Project Grants support charities and social enterprises building financial wellbeing through innovative employment opportunities and tailored financial capability support for women across Australia.

The aim of the grants are to:

  • offer philanthropic support to charities and social enterprises creating meaningful employment opportunities for women who face barriers accessing mainstream paid work
  • support organisations to integrate financial capability and personalised support into the delivery of these Initiatives.

The intended grant outcomes are:

  • more opportunities for women to access meaningful and secure paid work through an employer, cooperative or their own enterprise – helping them achieve their career and financial goals
  • more women are supported to build their financial capability, confidence and decision making through access to timely, relevant and tailored resources/support
  • to enable charities and social enterprises to scale and share sustainable Initiatives
  • contribute to the evidence base of ‘what works’ in building women’s economic security and financial wellbeing in Australia.
Last Updated: 15th of December 2020
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Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI) Grant Closes: 12th of February 2021 Value: Unspecified - Total pool of $5.5M Run By: National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Further Information: https://www.nhvr.gov.au/about-us/heavy-vehicle-safety-initiative

The Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative program aims to support projects that deliver tangible improvements in heavy vehicle safety.Funding from the five previous rounds is supporting a wide range of projects across the country.

For Round 6, the NHVR is again engaging broadly with heavy vehicle industry participants to identify heavy vehicle safety projects to put forward to the Commonwealth Government for consideration. Funding forRound 6 is $5.55 million.

The NHVR is calling for submissions detailing implementable, value-for-money projects that will deliver significant heavy vehicle safety benefits. Round 6 funding relates to the 2021–22 financial year. Projects must commence in the 2021–22 financial year and be completed by 30 June 2024.

It is recommended that submissions directly address one of the following three themes aimed at more closely aligning initiatives with the National Road Safety Strategy and associated state and territory road safety strategies, as well as the goals of the ongoing Heavy Vehicle National Law Review:

  • Safer drivers
  • Safer vehicles
  • Safer road use

 

Last Updated: 30th of November 2020
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James N Kirby Foundation Small Grants Grant Runs: Annually Opened 1st of November 2020 Closes: 14th of February 2021 Value: $3,000 to $15,000 Run By: James N Kirby Foundation Further Information: http://www.kirbyfoundation.com.au/eligibility-criteria/how-to-apply/

The James N Kirby Foundation provides grants that impact not only towards the future educational and technical development of young Australians, but also on the health and welfare of many Australians in need as well as The Arts and The Environment. Since its inception, the family has continued to contribute funds and to date has donated nearly $21 million across a broad charitable spectrum, and is committed to distributing approximately $1m in grants each year.

Applications for Small Grants are open from 1 November to 14 February each year. Applicants will be notified of the outcome within a month of the Board Meeting held in May. It is preferable for applicants to apply earlier in the process rather than leaving it to the last minute at the end of February.

Last Updated: 30th of October 2020
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Community Child Care Fund - Open Competitive Round Grant Closes: 22nd of February 2021 - 11:00 am Value: $2,000 to $200,000 Run By: Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=8989473e-10ca-47b3-a6ae-f384c7c3108b

The objective of the CCCF, which is part of the Child Care Safety Net, is to support child care services to address barriers to child care participation, particularly targeting disadvantaged and vulnerable families and communities.

The objective of this grant opportunity is to support the longer-term sustainability of eligible ECEC services operating in, or servicing, disadvantaged and vulnerable communities, particularly those in regional, rural and remote areas.

This grant opportunity will provide funding under three categories, called program ‘elements’. Each element intends to fund a specific type of activity. The elements are (in order of grant funding priority):

  • Sustainability Support ($2,000 to $200,000) - helping eligible child care services operating in areas of limited supply improve the viability and sustainability of their service.
  • Community Support ($5,000 to $100,000) - helping eligible child care services to work with other organisations and families to identify and address community level barriers to child care participation. The engagement must ultimately result in increased child care participation.
  • Capital Support ($50,000 to $150,000) - helping eligible child care services by contributing towards the cost of modifying, renovating, extending or building child care facilities (‘capital works’). These capital works must result in more child care places in areas where there is unmet demand.

You may apply for one or more element per service, however only one application per element per service is allowed. There is a separate application form for each element.

To be eligible for this grant opportunity, at the date of application lodgement,you must be:

  • a CCS approved operator of an approved ECEC service

AND

  • located in, or servicing families from a CCCF priority area OR
  • servicing regional, remote or very remote areas OR
  • providing specialised child care services to a vulnerable or disadvantaged sector of its community OR
  • the operator of the service previously funded under the CCCF Round 1 or 2 Open Competitive processes(to which the application relates)
Last Updated: 18th of January 2021
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Strengthening Rural Communities - Small & Vital Grant Current Round Closes: 23rd of February 2021 Value: Up to $10,000 Run By: Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal Further Information: https://www.frrr.org.au/grants/Strengthening_Rural_Communities

The Strengthening Rural Communities program gives small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia the opportunity to access funds that can benefit and help secure their future prosperity. Grants are available for a broad range of initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities.

Applications from not-for-profit organisations in communities of fewer than 15,000 people are prioritised, particularly those communities whose size, remoteness and relative access to services, funding, and resources present particular ongoing challenges. The Strengthening Rural Communities program accepts applications any time. FRRR considers applications and makes grant distributions on a quarterly basis.

Last Updated: 23rd of October 2020
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Tackling Tough Times Together Grant Current Round Closes: 25th of February 2021 Value: Up to $150,000 depending on the tier applied for Run By: Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal Further Information: https://www.frrr.org.au/grants/tackling_tough_times_together.php

The Tackling Tough Times Together grant program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought.

This program is designed to provide flexible funding to support community-based activities that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms, and most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future. Funds could also support activities that engage your local community in being proactive, exploring options and creating something that will stand the test of tough times.

Last Updated: 23rd of October 2020
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Driver Reviver Site Upgrade Program Grant Closes: 25th of February 2021 - 11:30 pm Value: $10,000 to $150,000 Run By: Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=d996ede8-8a2d-4377-8e0f-cc9c921fba51

Driver Reviver sites provide drivers and their passengers with a place where they can stop safely, particularly on long trips and during peak holiday periods.

The purpose of the Driver Reviver Site Upgrades – Round Two grant opportunity is to provide funding for site upgrades to all Driver Reviver locations and the establishment of new sites within the Driver Reviver network. The key outcome is improved awareness and usage of Driver Reviver sites for drivers.

This round will provide grants to site owners for signage and amenities, basic infrastructure upgrades to existing sites, establishment of new sites and potential rebuilds of sites that have been affected by bushfires.

Last Updated: 18th of January 2021
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Regional Sport Facility Fund Grant Closes: 26th of February 2021 - 5:00 am Value: $100,000 to $1 Million Run By: NSW Government Office of Sport Further Information: https://www.sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants/regional-sport-facility-fund

This fund will assist eligible organisations to develop quality core sport infrastructure that will meet the current and future needs of the community.

The Fund will support the development of well-designed and utilised new and improved sport infrastructure projects that can directly impact and support participation and performance opportunities in sports at all levels.

The Fund will focus on sporting facilities that deliver the best outcomes for the community. It will ensure that the best possible value for money is achieved.

The key objectives of the Fund are to:

  • increase the number and type of sporting facilities;
  • improve the standard of existing sporting facilities;
  • increase participation in sport.

A total pool of $25M has been allocated for this first round.

Last Updated: 21st of January 2021
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Community Conservation Grants Grant Closes: 26th of February 2021 - 8:00 am Value: Up to $10,000 (Up to $25,000 on invitation) Run By: Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife Further Information: https://www.fnpw.org.au/grants/conservation-project-grants

This grants program funds conservation projects to assist in the protection of our native species, habitats, landscapes and cultural heritage. Grants are available for both field projects and education programs that have a direct outcome for nature conservation in Australia.

FNPW may support approved projects through untied funds that belong to FNPW, or it may choose to run a targeted public appeal or seek third party sponsorship for the project.

FNPW Community Conservation Grants aim to fund urgent and high priority projects in the following Focus Areas:

  • Healing our Land - Protection, restoration, rehabilitation and revegetation of degraded habitats to ensure their ability to sustain native species.
  • Saving Species - Scientific research with tangible conservation outcomes and on-ground works to conserve Australia’s threatened species.
  • Indigenous Heritage - Conserving and celebrating Australia’s indigenous heritage as part of the gift we leave to future generations.
  • Growing Parks - Improving National Park facilities for the enjoyment of all, to foster and encourage the appreciation of nature.
Last Updated: 13th of January 2021
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Community Broadcasting Foundation - Content Grants Grant Closes: 2nd of March 2021 - 2:00 pm Value: Unspecified Run By: Community Broadcasting Foundation Further Information: https://cbf.org.au/grants/grants-available/content/

Content grants support the development, production and distribution of content via Australian community media.

This year they are particularly looking to:

  • increase community participation and diversity in community broadcasting and/or
  • support creativity and excellence in content production.

Content grants are distributed twice per year, with the greater portion allocated in Round 1.

Content grants include funds specifically dedicated to Specialist Radio Programming. This portion of our content grants funding is available to support ongoing ethnic, Indigenous and RPH programs.

Last Updated: 13th of January 2021
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Specialist Radio Programming Grants Grant Closes: 2nd of March 2021 - 2:00 pm Value: Unspecified Run By: Community Broadcasting Foundation Further Information: https://cbf.org.au/grants/grants-available/content/specialist-radio/

Stations producing content that meets the needs of particular communities may be eligible for dedicated Specialist Radio Programming Content grants. This funding is intended to encourage stations to incorporate:

  • RPH programs to serve people with a print disability
  • Ethnic programs to serve a defined local ethnic community
  • Indigenous programs.

These grants are distributed twice per year, with the greater portion allocated in Round 1.

Last Updated: 13th of January 2021
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