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Business and Infrastructure Funding Opportunities - March 2021


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Welcome to our Business and Infrastructure Funding Opportunities Newsletter where you will find details of grant and funding programs that are available for the Northern Inland Region for businesses and infrastructure projects.

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We wish you all the best with the Funding Opportunities below and if you are looking for a grant between newsletters, have a look at the grants area of our website which is updated weekly: www.rdani.org.au/our-region/grants-and-funding-opportunities.php

If you need some facts and figures for your applications, a range of data for our region is also available on our website here: www.rdani.org.au/our-region/regional-data.php

Please note the below information is intended as a guide only. Closing dates and other details should be verified using the links provided as they are subject to change by the providers without notice.

Featured Grants

Hotel Energy Uplift Program
Closes: 1st of April 2021
Value: $10,000 to $25,000
Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

This program provides grants to support small and medium hotels (hotels) to reduce their energy use, improve energy productivity and deliver carbon abatement.

The objectives of the program are to assist hotels to:

  • upgrade equipment to reduce energy consumption
  • upgrade the building fabric to save energy, such as improving windows, drapes or insulation
  • undertake energy management activities and assessments, such as energy audits and engineering feasibility studies for energy efficiency upgrades
  • invest in energy monitoring and management systems.

Boosting Female Founders Initiative
Closes: 22nd of April 2021 - 5:00 pm
Value: $25,000 to $400,000 as well as mentoring and advice
Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

This program provides targeted support on a co-contribution basis to female founders of startup businesses to scale their businesses into domestic and global markets. The program will also provide expert mentoring and advice to meritorious applicants.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • stimulate private sector investments into innovative startups led by women
  • help women entrepreneurs overcome the disadvantages faced in getting access to finance and support to grow their startups
  • enable female founders to scale-up, expand into domestic and global markets, and become self-sufficient
  • boost the economy through increasing the diversity of startup founders.

Closing in March

Rural, Regional and Other Special Needs Building Fund - Capital Funding
Closes: 18th of March 2021 - 12:00 pm
Run By: Australian Government Department of Health
Funds new buildings, and the upgrade of existing buildings for residential care and special needs which, without the assistance of capital grants provided under the Fund, would otherwise not be available.

Coles Nurture Fund
Closes: 19th of March 2021 - 5:00 pm
Value: Up to $500,000
Run By: Coles
Helps small and medium sized Australian producers innovate, grow and bring their big ideas to life

Tourism Grants for Indigenous Business
Closes: 23rd of March 2021
Value: $1,000 to $100,000
Run By: National Indigenous Australians Agency
Aims to increase the number of Indigenous-owned tourism products available in the market.

Regional Decentralisation Agenda – Securing Raw Materials Program
Closes: 24th of March 2021 - 5:00 pm
Value: $250,000 to $5 Million
Run By: Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
Provides funding to businesses that relocate to regional areas and partner with a regional university or research organisation with the aim to undertake research into and development of innovative and locally sourced raw material supplies.

Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P)
Closes: 25th of March 2021 - 5:00 am
Value: $100,000 to $3 Million
Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Supports short-term (up to 3 years), industry-led collaborations between industry, researchers and the community.

Business Events Grants
Closes: 30th of March 2021 - 5:00 pm
Value: $10,000 to $250,000
Run By: Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)
Funds Australian businesses to participate as buyers or sellers at pre-approved business events including exhibitions, conferences and conventions.

Australian 5G Innovation Initiative – Round 1
Closes: 31st of March 2021 - 5:00 pm
Value: $100,000 to $2 Million
Run By: Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
Supports businesses to demonstrate the value of 5G to businesses in Australia.

Closing in April

Hotel Energy Uplift Program
Closes: 1st of April 2021
Value: $10,000 to $25,000
Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Supports small and medium hotels to reduce their energy use, improve energy productivity and deliver carbon abatement.

MMI – Manufacturing Integration Stream – Resources Technology and Critical Minerals Processing
Closes: 1st of April 2021 - 5:00 pm
Value: $1 Million to $20 Million
Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Funding to help manufacturing businesses in the resources sector achieve competitiveness and build scale.

MMI – Manufacturing Translation Stream – Resources Technology and Critical Minerals Processing Priority
Closes: 1st of April 2021 - 5:00 pm
Value: $1 Million to $20 Million
Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Supports business projects in the resources sector that aid the translation of high quality research and ideas into commercial outcomes and support businesses to scale-up and become more competitive and resilient.

Global Innovation Linkages Program
Closes: 7th of April 2021 - 5:00 am
Value: $500,000 to $1 Million
Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Provides funding to help Australian businesses and researchers collaborate with global partners.

Boosting Female Founders Initiative
Closes: 22nd of April 2021 - 5:00 pm
Value: $25,000 to $400,000 as well as mentoring and advice
Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Supports female founders of startup businesses to scale their businesses into domestic and global markets.

1,000 Jobs Package Grant Funding
Closes: 30th of April 2021 or until 1000 allocations
Value: Up to $56,000 (GST exclusive) over two years
Run By: National Indigenous Australians Agency
Tranche Two provides a subsidy for new jobs for Community Development Program participants in remote Australia to support economic development.

Business Improvement Fund for Residential Aged Care
Closes: 30th of April 2021
Value: Unspecified
Run By: Australian Government Department of Health
Supports providers of residential aged care experiencing financial difficulty, prioritising providers in regional, rural, and remote areas, and small to medium sized providers, with limited access to financial support, that are facing significant financial pressure.

NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund
Closes: 30th of April 2021
Value: Up to $30,000
Run By: Destination NSW
Helps stakeholders create, attract and support exciting business events for regional NSW and to support new business event initiatives.

Closing in May

Wine Export Grant
Closes: 1st of May 2021
Value: Up to $25,000
Run By: Wine Australia
Grants for specific wine export promotion activities aimed at supporting small and medium wine businesses to secure new distribution channels in export markets.

Regional Job Creation Fund
Closes: 14th of May 2021 - 5:00 pm , or when exhausted
Value: Up to $10 Million
Run By: NSW Department of Regional NSW
Supports existing businesses in regional NSW to grow and encourages interstate or overseas businesses to invest in regional NSW.

Closing Later and Ongoing

Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Grant
Closes: 29th of June 2021
Value: Up to $40,000
Run By: NSW Government
Subsidises the salary, development and support costs of Aboriginal employees in public service agencies and local government authorities.

NSW Public Spaces Legacy Program
Closes: 30th of June 2021
Value: Up to $2 Million
Run By: NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
The program incentivises local councils to accelerate their assessments of development applications (DAs) and rezonings to create new development capacity and meet demand for housing and employment over the next decade.

Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program
Closes: 31st of July 2021
Value: $14,596 to $40.7699 Million
Run By: Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
Provides funding to Local Councils for local road and community infrastructure projects that they need, and in turn support businesses and create employment opportunities across their communities.

Drought Relief Heavy Vehicle Access Program
Closes: 31st of December 2021 Unknown
Value: Up to $300,000 per Local Government Area
Run By: NSW Roads and Maritime Services
This program has been established to contribute to the cost of maintenance and minor improvements on council roads and roadsides, where those improvements will contribute to heavy vehicle access, in support of the drought relief freight task.

Jobs Plus Program
Closes: 30th of June 2022
Value: Payroll Tax releif for up to four years and support
Run By: NSW Government
Supports companies who want to relocate their head offices to NSW, or expand their jobs footprint in NSW that will create 30 new net jobs.

Moon to Mars Supply Chain Capability Improvement
Closes: 30th of April 2023
Value: $250,000 to $1 Million
Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Supports Australian businesses with domestic or international supply chain opportunities by providing grant funds for building their capacity, skills and capabilities.

Advancing Renewables Program
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Unspecified
Run By: Australian Government: Australian Renewable Energy Agency
Supports a broad range of development, demonstration and pre-commercial deployment projects that can deliver affordable and reliable renewable energy for Australian families and businesses.

AgBiz Drought Loans
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Up to $500,000
Run By: Australian Government Regional Investment Corporation
A concessional loan if your small business is currently or has been supplying goods or services relating to primary production to farm businesses in an affected area.

Australian Government's Youth Jobs PaTH
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Up to $11,000
Run By: Australian Government Job Active
Helps employers find and recruit the right young person for their business by facilitating trials and providing a wage subsidy of up to $10,000 if you hire them.

Black Spot Program
Closes: Ongoing
Run By: Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
By funding measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at dangerous locations, the programme reduces the risk of road crashes.

CSIRO Kick-Start
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Up to $50,000 matched funding
Run By: CSIRO
Funding support and access to CSIRO’s research expertise and capabilities to help grow and develop their business.

Defence Global Competitiveness Grants
Closes: Ongoing
Value: $15,000 to $150,000
Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Helps Australian SMEs to invest in projects that build export capability to build a stronger, more sustainable and globally competitive Australian defence industry.

Dreamstarter - Grants for Growth
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Unspecified
Run By: ING
Provides ING Dreamstarter Alumni with access to funding to accelerate the growth of their businesses and increase their positive social impact. 

Drought Loans
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Up to $2 Million
Run By: Australian Government Regional Investment Corporation
Concessional loan to help farm businesses in the agriculture, horticulture, pastoral, apiculture, or aquaculture industryto prepare for, manage through, and recover from drought.

English Family Foundation - Ingnitor Fund
Closes: Applications are ongoing
Value: Up to $100,000
Run By: English Family Foundation
Supports Australian social enterprise change makers who are finding new and innovative solutions to tackle the most pressing issues within their local communities.

Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme
Closes: Ongoing
Run By: Australian Government
Aims to improve the capabilities of small to medium enterprises to become more competitive and grow.

Export Market Development Grants
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Up to $150,000
Run By: Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)
An Australian Government financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters in a wide range of industries.

Farm Investment Loans
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Up to $2 Million
Run By: Australian Government Regional Investment Corporation
You can apply for this loan if you solely or mainly sell products into supply chains that are interstate or outside Australia, or plan to in the future.

Get Connected Listing for Tourism Businesses
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Website Listing
Run By: Destination NSW
Provides tourism operators with the opportunity to showcase your tourism products on Destination NSW’s consumer websites for free.

Impact Investment Ready Growth Grant
Closes: Ongoing rounds through the year
Value: Up to $140,000
Run By: Impact Investing Australia
Provides impact businesses and mission-driven organisations with grants for business, financial, legal and other capacity building support from providers to secure investment.

Incubator Support - Expert-In-Residence
Closes: Applications are ongoing
Value: $5,000 to $100,000
Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Provides business incubators with grants to access top quality research, managerial and technical talent through incoming and outgoing secondments of national or international experts. 

Incubator Support - New & Existing Incubators
Closes: Applications are ongoing
Value: $26,000 to $500,000
Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Provides new and existing business incubators with grants of up to $500,000 to assist Australian start-ups develop the capabilities required to succeed in international markets.

Indigenous Business Australia
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Financial support and advice
Run By: Indigenous Business Australia
Assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to access the skills, knowledge and resources required to start and grow viable and sustainable businesses.

Innovation Connections
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Up to $50,000
Run By: AusIndustry
Provides small and medium sized businesses with access to expert technology advice to address technology and knowledge gaps, and collaborate with the research sector in developing new ideas with commercial potential.

Jobs for NSW
Closes: Ongoing
Run By: NSW Department of Industry
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. 

Landing Pads for Start Ups
Closes: Unspecified
Value: Support
Run By: Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)
Assists market-ready scaleups take their business globalby providing an operational base and customised support for their overseas expansion goals.

New Air Combat Capability - Industry Support Program (NACC-ISP)
Closes: Ongoing until funding expended - Expected to close soon
Value: Matched up to $1 Million
Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Provides matched funding to help enter export markets, secure domestic contracts and upskill staff so they can win work with the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program.

New Enterprise Incentive Scheme
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Income Assistance and Advice
Run By: Australian Government Department of Employment
NEIS is a program delivered by a network of 21 providers who provide individualised help for job seekers to become self-employed business owners.

Newsagents Assistance Fund
Closes: Unspecified
Value: Up to $10,000
Run By: NSW Fair Trading
The Newsagents Assistance Fund assists eligible agents to update their NSW Lotteries retail image and fit-out to align with the NSW Lotteries brand.

Regional Investment Attraction - Investment Concierge
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Support
Run By: NSW Government
Grants and interest-free loans targeted at offsetting government levies and duties, such as payroll tax, to eligible businesses that want to invest and grow in regional NSW, which will lead to new jobs.

Regional Skills Relocation Grant
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Up to $10,000 per worker
Run By: NSW Government Department of Regional NSW
Support for the costs of relocating skilled staff from metropolitan centres around Australia to Regional NSW.

Restart
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Up to $10,000
Run By: Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment
Restart is a financial incentive of up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) to encourage businesses to hire and retain mature age employees who are 50 years of age and over.

Safe and Secure Water Program
Closes: Ongoing until expended
Value: No minimum or maximum, $1 Billion total pool
Run By: NSW Government
Co-funds eligible water and sewerage projects that deliver economic growth in regional NSW through improvements to public health, water security, environmental outcomes and/or social benefits.

SMART Projects and Supply Chains
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Tailored advice
Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Provides access to a skilled advisor who will work with you to develop an improvement plan for an identified supply chain opportunity and support you as you implement the plan.

Tradex Scheme
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Varies based on the the goods imported
Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Provides an upfront exemption from Customs duty and GST for eligible goods imported to Australia that are then exported within one year or other approved period.

Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grant
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Up to $100,000
Run By: Wine Australia
Support for producers who add value by encouraging visitors to wine regions by providing access an annual grant reflective of their eligible physical cellar door sales.

Bushfire Cleanup Program
Closes: Unknown
Value: Physical Works
Run By: Service NSW

Covers the full cost of cleaning up eligible NSW properties that have been destroyed by bushfires since 1 July 2019.

Business Connect
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Advice and Support
Run By: NSW Government
A dedicated and personalised NSW Government program that provides trusted advice to help you start or grow your small business.

Disaster Relief Loans - Primary producers
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Up to $130,000
Run By: Rural Assistance Authority
Low interest loans for primary producers who have been directly affected by a declared natural disaster including floods, fires or storm damage,

Small business rebate
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Up to $500
Run By: SafeWork NSW
Provides up to $500 to small business owners and sole traders in NSW who buy and install equipment to make their workplace safer.

Ladies in Livestock Program
Closes: Ongoing
Run By: Northern Tablelands Local Land Services
Delivers hands-on, practical skills to women as independent land stewards with a keen interest in agriculture, to work and make decisions on properties.

Disaster Relief Loans - Small business
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Up to $130,000
Run By: Rural Assistance Authority
Low interest loans for small businesses who have been directly affected by a declared natural disaster including floods, fires or storm damage,

Natural Disaster Transport Subsidy
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Up to $15,000
Run By: Rural Assistance Authority
A transport subsidy is available to eligible farmers who are affected by a declared natural disaster event.

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