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Business and Infrastructure Funding Opportunities - September 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.

Due to the number of grants that are available, we send two funding opportunities newsletters a month; one for Business and Infrastructure and another for Community Projects and Award Programs. These newsletters are a free service that we provide, and can you can add the Community Funding Opportunities and Awards Programs newsletter to your subscriptions by filling your details into the subscription form in the footer of our website : www.rdani.org.au

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

Bin Trim Rebates Program
Closes: Ongoing
Value: $1,000 to $50,000
Run By: Environment Protection Authority

This program provides small to medium sized businesses with free waste assessments and rebates to help cover the costs of installing small-scale, on-site recycling equipment.

Rebates of between $1000 and $50,000 covering up to 50% of the capital cost of recycling equipment are available.

Eligible equipment includes (but not limited to):

  • Cardboard and plastic balers
  • Expanded polystyrene compactors
  • Shredders
  • Source separation bins

 

Circular Solar Grants - Phase 2
Closes: 4th of November 2021
Value: $100,000 to $3.5 Million
Run By: Environment Protection Authority

To prepare for the emerging waste stream created by solar panels, the Circular solar grant program supports collaborative ‘whole-of-supply chain’ projects that trial managing end-of-life solar panels and/or battery systems within a circular economy framework.

A total of $7 million is available in Phase 2 of the Circular Solar grants program for eligible projects. Funding is available as a single stream. Project proposals can only be submitted under one of the three categories with the following funding request caps:

  • New infrastructure and expansions - up to $3.5 million
  • Research and development for reuse, second hand or refurbished items, and market development for recovered materials - $100,000 to $1 million
  • Collection and recovery logistics - $500,000 to $1 million

Closing in September

Rural, Regional and Other Special Needs Building Fund Multi-Purpose Services Program - Minor Capital
Closes: 30th of September 2021 - 2:00 pm
Value: $50,000 to $600,000
Run By: Australian Government Department of Health
Provides funding to existing multi-purpose services to upgrade and improve residential care facilities.

Country Passenger Transport Infrastructure Grants Scheme
Closes: 30th of September 2021
Value: Up to $11,500
Run By: Transport for NSW
Supports the construction or upgrade of bus stop infrastructure in country NSW.

Closing in October

National Landcare Program: Smart Farms Small Grants: Soil Extension Activities
Closes: 12th of October 2021 - 9:00 pm
Value: $100,000 to $250,000 over 2 years
Run By: Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Supports farmers to conduct activities that promote improved soil management, including via soil sampling and soil testing.

Industrial Transformation Research Hubs - 2022 Funding
Closes: 15th of October 2021 - 5:00 pm
Value: Up to $1 Million per year up to 5 years
Run By: Australian Research Council
Supports the creation of industry and academic partnerships to create innovative and transformative solutions for industry.

Industrial Transformation Training Centres - 2022 Funding
Closes: 15th of October 2021 - 5:00 pm
Value: Up to $1 Million per year for up to 5 years
Run By: Australian Research Council
Fosters close partnerships between university-based researchers and industry, through creating and delivering innovative Higher Degree by Research (HDR) and postdoctoral training.

Closing in November

Circular Solar Grants - Phase 2
Closes: 4th of November 2021
Value: $100,000 to $3.5 Million
Run By: Environment Protection Authority
Supports projects that trial managing end-of-life solar panels and/or battery systems within a circular economy framework.

Infrastructure Grants 2021-22
Next Round Opens: 1st of November 2021
Next Round Closes: 22nd of November 2021
Value: $10,000 to $300,000
Run By: NSW Government
Funding for arts and cultural infrastructure, sport and recreation infrastructure and projects that assist communities with essential infrastructure and disaster readiness.

Export Market Development Grants (To June 2021)
Closes: 30th of November 2021
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.

Export Market Development Grants (Post July 2021)
Closes: 30th of November 2021 - 5:00 pm
Value: $40,000 to $450,000
Run By: Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)

Closing Later and Ongoing

Domestic Airports Security Costs Support
Closes: 31st of December 2021 - 5:00 pm (extended)
Value: Varies by applicant
Run By: Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
Assists eligible domestic airports to maintain regulated security screening obligations that must be met regardless of the reduced volume of aviation activity.

Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program
Closes: 31st of December 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.

Wine Export Grant
Closes: 2nd of May 2022
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.

Defence Global Competitiveness Grants
Ongoing Until Closes: 30th of June 2022
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.

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.

Small Business Fees and Charges Rebate
Closes: 30th of June 2022
Value: Up to $1,500
Run By: NSW Government
A small business fees and charges rebate for sole traders, small business and not-for-profit organisations in NSW.

On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme
Closes: 30th of June 2022 or until expended
Value: Up to $25,000
Run By: Rural Assistance Authority
Rebates to buy and instal on-farm water infrastructure to water livestock and permanent plantings.

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.

1,000 Jobs Package Grant Funding
Closes: 30th of June 2023 , or when exhausted
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.

Regional and Remote Airports Security Awareness Program
Closes: 30th of May 2024 - 5:00 pm
Value: $1,000 to $5,000
Run By: Australian Government Department of Home Affairs
Re-imbursement based funding to support regional and remote airports to meet requirements of the Screener Accreditation Scheme.

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.

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’ Programme- 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.

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.

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.

Landing Pads for Start Ups
Closes: Ongoing
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 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.

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.

Entrepreneurs’ Programme - Growth Grants
Closes: Ongoing
Value: $2,500 to $20,000
Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Funding to help improve specific business areas that have been been recommended in a roadmap or plan by a facilitator through a Growth Service in the Entrepreneurs' Programme.

Entrepreneurs’ Programme - Growth Roadmap
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Expert Advice
Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
provides an analysis of your business carried out on-site by an independent and skilled growth facilitator to develop a Growth Roadmap.

Major Project Status
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Government Support
Run By: Major Projects Facilitation Agency
Formally recognises the significance of a project to the Australian economy and provides extra support and coordinated approvals.

Accelerating Commercialisation
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Up to $1 Million
Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Provides expert guidance and support to help you commercialise novel products, processes and services and find a commercialisation solution.

Business Energy Advice Program
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Expert Advice
Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
A free personalised energy consultation and access to a Small Business Energy Check tool.

Entrepreneurs’ Programme - High Growth Accelerator
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Expert Advice
Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Provides access to skilled and experienced facilitators for up to two years to help your business develop the skills, knowledge, strategies and connections to accelerate growth.

Bin Trim Rebates Program
Closes: Ongoing
Value: $1,000 to $50,000
Run By: Environment Protection Authority
Provides small to medium sized businesses with free waste assessments and rebates to help cover the costs of installing recycling equipment.

Employment Assistance Fund
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Unspecified
Run By: Job Access
Assists people with disabilities and mental health conditions to buy work related modifications and services.

Workplace Legal Advice Program
Closes: Ongoing
Run By: Fair Work Ombudsman
Provides eligible employers and employees with free independent legal help to deal with workplace issues arising from the coronavirus outbreak. 

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