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Community Funding Opportunities and Award Programs - April 2018

Welcome to our new Community Funding Opportunities and Awards Program Newsletter where you will find details of selected grant submissions from around the region for Community Projects and Award Programs.

Due to the number of grants that are available, we will now send two funding opportunities newsletters a month; one for Business and Infrastructure and another for Community Projects and Award Programs, rather than the one combined newsletter.

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

Featured Grants

Heywire Grants
Closing date: 14th of May 2018
Value: Up to $10,000
Run By: Foundation of Rurual and Regional Renewal

Heywire engages rural youth in the national conversation and each year, the Heywire Competition winners attend the Heywire Regional Youth Summit to develop ideas and practical solutions to improve regional Australia for young people.

Community organisations are invited to apply for grants of up to $10,000 from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) to assist not-for-profit community-based organisations in rural, regional and remote Australia adopt and act on one of the seven innovative Heywire project ideas. The communities selected to pilot the programs will implement their projects in the next 12 months from September 2018.

The seven ideas from 2017 are:

  • C2C Connecting to Culture – how can we bring generations together to celebrate Indigenous culture?
  • Bridging AgriCulture – how can we connect new Australians with agriculture?
  • HOPE – how can we make schools a place where it's ok to talk about mental health?
  • Taking Control – how can we teach young people the difference between a healthy relationship and an unhealthy one?
  • Yeah the Boys – how can we support boys to stay away from drugs?
  • MediFriends – how can we bring medical professionals and their communities together?
  • Step Up – how can we inspire disengaged young people to take the first step on their journey to success?

Impact Investment Ready - Growth Grant
Next Round Opens: 1st of May 2018
Next Round Closes: 14th of May 2018
Value: Up to $100,000

The Impact Investment Ready Growth Grant – previously the Impact Investment Readiness Fund - provides capacity building grants of up to $100,000 to mission-driven for-profit and not-for-profit organisations, allowing them to secure investment capital to scale their social or environmental impact.

Many mission-driven organisations in Australia have the potential to scale and increase their impact, but need investment in the form of equity and/or debt to do so and raising capital can be challenging and often intimidating. Support from capacity building intermediaries can be invaluable at this stage - for instance to build the financial model, get the legal structuring of the organisation right, develop the Information Memorandum, and engage with potential investors.

However, paying for such support can be a challenge in itself. This is where the Growth Grant comes in. They provide grants to mission-driven organisations to pay for the capacity building support needed to raise capital and fast-track their growth and scale of impact.

Award Programs

Project Management Achievement Awards

2018 Applications Close: 26th of April 2018
Run By: Australian Institute of Project Management
The Project Management Achievement Awards exist to recognise, honour and promote outstanding achievements in program and project management.

Indigenous Governance Awards
Runs: Bi-Annually
2018 Applications Close: 30th of June 2018
Run By: Reconciliation Australia
The Indigenous Governance Awards are about sharing success from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations around Australia.The national awards highlight success in Indigenous Australia—strong leadership, good management, effective partnerships and brave, creative thinking.

Closing in April

Churchill Fellowships

Closing date: 27th of April 2018
Value: Unspecified
Run By: Churchill Trust

The Churchill Trust will be holding an information day in Armidale on Tuesday, March 6, starting at 5.30pm at the Armidale City Bowling Club. This prestigious award offers Australian citizens the opportunity to travel overseas to investigate a topic or an issue they are passionate about. It is for anyone who, after examining alternatives within Australia, would now like to see what other countries are doing successfully in a similar field to inspire new ideas and innovation.

nib Foundation Community Grants
2018 Opening date: 2nd of April 2018
2018 Closing date: 30th of April 2018
Value: $5,000 to $50,000
Run By: nib Foundation
A Community Grant round is held once each year and applications are invited from eligible organisations across Australia to undertake new or existing projects that run for approximately 12 months.

Enrich Grants
Closes: 30th of April 2018
Value: Up To $5,000
Run By: Aldi and Barnardos Australia
Enrich aims to boost the wellbeing of school children who struggle to lead healthy lifestyles. It financially supports a range of activities for individual students, or groups of students in the areas of: nutrition, sport participation, personal hygiene and material assistance such as uniforms and sporting equipment.

Closing in May

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation
Closes: Current round closes 1st of May 2018; Next round closes15th of October 2018
Value: Up to $500,000 - averages at $50,000
Run By: Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation
The Foundation provides funding for community projects in the Hunter, Central Coast, Central West, Mid North Coast, New England and Northern Rivers areas of NSW.

Heywire Grants
Closing date: 14th of May 2018
Value: Up to $10,000
Run By: Foundation of Rurual and Regional Renewal
Community organisations are invited to apply for grants of up to $10,000 to assist not-for-profit community-based organisations in rural, regional and remote Australia adopt and act on one of the seven innovative Heywire project ideas.

Impact Investment Ready Growth Grant
Next Round Opens: 1st of May 2018
Next Round Closes: 14th of May 2018
Value: Up to $100,000
Run By: Impact Investing Australia
The Impact Investment Ready Growth Grant – previously the Impact Investment Readiness Fund - provides capacity building grants of up to $100,000 to mission-driven for-profit and not-for-profit organisations, allowing them to secure investment capital to scale their social or environmental impact.

Indigenous Languages and Arts Program
Closing date: 14th of May 2018
Value: Up To $100,000
Run By: Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts
The Indigenous Languages and Arts program provides funding to organisations that support participation in and maintenance of Australia's Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultures through languages and arts.

AMP's Tomorrow Fund
Closing date: 17th of May 2018 at 4pm AEST
Value: $5,000 to $100,000
Run By: AMP
AMP Tomorrow Makers come from all walks of life and work in a range of fields – from art to technology, science to social innovation and sport, film, fashion, music and medicine.

Future Makers
Closing date: 18th of May 2018
Value: In kind training and undisclosed cash amount, with a total grant pool of $300,000
Run By: Optus
Future Makers is a capacity building and accelerator program that empowers innovators to use technology to address social issues for vulnerable people. They are looking for entrepreneurs with more than just ideas, but with a working prototype solution.

Social Investment Grants Program
Next Round Opens: 1st of May 2018
Closing date: 31st of May 2018
Value: Grants can be either $25,000 or $50,0000
Run By: Community Sector Banking
In 2018 the theme will again be Building resilience and capability in people experiencing homelessness or domestic abuse. Programs and projects that focus on prevention and intervention are also eligible

Closing in June

The Harcourts Foundation
Closing date: Current round closes 30th of June 2018
Next round opens:1st of July 2018
Value: Unspecified
Run By: The Harcourts Foundation
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.

Dreams for a Better World - Community Grants
Opens: All rounds open 15th of February 2018
Closes: Round One: 13th of April, Round two: 29th of June Round 3: 14th September
Value: $5,000 to $50,000 depending on rank in round and year final
Run By: SunSuper
Sunsuper’s Dreams for a Better World is all about giving back to their community and they have a $150,000 annual grant pool to help make it happen.

State Heritage Emergency Works
Closing date: 30th of June 2018
Value: Up to $10,000
Run By: NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
To avert immediate risk of further damage caused by unexpected events to the heritage values of a State Heritage Register-listed item or item with a current Interim Heritage Order.

Closing Later and Ongoing

ANZ Staff Foundation
Rounds Close: 15th of January 5:00PM (AEDT) and 15th of July 5:00PM (AEST) each year
Value: Up to $5,000
Run By: ANZ
The Foundation aims to support projects run by charitable organisations which offer a direct and tangible benefit to local communities.

Dreams for a Better World - Business Grants
Closes: 27th of July 2018
Value: $5,000 to $15,000 depending on rank in round and year final
Run By: SunSuper
Dream big and you could receive a grant to help your business address local issues like housing affordability, unemployment, sustainability, mental health issues or even help boost your local economy. As long as your dream has a direct positive impact on an Australian community they want to hear from you.

The Honda Foundation
Closes: Current round closes 10th of August 2018
Run By: The Honda Foundation
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.

Try, Test and Learn Fund

Closes: Ongoing applications until 28 September 2018 2pm ACT Local Time
Value: $500,000 to $5,000,000
Run By: Department of Social Services
Funding to deliver trials of new or innovative approaches to assist some of the most vulnerable in society into stable, sustainable employment.

Sisters of Charity Community Grants Program

Closes: 30th of September 2018
Value: Up to $10,000
Run By: Sisters of Charity Foundation
The Sisters of Charity Foundation provides charity grants of up to $10,000 to organisations that use clever ways to fight poverty, loneliness, suffering and oppression, but struggle to find funding.

Project Development Grants
Closes: 30th of September 2018
Value: $2,500 tp $7,500
Run By: Museums and Galleries of NSW
Project Development Grants allow community museums and keeping places to carry out strategic and innovative projects with mid to long term outcomes. The grants can also provide an opportunity to work productively with an appropriate museums and/or arts consultant as a skill development opportunity.

Cadbury Fundraiser Community Grants
Closing date: 16th of November 2018
Value: Up to $500
Run By: Cadbury
The intention of the grant program is to support a wide range of community-based projects that increase social inclusion and enhance community engagement in Australia.

Doing Good Grants
Closing date: Ongoing rounds
Value: Undisclosed
Run By: The Good Guys
The Good Guys Doing Good Grants program aims to support local sporting clubs and local schools deliver grass roots activities, programs and infrastructure that contribute to happy and healthy lives. Local clubs and schools are encouraged to apply.

Education Small Grants
Closing date: Ongoing
Value: Up to $10,000
Run By: The Sidney Myer Fund and the Myer Foundation
The Education Small Grants Program aims to provide a quick response to community needs, and supports projects that aim to improve educational outcomes for 0-25 year olds

English Family Foundation - Ingnitor Fund
Closes: Applications are ongoing
Value: Up to $100,000
Run By: Englisht Family Foundation
Under this grant program the foundation are seeking to support Australian social enterprise changemakers who are finding new and innovative solutions to tackle the most pressing issues within their local communities and who are now looking to build capacity to overcome the challenges of taking their concept to scale to be impact investment ready.

Small Grants for Rural Communities
Closes: Various
Value: Up to $5,000
Run By: Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
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.

Festivals Australia: Regional Festivals Project Fund

Closing: Various
Value: Dependant on the grant applied for
Run By: Australia Council for the Arts
Supports the inclusion of an arts project at festivals in regional and remote Australia. Grants are available to support the costs to produce and present an arts activity.

Australian Communities Foundation
Closes: Various dates
Value: Dependant on grant
Run by: Australian Communities Foundation
Supports a range of charitable organisations and projects each year. Grants are made domestically and internationally through Australian registered charitable organisations for specific projects, or for purposes that support the ongoing activities of those organisations.

Google Ad Grants
Closes: Applications are ongoing
Value: Up to $10,000 per month
Run By: Google
Empowers nonprofit organisations, through $10,000 per month in in-kind AdWords™ advertising, to promote their missions and initiatives on Google search result pages.

Quick Response Grants
Closing date: Applications are Ongoing
Value: Up to $1,500
Run By: Regional Arts NSW
Offers funding for regional artists, arts organisations and communities to respond to unique arts opportunities that present themselves at very short notice.

Poverty and Disadvantage Small Grants Program
Closing date: Ongoing
Value: Up to $10,000
Run By: Sidney Myer Fund and The Myer Foundation
Supports strategies to benefit Australian communities and aims to alleviate the negative effects of poverty and disadvantage; demonstrate new ideas about how to address poverty and disadvantage; strengthen communities’ abilities to deal with poverty and disadvantage.

National Cultural Heritage Account
Closes: Applications are ongoing on a case-by-case basis
Value: $500,000 is available each year
Run By: Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts
Helps Australian public cultural organisations buy significant objects that they could not otherwise afford. Australian cultural institutions can apply for funding. This includes museums, art galleries, libraries, archives, historic buildings, national trusts and local history museums and galleries, and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander keeping places for sacred/secret material.

ClubGRANTS
Closes: Various
Value: Dependant on grant applied for
Run By: Club Grants
Clubs across NSW provide support to tens of thousands of local community organisations, sporting groups, and charities that make a difference in their local area.

Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Up to $4,000
Run By: Department of Vetrans Affairs
Designed to preserve Australia’s wartime heritage and to involve people throughout the nation in a wide range of projects and activities that highlight the service and sacrifice of Australia’s servicemen and women in wars, conflicts and peace operations, and promote appreciation and understanding of the role that those who served have played in shaping the nation.

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