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Community Funding Opportunities and Award Programs - August 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 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

Community Sport Infrastructure
Closes: 14th of September 2018
Value: Up to $500,000
Run By: Ausport

Supporting small to medium scale projects up to $500,000 to improve local community sport infrastructure which will support greater community participation in sport and physical activity and/or offer safer and more inclusive community sporting hubs.

Community sport infrastructure generates more than $16.2 billion worth of social, health and economic benefits each year, according to a landmark report.

Sport Australia, the Australian Government’s lead agency for sport and physical activity, has released The Value of Community Sport Infrastructure, a report produced in conjunction with KPMG and La Trobe University.

Successful grants will support projects such as:

  • Upgrades to playing surfaces, including multi-sport upgrades and resurfacing that supports increased use;
  • Building, expanding and/or upgrading change rooms, particularly for girls and women and officials’ areas;
  • External entry/exit accessible amenities;
  • Improved sports lighting and safety lighting, including installation of solar panels;
  • Improvements to ground and court capacity that support increased use;
  • Improvements to spectator amenities; and
  • Internal/external amenity uplift.

Celebrating Our Cultural Diversity Grants
Funding Rounds Close: 28th of September 2018, 14th of December 2018 and 25th of February 2019
Value: Up to $40,000 depending on grant type
Run By: NSW Government - Multicultural NSW

The Multicultural NSW Celebrating Diversity Grants Program invests in community projects, events and activities that foster community harmony and celebrate cultural diversity as a precious part of our identity and way of life.

There are two categories of grants under the Celebrating Diversity Grants Program:

1. Celebrating Diversity: Events
Two rounds are run each year: 27 August – 28 September 2018  and 21 January – 25 February 2019

Each year the NSW calendar is filled with events that celebrate our cultural diversity.  Festivals and events bring communities together, showcase the benefits of cultural diversity and promote social cohesion and community harmony.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available for Celebrating Diversity: Events. Applicants are eligible to receive grant funding to cover up to 20% of the total event budget up to the amount of $10,000 annually.

2. Celebrating Diversity: Projects
5 November – 14 December 2018

Community harmony happens when communities from diverse cultural, linguistic and religious backgrounds work together on projects that make a difference.

Grants of up to $40,000 are available for 12-month projects than can make a lasting positive impact on social cohesion at the grassroots level. Celebrating Diversity Project Grants support collaborative relationships with Government and partnerships between community, non-government, educational organisations and the private sector.

Award Programs

NSW Farmer of the Year
Runs: Annually
2018 Applications Close: 26th of September 2018
Run By: NSW Department of Primary Industries
The Award is designed to showcase the NSW primary industries sector by recognising excellence in farming, acknowledging farmers who combine Work Health and Safety and environmental sustainable practices with profitable production and encouraging innovation, research and leadership in farming.

Clunies Ross Awards
Runs: Annually
2019 Applications Close: 26th of October 2018 2pm
Run By: ATSE
The Clunies Ross Awards have a proud 27-year tradition of recognising contributions by dedicated individuals who have shared their vision and knowledge with others to apply technology for the benefit of Australia.

NSW Women of the Year Awards
Runs: Annually
2019 Applications Close: 11th of November 2018
Run By: NSW Government Family and Community Services
The NSW Women of the Year Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution made by women across NSW to industry, communities and society. The Awards profile women who have demonstrated excellence in their career and elsewhere, women who make significant contributions in their community and young women whose achievements make them leaders in changing the social and business landscape.

Closing in September

Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) Grants
Closing date: 13 September 2018 5:00 pm AEST
Next Round: Expected in early 2019
Value: Matched funding from $100,000 up to $3 Million
Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
CRC-P grants support short term industry-led collaborations to develop important new technologies, products and services that deliver tangible outcomes.

Dreams for a Better World - Community Grants
Round 3 Closes: 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.

Community Sport Infrastructure
Closes: 14th of September 2018
Value: Up to $500,000
Run By: Ausport
Supporting small to medium scale projects up to $500,000 to improve local community sport infrastructure which will support greater community participation in sport and physical activity and/or offer safer and more inclusive community sporting hubs.

Volunteer Grants
Closes: 18th of September 2018 2pm AEST
Value: $1,000 to $5,0000
Run By: The Department of Social Services
Volunteer Grants aim to support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers. The grants provide small amounts of money that organisations and community groups can use to help their volunteers.

Fish Habitat Action Grants
Closes: 21st of September 2018 5pm
Value: Up to $40,000
Run By: NSW Government Department of Primary Industries
Angling clubs, individuals, community groups, local councils and organisations interested in rehabilitating fish habitats in freshwater and saltwater areas throughout NSW can apply for small grants of $2,000 or large grants of up to $40,000.

St. George Foundation Community Grants
Closes: 28th of September 2018
Value: Up to $50,000
Run By: St George Foundation
These grants invest in projects that will improve the lives of children in Australia who are physically, socially or economically disadvantaged; Partner with small community organisations who attract little funding from government and who aren’t big enough to generate significant fundraising income on their own.

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.

Celebrating Our Cultural Diversity Grants
Funding Rounds Close: 28th of September 2018, 14th of December 2018 and 25th of February 2019
Value: Up to $40,000 depending on grant type
Run By: NSW Government - Multicultural NSW
The Multicultural NSW Celebrating Diversity Grants Program invests in community projects, events and activities that foster community harmony and celebrate cultural diversity as a precious part of our identity and way of life.

Be Connected - Building Digital Skills
Closing date: 28th of September
Value: $2,500 to $15,000
Run By: Good Things Foundation on behalf of the Australian Government
The Be Connected Network is a national network of community organisations who will support older Australians to thrive in a digital world. Good Things Foundation is inviting all partners who have registered 24 people onto the Be Connected website (12 people if you’re in an outer regional, remote or very remote area), with or without having received an activation grant.

The Mazda Foundation
Closes: 30th of September 2018
Value: Undisclosed
Run By: Mazda Foundation
Projects by community based organisations to support children with physical and/or mental disabilities and elderly people suggering mental disabilities or their carers, particularly projects seeking to address social isolation experienced by such children and their carers.

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.

The Harcourts Foundation
Closing date: Current round closes 30th of September 2018
Next round opens:1st of October 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.

Closing in September

First Gens Program
Closes: 7th of October 2018
Value: In-kind support and up to $25,000 depending on selection
Run By: ygap
ygap’s First Gens program supports migrant and refugee led social impact ventures that are improving the lives of people living in disadvantage in Australia.

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation
Next round closes: 15th 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.

Local Sporting Champions (LSC) Program
Closes: 31st of October 2018
Value: $500-$750
Run By: Ausport
The Local Sporting Champions program provides financial assistance for coaches, officials and competitors aged 12-18 participating in state, national or international championships.

HP Kids Fund
Closes: 22nd of October 2018 (Four Rounds per year)
Value: 50 $10,000 grants
Run By: HP
Accepting applications from school teachers and principals, these grants can be used towards the purchase of HP technology to encourage STEM learning and development in the classroom.

Closing Later and Ongoing

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.

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.

State Heritage Emergency Works
Closing date: Ongoing
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.

Matana Foundation Grants
Closes: Ongoing
Value: No specified minimum or maximum, most grants are between $1,000 and $10,000
Run By: Matana Foundation
Matana’s focus is on improving the welfare and wellbeing of young people from severely disadvantaged or marginalised backgrounds, or whose concerns and issues are not readily funded from other sources.

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.

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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