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Community Funding Opportunities and Award Programs - February 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

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.

No prescribed qualifications are required in order to apply for a Churchill Fellowship and the subject of the proposed project is limitless provided a benefit to Australia is evident and a willingness to share the knowledge gained is demonstrated.

The Churchill Fellowship is awarded to more than 100 Australians each year and last year 109 Churchill Fellowships were awarded with a combined value of over $2.9 million.

Community Resilience Program
Closes: 26th of March 2018
Value: Unespecified
Run By: NSW Office of Emergency Management

The Community Resilience Innovation Program (CRIP) is a scheme under the Natural Disaster Resilience Program, funded by the New South Wales and Commonwealth Governments through the National Partnership Agreement on Natural Disaster Resilience.

The CRIP supports a broad range of community-led projects designed to increase all-hazard disaster preparedness and build community capacity and resilience. CRIP projects are based on collaboration and partnership between local community organisations and emergency services agencies.

Projects supported through the CRIP are designed to respond to the specific needs and characteristics of the local community. Projects may involve the entire community or be tailored to the needs of particular groups, such as people identified as more vulnerable to disaster events.

A focus of CRIP is capturing lessons learned about new ways of working, what works and what could be done differently, so that successful projects can be replicated in other communities. For this reason project evaluation must be built into the project.

Projects should be completed within 12 months. Where there is a strong case, projects needing up to 2 years to complete can be considered.

Greater Charitable Foundation
Opens: 26th of February 2018
Closing date: 12th of March 2018
Value: $30,000 to $350,000
Run By: Greater Bank

Each calendar year the Foundation will provide approximately $1million to programs, based either in NSW or South-East Queensland, which are designed to improve the life outcomes of their beneficiaries.
The Foundation's two key priority areas for funding are Families and Communities.

Families Projects which may focus on the following:

  • Providing support to vulnerable, marginalised and disadvantaged families.
  • Early intervention services for children and young people;
  • Services and support for older Australians;
  • Improving the health and wellbeing of families;
  • Increasing access and pathways to services for regional and rural families;
  • Strengthening family cohesion.

Communities Projects which may focus on the following:

  • Facilitating social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, training and employment;
  • Enhancing community safety and wellbeing;
  • Responding to the mental health needs of all Australians;
  • Promoting child and youth social inclusion and engagement;
  • Encouraging leadership and diverse educational opportunities;
  • Strengthening community capacity through increasing connectedness;
  • Health promotion initiatives.

Award Programs

NSW Training Awards
2018 Applications Close: 16th of March 2018
Run By: NSW Department of Industry
The NSW Training Awards are conducted annually by Training Services NSW to recognise outstanding achievement in the vocational education and training sector. The Awards honour and reward the achievements of students, trainers/teachers, training organisations, large and medium employers.

Australian Cotton Industry Awards
2018 Applications Close: 5pm 30th of March 2018
Run By: Cotton Australia
These awards celebrate the cotton industry’s achievements and acknowledge the tremendous work, commitment and innovation of people throughout the cotton supply chain, from growers and ginners to product suppliers, consultants, agronomists, researchers and others.

Closing in March

Westpac Foundation Social Scale-up Grants
Closing date: 5th of March 2018
Value: $300,000 plus business mentoring and access to resources
Run By: Westpac
The Social Scale-up Grant helps scale-up not-for-profit social enterprises that operate a business for the primary purpose of creating jobs and employment pathways for individuals who often face significant barriers to entering the mainstream job market or are excluded from the workforce.

The Coca-Cola Australia Foundation - Employee Connected Grants
Opens: 8th of March 2018
Closes: Next round closes 5pm AEST 22nd of March 2018
Value: Up to $25,000
Run By: Coca-Cola Australia Foundation
The mission of the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation (CCAF) is to inspire moments of happiness and possibilities for young Australians. The CCAF offers grants to organisations with projects that align with this mission.

Greater Charitable Foundation
Closing date: 12th of March 2018
Value: $30,000 to $350,000
Run By: Greater Bank
Each calendar year the Foundation will provide approximately $1million to programs, based either in NSW or South-East Queensland, which are designed to improve the life outcomes of their beneficiaries.e Foundation's two key priority areas for funding are Families and Communities.

Dreams for a Better World
Opens: All rounds open 15th of February 2018
Closes: Round One: 24th of March, Round two: 2nd of June Round 3: 4th August Round 4: 6th October
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.

Regional Flagship Events Program - 2018 Incubator Event Fund
Closes: Round Two for 2018 closes 18th of March 2018
Value: Up to $20,000
Run By: Destination NSW
The new Incubator Event Fund offers seed funding to events in Regional NSW to support their first and second years of activity.

National Landcare Program - Environment Small Grants
Closes: Current round closes 19th of March at 5:00pm AEDT
Value: $5,000 to $50,000
Run By: Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
The program will provide a total of up to $5 million in grants in 2017-18 to community, environment, and other groups to undertake eligible natural resource management activities that improve the quality of the local environment.

Small Grants Program
Closes: 23rd March 2018
Value: Up to $10,000
Run By: Catholic Church Insurance (CCI) Giving
The Small Grants Program assists Catholic organisations and other groups carrying out Catholic mission anywhere in Australia. These grants will help them respond to current and emerging needs in their local communities.

Community Resilience Innovation Program
Closes: 26th of March 2018
Value: Unespecified
Run By: NSW Office of Emergency Management
The Community Resilience Innovation Program (CRIP) is a scheme under the Natural Disaster Resilience Program, funded by the New South Wales and Commonwealth Governments through the National Partnership Agreement on Natural Disaster Resilience.

YGAP's First Gens Program
Current Round Closes: 30th of March 2018
Value: In-Kind support and up to $25,000 captial
Run By: YGAP
YGAP is an international not-for-profit that backs impact entrepreneurs. 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.

Jetstar Flying Start Programme
Current Round Closing Date: 31st of March 2018
Value: $30,000 consisting of $15,000 cash grant and $15,000 of Jetstar flights
Run By: Jetstar
Jetstar's Flying Start Program invites community groups and organisations across Australia to apply for a grant to fund a project that will enrich the lives of people in their local community.

Sisters of Charity Community Grants Program
Closes: 31st of March 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.

The Harcourts Foundation
Closing date: Current round closes 31st of March 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 April

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation
Closes: Next round closes 23rd of April 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.

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.

Closing Later and Ongoing

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.

Try, Test and Learn Fund
Closes: Ongoing applications until September 2018
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.

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.

Partnership Grants
Opens: 5th of February 2018
Run By: Multicultural NSW
Partnership projects can last for up to three years and are expected to make a real impact, with positive demonstrable outcomes for NSW in the long term.

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.

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.

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.

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