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Community Funding Opportunities and Award Programs - February 2019


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Welcome to our Community Funding Opportunities and Award Programs Newsletter

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

ILC Economic Participation of People with Disability
Closes: 13 March 2019 - 2:00pm AEDT
Value: No specified limit - $19.9 Million pool
Run By: National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)

The objective of this ILC Grant round is to improve the economic participation of people with disability across Australia.

Applications must:

  • Build the capacity of people with disability to be active in the economy, particularly through employment, and/or
  • Support employers to enhance their knowledge and capabilities to employ people with disability.

Eligible Grant activities could include:

  • Capacity Building for Employers - build the capacity of workplaces to attract, employ and retain people with disability.
  • Pathways to Employment – projects that build employable skills of people with disability in workplace settings.
  • Fostering Entrepreneurship – projects that build capability for people with disability to develop and maintain successful self-employment.
  • Other – other innovative projects to increase employment of people with disability.

Strengthening Rural Communities - Small & Vital
Current Round Closes: 26 March 2019
Next Rounds Close: 25 June and 24 September 2019
Value: Up to $10,000
Run By: Foundation for Rurual and Regional Renewal

The Strengthening Rural Communities program gives small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia the opportunity to access funds that can benefit and help secure their future prosperity. Grants are available for a broad range of initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities.

Applications from not-for-profit organisations in communities of fewer than 15,000 people are prioritised, particularly those communities whose size, remoteness and relative access to services, funding, and resources present particular ongoing challenges. The Strengthening Rural Communities program accepts applications any time. FRRR considers applications and makes grant distributions on a quarterly basis.

Regional Employment Trials Program
Closing date: 30th of June 2020
Value: $7,500 to $200,000
Run By: Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business

The Northern Inland is one of only ten regions across Australia to be selected for the Regional Employment Trials Program. The Regional Employment Trials program provides local stakeholders in selected regions, including businesses, not-for-profits and local government agencies, with grants to trial local approaches to delivering employment related projects.

The objectives of the program are to deliver:

  • strong connections between regional stakeholders, including employment services providers
  • employment initiatives that meet local needs
  • improved awareness of local labour markets
  • the potential for improved regional employment outcomes

Grants are for between $7,500 and $200,000, for up to 75% of eligible project costs. Projects must be completed by 30 June 2020.

Applicants should contact the Employment Facilitator for the Northern Inland, and they will help determine if the project is aligned to local employment priorities, and connect applicants with an employment services provider if needed.

Before applying, applicants must submit information about their project to RDANI using the RDA project proposal template. RDANI will committee will provide you with written feedback using the RDA project proposal template which must be attach to the full grant application.

Award Programs

The Australian Business Awards
Runs: Annually
2019 Applications Close: 7th of March 2019
Run By: Awardbase
The Australian Business Awards are an annual all-encompassing awards program which recognises organisations that demonstrate the core values of business innovation, employee engagement, customer satisfaction, experience management, business sustainability, product and technology innovation via a set of comprehensive award categories.

Prime Minister's Prizes for Science
Runs: Annually
2019 Applications Close: 12 March 2019 5pm AEDT
Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
The prizes recognise the achievements and success of Australian scientists and innovators to both Australia and internationally, as well as the critical role science educators play in inspiring and encouraging students to take an interest in science and consider science as a career.

NSW Training Awards
Runs: Annually
2019 Applications Close: 15th of March 2019
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.

National NAIDOC Awards
2019 Applications Close: 29th March 2019 5pm AEDT
Run By: NSW Department of Industry
These prestigious Awards are an opportunity to recognise individuals who are the cornerstone of our communities, who have contributed their talents, skills, ideas and lives to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

2019 Australian Cotton Industry Awards
Runs: Annually
2019 Applications Close: 31st of March 2019 5pm
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.

Project Management Achievement Awards
Runs: Annually
2019 Applications Close: 3rd of April 2019
Run By: Australian Institute of Project Management
These awards recognise, honour and promote outstanding achievements in program and project management. The PMAA is awarded first at the chapter level, where winners are selected in each Australian state and territory. Awards are then announced at a national level at the gala dinner as part of the AIPM Conference.

ICM Agrifood Award for Excellence in Agrifood
Runs: Annually
2019 Applications Close: 12th of April 2019 12pm AEST
Run By: ATSE
This award is an early career award for two scientists or technologists who have achieved substantial peer/industry recognition for his/her work in the past five years. The winners will have achieved substantial recognition for their work in a field critical to continued improvement of the overall Australian food sector in the past five years.

Australian Museum Eureka Prizes
Runs: Annually
2019 Awards Close: 3rd of May 2019
Run By: The Australian Museum
The Eureka Prizes are presented annually by the Australian Museum in partnership with government organisations, institutions, companies and individuals who are committed to celebrating the vitality, originality and excellence of Australian Science.

Australian Training Awards
Runs: Annually
2019 Applications Close for Direct Entry: 31st of May 2019
Run By: Australian Government Departement of Education and Training
Commencing in 1994, the Australian Training Awards are the peak, national awards for the vocational education and training (VET) sector, recognising individuals, businesses and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia.

Closing in February

James N Kirby Foundation Small Grants
Closes: 28th of Febrary 2019
Value: $3,000 to $15,000
Run By: James N Kirby Foundation
Since its inception, the foundation has donated nearly $21 million across a broad charitable spectrum, and is committed to distributing approximately $1m in grants each year.

Local Sporting Champions (LSC) Program
Closes: 28th of February 2019
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.

Veteran and Community Grants
Closes: Ongoing Rounds until 28th of February 2019
Value: Up to $4,000
Run By: Department of Vetrans Affairs
The objective of the Program is to maintain and improve the independence and quality of life for members of the veteran community by providing funding for projects that support activities and services to sustain or enhance health and wellbeing.

National Court Rebate Funding
Closes: 28th of February 2019
Next Round Closes: 10th of May 2019
Value: Unspecified
Run By: Tennis Australia
Assists affiliated venues, local councils and schools to create positive environments for the long term success of tennis in Australia.

Closing in March

Increasing Resilience to Climate Change
Closes: 1st of March 2019
Value: $30,000 to $120,000 for individual projects and $50,000 to $300,000 for regional projects
Run By: Local Government NSW and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
This funding program will assist councils to increase their resilience and adapt to climate change in NSW by directing financial assistance to address identified climate risks and vulnerabilities.

Be Connected - Building Digital Skills
Round Closes: 1st of March 2019
Next Round Opens: 19th of March 2019
Value: $2,500 to $15,000 depending on number of people supported
Run By: Good Things Foundation on behalf of the Australian Government
Additional funding is available for Be Connected Network Partners who are supporting 24 or more older Australians to gain digital skills on the Be Connected Learning Portal (12 people if you’re in an outer regional, remote or very remote area) to continue delivering their Be Connected digital literacy programs.

Celebrating Our Cultural Diversity Grants - Events
Closes: 4th of March 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.

Social Justice Small Grants
Closes: 4th of March 2019
Value:  $1,000 to $10,000
Run By: Mercy Foundation
Provides seed funding to assist communities and organisations to build capacity that will help create structural change and bring about greater social justice in Australia.

Broadcasting Content Grants
Closes: 12th of March 2019
Value: Undisclosed
Run By: Community Broadcasting Foundation
Content grants aim to support the development, production and distribution of content via Australian community media.

Broadcasting Development and Operations Grants
Closes: 12th of March 2019
Value: Undisclosed
Run By: Community Broadcasting Foundation
Development & Operations grants aim to support community media station resilience through core support and support for development projects and necessary infrastructure.

ILC Economic Participation of People with Disability
Closes: 13 March 2019 - 2:00pm AEDT
Value: No specified limit - $19.9 Million pool
Run By: National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)
Grants to build the capacity of people with disability to be active in the economy, particularly through employment, and/or support employers to enhance their knowledge and capabilities to employ people with disability.

Highways and Byways 2019 Small Grants Program
Closes: 14th of March 2019 5pm
Value: Up to $3,000
Run By: Highways and Byways
Highways and Byways welcomes applications that assist people and communities to address disadvantage and inequality particularly in rural, regional and remote areas of Australia.

Festivals Australia Grants
Closes: March 22, 2019 5pm AEDT
Value: $5,000 to $100,000
Run By: Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts
Festivals Australia funds high-quality arts projects that invite community participation and audience engagement. Projects can include but are not limited to a parade, performance, workshop, installation or exhibition.

Crown Reserves Improvement Fund
Closes: 22nd of March 2019 5pm
Value: Unspecified
Run By: NSW Government Department of Industry
The CRIFP provides financial support for the development, maintenance and improvement of Crown reserves. Grant and loan funding can be applied for each year when the applications are open.

Strengthening Rural Communities - Small & Vital
Current Round Closes: 26 March 2019
Next Rounds Close: 25 June and 24 September 2019
Value: Up to $10,000
Run By: Foundation for Rurual and Regional Renewal
The Strengthening Rural Communities program gives small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia the opportunity to access funds that can benefit and help secure their future prosperity. Grants are available for a broad range of initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities.

Greater Charitable Foundation
Closes: 29th March 2019 at Midday
Value: $30,000 to $350,000 depending on project length
Run By: Greater Charitable Foundation
The Foundation's two key priority areas for funding are Families and Communities, and projects which may focus on Health and Wellbeing Initiatives or Education, Employment and Training Initiatives.

The Mazda Foundation
Closes: 31st of March 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: 31st of March 2019
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
Current Round Closes: 31st of March 2019
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

Small Environmental Grant Scheme
Next Rounds Close: 1st of April, 1st of July, 30th of September, 9th of December 2019
Value: Up to $10,000
Run By: Wettenhall Environment Trust
Providing support for people undertaking projects that will make a positive difference to the natural living environment, in land, sea or air, rural or urban.

Dreams for a Better World
Rounds close: 5th of April, 21st of June, 13th of September 2019
Value: Up to $50,000
Run By: Sunsuper
Helping not-for-profits or community groups to create brighter futures for Australians or a more active community or support others to live better.

Dreamstarter - Crowdfunding
Closes: 5th of April 2019
Value: Unspecified
Run By: ING
ING are looking for social businesses that not only create positive social impact, but are also original, shareable and have an existing network to tap into and leverage.

Community Wellbeing
2019 Round Opens: 25th of March 2019
Closes: 17th of April 2019
Value: To be advised
Run By: The Ian Potter Foundation
The Foundation supports worthwhile projects for the alleviation of need in the community as indicated by conditions such as homelessness.

Community War Memorials Fund
Round 2 Closes: 25th of April 2019
Value: Up to $10,000
Run By: Department of Vetrans Affairs
The fund helps conserve, repair and protect war memorials across NSW and inlcudes conservation assessments, honour roll repair, war memorial cleaning and conservation work, arborist advice for war memorial trees, security measures for memorials, repairs to war memorial halls and improvements to the accessibility of memorials.

Firstgens Accelerator Program
Next Round Opens: 4th of March 2019
Next Round Closes: 28th of April 2019
Value: Support
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.

Tackling Tough Times Together
Rounds Close: 30th of April and 30th of August 2019
Value: Up to $150,000 depending on the stream applied for
Run By: Foundation fur Rural and Regional Renewal
The Tackling Tough Times Together grant program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought.

New Indigenous Protected Areas Program
Closes: 30 April 2019 - 2:00pm AEDT
Value: No specified limit - $19.9 Million pool
Run By: Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy
The program will protect and conserve biodiversity by funding the development and dedication of new Indigenous Protected Areas.

Closing Later and Ongoing

Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program
Closes: 6th of May 2019
Value: Up to $1,900
Run By: NSW Government Office of Sport
Assists sporting clubs across NSW in the purchase and maintenance of life saving Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).

ANZ Staff Foundation
2019 Round Opens: March 2019
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.

Be Connected - Activation Grants
Closes: Monthly rounds until August 2019
Value: $2,000
Run By: Good Things Foundation on behalf of the Australian Government
One-off grants awarded to new organisations joining the Be Connected Network. Funding can be spent on anything that will help you support older Australians to gain digital skills.

Women's Leadership Development Program
Closes: 28 June 2019 8:00 pm
Value: Unspecified
Run By: Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
The objectives of the Program are to improve outcomes for Australian women in five key focus areas: Women's Economic Security, Women's Workforce Participation, Women's Leadership, Women's Safety and Intenational Engagement

Maker Projects Stream B
Closes: When funding for 18-19 is expended
Value: $5,000 to $20,000 matched
Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.
Maker Projects aims to foster creativity and inquiry based learning in Australian schools and communities through the establishment of STEM-related events and education activities delivered in partnership with industry for youth under 18 years of age.

Aboriginal Land Clean Up and Prevention Program
Closing date: 30th of September 2019 or until the $1 Million pool is expended
Value: $10,000 to $75,000
Run By: NSW Environmental Protection Agency
This funding aims to assist Local Land Councils to deal with illegally dumped waste which impacts on Aboriginal people’s ability to care for Country.

The Honda Foundation
Closes: 8th of August 2019
Value: Undisclosed
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

CAGES Foundation Grants
Closes: Ongoing until June 2019 - 2 week response time
Value: Undisclosed
Run By: CAGES Foundation
The program provides funding with the intention of empowering community and creating an environment where every child has the opportunity to reach their potential.

Regional Tourism Product Development Program
Closes: 30 June 2019
Value: $15,000 to $150,000
Run By: Destination NSW
Regional Tourism Product Development funding is available for new accommodation projects, infrastructure projects, visitor signposting and new attractions and experiences.

Regional Cooperative Tourism Marketing Program
Closes: 30 June 2019
Value:  $100,000 to $500,000
Run By: Destination NSW
Regional Cooperative Tourism Marketing Program is available to undertake a Cooperative Tourism Marketing Program which will be led by Destination NSW.

Flagship Event Fund
Next Round Opens: August 2019
Value: Up to $90,000 depoending on length of grant
Run By: Destination NSW
The Flagship Event Fund identifies and assists the development of events that contribute to the unique character and culture of the tourism regions of NSW and can demonstrate that they attract overnight visitation.

Active Kids Vourchers
Closes: December 2019
Value: $100 per child
Run By: NSW Government Office of Sport
Active Kids is a program to help NSW families meet the cost of getting their kids into sport and active fitness and recreation activities.

Creative Kids Vourchers
Closes: December 2019
Value: $100 per child
Run By: Service NSW
The Creative Kids Rebate can be put towards the cost of registration, participation or tuition fees for creative and cultural activities such as music lessons, language classes, coding and digital, visual and performing arts.

Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme
Current Round Closes: When available funding for 18-19 is exhausted
Value: Varies depending on stream applied for
Run By: Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
The programme contributes to the broader goals of science engagement in Australia. These are to inspire, motivate and cultivate a scientifically engaged community, optimistic about its future,

Dreamstarter - Scholarships
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Unspecified
Run By: ING
ING are looking to provide education scholarships for change makers working on an early-stage business that will create positive social impact through trade of a product or service.

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

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.

Youth Employment Program
Closes: Unspecified
Value: Support
Run By: NSW Government Department of Industry
Young people can become work ready or kickstart a fulfilling career by connecting to training, mentoring, work experience placements, and other support to build their skills and experience.

Community Broadcasting Foundation - Quick Response Grants
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Undisclosed
Run By: Community Broadcasting Foundation
These grants will help community broadcasters access funding for eligible projects when their regular grant rounds are closed.

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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