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Community Funding Opportunities and Award Programs - January 2019

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

NAIDOC Week Funding
Closes: 25th of February 2019 at 5pm (AEDT)
Value: Unspecified maximum - last year averaged between $200 and $5,000
Run By: Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

The 2019 NAIDOC local grant round provides grant funding to Indigenous and nonIndigenous organisations to contribute to the costs of local and regional NAIDOC activities across Australia. The program is important in contributing to the Australian Government’s commitment to support, and raise awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture within the wider community.

The Culture and Capability Program objectives are:

  • Contribute to the strengthening of Indigenous cultural expression and revitalisation, including recognition of Australia’s shared history and valuable Indigenous heritage.
  • Support activities that increase the participation of Indigenous Australians in Australian society through improved individual, community and organisational capability and leadership.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to align their project with the annual NAIDOC theme. The National NAIDOC Theme for 2019 is ‘Voice Treaty Truth, Let’s Work Together for A Shared Future’. For more information about this theme visit www.naidoc.org.au.

The Honda Foundation
Closes:  8th of February 2019
Run By: The Honda Foundation

The Honda Foundation is funded by contributions from Honda Australia, private donors and more than 100 dealerships across the country. More than $10 million has so far been donated to hundreds of very worthy causes, including empowering disadvantaged Australians, providing relief for victims of natural disasters and supporting the development of new technologies and research to fight disease.

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. These include:

  • Supporting the disadvantaged, disabled or those suffering from illness
  • Relief for victims of natural disasters
  • Promotion of innovation and new technologies
  • The promotion, development and preservation of Australian culture

The Honda Foundation also provides a 12-month Loan Vehicle Program which includes registration, insurance and all servicing costs, and is capped at 20 loan vehicles at any one time.

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

Australasian Reporting Awards
Runs: Annually
2018 Awards Close: 7th of December 2018. Entries for reports for the Financial Year ending 31 December 2018 will close on 31 January 2019
Value: Awards Program with advice
Run By: The Australasian Reporting Awards
The Australasian Reporting Awards provide all organisations that produce an annual report an opportunity to benchmark their annual reports against the ARA criteria which are based on world best practice.

Australian Small Business Champion Awards
2019 Entries Close: 6th of February 2019
Runs: Annually
Run By: Precedent Productions
Offering a unique opportunity to highlight Australia's most outstanding small businesses, the awards seek to recognise the hard work that business owners contribute to the local community in generating employment for millions of Australians, as well as their contribution to the Australian economy.

Australian Museum Eureka Prizes
Runs: Annually
2019 Awards Open: 1st of February 2019
2018 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 January

Community Conservation Grants
Closes: 31st of January 2019
Value: Unspecified
Run By: Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife
Assists in the protection of native species, habitats, landscapes and cultural heritage and grants are available for both field projects and education programs that have a direct outcome for nature conservation in Australia.

Closing in February

Tackling Tough Times Together
Rounds Close: 5th of February, 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.

Family Support Funding Program
Closes: 7th of February 2019
Value: $2,000 to $75,000
Run By: Australian Government Department of Defence
Community organisations can apply for a grant to deliver support and services of value to Defence families and the community they live in.

The Honda Foundation
Closes:  8th of February 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.

Entrepreneurial Learning in Action Program
Closes: 8 February 2019 5pm AEDT
Value: $7,040 (schools will need to contribute $4,250)
Run By: AgriFutures Australia
AgriFutures Australia and startup.business are once again joining forces to deliver an education program that teaches high school students in rural and regional Australia how to solve problems facing agriculture, using innovation and an entrepreneurial mindset.

RAS Foundation Community Futures Grant
Closes: 10th of February 2019
Value: Up to $25,000
Run By: Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation
The RASF invites ideas that deliver strong community benefits and result in enhanced economic and social outcomes for your community.

Responsible Gambling Grants Programs
Closes: 26th of February 2019
Value: Up to $500,000 depending on type
Run By: NSW Government Office of Responsible Gambling
Up to $2.5 million from the Responsible Gambling Fund is available for innovative projects that prevent and reduce gambling harm in communities across NSW under two streams: Prevention, Innovation & Technology Grants and Research Grants.

Aboriginal Fishing Trust Fund
Closes: 27th of February 2019 5pm
Value: Up to $1 Million depending on stream applied for and available funds ($538,089 available in 2018/19)
Run By: NSW Government Department of Primary Industries
Provides grants and loans for the enhancement, maintenance and protection of Aboriginal cultural fishing as well as for Aboriginal communities to develop businesses associated with fisheries resources throughout NSW.

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 Opens: 1st of February 2019
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
Current Round 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.

Greater Charitable Foundation
2019 Round Opens: 25th of February 2019 9am
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 and 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 Later and Ongoing

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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,

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.

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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