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Community Funding Opportunities and Award Programs - July 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

ANZ Seeds of Renewal
Closing date: 17th of August 2018 5pm
Value: Up to $15,000
Run By: Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

The program focuses specifically on helping build vibrant and sustainable rural communities, to ensure the ongoing prosperity of regional Australia. It is built on two key tenets:

  • Vibrant communities are diverse and inclusive with strong social capital, where everyone can participate and build a better life.
  • Sustainable communities innovate, expand and create opportunities that will deliver demonstrable medium-to-long-term economic benefit to the community, contributing to economic sustainability.

Through the Seeds of Renewal program, ANZ commits $250,000 which is distributed through grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations for projects that will help their community thrive. This year Lenovo is again supporting the program, with donations of ten Lenovo Yoga 730 devices to eligible community projects. This means community groups can apply for a funding grant or for IT equipment.

Examples of projects that could receive a grant include:

  • Providing training opportunities to enable community members to build skills, increasing their capacity for employment or creating business opportunities.
  • Supporting programs that help develop micro-business or social enterprises that involve strong community engagement and help to create employment opportunities.

NSW Community Safety Grants
Closing date: 10th of August 2018 5pm
Value: Up to $250,000
Run By: NSW Department of Justice

The NSW Department of Justice is administering this significant grants program for local communities across NSW. This is the fourth year of the grant program which provides $10 million to local communities over four years to improve community safety across NSW.

Applications for up to $250,000 are invited for innovative projects designed to prevent crime and fear of crime and help people feel safe and proud of their community.

Non-government organisations, community groups, NSW Councils, chambers of commerce and businesses across NSW can apply for funding for capital works/infrastructure and service delivery projects which will:

  • address local crime hot spots
  • address anti-social behaviour in communities
  • promote safer and inclusive use of public space; and
  • promote collaborative approaches to community safety, crime reduction, prevention and detection initiatives.

The Department encourages applications for projects which aim to improve community safety in regional areas of NSW.

Innovation Fund for Regional and Small Publishers
Closing date: 10th of August 2018 2pm AEST
Value: Up to $1 Million, depending on the tier applied for
Run By: Australian Communications and Media Authority

The Australian Government has established the Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund to provide grants to eligible regional publishers, small publishers and content providers for initiatives that support the continuation, development, growth and innovation of Australian civic and public interest journalism.

Delivered through a competitive selection process, up to $16 million in grants is available per year over the next three financial years. The grants will help eligible publishers and content providers to compete in the evolving media environment.

Award Programs

Australian of the Year Awards
Runs: Annually
2019 Applications Close: 31st of July 2018
Run By: National Australia Day Council
Each year our nation celebrates the achievements and contributions of eminent Australians through the Australian of the Year Awards by profiling leading citizens who are role models for us all.

Hesta Community Service Awards
Runs: Annually
2018 Applications Close: 3rd of August 2018
Run By: Hesta
The HESTA Community Sector Awards recognise outstanding service provision, advocacy and leadership in improving the lives of people who rely on access to the services of this sector.

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 July

Google Impact Challenge Australia 2018
Closes: 6th of July 2018
Value: Four Winners receive $1M and six runners-up will receive $250K each in grant funding and all receive support from Google.
Run By: Google
The Google.org Impact Challenge searches for and supports the next generation of Australians whose innovative ideas for change are making an impact locally and globally.

Enhancing Country Health Outcomes
Closes: 9th of July 5pm AEST 2018
Value: $50,000 to $150,000
Run By: Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
The program provides targeted funds for charitable initiatives delivered by not-for-profit organisations that strengthen, improve accessibility and retain quality and contextually appropriate primary health care services in local communities.

ANZ Staff Foundation
Rounds Close: 15th of July 5:00PM (AEST) and 15th of January 5:00PM (AEDT) 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.

Youth Opportunities
Closes: 5pm 16th of July 2018
Value: $10,000 to $50,000
Run By: NSW Government Family and Community Services
The Youth Opportunities program provides grants to not-for-profit organisations and local councils for youth-led and youth-driven community projects that have a positive youth development focus.

Grassroots Grants
Closing date: 18th of July 2018 12-noon AEST
Value: $5,000 to $50,000
Run By: Aussie Farmers Foundation
Grassroots grants are offered to eligible organisations running projects directly benefitting rural and regional communities in Australia.

Canon Oceania Grants
Closing date: 20th of July 2018
Value: Up to $5,000 including case and products
Run By: Canon
This program supports schools, not-for-profit and community groups who are addressing both social and environmental issues in their community and inspiring change for future generations.

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.

Closing in August

Innovation Fund for Regional and Small Publishers
Closing date: 10th of August 2018 2pm AEST
Value: Up to $1 Million, depending on the tier applied for
Run By: Australian Communications and Media Authority
Provides grants to eligible regional publishers, small publishers and content providers for initiatives that support the continuation, development, growth and innovation of Australian civic and public interest journalism.

NSW Community Safety Grants
Closing date: 10th of August 2018 5pm
Value: Up to $250,000
Run By: NSW Department of Justice
This grant program provides $10 million to local communities over four years for innovative projects designed to prevent crime and fear of crime and help people feel safe and proud of their community.

NSW Seniors Festivals Grants
Closing date: 10th of August 2018
Value: Up to $10,000
Run By: NSW Government
This Grants Program provides $200,000 in seed funding to organisations and councils to run local festival events and activities that provide opportunities for people over 60 to remain active, healthy, engaged and contributing to their local communities.

The Honda Foundation
Closing Date: 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.

Supporting Younger Veterans
Closing date: 14th of August 2018 2pm AEST
Value: Undisclosed
Run By: Department of Vetrans Affairs
The Supporting Younger Veterans program aims to foster the ability of organisations to support the needs of younger veterans as they transition out of the Australian Defence Force, establish themselves into civilian life, and manage the challenges that their ADF service presents through different stages of their civilian life.

Caring for Ageing Rural Australians
Closing date: 14th of August 2018 2pm AEST
Value: $100 to $10,000
Run By: Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
Caring for Ageing Rural Australians (CARA) is a targeted grant program, designed to support projects and activities that benefit and support older people living in small rural and remote communities.

ANZ Seeds of Renewal
Closing date: 17th of August 5pm
Value: Up to $15,000
Run By: Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
The program focuses specifically on helping build vibrant and sustainable rural communities, to ensure the ongoing prosperity of regional Australia

In a Good Place
Opens: 9th of July 2018
Closes: 20th of August 2018
Value: Up to $20,000
Run By: Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
In a Good Place supports rural, regional and remote communities in their efforts to strengthen the mental health of at-risk and vulnerable members of their communities via projects, services or activities that are preventative or responsive in nature and which are designed to engage those less likely, unable due to distance and isolation, or ineligible to participate in mainstream mental health services.

Community Broadcasting Development and Operation Grants
Closing date: 27th of August 2018 2pm AEST
Value: Undisclosed
Run By: Community Broadcasting Foundation
Development & Operations grants aim to assist the ongoing development of community broadcasting throughout Australia. This grant category aims to maintain, expand and/or strengthen the operations and broadcast capabilities of community broadcasting stations through support for core operations, support for development projects and support for necessary infrastructure.

Community Broadcasting Content Grants
Closing date: 27th of August 2018 2pm AEST
Value: Undisclosed up to a total pool of $558,000
Run By: Community Broadcasting Foundation
Content grants aim to support the development, production and distribution of content via Australian community radio and/or television broadcasters and associated platforms. We fund content that has never been broadcast before, including new episodes of existing programs.

Closing in September

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.

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.

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 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.

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 Later and Ongoing

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation

Closes: 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.

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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