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Community Funding Opportunities and Award Programs - October 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

Building Better Regions Fund - Community Investment Stream
Round Three Closes: 15th of November 2018 5pm AEDT
Value: Between $5,000 and $10 million, with most grants expected to be under $100,000
Run By: Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

The Community Investments Stream will fund new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, or leadership and capability strengthening activities that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas.

Eligible activities must directly relate to the project and may include:

  • local events and activities
  • strategic planning
  • regional leadership and capability strengthening activities

Other Details:

  • Funding available is between $5,000 and $10 million, with most grants expected to be under $100,000.
  • Co-funding will depend on the project size and location. Grants may be for up to 100% of the cost for projects under $20,000, while funding for projects over $20,000 will be up to 50-75% of eligible project costs depending on location. An exemption for the cash contribution may be granted in exceptional circumstances.
  • A cash contribution is strongly encouraged for all projects, as projects without a cash contribution may not score as highly against the merit criteria.
  • Projects must be completed within 12 months.

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.

Incubator Event Fund
2019 Round 1 Closes: 4th of November 2018 5pm
2019 Round 2 Opens: March 2019
Value: Up to $20,000
Run By: Destination NSW

Grants in the 2019 Incubator Event Fund will be allocated in two rounds:
Round 1 – for events taking place in January – June 2019
Round 2 – for events taking place in July – December 2019

The Incubator Event Fund offers seed funding to events in Regional NSW to support their first and second years of activity. The fund supports innovative events that demonstrate sound organisational planning, have a unique alignment with the character and culture of the local region and which can demonstrate a broad appeal likely to promote tourism and attract overnight visitation.

Award Programs

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.

Rural Women's Award
Runs: Annually
2018 Applications Close: 31 October 2018 at 11pm AEDT
Run By: AgriFutures
The AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award is Australia’s leading award acknowledging and supporting the essential role women play in rural industries, businesses and communities. The Award provides a platform to inspire and support Australian women to use and develop their skills to benefit their industries and communities.

Telstra Business Women's Awards
Runs: Annually
2019 Applications Close: 8th of November 2018
Run By: Telstra
Now in its twenty-third year, the Telstra Business Women’s Awards program is Australia’s longest running and  one of the most esteemed women’s awards programs. Recognising and rewarding the courage, leadership and creativity of Australia’s and Asia’s most inspirational business women, the Awards empower women to take pride in their achievements and encourage them to set bold new goals for the future.

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.

Prime Minister’s Veterans Employment Awards

Runs: Annually
2019 Applications Close: 29th of November 2018 2pm
Run By: Australian Government
The awards celebrate businesses of all types and sizes that employ and support veterans and spouses of current serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members.  They also want to celebrate and recognise the significant achievements being made by veterans in the workplace and veterans who’ve built on their ADF experience to start up or take on a successful business.

Australasian Reporting Awards
Runs: Annually
2018 Awards Open: 1st of October 2018

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.

Closing in October

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation
Next round closes: 29th 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.

Combating Illegal Dumping: Clean-up and Prevention Program
Closes: 30th of October 2018
Value: Up to $120,000 depending on the funding stream
Run By: NSW Environment Protection Authority

The Combating Illegal Dumping: Clean-up and Prevention Program grants support local councils, public land managers and community groups to identify local illegal dumping sites and implement prevention and clean-up action on publicly managed land.

Deafness Foundation Grants
Current Round Closes: 31st of October 2018
Value: Undisclosed
Run By: Deafness Foundation
Funding will be considered for projectsfrom organisations which benefit people who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Move It Aus - Better Ageing
Closes: 31 October 2018 :00pm AEST
Value: Up to $2 Million
Run By: Australian Institute of Sport
The Better Ageing Grant Program aims to increase levels of physical activity of Australians aged 65+, particularly those least active, to improve their overall health and wellbeing.

Closing in November

Aboriginal Communities Waste Management Program
Closes: 2nd of November2018 5pm
Value: Undisclosed
Run By: NSW Environment Protection Authority
The Aboriginal Communities Waste Management Program aims to reduce litter and waste, and increase amenity of discrete Aboriginal communities (former missions/reserves) across NSW

Incubator Event Fund
Closes: 4th of November 2018 5pm
Value: Up to $20,000
Run By: Destination NSW
The Incubator Event Fund offers seed funding to innovative events in Regional NSW to support their first and second years of activity.

Fostering Integration Grants
Closes: 9th of November 2018 - 2:00pm AEDT
Value: $10,000 to $50,000
Run By: Australian Government Department of Home Affairs
The Department of Home Affairs is offering grants for activities that nurture our socially cohesive society by supporting the integration of migrants.

Fostering Integration Grants
Closes: 9th of November 2018 - 2:00pm AEDT
Value: $10,000 to $50,000
Run By: Australian Government Department of Home Affairs
The Department of Home Affairs is offering grants for activities that nurture our socially cohesive society by supporting the integration of migrants.

ANZAC Community Grants
Closes: 11th of November 2018
Value: Up to $2,000
Run By: Department of Vetrans Affairs
The Anzac Community Grants Program (ACGP) provides small grants for a range of projects that commemorate and educate New South Wales communities about the service and sacrifices of current and former military servicemen and women.

Community War Memorials Fund
Closes: Round 1: 11th of November 2018; Round 2: 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.

NSW Women's Week
Closing date: 12th of November 2018 5pm
Value: Up to $5,000
Run By: NSW Family and Community Services
The NSW Government is encouraging charities, not-for-profits, companies limited by guarantee and local government organisations within NSW to apply for grant funding to hold events and activities that celebrate women during the State’s inaugural NSW Women’s Week.

Building Better Regions Fund - Community Investment Stream
Round Three Closes: 15th of November 2018 5pm AEDT
Value: Between $5,000 and $10 million, with most grants expected to be under $100,000
Run By: Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities
The Community Investments Stream will fund new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, or leadership and capability strengthening activities that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas.

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.

National Science Week Grants
Closes: 20th of November 2018 5pm AEDT
Value:  $2,000 to $20,000
Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Provides individuals and organisations with grants to support the delivery of science engagement activities during National Science Week to be held from 10 - 18 August 2019.

Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant
Closing date: 23rd of November 2018 3pm AEST
Value: Up to $1,000
Run By: Woolworths and Junior Landcare
Primary schools or early learning centres (preschool, childcare centre, kindergarten) can seek grants to inspire kids with hand-on projects with a focus on sustainable food production, improving waste management practices and enhancing native habitats.

Australian National Commission for UNESCO Grants Scheme
Closes: 23 November 2018 at 5pm (AEST)
Value: Up to $20,000
Run By: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
The Australian National Commission for UNESCO provides support to projects which will further National Commission and UNESCO priorities and objectives.

Closing in December

Small Environmental Grant Scheme
Next Round Closes: 3rd of December 2018
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.

Environmental Restoration and Rehabilitation Grants
Closes: 3rd of December 2018 3pm
Value: Up to $100,000
Run By: NSW Government Office of Environment and Heritage
Funded by the NSW Environmental Trust, the program encourages and enables community and government organisations to protect, conserve and restore our valuable natural environment.

The Harcourts Foundation
Current Round Closes: 31st of December 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

IOOF Foundation Community Grants
Next Round Opens: 15th of November 2018
Next Round Closes: 15th of January 2019
Value: Funding on average for $30,000 per year for up to two years
Run By: IOOF Foundation
The IOOF Foundation provides grants that support Australian not-for-profit organisations working with disadvantaged families, disadvantaged children and youth and aged care.

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

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.

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

Community War Memorials Fund
Closes: Round 1: 11th of November 2018; Round 2: 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
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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