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Community Funding Opportunities and Award Programs - April 2022


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Welcome to our Community Funding Opportunities and Awards Program Newsletter where you will find details of grant and funding programs that are available for the Northern Inland Region for community based projects and social enterprises.

Due to the number of grants that are available, we send two funding opportunities newsletters a month; one for Business and Infrastructure and another for Community Projects and Award Programs. These newsletters are a free service that we provide, and can you can add the Business and Infrastructure Grants newsletter to your subscriptions by filling your details into the subscription form in the footer of our website: www.rdani.org.au

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

Please note the below information is intended as a guide only. Closing dates and other details should be verified using the links provided as they are subject to change by the providers without notice.

Featured Grants

COVID-19 Community Connection and Wellbeing Program
Closes: 2nd of May 2022
Value: $1,000 to $300,000
Run By: Resilience NSW

This recovery package aims to support local community wellbeing events and promote the building of resilience and capability within communities to sustain long-term wellbeing.

The program objectives and priority strategies of Pathway 1 (large scale projects) are to:

  • provide opportunities for communities affected by COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns to improve and promote individual and collective wellbeing at a local or regional level
  • strengthen local networks and social connections that support the longer-term wellbeing and resilience of communities
  • fund initiatives and events that enhance     community resilience, and capacity to foster and maintain wellbeing and social connectedness of individuals and communities.

The program encourages applications for different approaches to enhancing social connectedness in local communities as well as building the capacity of individuals, families and communities to maintain their wellbeing in the future. Funded programs can focus on a range of activities to reflect the diversity of needs in their local community.

There are three pathways under this program based on project size:

  • Pathway 1 - Large Projects - $75,001 to $300,000
  • Pathway 2 - Small to Medium Projects - $10,001 to $75,000
  • Pathway 3 - Small Projects - $1,000 to $10,000

 

Maker Projects – Community STEM Engagement Grants 2022
Closes: 9th of May 2022 - 5:00 pm
Value: $20,000 to $100,000
Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

These grants aim to foster creativity and inquiry-based learning and support the development of STEM skills in students and youth under 18 years of age in design, engineering and programming, through hands-on learning.

The objectives of the grant opportunity are to:

  • deliver maker projects where students and youth under 18 years of age can develop and apply their STEM knowledge through experimentation, tinkering and hands-on learning by engaging with a range of technologies.
  • encourage practical skills, creativity and entrepreneurial thinking through the delivery of hands on  STEM-related events and activities.
  • inspire students to pursue STEM disciplines in their study and work.
  • ensure that maker projects are accessible to as many young people as possible, including those in regional, rural and disadvantaged areas.
  • make a positive and ongoing impact on youth under 18 years of age, particularly those from historically under-represented groups, including girls, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, and youth living in regional, rural and remote locations, people with disability and people from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds.

Award Programs

NSW Premier's Awards - 2022
Opens: 2nd of May 2022
Closes: 17th of May 2022
Run By: NSW Government Department of Premier and Cabinet
Celebrates excellence in the delivery of public services to the NSW community.

NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards - 2022
Closes: 20th of May 2022
Run By: The Centre for Volunteering
Celebrate the efforts of our state’s volunteers across multiple award categories.

Australian Training Awards - 2022
Closes: 31st of May 2022
Run By: National Careers Institute
Recognise and celebrate excellence in vocational education and training.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scientist Award
Closes: 1st of June 2022
Value: Up to $20,000
Run By: Australian Academy of Science
Recognises research in the physical and biological sciences by outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PhD students and early- and mid-career scientists.

Resilient Australia Awards - 2022
Closes: 6th of June 2022
Run By: Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience
Celebrates and promotes initiatives that build whole of community resilience to disasters and emergencies around Australia, as well as images capturing resilience in action.

Closing in April

Small Grants for Community Museums
Closes: 24th of April 2022 (extended)
Value: Up to $2,000
Run By: Museums and Galleries NSW
Support to meet the short-term, collection-based requirements of community museums.

Start Strong Capital Works - Minor Capital Fund - 2022
Closes: 25th of April 2022
Value: Up to $100,000
Run By: NSW Government Department of Education
Supports smaller-scale extensions or renovations and the recalculation of unencumbered space where it will result in an increase in community preschool places.

Pathways to Politics Program for Women
Closes: 26th of April 2022
Run By: Pathways to Politics Program for Women
Aims to change the face of politics by equipping women with the skills, knowledge, confidence, and networks they need to run for elected office and thrive as political leaders.

Holiday Break Program - Film Festivals and Workshops
Closes: 27th of April 2022 - 5:00 pm
Value: Up to $20,000
Run By: Screen NSW
Funds regional film festivals and film making workshops for young people (aged 12-24) during school holidays.

Native Title Officer Scheme
Closes: 28th of April 2022 - 9:00 pm
Run By: Attorney-General's Department
Contribution towards the salary of native title officers, who work with individuals and organisations who are respondents to native title litigation.

Country Shows Support Package
Closes: 29th of April 2022 - 5:00 pm or before the show takes place
Value: Up to $45,000
Run By: NSW Government Department of Regional NSW
Funding so that country shows can go ahead with increased funding certainty.

ARTC Sponsorships and Donations - 2022
Current Round Closes: 30th of April 2022
Value: $1,000 to $4,000
Run By: Australian Rail Track Corporation
Supports short-term or one-off initiatives for the communities that are home to Inland Rail.

Community Languages School Grants - Establishment Grant
Closes: 30th of April 2022
Value: Up to $2,500
Run By: NSW Government Department of Education
Supports the setting up language classes for the first time by providing funding for the the first year.

Community Languages School Grants - Per Capita Grant
Closes: 30th of April 2022
Value: Based on number of students
Run By: NSW Government Department of Education
Helps cover community language school operating costs such as teaching materials, staff wages and new equipment.

Expression Deaf Grants
Current Round Closes: 30th of April 2022
Value: Unspecified
Run By: Expression Australia
Supports ideas, businesses, organisations and projects that improve inclusion and participation opportunities for the Deaf and hard of hearing community.

Closing in May

COVID-19 Community Connection and Wellbeing Program - Small Scale Projects
Closes: 2nd of May 2022
Value: $1,000 to $10,000
Run By: Resilience NSW
Supports small scale local community wellbeing events and promote the building of resilience and capability within communities.

COVID-19 Community Connection and Wellbeing Program - Small to Medium Scale Projects
Closes: 2nd of May 2022
Value: $10,001 to $75,000
Run By: Resilience NSW
Supports medium scale local community wellbeing events and promote the building of resilience and capability within communities.

COVID-19 Community Connection and Wellbeing Program - Large Scale Projects
Closes: 2nd of May 2022
Value: $75,001 to $300,000
Run By: Resilience NSW
Supports large scale local community wellbeing events and promote the building of resilience and capability within communities.

The Harcourts Foundation
Current Round Closes: 3rd of May 2022
Value: Unspecified
Run By: The Harcourts Foundation
Provides grants to reputable community-based charitable organisations which need funding for projects and initiatives designed to benefit as many people as possible.

Holiday Break Program - Winter Holidays 2022
Closes: 6th of May 2022
Value: Up to $7,000
Run By: NSW Government
Funds new or enhanced social or recreational activities, events, services or programs for young people aged 12-24 years.

Community Heritage Grants
Closes: 9th of May 2022
Value: Up to $15,000
Run By: National Library of Australia
Supports community organisations to look after Australian cultural heritage collections.

Maker Projects – Community STEM Engagement Grants 2022
Closes: 9th of May 2022 - 5:00 pm
Value: $20,000 to $100,000
Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Funding to foster creativity and inquiry-based learning and support the development of STEM skills in students and youth through hands-on learning.

Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) 2022–23
Closes: 11th of May 2022 - 9:00 pm
Value: Up to $4.448 Million
Run By: Department of Vetrans Affairs
Assists veteran and defence communities by providing support and resources to Ex-Service Organisation practitioners for compensation and/or welfare advocacy.

Aboriginal Affairs Cultural Grants Program
Closes: 13th of May 2022 - 5:00 pm - Assessed monthly while open
Value: $500 to $20,000
Run By: Aboriginal Affairs NSW
Supports Aboriginal community organisations across NSW to celebrate Aboriginal culture and hold key cultural events and activities.

Online Safety Grants Program - Round 3
Closes: 16th of May 2022 - 5:00 pm
Value: $80,000 to $1 Million
Run By: Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
Funding to develop, deliver and disseminate services, resources and products that improve online safety.

MH17 Family Support Package
Closes: 20th of May 2022 - 11:30 pm
Value: Up to $4,500
Run By: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
support the participation of the Australian MH17 victims’ Next of Kin in the prosecution of four individuals for their alleged roles in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17,

In a Good Place Grants - 2022
Closes: 25th of May 2022
Value: Up to $20,000
Run By: Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
Supports community-driven initiatives that reduce social isolation, increase social participation and connectedness, and encourage people in remote, rural and regional communities.

Supporting Young Scientists Program
Closes: 27th of May 2022
Value: Up to $10,000
Run By: Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer
Supports  high school students participating 'in person' or virtually in STEM competitions, events or courses, either domestically or internationally.

Transport Access Regional Partnerships (TARP) Grants
Closes: 30th of May 2022
Value: Unspecified
Run By: Transport for NSW
Supports initiatives to improve services and outcomes for sections of the community that need improved transport.

Community Languages School Grants - Specific Project Grant
Closes: 31st of May 2022
Value: Up to $10,000
Run By: NSW Government Department of Education
Provides funding to community language schools to help with professional development.

Local Para Champions
Closes: 31st of May 2022
Value: $750 to $1,100
Run By: Sport Australia
Assistance for coaches, officials and competitors aged 12-24 participating in state, national or international championships for athletes with a disability.

Strengthening Rural Communities - Small & Vital
Current Round Closes: 31st of May 2022
Value: Up to $10,000
Run By: Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
Provides small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia the opportunity to access funds that can benefit and help secure their future prosperity.

Strengthening Rural Communities – Bushfire Recovery
Closes: 31st of May 2022 - 5:00 pm
Value: Up to $25,000
Run By: Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
Supports the recovery and future preparedness of communities affected by the 2019-20 bushfires.

Strengthening Rural Communities – Rebuilding Rural Communities - Small Grants
Closes: 31st of May 2022 - 5:00 pm
Value: Up to $10,000
Run By: Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
Supports a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that assist communities to recover from and adapt to the impacts of the COVID pandemic. 

Closing in June

Sporting Schools
Next Round Opens: 23rd of May 2022 - 8:00 am
Next Round Closes: 3rd of June 2022 - 4:00 pm
Value: Up to $3,600 per term
Run By: Sport Australia
Helps to provide a range of sporting programs that will increase children’s interest and participation in sport.

Foundation Partner for National Centre for Place-Based Collaboration
Closes: 3rd of June 2022 - 9:00 pm
Value: Up to $2.5 Million
Run By: Australian Government Department of Social Services
Funding for one provider or a consortium to undertake functions to inform the establishment of a Nexus Centre.

Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program - 2022
Closes: 9th of June 2022 - 9:00 pm
Value: Up to $150,000
Run By: Department of Vetrans Affairs
Funding to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

Local Sporting Champions
Closes: 30th of June 2022
Value: $500 to $750
Run By: Sport Australia
Provides financial assistance for coaches, officials and competitors aged 12-18 participating in state, national or international championships.

Start Strong Capital Works - Crisis Fund
Closes: 30th of June 2022
Value: Undisclosed
Run By: NSW Government Department of Education
Supports the maintenance and creation of community preschool places where there is an urgent need for capital works

Closing Later and Ongoing

Pride Foundation Australia - Small Grants
Current Round Closes: 11th of July 2022
Value: Up to $750
Run By: Pride Foundation Australia
Supports projects that assist, involve and benefit LGBTQIA+ people and promote positive social outcomes and mental health in the community.

Koala Critical Habitat Protection Community Grants - Round 1
Closes: 15th of July 2022 - 5:00 pm
Value: $50,000 to $200,000
Run By: Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Supports community-led conservation and recovery efforts to improve the trajectory of Koalas.

ANZ Seeds of Renewal - 2022
Opens: 5th of July 2022 - 9:00 am
Closes: 26th of July 2022 - 5:00 pm
Value: Up to $15,000
Run By: Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
Helps build vibrant and sustainable rural communities, to ensure the ongoing prosperity of regional Australia.

Sisters of Charity Foundation Community Grants Program
Next Round Opens: 8th of July 2022
Next Round Closes: 31st of July 2022
Value: Up to $15,000
Run By: Sisters of Charity Foundation
Supports organisations that use clever ways to fight poverty, loneliness, suffering and oppression, but struggle to find funding.

The Honda Foundation
Current Round Closes: 5th of August 2022
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.

Creative Capital Fund - Minor Works and Equipment Projects
Opens: 11th of July 2022
Closes: 8th of August 2022 - 12:00 pm
Value: $5,000 to $250,000
Run By: Create NSW
Supports the creative economy and improve access to and participation in quality cultural experiences across NSW.

Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups
Closes: 6th of September 2022 - 3:00 pm
Value: $10,000 to $50,000
Run By: Australia Council for the Arts
Supports a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public.

Museum and Keeping Place Project Development Grants
Closes: 11th of September 2022
Value: $2,500 to $7,500
Run By: Museums and Galleries NSW
Funding for community museums and keeping places to carry out strategic and innovative projects with mid to long term outcomes.

The Mazda Foundation
Current Round Closes: 30th of September 2022
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.

Event Saver
Closes: 30th of September 2022
Value: Up to $10,000
Run By: Create NSW
Financial support to organisers of major events in 2022 to provide confidence to continue to plan and stage events.

Regional Events Acceleration Fund - Major Event Accessibility and Inclusion Stream
Closes: 4th of October 2022
Value: $15,000 to $100,000
Run By: Service NSW
Funding to support improvements to infrastructure that will ensure major events are accessible and inclusive to people with disability.

Regional Events Acceleration Fund - Major Event Attraction Stream
Closes: 4th of October 2022
Value: $100,000 to no maximum cap
Run By: Service NSW
Supports the attraction and delivery of new major international and domestic events, particuarly those that will become iconic to regional NSW.

Regional Events Acceleration Fund - Major Event Enhancement Stream
Closes: 4th of October 2022
Value: $50,000 to $200,000
Run By: Service NSW
Supports iconic regional events by funding the operational improvements and infrastructure needed to boost attendance and improve visitor experience.

Leg Up Grants for Community Museums
Closes: 30th of October 2022 or until expended
Value: Up to $500
Run By: Museums and Galleries NSW
Quick response skill development grants for workers in volunteer managed museums.

Skills Development Grants for Community Museums
Closes: 30th of October 2022
Value: Up to $4,000
Run By: Museums and Galleries NSW
Funding to volunteer museums and museum networks for regional or state focused skill development training and networking events.

Active Kids Vouchers - 2022
Closes: 31st of December 2022
Value: Up to $200
Run By: NSW Government
Vouchers for assist school aged children to participate in sport and physical activities.

Children and Young People Wellbeing Recovery Initiative - Large Grants
Closes: 31st of December 2022 or until expended
Value: $10,000 to $50,000
Run By: NSW Department of Regional NSW
Funding to support the wellbeing of children and young people living in regional NSW to recover from and build resilience to future adversity.

Children and Young People Wellbeing Recovery Initiative - Large grants for storm and flood impacted regions
Closes: 31st of December 2022 or until expended
Value: Up to $50,000
Run By: NSW Department of Regional NSW
Supports programs, events and resources to help children and youth living in storm and flood impacted regions to recover, build resilience, improve wellbeing and strengthen community connections.

Creative Kids Voucher - 2022
Closes: 31st of December 2022
Value: Up to $100
Run By: NSW Government
A voucher to assist school aged children to participate in creative activities.

Children and Young People Wellbeing Recovery Initiative - Small Grants
Closes: 31st of March 2023 or until expended
Value: $500 to $10,000
Run By: NSW Department of Regional NSW
Supports the wellbeing of children and young people living in regional NSW to recover from and build resilience to future adversity.

Community Initiated Grants
Closes: 30th of October 2023 - 11:30 pm
Value: Unspecified
Run By: National Indigenous Australians Agency
Provides and avenue to present a proposal to the Agency where a need has been identified in the community and there are no other current funding avenues available.

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.

CAGES Foundation Grants
Closes: Ongoing
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.

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.

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.

Community Child Care Fund Special Circumstances Grant
Closes: Unspecified
Value: Unspecified
Run By: Australian Government Department of Education
Supports continuity of child care, in particular in disadvantaged or vulnerable communities, where service viability is affected by an unforeseen event or circumstance outside the control of the service.

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.

Google Ad Grants
Closes: 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.

IGA Community Chest
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Unspecified
Run By: IGA
Every day across the country IGA Community Chest raises funds to support local communities, charities and other worthwhile causes. It could be in response to a major event like floods or bush fires or something as simple as new soccer balls for the local under 8’s.

Matana Foundation Grants
Closes: Ongoing
Value: No specified minimum or maximum, most grants are between $1,000 and $10,000
Run By: Matana Foundation
Focuses 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.

National Cultural Heritage Account
Closes: Ongoing on a case-by-case basis
Value: Up to $500,000 is available each year
Run By: Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
Helps Australian public cultural organisations buy significant objects that they could not otherwise afford.

Quick Response Grants
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.

Thriving People and Places
Closes: Ongoing
Value: $20,000 and over for NSW applicants
Run By: Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation
Supports people and places experiencing disadvantage, enabling them to reach their educational, social and economic potential and build thriving communities by making grants to charities.

State Heritage Emergency Works
Closes: Ongoing
Value: $1,000 to $10,000
Run By: Heritage NSW
Supports the protection or repairs to gazetted Aboriginal Places, items listed on the State Heritage Register, or items with a current Interim Heritage Order that have been damaged by unexpected events.

Small Environmental Grant Scheme
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.

Dollar for Dollar Native Fish Stocking Program
Closes: Ongoing
Value: $1,000 to $6,000
Run By: NSW Department of Primary Industries
Aims to enhance recreational freshwater fishing opportunities, to support local communities in the stocking high value native fish species, to assist in the development of regional aquaculture industries and to increase community and industry involvement in, and awareness of responsible stocking.

Judith Neilson Institute Grants for Journalism
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Unspecified
Run By: Judith Neilson Institute
Provides journalists and media organisations with the resources they need to produce quality journalism and helps them cover wide-ranging topics and under-reported issues and enable them to test approaches to reach new audiences.

Disaster Relief Loans - Not for Profit Organisations
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Up to $25,000
Run By: Rural Assistance Authority
Low interest loans assist voluntary non-profit organisations directly affected by a declared natural disaster including flood, fire or storm damage.

Disaster Relief Loans - Sporting and Recreation Clubs
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Up to $10,000
Run By: Rural Assistance Authority
Assistance for sporting and recreation clubs directly affected by a declared natural disaster including flood, fire or storm damage.

Qantas Regional Grants
Expected to be opened in June 2022 and close in August 2022
Value: Combination of cash, in-kind flights and marketing support
Run By: Qantas
Provides financial, flights and marketing support to community groups and organisations to help further their causes and set them up for success.

Regional Event Fund - Event Development Stream - 2022
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Up to $50,000
Run By: Destination NSW
Supports events that have previously received triennial funding through the Flagship Event stream to increase overnight visitation to the event.

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