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Community Funding Opportunities and Award Programs - July 2019


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Welcome to our Community Funding Opportunities and Award Programs Newsletter

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 on the left hand side 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

Featured Grants

Feed Appeal
Closes: 9th of August 2019 5pm
Value: Up to $50,000
Run By: Woolworths

The Feed Appeal grants will provide community food relief charities  throughout Australia the opportunity to grow their current programs, commence new projects, expand their reach and provide access to food and meals for the people that are hungry in their community.

The Feed Appeal grants program is state based and supports community charities that deliver food relief programs. These programs must improve the lives of people that are experiencing hunger and or food insecurity in the local community.

There are three grant categories:

  • Major Projects Grants of up to $50 000 for major infrastructure
  • Grass Roots Grants of up to $25 000 for minor infrastructure and food staple access
  • Rural Grants of up to $50 000 for major or minor infrastructure and food staple access for regional and remote communities.

Projects must improve the lives of people experiencing hunger and/or food insecurity inthelocal community. To help local neighbourhoods they:

  • partner with communityfood relieforganisations who attract little funding from government and aren't big enough to generate significant fundraising income of their own.
  • invest in projects that will improve thefood relief charities capacity to deliver their programs or commence new programs to meet the demand in the local community.

Health Smart Grants
Opens: 1st of August 2019
Closes: 30th of August 2019
Value: $40,000
Run By: nib Foundation

Provies support to registered Australian charities that specialise in health promotion and primary prevention, and have a track record of engaging and empowering people to be

Health Smart in their everyday lives. Preference will be given to initiatives that are inclusive and relevant for youth and young adult audiences.

They believe supporting people to make good decisions will positively impact their health and wellbeing, and reduce modifiable health risks in their lives. Therefore, successful projects will draw on a strong evidence base to build health literacy, helping people to access, understand and use health information.

A funding pool of $320,000 will be distributed to six successful grant recipients who will each receive $40,000 in grant funding. A 'Peoples Vote' will also be held during the grant period, where two of our six grantees will receive an additional $40,000 in funding as voted by nib members and the wider public.

To support our intention of building strong and meaningful partnerships, the duration of the grant is flexible.

Regional Employment Trials Program
Closes: 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

Australian of the Year Awards
Runs: Annually
2020 Applications Close: 31st of July 2019
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.

 

Regional Achievement and Community Awards
Runs: Annually
2019 Applications Close: 31st of July 2019
Run By: Awards Australia
The NSW/ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards started in 2002, with the purpose of encouraging, acknowledging, and rewarding the valuable contributions individuals, communities and businesses are making throughout regional New South Wales and the ACT. 

 

National Economic Development Awards for Excellence
Runs: Annually
2019 Applications Close: 1st of August 2019
Run By: Economic Development Australia
The National Awards for Economic Development Excellence are Australia’s only annual awards for economic development professionals.

 

Hesta Community Service Awards
Runs: Annually
2019 Applications Close: 1st of September 2019
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 Farmer of the Year Awards
Runs: Annually
2018 Applications Close: 23rd of September 2019
Run By: NSW Department of Primary Industries
The NSW Farmer of the Year Award is a joint initiative between NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and NSW Farmers with the support of SafeWork NSW and The Land Newspaper, open to all farmers in NSW.

 

NSW Women of the Year Awards
Runs: Annually
2020 Applications Close: 25th of October 2019 5pm
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.

Closing in July

Small Environmental Grant Scheme
Current Round Closes: Estimated 31st of July 2019
Next Rounds Open: 30th of September, 9th of December 2019
Value: Up to $10,000
Run By: Wettenhall Environment Trust
Provides support for people undertaking projects that will make a positive difference to the natural living environment, in land, sea or air, rural or urban.

Closing in August

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.

Start Strong Capital Works
Closes: 4th of August 2019
Value: Unspecified
Run By: NSW Government Department of Education
The $4 Million Start Strong Capital Works Grants program aims to increase the number of 600 hour community preschool places available in areas of need and demand.

Australia Post Community Grants Program
Closes: 4 August 2019 at midnight (AEST)
Value: $10,000
Run By: Australia Post
Australia Posts' grants program aims to support projects that bring people together around what matters most in their communities.

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.

Feed Appeal
Closes: 9th of August 2019 5pm
Value: Up to $50,000
Run By: Woolworths
The Feed Appeal grants will provide community food relief charities the opportunity to grow their current programs, commence new projects, expand their reach and provide access to food and meals for the people that are hungry in their community.

Broadcasting Content Grants
Closes: 27 August, 2019, 2pm AEST
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: 27 August, 2019, 2pm AEST
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.

Veteran and Community Grants
Current Round Closes: 29 August 2019
Next Rounds Close: 28 November 2019, 27 February 2020 11:00pm AEDT
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 Australian veteran community by providing funding for projects that sustain or enhance health and wellbeing.

Qantas Regional Grants
Closes: 30th of August 2019
Value: Combination of Cash, In-Kind Flights and Marketing Support
Run By: Qantas
With an aim to help brighten the futures of regional communities, this program provides financial, flights and marketing support to community groups and organisations to help further their causes and set them up for success.

Health Smart Grants
Opens: 1st of August 2019
Closes: 30th of August 2019
Value: $40,000
Run By: nib Foundation
Provies support to registered Australian charities that specialise in health promotion and primary prevention, and have a track record of engaging and empowering people to be Health Smart in their everyday lives. Preference will be given to initiatives that are inclusive and relevant for youth and young adult audiences.

Closing in September

Dreams for a Better World
Current Round closes: 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.

Strengthening Rural Communities - Small & Vital
Current Round Closes: 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.

Stronger Country Communities Fund
Closes: 27th of Septemher 2019 5pm
Value: Above $50,000 and up to a cap dependant on Local Government Area
Run By: NSW Government
Round three aims to provide projects that improve the lives of people who live in regional areas with $100 million made available for projects that improve the lives and wellbeing of regional NSW communities, including a dedicated $50 million for projects for young people.

Local Sporting Champions (LSC) Program
Closes: 30th of September 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.

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 Harcourts Foundation
Current Round Closes: 30th of September 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.

The Mazda Foundation
Next Round Closes: 30th of September 2019
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
Next Round Opens: 1st of August 2019
Next Round Closes: 30th of September 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.

Jetstar Flying Start Programme
Current Round Closes: 30th of September 2019
Value: $30,000 consisting of $15,000 cash grant and $15,000 of Jetstar flights
Run By: Jetstar
Jetstar's Flying Start Program invites community groups and organisations across Australia to apply for a grant to fund a project that will enrich the lives of people in their local community.

Closing Later and Ongoing

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation
Next Round Opens: 23rd of September
Next Round Closes: 28th of October 2019
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.

Small Environmental Grant Scheme
Next Rounds Open: 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.

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.

Before and After School Care Infrastructure Fund
Closes: Monthly rounds until the end of October 2019
Value: Up to $30,000
Run By: NSW Department of Education
Aiming to expand before and after school care to make places available to all parents with children at government primary schools that need it by 2021, this funding helps schools buy new equipment and expand their facilities.

Tackling Tough Times Together
Current Round Closes: 24th of October 2019
Value: Up to $150,000 depending on the teir applied for
Run By: Foundation for 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.

Be Connected - Building Digital Skills
Closes: Ongoing rounds throughout 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.

NSW Cross-Border Commissioner’s Infrastructure Fund
Closes: Ongoing until 31st of December 2019
Value: Unspecified
Run By: Office of the NSW Cross-Border Commissioner
Further Information: Contact Kate Moodley in the Office of the NSW Cross-Border Commissioner or view our website
The fund is designed to fund regionally significant projects that deliver social, economic, environmental or cultural benefits to communities in border areas of NSW and neighbouring jurisdictions.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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