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Community Funding Opportunities and Award Programs - May 2020


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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

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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19), Drought and Bushfire Assistance

To help businesses and individuals affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19) access the available assistance we have created a dedicated Coronavirus Assistance page on our website. This page will be updated as details become available on the recently announced economic stimulus packages from the Australian and NSW Governments.

There is also wide range of assistance available for individuals, businesses and communities that have been affected by the ongoing drought and the recent bushfires. To help you access this support, we have created dedicated Drought Assistance and  Bushfire Assistance pages on our website which are being updated reguarly.

Featured Grants

Community Grants Fund
Closes: 29th of May 2020
Value: Unspecified
Run By: Narrabri Shire Council

Funding for community focussed projects, events and programs that directly benefit the Narrabri Shire community and address the key themes identified within Council’s Strategic Plans.

Applicants may be from outside the Shire however all grant funding must be used for events/programs/projects within Narrabri Shire Local Government Area.

Higher priority will be given to projects that demonstrate the following project that:

  • demonstrate a partnership between community groups and/or organisations
  • have a high level of communitysupport
  • show a benefit to a broad cross section of the Narrabri Shire community
  • prove to be sustainable after the period of funding has ended.

Community Building Partnership
Closes: 12th of June 2020
Value: $2,500 to $300,000
Run By: NSW Government

The NSW Government is investing in infrastructure projects that deliver positive social, environmental and recreational outcomes while promoting community participation, inclusion and cohesion.

In 2020, there is a maximum of $300,000 to allocate in each electorate for incorporated not-for-proft community organisations and local councils.

Eligible projects will be assessed against four equally weighted program criteria:

  • Enhancing facilities — the project develops a vibrant, sustainable and inclusive community through the enhancement or construction of community infrastructure.
  • Meeting community needs — the project supports activities and services needed by local communities.
  • Increasing community participation — the project encourages participation in activities or services needed by a broad section of the  community.
  • The organisation’s capacity — the applicant has the capacity to deliver the project on time and within scope.

Award Programs

Resilient Australia Awards
2020 Applications Close: 8th of June 2020
Run By: Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience
The Resilient Australia Awards celebrate initiatives that build whole of community resilience to disasters and emergencies around Australia, as well as images capturing resilience in action. The awards recognise collaboration and innovative thinking across all sectors.

Australian Training Awards
2020 Applications Close for Direct Entry: 31st of May 2020
Run By: Australian Government Departement of Education and Training
Commencing in 1994, the Australian Training Awards are the peak, national awards for the vocational education and training (VET) sector, recognising individuals, businesses and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia.

2020 Volunteer of the Year Awards
2020 Applications Close: 3rd of July 2020
Run By: The Centre for Volunteering
Now in their 14th year, the awards have grown to become one of the largest celebrations of volunteering across the country. The Awards celebrate the efforts of our state’s volunteers across seven different award categories.

Regional Achievement and Community Awards
2020 Applicaitons Open: 27th of May 2020
2020 Applications Close: 28th of July 2020
Run By: Awards Australia
With the purpose of encouraging, acknowledging, and rewarding the valuable contributions individuals, communities and businesses are making, these awards create the opportunity to recognise their hard work and dedication and their contribution to the future of regional New South Wales.

Australian Not-for-Profit Technology Awards
Runs: Annually
2020 Applications Close: 28th of August 2020
Run By: Connecting Up
Recognises the very best in technology innovation and excellence by organisations and individuals in the not-for-profit sector and the improved product and/or service offerings brought to the charitable sector through technology.

Closing in May

Heywire Youth Innovation Grants
Closes: 26th of May 2020
Value: Up to $10,000
Run By: Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
Tfunding to assist not-for-profit community-based organisations in rural, regional and remote Australia adopt and act on one of the six innovative Heywire project ideas.

Tackling Tough Times Together
Current Round Closes: 28th of May 2020
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.

Community Grants Fund
Closes: 29th of May 2020
Value: Unspecified
Run By: Narrabri Shire Council
Funding for community focussed projects, events and programs that directly benefit the Narrabri Shire community and address the key themes identified within Council’s Strategic Plans.

Closing in June

Enhancing Country Health Outcomes
Closes: 9th of June 2020
Value: Up to $50,000 to $150,000
Run By: Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
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.

Community Building Partnership
Closes: 12th of June 2020
Value: $2,500 to $300,000
Run By: NSW Government
The NSW Government is investing in infrastructure projects that deliver positive social, environmental and recreational outcomes while promoting community participation, inclusion and cohesion.

Rural Grassroots Grants Program - Feed Appeal
Closes: 12th of June 2020 (Extended)
Value: $5,000 - $25,000
Run By: Feed Appeal
Funding to deliver effective and targeted food relief programs in rural and regional areas with a focus on minor infrastructure, quality kitchen equipment, capacity building training and access to food staples.

Rural Major Projects Grants Program - Feed Appeal
Closes: 12th of June 2020 (Extended)
Value: $25,000 - $50,000
Run By: Feed Appeal
Funding to deliver effective and targeted food relief programs in rural and regional areas with a focus on major infrastructure, capital investment, transportation and/or logistics project.

Sunsuper Dreams For a Better World - Community Grants
Closes: 26th of June and 26th of August
Value: Up to $50,000
Run By: SunSuper
Sunsuper's community grants are here to give you the leg up, a helping hand to make your dream a reality.

Rural Schools Grant Program - Feed Appeal
Closes: 30 June 2020 (Extended)
Value: $2,000
Run By: Feed Appeal
The Rural Schools Grants Program is state based and funds existing school breakfast/meal programs, helps a school where there is need to establish a breakfast/meals program or offers access to meals through a partnership with Eat Up.

The Harcourts Foundation
Current Round Closes: 30th of June 2020
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 in July

Disaster Recovery Payment
Closes: 5 July 2020
Value: $800 per child and $1000 per adult
Run By: Australian Government Department of Human Services
A once-off payment for individuals directly affected by the September 2019 to January 2020 bushfires in Armidale, Glen Innes Severn, Tenterfield and Walcha LGAs.

Disaster Recovery Allowance
Closes: 1st of July 2020
Value: Equivalent of Newstart or Youth Allowance
Run By: The Australian Government Department of Human Services
Provides support for people who can show they lost income as a direct result of the bushfires in New South Wales in August 2019 through to January 2020.

Destination Australia
Closes: 7th of July 2020
Value: Scholarships of $15,000 per year
Run By: Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment
Funding to help eligible tertiary education providers offer scholarships to domestic and international students to study and live in regional Australia.

Make The Difference!
Closes: 20th of July 2020
Value: Up to $10,000
Run By: Future2
Funding to make a lasting difference in the lives of young Australians who need it most, including education, engagement, employment, wellbeing, independent living and social inclusion.

Community War Memorials Fund
Current Round Closes: 27th of July 2020
Value: Up to $10,000
Run By: NSW Department of Vetrans Affairs
Funding to help conserve, repair and protect war memorials across NSW including 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.

The Honda Foundation
Closes: 31st of July 2020
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.

Small Environmental Grant Scheme
Next Round Opens:  1st of July 2020
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.

Closing Later and Ongoing

Broadcasting Development and Operations Grants
Next Round Opens: July 2020
Value: Undisclosed
Run By: Community Broadcasting Foundation
Aims to support community media station resilience through core support and support for development projects and necessary infrastructure.

Broadcasting Content Grants
Next Round Opens: July 2020
Value: Undisclosed
Run By: Community Broadcasting Foundation
Content grants aim to support the development, production and distribution of content via Australian community media.

Strengthening Rural Communities - Larger Leverage Grants
Reopens: July 2020
Value: $10,001 to $25,000
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.

The Mazda Foundation
Current Round Closes: 30th of September 2020
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.

Country Show Sponsorship Packages
Closes: Temporarily on Hold
Value: $5,000
Run By: NSW Government Department of Premier and Cabinet
Funding is now available to support the costs of organising and running country shows in drought and bushfire impacted areas of regional NSW.

Active Kids Vourchers
Closes: December 2020
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 2020
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.

Before and After School Care Equipment and Facilities Grant Program
Closes: 31st of January 2021
Value: Up to $30,000
Run By: NSW Government Department of Education
Supports schools and services to fund equipment and facilities that enable new services to establish and existing services to expand.

Community Child Care FundSpecial 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.

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.

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.

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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