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Community Funding Opportunities and Award Programs - October 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

Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund
11th of December 2020
Value: $200,000 to $20,000,000
Run By: NSW Government

The Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund will provide $250 million of further funding to support the social and economic recovery of communities affected by bushfire in 47 regional NSW Local Government Areas.

It will support projects that retain and create new jobs in regional areas, build resilience and increase preparedness for future bushfire seasons. 

Funding is available in the following three categories:

  • Infrastructure projects, such as roads to support increased industrial development.
  • Environmental projects, such as regeneration activities.
  • Programs including social, business and environmental education initiatives.

The following Local Councils in the Northern Inland are eligible:

  • Armidale Regional
  • Glen Innes Severn
  • Gwydir Shire
  • Inverell Shire
  • Narrabri Shire
  • Tamworth Regional
  • Tenterfield Shire
  • Uralla Shire
  • Walcha Shire


Matana Foundation Grants
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Unspecified
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.

Recognising that disadvantage takes many forms, they prioritise projects and organisations that address the causes of youth disadvantage by:

  •  Providing programs primarily targeting school retention and increased education achievement for students who are at risk of dropping out of school or who have already dropped out. The focus is on early identification, customised learning and mentoring.
  •  Providing programs that target employment skills development, employment and career pathways and transitions into employment.
  •  Providing programs that target social and community connectedness, personal significance and social and emotional outcomes.
  •  Providing services in geographical areas across Australia where funding is difficult to source.

There is no minimum or maximum amount, but as a guide, grants are usually in the range of $1,000 to $10,000.

Award Programs

Hesta Impact Awards
2021 Awards Close:
1st of November 2020
Run By: Hesta
Recognises individuals, teams and organisations who are having a positive impact on the world by driving improved outcomes across areas such as equality, sustainability, health, diversity and inclusion.

Prime Minister’s Veterans Employment Awards
2021 Awards Close: 20th of November 2020
Run By: Australian Government
Recognises the achievements of organisations and individuals in creating employment opportunities for veterans and supporting their transition into the civilian workforce.

Australasian Reporting Awards
2020 Awards Close: 30th of November 2020. Entries for reports for the Financial Year ending 31 December 2020 close on 31 January 2021
Run By: The Australasian Reporting Awards
Provides 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.

Young Acheiver Awards
2021 Awards Close: 11th of January 2021
Run By: Awards Australia
Acknowledges, encourages and promotes the positive achievements of all young people throughout Australia up to and including 29 years of age as of 31st December each year.

Clunies Ross Awards
2021 Awards Close: 18th of January 2021
Run By: ATSE
The Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) recognise outstanding Australian achievements in applied science, technology or engineering innovation and commercialisation.

Closing in October

National Science Week Grants 2021
Closes: 28th of October 2020
Value: $2,000 to $20,000
Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
National Science Week provides the opportunity for community participation in high profile science engagement activities across the nation.

Closing in November

COVID Safe Australia Day Program
Closes: 9th of November 2020
Value: Up to $20,000
Run By: National Australia Day Council
Aims to encourage celebrations to occur in a COVID safe environment which can be a new or existing public eventor activity, a community activity or an online engagement.

Australia Day Branding Program
Closes: 9th of November 2020
Value: $1,000
Run By: National Australia Day Council
Helps eligible organisations with printing costs to adopt and use the new branding and designs for Australia Day 2021 celebrations.

Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund - Stream 2
Closes: 10th of November 2020
Value: $20,000 to $300,000
Run By: Resilience NSW
Stream 2 is aimed at the broader community in bushfire-affected areas for social recovery and preparedness projects between $20,000 and $300,000.

Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program
Closes: 12th of November 2020
Value: $500,000
Run By: Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
Provides grants to enhance the safety and accessibility of aerodromes in remote and very remote areas to provide year round all weather access, particularly where road access is unavailable or unreliable.

Ansvar Community Education Program
Closes: 16th of November 2020
Value: Up to $50,000
Run By: Ansvar
Provides a range of grants to organisations supporting Australian youth through programs that fall under two categories, Empowerment and Education and Outreach Programs.

Strengthening Rural Communities - Small & Vital
Current Round Closes: 24th of November 2020
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.

Closing in December

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

Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund
Closes: 11th of December 2020
Value: $200,000 to $20,000,000
Run By: NSW Government
Supports projects that retain and create new jobs in regional areas, build resilience and increase preparedness for future bushfire seasons.

Active Kids Vouchers
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 Vouchers
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.

Closing Later and Ongoing

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.

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.

The Harcourts Foundation
Current Round Closes: 3rd of February 2021
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.

The Honda Foundation
Closes: 5th of February 2021
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.

Community War Memorials Fund
Current Round Closes: 11th of February 2021
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.

Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program
Closes: 11th of February 2021
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.

Tackling Tough Times Together
Current Round Closes: 25th of February  2021
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.

The Mazda Foundation
Current Round Closes: 31st of March 2021
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.

NIB Health Smart Grants
1st of June 2021
Closes: 30th of June 2021
Value: $40,000
Run By: nib foundation
Partners with Australian charities that empower Aussie youth and young adults to make smarter health choicesby engaging and empowering people to be Health Smart in their everyday lives.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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