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Community Grants and Award Programs Newsletter - June 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

Growing Good Gardens
Closes: 15th of July 2022
Value: $1,000 to $2,000
Run By: life Ed

These grants are aimed at encouraging young people to get gardening, growing edible plants and learning healthy eating habits or creating a healthy class room environment with indoor plants.

Getting kids out into the garden helps to create healthy minds and healthy bodies so they can thrive. Teachers, coaches and community leaders alike are encouraged to apply to create a garden space where kids can learn healthy habits and improve their physical and mental well-being.

Schools, preschools and community groups are invited to apply for one of 10 garden grants valued at $1,000 each.

Yates are also giving one school/community group the opportunity to double their grant and receive $2,000 for a school garden.

Any school (primary, secondary or pre-school), kindergarten, childcare centre, or youth/community group (e.g., Scouts, sports clubs etc.) seeking to educate young Australians about gardening and healthy living can apply.


Holiday Break Program - Spring Holidays 2022
Opens: 4th of July 2022
Closes: 29th of July 2022
Value: Up to $7,000
Run By: NSW Government

The Office for Regional Youth's Holiday Break program provides young people across regional NSW with opportunities to connect, socialise, learn new skills and have fun during the school holidays by delivering a range of free and subsidised activities including sport and recreation camps, training courses, creative, artistic or science activities, council-led events and more.

Activities will need to be held in the Spring Holidays, being Saturday 24 September to Sunday 9 October 2022.

Eligible applicants include regional councils in NSW and incorporated not-for-profit organisations.

The program will fund new or enhanced social or recreational activities, events, services or programs for young people aged 12-24 years. Examples of eligible activities:

  • movie nights
  • youth concerts and music events
  • sports and recreational activities
  • creative and cultural activities
  • dance / disco events


Clubgrants Infrastructure Grants
Opens: 27th of June 2022
Closes: 18th of July 2022
Value: $10,000 to $300,000
Run By: NSW Office of Responsible Gambling

The objective of the Clubgrants Category 3 Infrastructure Grants program is to fund the costs of construction, alteration, renovation, completion and fit-out of buildings and community infrastructure to deliver outcomes for disadvantaged NSW communities including regional, remote and drought-affected areas, culturally and linguistically diverse, disability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and communities affected by bushfires.

Eligible entities:

  • Not-for-profit organisations that will be responsible for operating and/or maintaining the infrastructure.
  • Schools - applicants must consider if and how the infrastructure project is accessible to the public outside school hours.
  • Local councils - applicants are required to cash-match the funding amount requested.

There are four infrastructure streams currently open for applications:

  • Community Infrastructure Stream ($10,000 to $200,000) - Supports community infrastructure such as a multipurpose community hub or a service for an eligible community group.
  • Arts and Culture Stream ($50,000 to $200,000) - Supports arts and culture infrastructure such as museums, art galleries or cultural centres.
  • Sport and Recreation Stream ($50,000 to $300,000)- Supports sport and recreation infrastructure such as sports centres, playgrounds and swimming pools.
  • Disaster Readiness Stream ($10,000 to $200,000) - Supports disaster readiness infrastructure such as evacuation centres, capital equipment or a multipurpose community facility.

Award Programs

Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards
Closes: 29th of June 2022 - 5:00 pm (Extended)
Run By: Australian Institute of Criminology
Recognises and reward programs that reduce crime and violence in Australia.

Commonwealth Bank Not-for-Profit Treasurers' Awards - 2022
Closes: 8th of July 2022 - 12:00 pm
Value: Up to $5,000
Run By: Commonwealth Bank
Recognises the unique role and work performed by treasurers of not-for-profits.

Regional Achievement and Community Awards
Closes: 23rd of August 2022
Value: Up to $2,000 for category winners
Run By: Awards Australia
Encourage, acknowledge and reward the valuable contributions that individuals, communities and businesses make in regional areas.

Closing in June

Aboriginal Fishing Trust Fund - Small Projects
Closes: 29th of June 2022
Value: Up to $5,000
Run By: NSW Department of Primary Industries
Supports Aboriginal cultural fishing and Aboriginal communities to develop businesses associated with fisheries resources.

Recreational Fishing Trusts - Large Grants
Closes: 29th of June 2022
Value: From $10,000
Run By: NSW Department of Primary Industries
Supports a wide range of large projects that improve recreational fishing.

Recreational Fishing Trusts - Small Grants
Closes: 29th of June 2022
Value: Up to $10,000
Run By: NSW Department of Primary Industries
Funds a wide range of small projects that aim to improve recreational fishing.

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.

Local Para Champions
Closes: 30th of June 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.

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 in July

Disaster Risk Reduction Fund - Local and Regional Risk Reduction Stream
Closes: 1st of July 2022
Value: $50,000 to $1.5 Million
Run By: Resilience NSW
Funds local and regional projects that deliver locally-based risk reduction and mitigation solutions to improve disaster resilience.

Community Grants - 2022
Closes: 3rd of July 2022
Value: $2,000 to $10,000
Run By: Australia Post
Funding to support community-led, local projects that connect individuals and communities to improve mental health and mental wellbeing.

Future Young Leaders Program
Closes: 3rd of July 2022
Run By: Evoke Ag
Builds the capacity of emerging thought leaders while providing the opportunity to share their stories, passions and research for agriculture.

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.

Deaf Children Australia - Youth Grants
Closes: 12th of July 2022
Value: Up to $2,500
Run By: Deaf Children Australia
Supports youth aged between 15 and 23 years old who are deaf or hard of hearing to achieve a personal goal or project.

Growing Good Gardens - 2022
Closes: 15th of July 2022
Value: $1,000 to $2,000
Run By: life Ed
Encourages young people to get gardening, growing edible plants and learning healthy eating habits or creating a healthy class room environment with indoor plants.

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.

Active Australia Innovation Challenge
Closes: 18th of July 2022
Value: Up to $10,000
Run By: Heart Foundation
Support for new, innovative projects that get more people moving in schools, universities or local community groups.

Clubgrants - Infrastructure Grants - Arts and Culture Stream
Opens: 27th of June 2022
Closes: 18th of July 2022
Value: $50,000 to $200,000
Run By: NSW Office of Responsible Gambling
Support arts and culture infrastructure such as museums, art galleries or cultural centres.

Clubgrants - Infrastructure Grants - Community Infrastructure
Opens: 27th of June 2022
Closes: 18th of July 2022
Value: $10,000 to $200,000
Run By: NSW Office of Responsible Gambling
Support community infrastructure such as a multipurpose community hub or a service for an eligible community group.

Clubgrants - Infrastructure Grants - Disaster Readiness
Opens: 27th of June 2022
Closes: 18th of July 2022
Value: $10,000 to $200,000
Supports disaster readiness infrastructure such as evacuation centres, capital equipment or a multipurpose community facility.

Clubgrants - Infrastructure Grants - Sport and Recreation Stream
Opens: 27th of June 2022
Closes: 18th of July 2022
Value: $50,000 to $300,000
Run By: NSW Office of Responsible Gambling
Supports sport and recreation infrastructure such as sports centres, playgrounds and swimming pools.

Heywire Youth Innovation Grants - 2022
Closes: 18th of July 2022 - 5:00 pm
Value: Up to $10,000
Run By: Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
Funding to implement one of the five ideas generated at the Heywire Youth Summit in 2022.

Community War Memorials Fund - 2022/23
Closes: 25th of July 2022 - 5:00 pm
Value: Up to $10,000
Run By: NSW Department of Vetrans Affairs
Funding to conserve, repair and protect community war memorials in NSW.

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.

Holiday Break Program - Spring Holidays 2022
Opens: 4th of July 2022
Closes: 29th of July 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 (12-24) in the spring holidays.

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.

ARTC Sponsorships and Donations - 2022
Next Round Closes: 31st of July 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.

Glen Innes Severn Council Local Economic Development Support Fund
Closes: 31st of July 2022
Value: Undisclosed
Run By: Glen Innes Severn Council
Provides Glen Innes businesses and community access to financial support in line with Council's Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan.

Closing in August

The Harcourts Foundation
Current Round Closes: 3rd of August 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.

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.

Community Boradcasting Foundation - Content Grants
Opens: 27th of June 2022 - 9:00 am
Closes: 16th of August 2022 - 2:00 pm
Value: Undisclosed
Run By: Community Broadcasting Foundation
Supports the development, production and distribution of content via Australian community media.

Community Broadcasting Foundation - Development and Operational Grants
Opens: 27th of June 2022 - 9:00 am
Closes: 16th of August 2022 - 2:00 pm
Value: Undisclosed
Run By: Community Broadcasting Foundation
Supports community media station resilience by strengthening governance, building community, sustainable operations and technical capacity.

Tucker Foundation Grants - 2022
Next Round Closes: 19th of August 2022
Value: Up to $25,000
Run By: Tucker Foundation
Supports registered charitable organisations to make a positive difference in the lives of humans, animals and the natural environment.

Sporting Schools
Next Round Opens: 15th of August 2022 - 8:00 am
Next Round Closes: 26th of August 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.

Strengthening Rural Communities - Small & Vital
Current Round Closes: 30th of August 2022 - 5:00 pm
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
Current Round Closes: 30th of August 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
Current Round Closes: 30th of August 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 Later and Ongoing

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.

Small Grants for Community Museums
Round 2 Closes: 11th of September 2022
Value: Up to $2,000
Run By: Museums and Galleries NSW
Support to meet the short-term, collection-based requirements of community museums.

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.

Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program - 2022
Closes: 11th of October 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.

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.

Transport Access Regional Partnerships (TARP) Grants
Opens: 1st of July 2022
Closes: 30th of May 2023 or until expended
Value: Unspecified
Run By: Transport for NSW
Supports initiatives to improve services and outcomes for sections of the community that need improved transport.

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.

Capacity Building for Native Title Corporations
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Up to $750,000 on average
Run By: National Indigenous Australians Agency
Assists native title holding corporations to generate economic benefits through the effective and sustainable management of their land.

Coopers Foundation - General Giving
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Up to $30,000
Run By: Coopers Foundation
Aims to improve and protect the quality of life of Australians by providing support to charitable organisations.

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