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Community Grants and Award Programs - September 2019


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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 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.

Featured Grants

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

The NSW Government is investing $120 million into expanding before and after school care to make places available to all parents with children at government primary schools that need it by 2021. A key element is the Before and After School Care Infrastructure Fund to help schools buy new equipment and expand their facilities.

Applications are now open for schools and providers of before and after school care (Out of School Hours Care) that are ready to deliver new services or expand existing services. This is about providing support for parents with children at government schools which means that providers and services approved to support government schools, as well as the schools themselves, may apply for grants of up to $30,000 through this application.

If your proposal will result in more services or more places for government primary school children, but requires more than $30,000 financial assistance, please contact the department at BASCReform@det.nsw.edu.au for more information.

Economic and Community Participation (ECP) Program
Closes: Monday 21 October 2019 11pm AEDT
Value: From $100,000 per year
Run By: National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)

The Australian Government is inviting applications via an open competitive process to apply to deliver ILC activities under Outcome 1.2 – Community Inclusion and Capacity Development Grants nationally for up to three years from 2019-20. The ECP Program aims to build the capacity of the community to create opportunities for people with disability to contribute to community prosperity and participate in community life.

The objective of this ECP grant round is to improve the economic and community participation of people with disability across Australia. This grant round aims to fund projects which provide a catalyst for increasing access and inclusion in economic and community participation for people with disability across Australia. There are two streams under the ECP Program within this grant round.

Economic Participation stream - Sector based initiatives to create pathways to employment and drive inclusive practices for people with disability to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity

Social and Community Participation stream - Inclusive practices to create opportunities for people with disability to participate in community life, with a focus on arts, culture, sport and recreation.

The specific outcomes for the ECP Program include:

  • People with disability participate in and benefit from the same community activities as everyone else.
  • People with disability actively contribute to leading, shaping and influencing their community.

Festivals Australia
Closes: 18th of October 2019 5:00 pm
Value: No specified limit - Average grant application is $40,000
Run By: Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts

Festivals Australia will offer funding to support individual art projects that allow community members living in regional or remote Australia to participate in or appreciate an arts driven experience at:

  • a festival – which is defined by Festivals Australia as a regularly presented program of events (for example annually or biennially) that is open to the public and provides an opportunity to gather and celebrate.
  • a significant one-off community celebration – which is defined by Festivals Australia as a schedule of events that is open to the public and is focused on an anniversary or launch of great significance to the community. For example, a town or area’s centenary celebrations, a significant anniversary of a major local event or the opening of a major new community resource could be the basis for an eligible significant one-off community celebration.

Festivals Australia delivers two open competitive funding rounds opening in February and September each year.

Award Programs

Science and Innovation Awards
Runs: Annually
2020 Applications Close: 4th of October 2019 5pm AEDT
Run By: Department of Agriculture
The Science Awards encourage young scientists, researchers, innovators and others active in the agriculture sector who have an original and innovative project that will contribute to the ongoing success and sustainability of Australia’s agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries.

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.

Clunies Ross Awards
Runs: Annually
2020 Applications Close: 25th of October 2019 9am
Run By: ATSE
The Clunies Ross Awards have a proud 28-year tradition of recognising contributions by dedicated individuals who have shared their vision and knowledge with others to apply technology for the benefit of Australia.

Rural Women's Award
Runs: Annually
2019 Applicaitons Open: 12th of September 2018
2019 Applications Close: 31 October 2018 at 11pm AEDT
Run By: AgriFutures
Acknowledges and supports the essential role women play in rural industries, businesses and communities. The Award provides a platform to inspire and support Australian women to use and develop their skills to benefit their industries and communities.

Closing in September

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 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.

Local Schools Community Fund
Closes: 30th of September 2019 5pm AEST
Value: $1,000 to $20,000
Run By: Australian Government Department of Education
The Fund will benefit students and assist schools to meet their priorities through the contribution of funding for small scale projects and their associated costs.

ILC Individual Capacity Building (ICB) Program
Closes: 30th of September 2019 11:00pm (ACT Time)
Value: Dependant on stream applied for
Run By: National Disability Insurance Agency
The aim of the ICB Program is to provide people with disability the skills and confidence to participate and contribute to the community and protect their rights.

Closing in October

Supporting Younger Veterans program
Closes: 1st of October 2019 11:30pm (ACT Time)
Value: No minimum or maximum - $1.001M total pool
Run By: Australian Government Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Aims to foster the ability of organisations to support younger veterans as they transition out of the ADF, establish themselves into civilian life, and manage the challenges their ADF service presents through different stages of their civilian life.

Commonwealth Home Support Programme - Growth Funding
Closes: 8th of October 2019 11pm
Value: $50,000 up to the total pool
Run By: Australian Government Department of Health
Funding to expand entry-level aged care services for senior Australians through targeted growth funding to meet demonstrated need in accordance with the objectives of CHSP.

Community-led Projects to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children
Closes: 9th of October 2019 11:00pm (ACT Time)
Value: $350,000 to $550,000 over three years
Run By: Australian Government Department of Social Services
Aims to support innovative and community-led primary prevention activities for particular cohorts, groups or communities that challenge the underlying social, economic and political conditions, as well as historical and cultural factors that allow violence-supportive attitudes and behaviours to thrive.

Communities Environment Program
Closes: 10 October 2019 5pm
Value: $2,500 to $20,000
Run By: Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy
It aims to support the environmental priorities of local community and environment groups in their regions and neighbourhoods, to recover and strengthen the environment and to build and strengthen local communities.

Festivals Australia
Closes: 18th of October 2019 5:00 pm
Value: No specified limit - Average grant application is $40,000
Run By: Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts
Offers funding to support individual art projects that allow community members living in regional or remote Australia to participate in or appreciate an arts driven experience at a festival or a significant one-off community celebration.

Australian Heritage Grants
Closes: 22nd of October 2019 5pm
Value: $25,000 to $400,000
Run By: Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy
The program will provide support to protect and promote the listed values of National Heritage List1 places through strengthened recognition, management, conservation and public engagement.

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation
Next Round Opens: 30th 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 October and 2nd 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.

Economic and Community Participation (ECP) Program
Closes: Monday 21 October 2019 11pm AEDT
Value: From $100,000 per year
Run By: National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)
The ECP Program aims to build the capacity of the community to create opportunities for people with disability to contribute to community prosperity and participate in community life.

Mainstream Capacity Building (MCB)
Closes: 21st of October 2019 11pm
Value: $100,000 to $750,000 per year up to three years
Run By: National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)
Aims to fund activities that will enable people with disability to use and benefit from the same mainstream health services as everyone else and provide improved access and utilisation of mainstream health services where mainstream supports available.

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.

National Science Week Grants
Closes: 30th of October 2019 5pm
Value: $2,000 to $20,000
Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Provides funding for activities during National Science Week, Australia’s major national celebration of the sciences to be held 15-23 August 2020.

Recreational Fishing Trusts
Closes: 31st of October 2019 11pm
Value: Up to $10,000 for small projects and over $10,000 for large projects
Run By: NSW Department of Primary Industries
All money raised by the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee is placed into the Recreational Fishing Trusts and spent on improving recreational fishing in NSW.

Closing in November

Fostering Integration Grants
Closes: 5th of November 2019 11pm
Value: $5,000 to $60,000
Run By: NSW Department of Home Affairs
Aims to facilitate the participation, integration and social cohesion of both newly arrived migrants and culturally diverse communities in Australia

Be Connected - Activation Grants
Closes: End of November 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.

Veteran and Community Grants
Current Round Closes: 28 November 2019
Next Rounds Closes: 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.

Closing Later and Ongoing

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.

Infrastructure Grants
Next Round Opens: 18th of November
Next Round Closes: 9th of December 5pm
Future Round Opens: 16th of March 2020
Value: Up to $300,000 depending on project area
Run By: NSW Government Office of Responsible Gambling
Funding is available for arts and cultural infrastructure, sport and recreation infrastructure and projects that assist communities with essential infrastructure and disaster readiness.

Strengthening Rural Communities - Small & Vital
Current Round Closes:
19th of December 2019 5pm
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.

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
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
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.

The Honda Foundation
Closes: 9th of February 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.

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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