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Listed below are the various grants on this webpage, please scroll down to obtain further information:

 

ONGOING GRANTS

GENERAL GRANT INFORMATION

 ONGOING GRANTS 

Liquor & Gaming Infrastructure Grants

Liquor & Gaming NSW offers grants to communities across NSW to support the building, renovation and fitout of infrastructure. Funding is available for sport and recreation, arts and cultural infrastructure, and projects that enhance facilities used to shelter communities and provide emergency services. 
 
Infrastructure Grants are made possible by the ClubGrants Category 3 Fund, which reinvests 0.4 per cent of clubs’ gaming machine profits over $1 million back into community projects. Funding can be used costs such as construction, purchase of capital equipment and professional fees.
 
Organisations have four opportunities to apply for grants throughout the year: August and November 2017, February and May 2018. Various closing dates see Liquor and Gaming webpage, please click here to obtain more information and application forms.
 

NSW Regional Growth Fund

Ongoing
The NSW Government has announced a new approach to supporting growth and business potential that means all residents of regional NSW will see the benefits of strong economic management. To support this new approach, the $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund has been created to deliver the infrastructure to help regional economies expand
and to improve the amenity of people living in regional NSW.
The Regional Growth Fund is designed to activate local economies and create jobs by building and upgrading infrastructure, improving facilities and investing in sports, arts and culture in regional communities.
The Regional Growth Fund includes:
• Growing Local Economies — unlocking economic potential by building or upgrading power, transport and telecommunications links and water and sewerage services.
• Resources for Regions — supporting the infrastructure needs of mining-affected regional economies.
• Connecting Country Communities — investing in better mobile phone and internet connectivity to support businesses and families living and working in regional areas and drive regional productivity.
• Regional Sports Infrastructure — supporting participation and high achievement in sport for regional NSW communities by improving facilities.
• Regional Cultural Fund — delivering investment to support bold and exciting regional arts and culture
• Stronger Country Communities Fund — supporting councils and community groups to deliver crucial local infrastructure to improve quality of life.

 
Contact either Debbie Lane on 02 6051 7721 or debbie.lane@dpc.nsw.gov.au or Les Chettleburgh on 02 6051 7723 or les.chettleburgh@dpc.nsw.gov.au
 
 

Regional Relocation Grant

OngoingPurpose
The scheme will provide applicants with a one-off payment of $7,000 to assist them with the cost of relocating from their metropolitan home to a regional home.Overview
The NSW Government is committed to helping as many people as possible with the cost of relocating from their metropolitan home to a regional home.The NSW Government has announced that the Grant has been extended to apply to applicants buying vacant land valued up to $450 000, provided the applicant commences building within 6 months and occupation of the home within 12 months of completion of the land purchase. This applies to purchases from 1 July 2011.The metropolitan area means the local government areas of the Sydney metropolitan area, Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Gosford, Wyong, Wollondilly, Wollongong and Newcastle.Limitations
To be eligible for the Grant, you must meet the following criteria:
  • An applicant must own a regional property or be the lessee under a long term lease, and must also be the owner or previous owner of a metropolitan property
  • An applicant must be a natural person (a real person not a legal person, that is, Public or private business)
  • An applicant must not purchase the regional home in his or her capacity as a trustee
  • At least one applicant must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident at the completion date of the regional property purchase or the commencement date of a long term lease
  • An applicant must have entered into an agreement to purchase a home or vacant land on which to build a home, or be granted a long term lease over a property, within a regional area
  • At least one applicant must have occupied the metropolitan home as their principal place of residence within the 12 months before the commencement date of the regional property purchase or lease
  • The value of the regional home must not exceed $600,000 or $450,000 for vacant land. For a long term lease the incoming contribution or upfront fee must not exceed $600,000.
  • The whole of the metropolitan home must be sold within the 12 months preceding the commencement date for the purchase or lease of the regional property or within 12 months after completion. In the case of a contract to purchase, completion is the date of registration. In the case for a long term lease, completion is the date the lease commences
  • All applicants must occupy the regional home as their principal place of residence for at least 12 continuous months commencing within 12 months after the completion date of the purchase or the commencement of a long term lease
  • An applicant must not have received an earlier grant under the Regional Relocation (Home Buyers Grant) Act 2011.
Applications / Guidelines
Application methods: Mail, Online
Website: http://www.osr.nsw.gov.au/grants/rrgContact Details
Address: PO Box 666 WOOLONGONG 2520 NSW
Phone: 1300 368 676
Email: regional.relocation.grant@osr.nsw.gov.au

 

Regional Industries Investment Fund

OngoingPurpose
The Regional Industries Investment Fund (RIIF) is a key element of the NSW Government's commitment to driving economic growth in regional New South Wales and enhancing the attractiveness of regional areas. The RIIF is administered by NSW Trade & Investment providing financial support for business investment, local infrastructure and economic development projects that result in or promote economic outcomes for the State.OverviewBusiness investment projects Support is available for investment projects that contribute to regional population growth through the creation of new jobs, or in special circumstances the retention of existing jobs in a regional location. The RIIF aims to encourage business growth by helping businesses overcome impediments to investment projects that will lead to the creation of new jobs in regional NSW. Applicants must demonstrate:

  • the long term viability of the project
  • cost impediments delaying or preventing the project from proceeding
  • a significant new investment in operations
  • a planned substantial increase in new jobs as a result of the project
Firms creating new jobs in NSW may also be eligible for payroll tax rebates under the NSW Government's Payroll Tax Rebate Scheme - Jobs Action Plan administered by the Office of State Revenue. Eligible applicants:
  • metropolitan, interstate and overseas firms establishing in or relocating to regional NSW; and
  • firms in regional NSW expanding existing operations or establishing new operations.

Local infrastructure projects 
Support is available for local infrastructure projects that are linked with employment generation investments and deliver industrial projects that have the potential to benefit more than one firm. The RIIF aims to address infrastructure barriers impeding business investment and job creation for specific projects in regional locations.  Assistance is directed toward offsetting the costs of specific critical infrastructure required for business establishment, expansion or relocation in regional NSW. Applicants must demonstrate:
  • that the business infrastructure is directly linked to development of actual business investment and employment creation opportunities at the location
  • to what extent the business infrastructure will be “common” ie has the potential to benefit other business users (current or future)
  • an estimated timetable for the infrastructure being required/connected.
  • how funding will be a catalyst for infrastructure outcomes which would not otherwise be achieved
  • Substantial commitment of contributions from other sources (eg local government, private sector, Commonwealth and NSW government agencies).
Eligible applicants include:
  • Local Councils
  • infrastructure providers
  • the private sector.
Economic development projects Funding is available for projects that build capacity in local regional industries and/or have the potential to generate economic benefits such as employment, business or industry development/growth. This program does not provide assistance for community events or tourism initiatives. For applicants seeking funding for tourism projects, please visit: http://corporate.tourism.nsw.gov.au/Funding_and_Grants_p586.aspx for details. Applicants must demonstrate that the project:has broad support from stakeholders or that the project is aligned with a local, regional or industry plan
has the potential to create economic benefits for the broader area/region rather than being of specific benefit to a single enterprise.   Eligible applicants include:
  • local councils
  • incorporated associations including business, industry and community organisations
  • regional development organisations including Regional Development Australia committees.

For further information on the Regional Industries Investment Fund, please contact your local NSW Trade & Investment office.
 
Applications / Guidelines
Application methods: Mail
Website: www.trade.nsw.gov.au

Guidelines:www.business.nsw.gov.auContact Details
Phone: (02) 9338 6719
Email: regional@business.nsw.gov.au
 
 

Local Heritage Fund Applications

Greater Hume Shire Council wishes to advise that applications for grants under the Local Heritage Restoration Fund for Year 3 are now open. Grants of up to $2,000, to be matched $1 for $1 are available for restoration/improvement work on listed heritage items or elements in Conservation Areas or other buildings or places as assessed being of heritage significance. Application forms are available from the Council offices, or by clicking here. 
 
Click Here for application guidelines.
 
All enquiries should be directed to Council’s Environmental Health and Building Surveyor Mr Bradley Peach at the Culcairn office on 6029 8588.
 

Quick Response Grants

Made available under the Regional Arts Fund allocation for NSW, Quick Response Grants ('Quicks') offer 'urgent' funding of up to $1,500 for local arts and cultural projects in regional and rural NSW. Preference is given to projects from smaller and remote communities. 'Quicks' are offered on a quarterly basis. There is no deadline for applications, which may be made as required, although applications are processed on a 'first come, first served' basis.

The objectives of Quick Response funding are to:

  • enable NSW professional artists and arts and cultural organisations to take up opportunities that are time sensitive
  • support the employment of NSW professional artists
  • contribute to innovation and excellence
  • promote the NSW arts and cultural sector nationally and internationally.

Priority will be given to applicants who have not received Quick Response funding in the last 12 months.

For further information contact:

http://regionalartsnsw.com.au/grants/qtg/

Ben Sibson, Funding Manager (02) 9270 2502
Email funding@regionalartsnsw.com.au

Applications are ongoing

 

Satellite Phone Subsidy Scheme

The aim of the scheme is to help people living or working outside of terrestrial mobile phone coverage to purchase satellite mobile phones.

The subsidy is for the purchase of a satellite phone that is either;

  • handheld or
  • non handheld and used in a mobile environment, such as phones that are installed and used in a vehicle or vessel.

Note: The subsidy is not available for phones that are fixed to a homestead, building or other immobile structure. The subsidy does not cover any ongoing bills, charges or the ongoing service of the service provider.

Applications are ongoing.

For further information including eligibility go to

www.dbcde.gov.au/mobile_services/the_satellite_phone_subsidy_scheme

 

Black Spot Program

 The purpose of the Department of Infrastructure and Transport's program is to reduce crashes on Australian roads and to target those road locations where crashes are occurring.

Road crashes are a major cost to Australians every year. Black Spot projects target those road locations where crashes are occurring. By funding measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at dangerous locations, the program reduces the risk of crashes. Programs of this sort are very effective, saving the community many times the cost of the relatively minor road improvements that are implemented. Widespread community consultation and participation is fundamental to this program, ensuring that local concerns are addressed.

Who can apply?

Community groups, motorist organisations, industry organisations, councils and individuals are invited to nominate Black Spot sites around Australia to be considered for treatment.

Applications are ongoing.

For further information click here.  

Redkite Financial Grants

Purpose of this program: To provide financial assistance for young people (up to the age of 24) diagnosed with cancer in Australia and their families to help them manage the everyday expenses and keep their focus on the most important task of caring for themselves, their sick child and for one another.

Eligibility:

  • Talk with your social worker or care coordinator about how Redkite can provide you or your family with financial assistance
  • Redkite can offer cancer support at any stage of the cancer journey including: When recently diagnosed, during treatment, when you return home from hospital or through your grieving period if you lose a child to cancer.

This program is ongoing.

For further information, please go to

www.redkite.org.au/financial-grants

 

Veteran and Community Grants

The objectives of the Department of Veterans Affairs Veteran and Community Grants are to:

  • promote and enhance healthy lifestyles, particularly physical activity and mental well-being
  • support quality independent living at home
  • encourage involvement in community activities
  • reduce social isolation
  • contribute to social inclusion and access to community activities
  • encourage supportive and safe communities
  • increase access to community services
  • address gaps in local services, and
  • support carers.

Limitations

To be eligible for a Veteran and Community Grant, an applicant must:

  • be an ex-service organisation, veteran representative group, community based organisation or private organisation
  • demonstrate the ability to contribute to the welfare of members of the veteran community through the proposed project.

Applications will not be considered from:

  • individuals
  • organisations seeking commercial gain from the project
  • organisations contracted to DVA for the provision of Veterans' Home Care or other services requesting funding for any activity related to that contract, or
  • organisations or projects receiving Home and Community Care program funding for a specific service type that are requesting Veteran and Community Grants funding for the same service type.

Amount: $2,000 to $50,000

For Further Information contact the  Department of Veteran Affairs

Phone: 133 254

Applications are ongoing.

Regional Industries Investment Fund                

The Regional Industries Investment Fund (RIIF) is a key element of the NSW Government's commitment to driving economic growth in regional New South Wales and enhancing the attractiveness of regional areas. The RIIF is administered by NSW Trade & Investment providing financial support for business investment, local infrastructure and economic development projects that result in or promote economic outcomes for the State.
Business investment projects Support is available for investment projects that contribute to regional population growth through the creation of new jobs, or in special circumstances the retention of existing jobs in a regional location. The RIIF aims to encourage business growth by helping businesses overcome impediments to investment projects that will lead to the creation of new jobs in regional NSW. Applicants must demonstrate:
  • the long term viability of the project
  • cost impediments delaying or preventing the project from proceeding
  • a significant new investment in operations
  • a planned substantial increase in new jobs as a result of the project
Assistance is directed toward offsetting the costs of specific critical infrastructure required for business establishment, expansion or relocation in regional NSW. Applicants must demonstrate:
  • that the business infrastructure is directly linked to development of actual business investment and employment creation opportunities at the location
  • to what extent the business infrastructure will be “common” i.e. has the potential to benefit other business users (current or future)
  • an estimated timetable for the infrastructure being required/connected.
  • how funding will be a catalyst for infrastructure outcomes which would not otherwise be achieved
  • Substantial commitment of contributions from other sources (e.g. local government, private sector, Commonwealth and NSW government agencies).
Eligible applicants include:
  • Local Councils
  • infrastructure providers
  • the private sector.
For further information on the Regional Industries Investment Fund contact your local NSW Trade & Investment office: Albury (Murray Region) (02) 6051 7722.
 
 
Applications are ongoing.

Skilled Regional Relocation Incentive

The Skilled Regional Relocation Incentive is designed to deliver employment outcomes and contribute to the socio-economic growth of regional communities. The enhanced scheme aims to appeal to a more economically active demographic, including young professionals, single people and young families, all of whom could bring skills and contribute to the vitality of regional communities.Overview
As part of recent changes to the Regional Relocation Grant scheme, the NSW Government will introduce a new Skilled Regional Relocation Incentive of $10,000 from 1 January 2014 to encourage more people to relocate to regional NSW for employment.
Self-employed people, including small business owners and entrepreneurs, who move to a regional area will be able to apply for the Skilled Regional Relocation Incentive.Eligibility Criteria
The Skilled Regional Relocation Incentive is tied to secured employment in a regional area. Employment is defined as full-time employment for the purposes of the grant.Key criteria for the Skilled Regional Relocation Incentive include:
  • Proof of residence in a metropolitan area for a continuous period of at least two years;
  • Proof of an offer of employment or self-employment in a regional area at least 100 km from the prior metropolitan residence;
  • Proof of relocation to a regional area; and
  • Applicants can only apply after 1 January 2014 and must demonstrate a minimum period of three months continuous employment or have worked in their own business for the same period.
  •  Self-employed people who are establishing a small business or relocating a small business to a regional area will have additional mandated requirements to engage with Small Biz Connect, a program administered by the Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner. Engagement with Small Biz Connect is intended to increase the prospects of business success. Only one grant can be awarded per household. Additionally, the applicant or any member of the applicant’s household must not have previously received a Regional Relocation Grant.
Phone: 1300 368 676
Email: regional.relocation.grant@osr.nsw.gov.au

Sidney Myer Fund Education Program

The program aims to contribute to enabling Australians to achieve the best possible educational outcomes, irrespective of their cultural background, socio-economic status and place of residence.Overview
Large Grants Program
The current priority areas of the Education Large Grants Program are:
  • Early Years (0-5)
  • Indigenous Education.
Please note, no unsolicited applications to this Large Grants Program is accepted.
Small Grants Program
The Education Small Grants Program aims to provide a quick response to community needs and supports projects that:
  • Disadvantaged Young People
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse young people
  • Young people in rural and regional communities
Priority
The current priority areas for the Education Small Grants Program are:
  • Local community and school based projects that aim to achieve education outcomes for 0-25 year olds
  • Small, discreet projects that meet the needs of a community rather than supplementary funding for large projects
  • Projects that encourage integration and improve educational outcomes for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students
  • Rural and regional communities.
Limitations
Applications will be accepted for grants for charitable purposes from Australian incorporated organisations that have been endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as Tax Concession Charities (TCC).

 

For further information
Phone: (03) 9207 3040
Email:enquiries@myerfoundation.org.au
 
 

Aboriginal Benefits Foundation Grants

Applications OngoingPurpose
The Foundation provides grants to Aboriginal communities and individuals to support projects which advance the aims of the Foundation.Overview
In view of the limited resources available to the Foundation, priority for funding is being given to the following categories:
1.     Seeding grants:
o    to research the relevance and value of new projects that may be ineligible for support from existing agencies
o    to facilitate schemes or projects of benefit to Aboriginal health, welfare or education which have potential for wider application.
2.     One-off grants in support of:
o    health and well being of artists and their families
o    education through art projects which will benefit health and well being
o    individuals and communities, with a connection to Aboriginal art and/or artists, to meet special needs
Grant applications are considered by the Board of the Foundation at each directors meeting. The Board currently meets approximately 6 - 8 times each year.
In extreme and special circumstances the Board may allocate funds outside these guidelines.
Applications / Guidelines

 

Application methods: Mail
Website: Aboriginal Benefits Foundation Grants
Email: info@aboriginal.org.au
 
 

RAS Foundation Community Futures Grant

Overview

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF) is offering an opportunity for community-minded people to be awarded up to $25,000 in funding for a community project in their local area.

Taking part is easy:

  • Identify a need in your rural NSW community
  • Partner with a local community organisation
  • Create a project plan for your initiative

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible applicants must be a resident of the rural NSW community the project will benefit. In the past this grant has carried an age limit of 35 years. This age limit has now been lifted, however the RAS Foundation remains committed to fostering youth leadership and will earmark a portion of the available grant funding to projects driven by young people.

What types of projects are eligible?

The RASF invites ideas that deliver strong community benefits and result in enhanced economic and social outcomes for your community. Projects that involve collaboration between people in your town and deliver sustained and broad community benefits will be highly regarded. Applicants will be passionate about rural and regional NSW, and have a good understanding of any issues affecting their community.

Infrastructure for local showgrounds and Show Societies are eligible. The improvements must demonstrate that they go beyond benefiting just the local Show Society in running the local Show, but rather enabling broader use by other community groups to run on-going projects or programs.

What projects are not eligible?

While the criteria for this program are broad, the RASF does not fund wages, consultant’s fees, one-off events, operational and administration costs, travel or accommodation.

For further infomation:

Visit: www.rasnsw.com.au/foundation

Contact: 02 9704 1226

 

GENERAL GRANT INFORMATION

Regional Development Australia - Murray FYI Grants

What are FYI Grants?FYI Grants is produced by Regional Development Australia – Murray (RDA Murray) each month in order to inform communities, businesses & industries within the Murray region of the latest Government, Business and Philanthropic programs available.

Who needs FYI Grant Information?The FYI Grants newsletter makes it easier to find suitable and relevant grants for community projects within the Murray region. Many different organisations, from large to small businesses, community organisations and even local government associations, can gain useful advice on finding the best source of funding.

Who do I talk to for more information about a grant?Please email RDA Murray and direct your enquiry to Julie Lawrence or 02 6058 0600.It is important to detail as much information as possible in your email in order to give you a clear and concise response.

Click here to access latest RDA - Murray FYI Grants page.

 

Funding Opportunities for Community Groups

Members of Parliament regularly receive requests directly or through their electorate offices about funding opportunities for community groups.

This resource is designed to assist in responding to such requests. It is organised under the following headings:

• Government gateways to community grants
• Non-government gateways to community grants
• Grants in selected subject areas
• Selected private sector/non-government funding sources
• Selected local government funding sources
• List of useful links

To access the document please click here

Please note the Guide was prepared by Gareth Griffith, Manager, and Nathan Wales, Research Service, NSW Parliamentary Library, at the direction of the Member for Wagga Wagga, Daryl Maguire, and is circulated with his permission.

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