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
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.
Click here for more information.
Debbie Lane T: 02 6051 7721 E: email@example.com
Les Chettleburgh T: 02 6051 7723 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Regional Relocation Grant
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.
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.
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
Address: PO Box 666 WOOLONGONG 2520 NSW
T: 1300 368 676
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:
Ben Sibson, Funding Manager: 02 9270 2502
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;
- 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
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.
- 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.
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:
- 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: 13 32 54
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
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.
- 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
P: 02 9338 6719
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.
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
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.
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:
T: 03 9207 3040
Aboriginal Benefits Foundation Grants
The Foundation provides grants to Aboriginal communities and individuals to support projects which advance the aims of the Foundation.
Applications / Guidelines
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.
Application methods: Mail
For further information:
Website: Aboriginal Benefits Foundation Grants
RAS Foundation Community Futures Grant
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
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 information:
Contact: 02 9704 1226
The CSIRO Kick-Start program helps Australian start-ups and small SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) access dollar-matched funding to undertake research, development, or testing activities with CSIRO. It is a targeted program, which forms part of CSIRO’s strategic commitment to deepen our direct support for Australian technology start-ups and SMEs in areas of national growth priorities.
The research activities can include, for example, the development of prototypes, improving methods and processes, or the testing of novel materials. Eligible companies within three years of registration, or with a turnover or operating expenditure of less than $1.5 million, can access a KickStart voucher of between $10k-50k (matched dollar-for-dollar to the company cash contribution) to assist in accessing CSIRO research capability.
SME Connect’s dedicated Kick-Start Program Manager, along with other members of the SME Connect team, take a customer first approach and will assist in:
- Connecting the business to the best CSIRO research expertise, utilising our national CSIRO network of facilitators and contacts.
- Expediting the application process and helping with project design, if required, to ensure the project meets customer needs and expectations.
- Maintaining end-to-end engagement – remaining in communication with both researchers and businesses during the course of, and after completion of, the project, to ensure expectations are met, and knowledge transfer is smooth and effective.
Kick-Start vouchers are designed to help start-ups and small businesses access matched funding of between $10,000-50,000 to undertake a research project with CSIRO.
Who can apply?
Businesses will need to provide evidence they meet the following criteria as part of the application process:
- Be registered and operating in Australia.
- Have an annual turnover and operating expenditure <$1.5million, in the current and each of the two previous financial years (if applicable).
- Have an ACN
- Be solvent
- Be registered for GST
- Be able to demonstrate they can fully support their proportion of the project funding.
What can the grants be used for?
Projects will be developed between the company and the relevant CSIRO researcher(s). If required this can be facilitated by the SME Connect team. Eligible projects must:
- Include one of the following activities:
o Research into a new idea with commercial potential
o Development of a novel or improved product or process
o Test a novel product or material developed by the company
- Be delivered by CSIRO business units and/or facilities. This currently includes:
o Mineral Resources
o Agriculture and Food
o Health and Biosecurity
o Land and Water
o Oceans and Atmospheres
o Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL)
- Be less than 1 year in length
- Have a mutually agreed budget and scope of work
Application Method: Email
P: 03 9545 2617
Applications open on an ongoing basis.
Bin Trim Rebates Program
The Bin Trim Rebates program is a $9.4 million program supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW EPA’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, funded from the waste levy. It is being made available to fund small scale reuse and recycling equipment for waste generated by small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
The NSW Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy 2014-2021 sets a target to increase the commercial and industrial (business) recycling rate to 70 per cent by 2021. A 2014 commercial and industrial (C&I) waste audit, commissioned by the NSW EPA, found that a significant proportion of commercial and industrial waste is produced by small to medium sized businesses – 17 per cent by ‘mixed’ small to medium sized businesses and a further 53 per cent by other industry sectors such as manufacturing and retail; of which 99 per cent are small to medium sized businesses.
By June 2017, it is anticipated that the Bin Trim Rebate program will help up to 750 businesses improve their recycling through the provision of equipment, diverting up to 15,000 tonnes of material from landfill. The Bin Trim Rebates program is designed to accommodate a range of different equipment options. Rebate applications must:
- divert additional new tonnes from landfill
- be cost effective to fund equipment that will help improve source separation of recyclables, reduce waste and/or increase recycling in the workplace
- divert priority materials including paper, cardboard, plastic (including expanded polystyrene), food, organics and wood/timber, however, other materials will also be considered
- lead to improved recycling for source separation of waste, including ancillary equipment such as bins, signage and kitchen caddies, as long as they fall within minimum / maximum rebate amounts.
Businesses can apply for rebates of between $1000 and $50,000, for up to 50 per cent of the cost of equipment, and for up to five sites. A maximum of $250,000 is available for any one business over the life of the program.
Equipment eligible for a rebate includes material processing infrastructure that diverts waste from landfill as well as recycling infrastructure. This includes but is not limited to:
- glass crushing machines
- commercial worm farms
- EPS Compaction equipment
- recycling bins / bin equipment
- public place recycling bins if the material is collected under a commercial and industrial contract
- ·other equipment on a case by case basis that meets the terms and conditions of the Bin Trim Rebate program.
Small to medium sized businesses (SMEs)
- small to medium sized businesses with 1-199 full-time equivalent employees that can provide waste data from a waste assessment or audit in the past two years, conducted through an EPA program or other by application
- Facility managers responsible for small to medium sized business waste at sites such as business parks, commercial buildings and shopping centres. These applications must be supported by waste data from an approved EPA program or other on application.
- Facility Managers of multiple sites (such as child care or aged care services) where the site:
o has between 1-199 employees and operates as a small to medium sized business
o has its own waste contract
o has waste data from an approved EPA program or other on application
o is not owned by a listed company.
Recyclers – Collectors and Processors
- Recyclers diverting small to medium sized business waste from landfill and who are themselves a small to medium sized business. Recyclers must show that the equipment will be used to provide either a new service for small to medium sized business clients or enhance current services to divert additional tonnes from landfill.
Application Method: Online
P: 13 15 55
Applications open on an ongoing basis.
Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program
The Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program allocates $4 million over four years to assist sporting clubs across NSW in the purchase and maintenance of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).
An AED is a life saving device which delivers a controlled shock to an individual experiencing cardiac arrest, increasing their chances of survival.
The Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program provides NSW sports clubs and councils the opportunity to acquire an AED package for their club or sports facility at a reduced cost.
Sporting organisations and councils will be able to choose from a panel of approved AED Panel Service Providers and a variety of AED packaged services with the level of customer service that meets their needs.
An AED package will include:
- An AED
- AED familiarisation instruction (within 28 days of delivery)
- A minimum of six years of essential AED maintenance
For full details of what an AED package includes, visit the Frequently Asked Questions.
AED Panel Service Providers, AED products and services are required to meet and maintain minimum requirements under the panel contract with the Office of Sport. Sporting organisations and councils must rely on their own enquiries to the suitability of the AED Panel Service Provider they engage.
Who is eligible to apply?
- Incorporated, not-for-profit sports clubs in NSW
- State or national sporting organisations on behalf of member clubs located in NSW, to a maximum of 10 per Zone
- Licensed sporting clubs, providing that the project directly benefits sporting activities
- Sport clubs associated with a school, church or university providing they are an incorporated not for profit club in their own right
- Councils on behalf of sports clubs
- Councils in Zones 2 and 3, for sport and recreational facilities within their local government areas
- Service clubs such as Rotary, CWA and Lions, on behalf of sporting clubs
What is not included?
Items listed below unless outlined in the terms and conditions are not included:
- Ongoing maintenance outside of the scope of the maintenance schedule and any extended warranty as specified by the AED Panel Service Provider
- Accredited CPR, First Aid, ongoing or additional face-to-face AED familiarisation instruction
- Out-of-warranty repair of equipment
- Replacement costs of consumables including batteries and electrode pads
- Replacement or temporary replacement of the AED if it is damaged or unrecoverable through wear and tear, vandalism, accident, theft or misuse
- General first aid maintenance items or equipment (items requiring cleaning and disinfecting after use)
Note: This is a general guide only. Sports clubs/organisations should refer to the details set out in the particular AED Panel Service Providers’ packages when choosing an AED Panel Service Provider.
Local Sport Defibrillator Program Guidelines (PDF, 789KB )
Applications for the Local Sport Defibrillator Program opened 3 December, 2018 and will close 6 May, 2019.
Click here to apply
My Community Project
Council has received exciting information from Justin Clancy, Member for Albury about a new funding opportunity from NSW Government called, My Community Project. Click here for a copy of Justin's letter.
About My Community Project
Have you got a great idea to improve your local community? It might be new playground equipment or sports facilities for the kids, paths or ramps to improve access, an art installation to rejuvenate an empty space or a community transport service. Grants between $20,000 and $200,000 are available.
Your idea could receive funding through My Community Project and now is the time to apply. Do not forget to confirm support from a local organisation as the project sponsor(external link)(PDF, 2.9MB). The project sponsor will deliver the project if it is funded, and could be your local council, community group, sports club, charity or school.
Both you and the project sponsor will need to submit the application before 2pm on 15 May 2019. We recommend that you complete your section by 1 May 2019. This will allow enough time for the project sponsor to complete your application.
My Community Project is made possible by the NSW Generations Fund(external link). The fund helps keep the state’s debt at a sustainable level, while sharing the benefit of its returns with the people of NSW by funding community projects.
Download the program guidelines(external link)(PDF, 1.5MB)
Get in touch with My Community Project at:
Get in touch with Greater Hume Council to discuss your project and receive a letter of support from Council. As a project's success will be determined by the community through a voting process please contact Council to provide advise on how you can submit a strong application.
AMP’s Tomorrow Fund
AMP’s Tomorrow Fund is once again offering $1 million in grants to amazing Australians doing great things.
Now in its sixth year, this annual grants program is open to individuals of all ages, walks of life and abilities. In 2018, AMP’s Tomorrow Fund awarded 43 grants to artists, athletes, inventors, social innovators, scientists, writers, musicians and more. What they have in common is a desire to give back to the community – be it through creating something special or inspiring others.
The AMP Foundation is now seeking more talented and innovative Australians who are working hard on a project or passion but just need a financial boost to take it to the next level.
Grants of between $5,000 to $100,000 can cover a range of activities, including training, travel and equipment costs, living expenses, rent and research.
Learn more or apply online at ampstomorrowfund.com.au.
Applications opened on Thursday 11 April 2019 and must be in by 4pm (AEST) on 27 May 2019. The website’s Tips and tools section also includes FAQs, useful resources such as downloadable posters, fact sheets and a sample application. There are also profiles on our past recipients - known as AMP Tomorrow Makers.