Current Grants and Funding Opportunities

Below is a list of grant and funding opportunities which may be of interest to your organisation. To access further information in regards to any of these grants, click on the link provided. 

Updated 12 January 2021

Active Kids - an ongoing Sports NSW Program

The NSW Government is helping kids get active with the Active Kids program.

The Active Kids program provides two $100 vouchers for parents, guardians and carers of school-enrolled children to use towards sport and active recreation costs each year.

Voucher 1 is valid January to December and Voucher 2 is valid July to December.

The vouchers may be used with a registered activity provider for registration, participation and membership costs for sport, fitness and active recreation activities.

To use a voucher, find a registered activity provider and present your voucher when you sign up.

The Active Kids program is one of more than 70 NSW Government rebates and savings that help with your cost of living.

To learn more about the program, or to apply for a voucher or become a registered provider visit this website: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/active-kids


Arts Funding & Support - Ongoing Program

Australian Government Department of Communications & The Arts support inclusiveness and growth in Australia's creative sector, and protect and promote Australian content and culture through delivering strategic advice and policy development, effective program and grants management, regulatory management and collaborative stakeholder engagement.

The program funds everything from multiyear programs to one-off projects and professional development opportunities, across visual arts, museums and history, literature, performing arts, music and more. 

Currently Open: The National Cultural Heritage Account helps Australian public cultural organisations buy significant objects that they could not otherwise afford.

For more information and links to open funding opportunities visit this website: https://www.arts.gov.au/funding-and-support


Australian Government Business Website - Ongoing Funding programs and support for your business 

The Australian Government Business website https://business.gov.au is a whole-of-government website for the Australian business community. It is a simple and convenient entry point for information, services and support to help businesses succeed in Australia. At this site you will find many links to news, information, grants, services, tools and support from across government to help your business succeed. Visit the site https://business.gov.au regularly or subscribe to receive news and learn of opportunities as they are announced. 

For example, currently open is the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund Round 2  which supports transformation in small and medium manufacturing businesses. It provides co-funded grants to transform manufacturing and to support job growth and a more highly skilled workforce. $50 million will be available for this grant opportunity from 2020-21 to 2022-23. Applications for Round 2 Close 21 January 2021 05:00 PM AEDT.


Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) – Round Five open

The Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) supports the Australian Government commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future. The fund invests in projects located in or benefiting eligible areas outside the major capital cities. Lockhart Shire is an eligible area. $200 million is now available for Round Five applications, to be allocated as follows:  

  • $100 million to support tourism-related infrastructure projects focussed on mitigating the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on a region's tourism industry.
  • $100 million will support regional remote Australia by funding general infrastructure projects and community investment projects.

Grants of between $5000 to $1 million will be approved to cover 50% or more of eligible project costs. Incorporated not-for-profits, local government agencies, bodies or non-distributing co-operatives may apply. Grant funding is available through two funding streams:

The Infrastructure Projects Stream supports projects that involve construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure. Find out more and how to apply here: https://www.business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/building-better-regions-fund-infrastructure-projects-stream

The Community Investments Stream funds community development activities including, but not limited to new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, leadership and capability building activities Find out more and how to apply here: https://www.business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/building-better-regions-fund-community-investments-stream

Round Five applications close: 5 March 202 at 5:00 PM AEDT


Community War Memorials Fund - Ongoing Program

The NSW Government established the Community War Memorials Fund to help conserve, repair and protect war memorials across NSW. Over 12 years grants have been provided for a wide range of projects including conservation assessments, honour roll repair, war memorial cleaning and conservation work, arborist advice for war memorial trees, security measures for memorials, repairs to war memorial halls and improvements to the accessibility of memorials.

Grant applications are assessed by the State War Memorials Committee which is comprised of senior representatives of the Returned and Services League of Australia NSW Branch (RSL NSW)  Public Works AdvisoryHeritage NSW and the NSW Office for Veterans Affairs.  

Visit the vereans Affairs Website: https://www.veterans.nsw.gov.au/heritage/community-war-memorials-fund/cwmf-202021-program-guidelines/ before completing the online Community War Memorials Fund application through Smarty Grants: https://veteransnsw.smartygrants.com.au/.

The rounds open on Anzac Day and Remembrance Day each year. 2020/21 Round 2 Applications Open Remembrance Day, 11 November 2020 & close 11 February 2021


Conservation Partners Grants - Ongoing Program 

Conservation Partners Grants are now available on an ongoing basis and provide financial assistance to landholders in managing their conservation area, allowing them to improve the biodiversity value of their properties. 

Agreement holders that do not receive annual payments under the Conservation Management Program can apply for a grant by downloading and sending a completed grant application form at any time.

Grants can assist landholders to maintain the ecological values of their properties. For example, a landholder may need funding to manage a weed outbreak or repair a fence to exclude stock.

For more information visit: https://www.bct.nsw.gov.au/cards/conservation-grants

Opened in 2018, this program remains open on an ongoing basis.


Dylan Alcott Foundation - Breaking down barriers to sport & education for young Australians 

The Dylan Alcott Foundation is committed to helping young Australians with disabilities overcome the barriers of entry to sport and education by providing fundraising for grants, scholarships and mentoring.
The foundations fundraising efforts will help to achieve big dreams through tangible means, purchasing expensive and much-needed sporting equipment, and providing scholarships at leading education institutions, and mentoring programs with industry trailblazers.

Find out more at this link: Dylan Alcott Foundation - Helping young Australians with disabilities

Apply for a grant at this link: Grant Application - Dylan Alcott Foundation


Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

FRRR is the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal and is a not-for-profit organisation that connects common purposes and funding from government, business and philanthropy to the genuine local needs of rural people and places.

FRRR provides funding and capacity building support at the hyper-local level. FRR has reach, relationships, networks, and know-how to align funding, big and small to community-led solutions that build resilience, long-term viability and vitality of smaller remote, rural, regional communities across Australia.

FRRR will create and seek grants to fund projects. Since 2000 it has delivered more than $115 million to more than 11,000 projects.

Whether it’s support after a natural disaster or something that can improve the wellbeing of the community, FRRR takes opportunities to support remote, rural and regional Australia. Find out how you can apply for funding or support our work.


Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations program

Inland Rail is committed to supporting communities along the alignment, by making voluntary financial contributions to eligible community groups running events, projects and activities which contribute to local and regional prosperity, well-being and sustainability. Financial requests between $1,000 and $4,000 will be considered from eligible community organisations. There are four annual open rounds 

For projects, events, activities commencing:Round opens:Round closes:
June to August1 February each year30 April each year
September to November1 May each year31 July each year
December to February1 August each year31 October each year
March to May1 November each year31 January each year

Inland Rail - https://inlandrail.artc.com.au/sponsorships


Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network Community Grants - Extended until 30 June 2021

Murrumbidgee Community Grants and Murrumbidgee Youth Grants have been extended until 30 June 2021 or until funding has been exhausted. In accordance with the Australian Government’s current COVID-19 response all grants will need to follow the current health advice, therefore applications will need to address how they meet current COVID-19 guidelines.

This is a time where communities can be creative, innovative and flexible to encourage connection, wellbeing support and training. If you are wanting to host a virtual event and do not have access to technology, MPHN can provide support with technology. MPHN fund a range of support services. Further information is available Existing grant applicants may wish to postpone their event due to the current restrictions, please advise us if this is your preference. We understand that this is a challenging time for our communities and encourage you to reach out if you or a member of your community require support here.

 For more information about the Murrumbidgee Community Grants and how & where to apply visit the website here: https://mphn.org.au/drought-support/

National Landcare Program: Smart Farms Small Grants Round 4

The Australian Government is inviting applications for projects to deliver services under the National Landcare Program – Smart Farms Small Grants Round 4. Information about applying for this round can be found on the Community Grants Hub website and GrantConnect.

Applications close at 11:00 pm AEDT (Extended to 30 June 2021)

 

NSW Government - Community War Memorials Fund - Applications close 11 February 2021

Applications are open to Round 2 of the NSW Government’s Community War Memorials Fund. Eligible organisations can apply online for grants of up to $10,000 to protect, conserve or repair local war memorials in New South Wales. Applications close on Thursday, 11 February 2021.

 

Further information about the Community War Memorials Fund can be found on the NSW Office for Veterans Affairs website at https://www.veterans.nsw.gov.au/heritage/community-war-memorials-fund/.

Applications close 11 February 2021

 

PPCA Performers' Trust Foundation - Ongoing Program

Provides ongoing grants to promote and encourage music and the performing arts. The grants provided are non-recurring (i.e. one-off grants rather than a periodical payment) and  must be for one or more of the following purposes:

  • Performances at concerts at or for charitable institutions such as hospitals or homes for the aged;

  • Scholarships for the promotion and encouragement of musical and theatrical education;

  • The promotion and encouragement of the performing arts to the general public;

  • The aid or assistance of any beneficiary who is unable to adequately maintain herself/himself by her/his own exertions and other income

For more information on the PPCA Performers' Trust Foundation, contact the PPCA on (02) 8569 1100 or visit: http://www.ppca.com.au/ppca-about-us/ppca-performers-trust-foundation/


Regional Arts NSW - Closes 30 June 2021

Made available under the Regional Arts Fund allocation for NSW, Quick Response Grants offer funding for up to $2,000 are intended to assist regional artists, arts organisations and communities to take up professional or skills development or small project opportunities.

All Quick Response Grants projects must be completed by 1 January 2022

The objectives are to support and promote participation in and access to Australia’s arts and culture in regional and remote Australia by:

  • Encouraging and supporting sustainable economic, social and cultural development in regional communities;
  • Developing partnerships and networks which leverage financial and/or in-kind support for specific projects and encourage ongoing collaboration;
  • Developing audiences and broadening community engagement with the arts; and
  • Increasing employment and professional development opportunities for, and raise the profile of, regional and remote artists.


TransGrid’s Community Partnerships Program (CPP) - Reopening February 2021

Transgrid's CPP provides funding of up to $5,000 for community and not-for-profit organisations to support projects or activities that provide a lasting benefit to local communities. Applications for the next round of funding are as follows: 

Opening date: Monday, 8 February 2021
Closing date: Monday, 5 April 2021
Grant amount: We provide funding of up to $5,000 per project can apply for a grant. 
Apply here: Complete an application form and send it to community@transgrid.com.au after opening date of 5 February 2021


Veteran and Community Grants - Closes 29 January 2021

The Australian Government is inviting ex-service organisations (ESOs), or non-ESOs working in partnership with an ESO, to apply for grant funding under the Veteran and Community Grants Program from 3 November 2020 to 29 January 2021.

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.

The intended outcomes of the program are to deliver projects that:
  • are sustainable and have an ongoing benefit for members of the Australian veteran community
  • increase opportunities for members of the Australian veteran community to engage in social and community activities and/or improve health behaviours and support healthy places.
PLEASE NOTE: There have been a number of changes to the Veteran and Community Grants Program for 2020-21, including changes to the eligibility criteria, maximum grant value, and considerations for grants activities in the COVID-19 environment. Please ensure you read the Grant Opportunity Guidelines carefully before filling out an application form.

Community Groups & members are encouraged to take advantage of any Grant Writer’s workshops provided by Council.