Richmond Community Grants Hub

We’re so fortunate to have such active, committed and diverse community groups across our region and I look forward to keep working together to make our area an even better place to live!

That’s why I’m really excited to host the Richmond Community Grants Hub – which will provide updated information about available funding grants.

Grants are available to support upgrades and improvements and I encourage community groups, sporting clubs, and other local organisations to consider applying for funding assistance when the relevant grant applications open.

Subscribers to the Richmond Community Grants Hub can access information about funding opportunities as they become available across the North Coast.

Final grant funding applications will always be assessed by the relevant department against the Programme Guidelines.

I look forward to working with local community groups, sporting clubs, and organisations  to ensure we secure important funding for our community and I encourage organisations interested in applying for funding to contact my office on 07 55 234 371 to discuss projects.

Leg Up Grants-Museums

Leg Up Grants-Museums

Leg Up Grants are quick response skill development grants for workers in volunteer managed museums throughout NSW. These grants fund various skill development projects including hosting or attending workshops, conferences or seminars in NSW, in addition to networking activities.

Previous Leg Up Grants have funded museum volunteers to attend conferences and workshops, and to gain training in areas of museum practice including paper conservation, oral history, disaster preparedness and significance assessment.

Amount available: Up to $500

Applications Close 25 October 2020 or when funds are exhausted

Skills Development Grants-Museums

Skills Development Grants-Museums

Skills Development Grants provide funding to volunteer museums and museum networks for regional or state focused skill development training and networking events.

Amount available: Up to $4000

More information can be found online here: https://mgnsw.org.au/sector/funding

Applications Close 25 October 2020 or when funds are exhausted

Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Grant

Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Grant

Promoting diversity, innovation and service responsiveness in the NSW workforce, the Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Grant subsidises the salary, development and support costs of Aboriginal employees in public service agencies and local government authorities.

More information can be found online here: www.training.nsw.gov.au/programs_services

Applications Close 31 July 2020

Equipment and Facilities Grant Program

The Equipment and Facilities Grant Program supports schools and services to fund equipment and facilities that enable new services to establish and existing services to expand. Applicants may seek up to $30,000 (GST exclusive) for their project and applications will be assessed based on the level of demand for the increase in places and how well the proposed project will address the issue. This is an open – competitive grant program.

Applications Close 31st January 2021

Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund

The Innovation Fund was established by the Government to support regional and publishers to transition to and compete more successfully in the evolving media environment. The Innovation Fund was announced as part of the Regional and Small Publishers Jobs and Innovation Package.

The objective of the 2020 Round is to support the production of public interest journalism by assisting publishers (which includes content service providers) to stabilise their financial position and increase their revenue so that they are able to operate on a sustainable basis in the medium term. The grants are designed to assist publishers and content service providers:

  • to increase the sustainability of their news publishing activities (including news gathering, production and distribution) in the short to medium term; or
  • to develop and trial transformational or innovative models for the sustainable provision of public interest journalism and reposition their businesses to adapt to the new media environment in the longer term

Applications Close 22 May 2020

Disaster Recovery Allowance

Disaster Recovery Allowance is short term payment to help if a declared disaster directly affects your income. You can be eligible for up to 13 weeks to the equivalent of Newstart or Youth Allowances. It provides support for people who can show they lost income as a direct result of the bushfires in New South Wales from August 2019 through to February 2020.

Closing date for applications is 4 August, 2020

Disaster Recovery Payment

The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment is a one-off payment to help you and your family is a declared disaster significantly affects you.Its not for minor damage or inconvenience. Payments can be made up to $1,000 per adult and up to $400 per child under the age of 16 years.

Applications Close 4 August, 2020

Sunsuper Community Grants

Sunsuper’s community grants are for not-for-profit organisations or community groups that  dream of helping to create brighter futures for Australians or a more active community or support others to live better.

There are three rounds for community grants and each round has a different theme. If your dream fits the criteria and is eligible apply for your chance to receive a share of $150,000.

Applications Close 26 June 2020

NSW Disaster Recovery Grants

A number of grants available to assist primary producers, small business and not for profit following the Declaration of Natural Disaster by NSW Government.

The NSW Rural Assistance Authority (the RAA) administers financial assistance programs including transport subsidies for animal welfare and natural disasters to primary producers on behalf of both the NSW and Australian Governments.

Natural disaster recovery grants provide immediate relief to eligible primary producers, small businesses and non-profit organisations, for clean-up and restoration costs in the aftermath of extreme natural disasters.

Various closing dates – please check the website for dates and eligibility. 

NAB Disaster Relief Fund

In recognition of the scale and severity of the bushfires, NAB has created the $1 million Disaster Relief Fund to give customers and employees displaced from their homes ready access to cash, as well as support in the months ahead as communities rebuild homes and businesses.

NAB customers who have lost homes this bushfire season can immediately access $2,000 grants to help cover costs such as temporary accommodation, food and clothing.

For information on how to access the grants contact the NAB Assist team on the dedicated number 1300 683 106 (8am-8pm Monday to Friday; and 9am-1pm Saturday AEST/AEDT).

NAB employees who have had to evacuate their homes can also access a $1,000 grant.

Applications are ongoing

Westpac Disaster Relief

Westpac has announced that its Disaster Relief Package is available for customers who are suffering hardship as a result of the recent disasters.

Westpac’s Disaster Relief Packages aim to offer immediate practical help to assist customers to manage the impact of natural disasters on their finances.

Grants of up to $2000 can be accessed to help cover temporary accommodation, food and clothing.

Customers can contact Westpac Assist on 1800 067 497 or their local Westpac Branch to discuss their circumstances and the financial relief available.

Grant applications are ongoing

ANZ Bushfire Relief Package

ANZ  Disaster Relief and Recovery Policy aims to deliver an efficient, coordinated and proportionate response to disasters.

Emergency relief measures may include:

  • financial assistance package for customers
  • measures to support impacted employees
  • funding for organisations involved in emergency relief – for example direct donations and matching of staff fundraising
  • medium to long-term natural disaster recovery grants administered by Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
  • mobilising ANZ volunteers to assist with community rebuilding
  • financial advice and planning for recovering local businesses.

We encourage any customer impacted by a disaster to contact our financial hardship team, local branch or relationship manager to discuss how we can help and support you.

Various support is available for ANZ customers to support those affected by fires. This includes suspension on repayments of loans, interest rate relief, etc.
Contact ANZ on 1800 149 549 or www.anz.com/hardship

Young Care – Home Support Grants

The Youngcare Home Support Grants are available for individuals aged between 18 and 65 who have a permanent disability and who need essential funding to either remain living at home, move back home from inappropriate housing or to make their current place more accessible.

The Youngcare Home Support Grant provides up to $20,000 for essential equipment, home modifications and services such as respite or in-home care, household items and utilities.

Youngcare’s Home Support Grant can provide funding where there are critical gaps in an NDIS participant’s plan, but there is still clear evidence of need. The grant also seeks to bridge the gap in essential services and support for families in need, during the transitional period while the NDIS is fully established.

Applications will close on the 11th of December and will re-open on the 13th of January 2020

Register of Cultural Organisations

The Register of Cultural Organisations is a list of cultural organisations that can receive tax deductible gifts. The register aims to strengthen private sector support for the arts and encourages Australians to contribute to the nation’s vibrant cultural life. Australian organisations can be listed on the register if their principal purpose is to promote one of the following cultural activities in Australia:

  • literature
  • visual arts
  • community arts
  • performing arts
  • arts or languages of Indigenous persons
  • music
  • crafts
  • design
  • television
  • video
  • radio
  • film
  • movable cultural heritage.

 Applications Ongoing

Transition to Independent Living Allowance

Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA) is a payment of up to $1,500 to help eligible young people (15-25 years) cover some basic costs as they leave out-of-home care. TILA is also for young people who continue to live with their foster carers after their care order expires. The payment can be used to buy items such as a fridge or couch, pay for counselling, education and training courses, medical expenses, a drivers licence or any other items or services agreed between the young person and their case worker.

Grants of up to $1500 are available.

This grant is ongoing

Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS)

The Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS) is an Australian Government scheme that provides a payment to assist eligible people who have permanent and severe incontinence to meet some of the cost of their continence products.

CAPS clients will receive a payment which is indexed annually. The current payment is $609.70 for the financial year 2019-2020.

Clients can choose one full payment in July, or two half payments in July and January each year.

Applications are ongoing

Strategic Opportunities Program- Screen NSW

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and focus on building capacity within the screen industry. Supported programs focus on high quality activity, engagement and participation. Their priority areas for funding are focussed on Regional NSW, Western Sydney including Aboriginal people, CALD backgrounds, disability and youth.

The objectives of the Program are:

  • to build capacity within the industry and organisations and businesses within the sector;
  • to support new and sustainable partnerships in particular between organisations of State significance and practitioners;
  • to support audience access strategies for projects and practitioners.

Screen NSW will consider applications over $2,000.

Applications Ongoing

Early Development – Screen NSW

Early Development offers support for both pre-draft and early draft costs. Support for development of new works for feature films, adult and children’s TV, factual documentaries, animation and more. Grant can be used for first drafts, sizzle reels, research, development, etc

Applicants will generally be a NSW based Key Creative, individual or company.  If you are not based in NSW you must:

  • provide evidence of a genuine co-production partnership with a NSW-based company or producer OR
  • have at least one NSW based Key Creative (writer, producer or director) attached OR
  • satisfy Screen NSW that the project offers outstanding benefits to the NSW screen industry

You must intend to produce or post produce your project in NSW.

You must hold the rights in your project.

Applications  Ongoing

Rehabilitation Appliance Program (RAP)

The Rehabilitation Appliances Program (RAP) assists entitled veterans, war widow/ers and dependants through the provision of aids and appliances to minimise the impact of disabilities, enhance quality of life and maximise independence when undertaking daily living activities.

If you are a Gold or White Card holder (with assessed need due to an accepted disability), you can access aids or appliances to help you maintain independence in your home through the Rehabilitation Appliances Program (RAP). Items can include diabetic supplies, mobility aids, home medical oxygen, etc.

Applications are ongoing

Tailored Assistance Indigenous Employment Grants

Tailored Assistance Employment grants are available to provide funding support to connect working age Indigenous Australians with real and sustainable jobs, as well as support Indigenous school student’s transition from education to sustainable employment. Where funding is available, organisations will be able to apply for Tailored Assistance Employment grant funding at any time.

This open grant funding process will support services or activities that will have a positive impact on the Government’s priority area of Employment and Increased participation of Indigenous Australians.

The Department encourages applications for the funding of activities tailored to local circumstances with the involvement of Indigenous communities.

The Australia Council Arts Projects Program

The Australia Council Arts Projects program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences.

Grant funding to supporting practicing artists and arts workers for a range of activities including creation of new works, collaborations, exhibitions, performances, recordings, etc. Your application will be assessed on artistic merit, viability and your strategic plan to support arts in Australia.

Grants are available from $10,000 to $50,000. Supported activities must last no longer than three years from the proposed start date.

Round Two Applications close 2 June, 2020 and Round Three Applications close 6 October, 2020

2020 Resilience Fund: Survive

Survive grants are available to individuals, groups and organisations to offset or recoup money lost due to cancelled activity. These grants provide stop-gap funding until relief offered by other funding agencies, government departments and support services can be accessed.

  • Individuals and groups can apply for up to $2,000.
  • Organisations can apply for up to $5,000.

Individuals, groups and organisations can apply to this category.

Individuals can apply for themselves or on behalf of a group. You must be a practising artist or arts worker, and an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident.

Australian organisations that create artistic work or provide a service to the arts sector can apply.

We strongly encourage applications from diverse artists and organisations including First Nations peoples, people with disability, people based in regional and remote Australia, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications Are Ongoing-  There are no closing dates for this program. You will be notified of the outcome and, if successful, you will receive funding within four weeks of submitting your application. 

Performers’ Trust Foundation

The Phonographic Performance Company of Australia Performers’ Trust Foundation was established in June 1975, for the purpose of promoting and encouraging music and the performing arts.

Applications can be made for up to $3000 for individuals, and $5000 for groups or organisations, for a variety of purposes including performances, scholarships, promotion, tuition fees, travel, accommodation, etc

Ongoing

Google Ad Grants

Google will help eligible organisations increase their online presence by enhancing Google search results.

Organisations must have a current charity status and apply online.

Google Ad Grants are offering up to $10,000 per month in free Google Search ads.

Google Ad Grants offers nonprofits a presence online and introduces many to the power of online ads.

Ad Grants should be a part of a comprehensive digital strategy including email marketing, videos, display ads, social media, as well as paid search ads to expand what’s working well in Ad Grants.

Applications Ongoing

Social Enterprise Development and Investment Funds (SEDIF)

The Social Enterprise Development and Investment Funds (SEDIF) improves access to finance and support for social enterprises to help them grow their business and increase the impact of their work in their communities. Finance for Social Enterprise: The Social Enterprise Development and Investment Funds explains social enterprises and the support that the SEDIF offers.

Three SEDIF fund managers were selected to offer social enterprises finance, such as loans, and support. The SEDIF fund managers are:

Social enterprises can contact the SEDIF fund managers directly to discuss their financing needs.

English Family Foundation Ignitor Fund

The English Family Foundation Ignitor Fund  supports 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.

We are looking to partner with organisations who have developed their proof of concept and are now seeking ignitor funds to scale to the next stage of their development and demonstrate impact and “investor readiness”. This program could also apply to entrepreneurs in established grassroots charities who are looking to scale the sustainability of their model and diversify their funding sources.

Organisations must have an income of less than $5,000,000, DGR status and be Australian based.

Expressions of Interest are Ongoing

Country Show Sponsorship Packages

Funding up to $5,000 is now available to support the costs of organising and running country shows in drought and bushfire impacted areas of regional NSW.

Ongoing drought and bushfire conditions are making it hard for many towns and communities to run country shows. This funding will help these critical, morale-boosting events to go ahead.

Applications are ongoing for 2020

Emergency Bushfire Support for Primary Producers

The Australian Government has committed $100 million in emergency grants for primary producers in declared bushfire disaster areas.

Up to $75,000 is available to farmers, fishers and foresters located in declared bushfire disaster areas. This is to cover costs for immediate and emergency needs not covered by existing insurance policies.

These grants will be available under existing Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements. This is a co-funding arrangement with state and territory governments.

Eligibility

To be eligible, you must:

  • not be a corporation
  • earn more than 50% of your income from primary production
  • spend part of your labour on primary production
  • intend to rebuild your business in its current location.

If you don’t earn more than 50% of your income from primary production, you may still be eligible if:

  • you can show you will earn 50% of your income from primary production within 3 years, or
  • you can show you would ordinarily earn more than 50% of your income from primary production but this has been affected by drought, and
  • in both cases, you earn less than $100,000 in “off-farm” income.

Farmers, fishers, private foresters and beekeepers can apply.

Applications Are Ongoing

Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

Minimum Viable Product (MVP) grants are designed to support promising startups with the funds needed to progress from a proof of concept stage to a minimum viable product.

The grants are aimed at startups that are yet to generate revenue to help them engage with a potential business customer, or channel to market, and create innovative solutions that address compelling industry needs or market gaps.

What funding is available?

An MVP grant is a matched funding grant up to 50% of approved project costs, to a maximum of $25,000.

Successful grant applicants will receive 35% of the funding up-front and 65% after completion and validation of the MVP.

More information can be found online here: Building Partnerships NSW

Applications Are Ongoing

Regional Filming Fund (RFF)

Regional Filming Fund (RFF)

The Regional Filming Fund offsets costs associated with shooting in regional areas of NSW. Regional NSW is defined as all areas in NSW outside the Sydney Metro area (excluding the ACT).

More information can be found online here: https://www.screen.nsw.gov.au/funding/

Applications Close 30 June 2020

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