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.

Stronger Communities Programme Round 6

Stronger Communities Programme Round 6

This Program provides community groups, not for profits and local councils with the opportunity to apply for funding towards small capital projects that improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant and viable communities.

This Program is delivered in consultation with the community. A selection panel will be established to assist in the consideration of all Expressions of Interest.

Nominations and applications for the Stronger Communities Programme Round 6 (SCP RD 6) open on 19 January 2021 and EOI must be received by 26th February 2021.

To request an EOI form please contact the office via phone 0755 234 371 or via email:


The grant amount will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs except for local governing bodies where the grant amount will be up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs.

  • The minimum grant amount is $2,500
  • The maximum grant amount is $20,000

Local governing bodies can fund their share of eligible project costs from any other source including from state government. For local governing bodies, total Commonwealth funding for the project cannot exceed 50 per cent of the total project expenditure.

You may start your project from the date you submit your application. However, if you choose to start your project before you have an executed grant agreement, you do so at your own risk.

Closing Date : 26th February 2021

To be eligible you must be one of the following incorporated entities:

an incorporated not for profit organisation including:

  • incorporated associations, such as
  • Police and Citizen Youth Clubs
  • child care centres
  • surf clubs
  • local aged care bodies
  • Parents and Citizens, Parents and Friends groups and equivalent bodies
  • local rural fire services
  • local state emergency services
  • non-distributing co-operatives
  • companies limited by a guarantee
  • indigenous not for profit corporations
  • religious organisations incorporated under legislation

an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust with responsibility for a community asset or property. You will be required to provide relevant trust documents.

a local governing body as defined by the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • a for profit organisation
  • an individual
  • a partnership
  • a Regional Development Australia Committee
  • a university, technical college or school
  • a hospital
  • a Commonwealth, State or Territory government agency or body (including government business enterprises) unless listed in section 5.1 of the grant opportunity guidelines.

More information online here: Stronger Communities Programme – Round 6 |

Building Better Regions Fund – Community Investments Stream – Round Five

Building Better Regions Fund – Community Investments Stream – Round Five

The Round Five Community Investments Stream supports new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans or leadership and capability strengthening activities that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas.

Open date: 12 Jan 2021 10:00 AM AEDT.
Close date: 05 Mar 2021 05:00 PM AEDT.

What do you get?: Grants of $5000 to $1 million to cover 50% or more of eligible project costs.

Who is this for?: An incorporated not-for-profit, local government agency or body or non-distributing co-operative.

The Community Investments Stream will fund new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, or leadership and capability strengthening activities that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas. Infrastructure projects are not eligible under the Community Investments Stream.

For most projects grant funding will be up to either 50% or 75% of your eligible project costs. Your location will determine the percentage of grant funding you can receive.

You may apply for a partial or full exemption to your cash contribution if you can demonstrate that you are experiencing exceptional circumstances.

For small projects with a total grant amount of equal to or less than $20,000, grant funding will be up to 100% of eligible project costs.

Your project will need to deliver economic and social benefits to a regional or remote community.

More information can be found online here: Building Better Regions Fund – Community Investments Stream – Round Five |

Local Sporting Champions

The Local Sporting Champions program provides financial assistance for coaches, officials and competitors aged 12-18 participating in state, national or international championships.

Amount: $500 – $750

Closing Dates:

Round 2: 30 September 2020

Round 3: 31 December 2020

Round 4: 31 March 2021

More information can be found here:

Veteran and Community Grants

Veteran and Community Grants

The objective of the Veteran and Community Grants (V&CG) Program is to maintain and improve the independence and quality of life for members of the Australian veteran community by providing funding for projects that sustain or enhance health and wellbeing.

Closing Date & Time: 29 January 2021 – 11:00pm

More information online here:Veteran and Community Grants | Community Grants Hub

Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program

Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program

The Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program aims to preserve Australia’s wartime heritage and to involve people throughout the nation in a range of projects and activities that highlight the service and sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel in wars, conflicts and peace operations.

Closing Date & Time:

More information online here: Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program | Community Grants Hub

Supporting Younger Veterans (SYV) Grants Program

Supporting Younger Veterans (SYV) Grants Program

The Supporting Younger Veterans program provides grants to ex-service organisations and their partners to deliver services for the younger veterans’ community that build capacity for the future.  The grants also help raise awareness of the issues faced by the younger veterans’ community.

Closing Date & Time:

More information online here: Supporting Younger Veterans (SYV) Grants Program | Community Grants Hub

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

Traceability Grant Program

Traceability Grant Program

The Traceability Grant Program provides support to industry projects that will enhance agricultural supply chain traceability systems. Round 2 is now open.
Closes: 21 January 2021
Value: $3 million total grant pool
Run by: Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

More information online here: Traceability Grants Program – Department of Agriculture

Manufacturing Modernisation Fund round two

Manufacturing Modernisation Fund round two

Manufacturing Modernisation Fund – Round 2
Round 2 of the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund supports transformation in small and medium manufacturing businesses. AusIndustry is hosting a webinar that will provide an overview of Round 2 of the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund, including eligibility requirements and key points from the assessment criteria on Wednesday 16 December 2020. Register for the webinar here
Closes: 21 January 2021
Value: co-funding of between $100,000 and $1 million
Run by: AusIndustry

More information can be found online here: Fast-tracking investment for manufacturers to modernise and upskill | Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

Individual Placement and Support (IPS) program

Individual Placement and Support (IPS) program

The Individual Placement and Support (IPS) program integrates employment and vocational support with mental health and non-vocational support, assisting young people up to age 25 with mental illness who seek to enter or remain in education or employment.

Closing Date & Time:

More information online here: Individual Placement and Support (IPS) program | Community Grants Hub

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

Re-imagine: Sector Recovery Initiatives

The Re-imagine: Sector Recovery Initiatives fund is offered in acknowledgement of the significant forces of change and evolution facing the cultural and creative industries. This investment will support the sector to re-imagine practice and operations, and test ideas and models for a more resilient, equitable and thriving future.
Closes: 23 February 2021
Value: Undisclosed
Run by: The Australia Council for the Arts

More information online here: Re-imagine: Sector Recovery Initiatives | Australia Council

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

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. 

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

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

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

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

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.

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


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