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.

Small Business COVID-19 Support Grant

The NSW Government is providing financial support to ease the pressures on small business as a result of COVID-19.

If your small business or non-profit organisation has experienced a significant decline in revenue as a result of COVID-19, you may be eligible for the small business support grant of up to $10,000.

This grant supports the ongoing operations of small businesses highly impacted from the COVID-19 pandemic following the NSW Public Health Order of 31 March 2020. Funds may only be used for unavoidable business expenses that are not supported by other government funding. These expenses include, but are not limited to:

  • utilities
  • council rates
  • telecommunication charges
  • insurance payments
  • professional advice
  • wages for an employee not eligible for JobKeeper payments
  • franchise fees
  • paying creditors, if your business is closing.

Applications Close 1 June 2020

Feed Appeal Community Grants

The Feed Appeal grants program supports community charities that deliver food relief programs. Applications must be for projects that will improve the lives of people that are experiencing hunger and/or food insecurity in the local community.

Charities may apply for grants up to $50,000.

Applications Close 22 May 2020

Online Safety Grants Program

The Online Safety Grants Program, led by the eSafety Commissioner, is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to keeping children and young people safe online.

Grant funding of between $80,000 and $1 million is available to non-government organisations (NGOs) that deliver online safety education to children, young people and their communities, or training to those who work with them. A total of $9 million will be allocated starting in mid-2020.

This is an open competitive grants program for NGOs.

The objectives of the Online Safety Grants Program are to:

  • support innovative development, collaboration and implementation of online safety education programs
  • ensure children, young people and their communities can access inclusive, citizen-focused online safety education resources
  • promote and increase the positive and safe use of digital technologies in at-risk communities, via improvements in service delivery
    contribute to driving diversity and inclusion online
  • maximise opportunities for all Australians to understand the online safety support, complaints and referral pathways they can access
  • create a culture where safe online behaviours among children and young people become the ‘norm’
  • deliver projects that use co-design and evidence-based frameworks as standard practice for delivering online safety education
  • embed Safety by Design principles, where appropriate.

Applications Close 21 May 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

Showground Stimulus Funding Program

As part of the NSW Government’s $2.3 billion Health and Economic Stimulus Package (COVID Stimulus), $25 million over two years has been allocated to fund maintenance and improvement works at showgrounds around the state.

Funding will be allocated in two phases with showground managers invited by their respective local members to submit funding proposals for consideration. Phase 1 (financial year 2019–20) proposals will be prioritised to expedite delivery of economic stimulus to local economies, while delivering showground maintenance and improvement outcomes.

All unsuccessful proposals for Phase 1 will be automatically included for assessment as part of Phase 2 (financial year 2020–21).

If you have any questions regarding the Showgrounds Stimulus Funding Program or require assistance in preparing a proposal application, contact the Showgrounds Stimulus Funding Project Team within the Crown Lands branch of the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment by email at or call 0435 956 796.

The deadline for funding proposals for 2019-20 financial year funding is 5pm, Friday, April 24, 2020.

The deadline for funding proposals for 2020-21 financial year funding is 5pm, Friday, May 29, 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

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


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.


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

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