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.

Volunteer Grants

The Australian Government will soon be inviting organisations via a closed non-competitive process to apply for a Volunteer Grant under the Families and Communities Program – Volunteer Grants Activity in 2021.

Volunteer Grants aim to support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers as well as to encourage and increase participation in volunteering. The grants provide small amounts of money that organisations and community groups can use to help their volunteers.

The objectives of Volunteer Grants are to:

1.  help community organisations to support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers
2.  help community organisations to support the inclusion of vulnerable people through volunteering
3.  encourage, support and increase participation in volunteering.

The intended outcome of the program is to strengthen community functioning by increasing participation in volunteering.

Please contact the office of Justine Elliot MP for more information and to obtain a EOI form.

The forms should be returned to: Justine.elliot.mp@aph.gov.au by 21st April 2021.

Organisations MUST have an ABN and be not-for-profit.

They must be made up of at least 40% volunteers.

The grant available is $1000 – $5000

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 4: 31 March 2021

More information can be found here: https://www.sportaus.gov.au/grants_and_funding/local_sporting_champions

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

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

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

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.