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.

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

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

Commonwealth Bank Bushfire Recovery Grants

Up to $50,000 grants available to assist the longer term recovery of organisations directly affected by the bushfires.

The CommBank Bushfire Recovery Grants  help support local communities and replace facilities lost in the fires. To be eligible to apply for a CommBank Bushfire Recovery Grant, each organisation must:

  • Be a community organisation, fire service, school, sporting club or non-government organisation in a bushfire affected area, not an individual
  • Need to replace or repair facilities or property which was lost or damaged by bushfire during the 2019-20 bushfire season and is not likely to be covered by insurance
  • Be able to identify how repair or replacement of the facilities or property will benefit the community
  • Not be implementing projects with any political objectives
  • Hold a current bank account in Australia in its name

Applications close 31 March, 2020

Red Cross Emergency Grants

Red Cross Emergency Grants available to those who have lost their homes in bushfires from 1 July 2019 to 28 February 2020.

Immediate assistance is available for bushfire-affected people in financial hardship.

The cash grants available are:

  • Emergency grant for people who have lost their homes.
  • Injury grant for people who were hospitalised due to the fires.
  • Primary residence repair grant for home owners whose homes have been structurally damaged.

You must provide evidence of identity, proof of residence and details for a financial transfer.

Applications close 30 April, 2020

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

Veteran and Community Grants

This Grant will deliver the Veteran and Community Grants Program, which aims 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 Australian Government is inviting organisations through an open, non-competitive process to apply for grant funding under the Veteran and Community Grants Program from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020.

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, financially viable and have an ongoing benefit for members of the Australian veteran community; and
  • Deliver projects that increase opportunities for members of the Australian veteran community, associated with social activity and community participation and/or improve health behaviours and support healthy places.

Applications close 27 February 2020

The Community War Memorials Fund

The Community War Memorials Fund supports the conservation, repair and protection of  war memorials across NSW.

Eligible projects include 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, Public Works Advisory, the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and the NSW Office for Veterans Affairs.

Applications close 25 April, 2020

Local Sporting Champions

The Local Sporting Champions program provides financial assistance of up to $750 to young people aged between 12 and 18 years to compete, coach or umpire in their chosen sport.

This grants program is to financially support athletes, coaches and officials for State, National and International championships.

 Round 4 Applications Close 31 March 2020

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

Club Grants Infrastructure Grants (Category 3)

Clubgrants Category 3 Fund has been committed to supporting community infrastructure projects in arts and culture, emergency preparedness, and sport and recreation. Infrastructure Grants can be used toward
the costs of construction, alteration, renovation, completion and fit-out of buildings and community infrastructure in
the following areas: Arts & Culture, Disaster Readiness & Community Infrastructure, Sport & Recreation

Funding is available for:
Arts and Culture – $50,000 – $200,000
Disaster Readiness – $10,000 – $200,000
Sport and Recreation – $100,000 – $300,000

Round 3 Applications Close Monday 6 April 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

Budget Direct Sponsorship Program

Budget Direct supports grassroots to large organisations making meaningful improvements to people’s lives. Budget Direct will support organisations who:

  • Provide basic support – both local and state level
  • Provide education and awareness
  • Promote health, education and wellbeing
  • Aid Aussies in need
  • Provide road safety and emergency support.

If your organisation is eligible, you can apply for a Budget Direct sponsorship of $1,000, $2,500, or $5,000.

Round 3 applications close 29 February 2020

Jetstar Flying Start Program

Jetstar’s Flying Start Program invites community groups and organisations across Australia to apply for a grant to fund a project that will enrich the lives of people in their local community.

Open to not for profit, education and health, arts and sports organisations to support enhancing the lives of people in their local communities.

Each grant will be worth $30,000, comprising $15,000 cash and $15,000 worth of Jetstar travel.

Applications close 31 March 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.

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

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

Multicultural NSW Celebrating Diversity Grants Program

The Multicultural NSW Celebrating Diversity Grants Program invests in community projects, events and activities that foster community harmony and celebrate cultural diversity as a precious part of our identity and way of life.

Grants of up to $40,000 are available for 12-month projects than can make a lasting positive impact on social cohesion at the grassroots level.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available for Celebrating Diversity: Events.

Applications close 13 March, 2020

Strengthening Rural Communities - Small & Vital

Strengthening Rural Communities – Small & Vital

The Strengthening Rural Communities program gives small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia the opportunity to access funds up to $10,000 that can benefit and help secure their future prosperity. Grants are available for a broad range of initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities

Applications close 24 March, 2020

Strengthening Rural Communities - Larger Leverage grants

Strengthening Rural Communities – Larger Leverage grants

Through the Larger Leverage grants, small rural, regional and remote communities now have an opportunity to access funding to support more aspirational objectives, think bigger and leverage the ideas, creativity and resources of communities for bigger impacts and stronger, more connected communities.

The larger leverage grants provide funds between $10,000 to $25,000.

Community groups will be invited to apply for the larger leverage grants from August 2019.

Projects in both tiers must clearly demonstrate a focus on one activity from the following seven activity areas. .

1. Building community resilience
2. Developing organisational resilience and capacity
3. Enhancing environmental sustainability
4. Fostering cultural vibrancy
5. Lifelong learning and education
6. Economic strength
7. Improving community health and social wellbeing

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

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