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Funding and Grants

Funding and Grants

There are a number of grant and funding opportunities that may be available to your business, project or event. Make sure you read the criteria carefully to ensure that you meet the guidelines. Some grants are highly competitive with short application time frames.

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Mumbulla Foundation Annual Grant

Aims to improve the economic, environmental, social and cultural well being of people in the Bega Valley Shire. The primary objective is to help locally based groups who are providing and/or creating opportunities and services which may not be readily available in the valley from other sources. The following types of projects may be considered for funding: - Workshops, seminars, forums - Training, support for volunteers - Community education, environmental, and health projects - Community resource or information kits - Local history projects - Music, theatre, arts or cultural activities or events - Local community festivals - One-off consultancies for specific purposes, e.g. workshop fees - Equipment or facilities. Preference will be given to the purchase of equipment which may be used by a number of groups. - Travel expenses other than those covered by the exclusion below - Simple surveys to evaluate the effectiveness of a group or activity CLOSES 27 SEPTEMBER

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Community Building Partnerships Program

Funds community infrastructure projects that: promote community participation, inclusion and cohesion; deliver positive social, environmental, and recreational outcomes. Incorporated not-for-profit community organisations and local councils are eligible to apply for grants between $2500 and $330,000. The average grant awarded is around $20,000. Grants need to be for: - Construction of new community infrastructure - Refurbishment, repair and maintenance of existing community infrastructure - Capital equipment with a minimum individual asset value of $2500. CLOSES 27 SEPTEMBER

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Stronger Country Communities Fund

This fund delivers crucial local infrastructure and programs to improve the quality of life of people living in regional NSW. Applications are invited from councils, not-for-profit and community organisations. Round 3 has been expanded to cover programs and events as well as infrastructure. Minimum grant is $50,000. CLOSES 27 September

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ESA Community Fund Grant

Offers a grant towards an Ecology & Education project, initiative, activity, or event to be held in Australia in the coming year. CLOSES 30 SEPT

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Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grants

The objective of the Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grant is to support wine producers who add value by attracting visitors to wine regions, and thereby encourage wine tourism. Wine producers who have met the eligibility criteria in the preceding financial year will be able to access an annual grant of up to $100,000 (GST exclusive) for their eligible rebatable domestic cellar door sales. CLOSES – 30 September 2019

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Cultural Fund Grants

Provides support to organisations for projects that deliver opportunities for authors, journalists, artists and key industry stakeholders in the writing, publishing, education, and visual arts sectors. Activities supported include: - Professional mentorships, residencies, internships - Conferences, art book fairs, symposia - Educational and cultural institutions - Partnerships with major national writers’ festivals - Awards and prizes for writers and visual artists - Writing, publishing and visual arts industry associations - Theatre companies to provide opportunities for playwrights - Literary and literacy-building organisations - Visual arts organisations CLOSES 30 SEPT

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Visions of Australia

Supports audience access to Australian arts and cultural material, with a particular focus on tours to regional and remote Australia. Australian arts and cultural heritage organisations can apply for funding to develop and tour exhibitions to venues across Australia. CLOSES 4 OCT

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Regional Performing Arts Touring Fund

The Regional Performing Arts Touring program supports performing arts to reach regional and remote communities across Australia. Grants are available to support the net touring costs associated with a national tour. There is no limit on the amount that can be requested.  CLOSES 1 OCT

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Stronger Communities Programme

The Stronger Communities Programme supports the Australian Government’s commitment to deliver social benefits in communities across Australia. Round 5 of the program will provide $22.65 million to fund small capital projects in each of the 151 federal electorates. The program’s intended outcomes are to improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant and viable communities. Community consultation is a critical element of the program. In consultation with their community, each MP must identify potential applicants and projects in their electorate and invite them to apply for a grant. Invited applications will be assessed against the program’s eligibility criteria through a closed non-competitive process. CLOSES 10 OCTOBER

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Economic and Community Participation Grant

The objective of this ECP grant round is to improve the economic and community participation of people with disability across Australia. This grant round aims to fund projects which provide a catalyst for increasing access and inclusion in economic and community participation for people with disability. Economic Participation Stream: Sector based initiatives to create pathways to employment and drive inclusive practices for people with disability to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity Social and Community Participation stream: Inclusive practices to create opportunities for people with disability to participate in community life, with a focus on arts, culture, sport and recreation. CLOSES 21 OCT

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Communities Environment Program

The Communities Environment Program will provide $22.65 million in funding to support small scale, community-led environment projects that address local environmental priorities in each of the 151 federal electorates across Australia. It aims to support the environmental priorities of local community and environment groups in their regions and neighbourhoods, to recover and strengthen the environment and to build and strengthen local communities. CLOSES 10 OCTOBER

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Grants for Growth

H&R Block is giving away $10,000 to 12 small businesses. The winners of the grant will receive $5,000 in cash plus $5,000 to use towards H&R Block's business accounting and bookkeeping services. CLOSES 31 October 2019.

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Australian Heritage Grants

Supports projects that strengthen recognition, management, conservation and public engagement on/of places on Australia's National Heritage List. Eligible activities must directly relate to the project and can include: - Activities identified in a Conservation Management Plan of a listed place - Developing a new, or revised Conservation Management Plan for a listed place, where this is not a statutory obligation under state legislation - Activities that align with strategies and priorities for the listed place (where there is no Conservation Management Plan in place) - Activities that enhance the Australian public’s understanding of, engagement with, and physical access to a listed place. CLOSES 22 OCTOBER

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Charity Brunch Community Grant

Seeks to make a positive difference to social and/or community welfare, or assist in economic, environmental, health, education or cultural development. Projects must be located in rural, regional and remote NSW. The Charity Brunch Committee seeks projects that can articulate an emotive reason for their importance to their country NSW area and how great the impact will be. Projects need to have a broad reach within their community and preference is for 'place' based projects rather than regional or state based initiatives. Preference will be given to applications that address one or more crucial area identified by the Charity Brunch Committee: - Civic Infrastructure - Family Resilience - Multicultural Diversity - Youth and Education - Primary Production - Health and Wellbeing CLOSES 25 OCTOBER

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SLSA Inclusive Beach Equipment Grant

Provides equipment support to clubs offering disability inclusion programs. To be eligible for an Inclusive Beaches Equipment Grant your club must be delivering or intending to deliver a disability inclusion program during the 2019/20 season. An inclusive program is any program that supports children with disabilities to participate in club activities. CLOSES 1 NOV

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Copland Foundation - Conservation & Interpretation

Grants will be awarded for the conservation, research and/or interpretation of historic houses or gardens, or collections and individual pieces already held by an institution. Please note that applications seeking funding for a temporary exhibition/display will be judged based on the perceived long-term benefits to the institution. Priority programs are those involving historic houses, their collections and gardens. While grants are not limited to this category, the Trustees will be particularly pleased to receive grant applications that come under this heading. CLOSES 15 NOVEMBER

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Export Market Development Grant

Supports a wide range of industry sectors and products, including inbound tourism. This grant; Encourages small- and medium-sized Australian businesses to develop export markets; Reimburses up to 50 per cent of eligible export promotion expenses above $5,000 provided that the total expenses are at least $15,000; Provides up to eight grants to each eligible applicant. CLOSES 2 DECEMBER

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Harcourts Foundation Grant

Provides support for a specific event, project, item, or initiative that helps, grows, and enriches our communities. Round 2 Closes 30 Sept. Round 3 Closes 31 Dec.

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Strengthening Rural Communities - Small and Vital

These grants can be used for a wide range of purposes including: - Delivering activities, programs and services; - Purchasing or hiring equipment and materials; - Community infrastructure projects; - Operational and administrative costs associated with your project will be considered. This could include wages, paying a skilled contractor, or paying for overhead costs incurred in the project’s delivery.

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Regional Skills Relocation Grant

Grants will be available for businesses operating in NSW regional eligible industries. The funding is available to assist with the relocation costs of eligible skilled workers they employ that move from metropolitan areas to regional NSW. Approved businesses will be reimbursed up to $10,000 to assist with some relocation costs incurred by eligible skilled workers.

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Copland Foundation - Acquisitions

To assist galleries, museums and historic houses in the acquisition of objects that may come up at auction, the Trustees will consider such applications at any time of the year. All applications must be set out on the appropriate form which requires a description of the object, provenance, a full condition report, as well amount applied for and the benefits of its acquisition to the applying institution. Should an application be successful funds will only be released for the purchase of the object outlined in the application.

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Assistance accessing finance - Export Finance Australia

If you're a business that provides tourism services directly, or through the supply chain, to international tourists and you need finance to help you grow the international side of your business, Export Finance Australia may be able to help. Examples of how they support tourism businesses are; providing working capital needed to add more staff or upgrade assets to service international customers, working capital to undertake international marketing campaigns, loans to buy assets to service international visitors.

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International Business Development Program

This program encourages an increased presence of NSW products, experiences and destinations at key events in international markets. It educates international wholesalers and front-line agents about NSW tourism products and destinations and provides NSW suppliers with a better understanding of the needs and characteristics of key international markets. The program subsidises part of the registration costs for one delegate to participate in specified Destination NSW trade roadshows and other events which have been identified as offering the best return for NSW operators. Ongoing

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Celebrating Diversity Events

The Multicultural NSW Celebrating Diversity Grants Program invests in community projects, events and activities that foster community harmony and celebrate cultural diversity. There are two categories of grants: Celebrating Diversity: Events – aim to support festivals and events that bring communities together, showcase the benefits of cultural diversity and promote social cohesion and community harmony. Celebrating Diversity: Events aim to attract everyone to share in the celebration of cultural diversity. Celebrating Diversity: Projects – aim to support new projects and initiatives that bring communities together and make a lasting positive impact on social cohesion. Celebrating Diversity: Projects aim to build community capacity at the grassroots, foster cross-cultural engagement and support the participation of migrants and new arrivals in society. Round 3 CLOSES 20 SEPT 2019. Round 4 CLOSES 13 MARCH 2020

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Creative Koori Projects

Creative Koori Projects funding aims to build support for a strong, resilient and exciting Aboriginal arts and cultural sector for NSW. This will be done through embracing the principles of Aboriginal self-determination and putting Aboriginal artists, organisations and communities at the centre of funded cultural and creative activity. Your intended projects may cover the following elements: NSW Aboriginal cultural development contemporary practice sharing NSW Aboriginal culture the Aboriginal way promoting NSW Aboriginal culture strengthening the NSW Aboriginal arts and cultural sector. ROUND 3 CLOSES 2nd MARCH 2020

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Arts and Cultural Funding Program - Annual Organisation Funding

Annual Organisation funding is provided on an annual basis to support Arts and Cultural Organisations (including service organisations) to deliver multiple arts and cultural activities throughout a single calendar or financial year. Funding can contribute to any aspect of an organisation’s program. Round 2 CLOSES 2 MARCH 2020

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Arts and Cultural Funding Program - Project Funding

Project funding supports excellence, innovation and creativity within the NSW arts and cultural sector. It aims to deliver a dynamic and diverse range of arts and cultural experiences to communities across NSW, contribute to the development of a vibrant and accessible arts and cultural sector, and support the employment and development of professional NSW-based artists and arts and cultural workers. Round 3 CLOSES 2 MARCH 2020

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Infrastructure Grants - Arts & Culture

To support the building, renovation and fit-out of infrastructure. Funding is available for arts and cultural infrastructure, sport and recreation infrastructure and projects that assist communities with essential infrastructure and disaster readiness. Infrastructure Grants can be used toward the costs of construction, alteration, renovation, completion and fit-out of buildings and community infrastructure. For 2019/20, three grant rounds are available. The rounds will open on 5 August 2019, 18 November 2019 and 16 March 2020. Round 3 CLOSES 6 April 2020.

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Budget Direct Sponsorship

Budget Direct is open to supporting organisations that: - Provide a service or other benefit for the community, on either a local or state basis - Provide awareness and education - Promote health, education, and wellbeing in their communities, sporting clubs included - Help to build friendly, supportive communities across Australia - Provide assistance and care for Australians in need - Provide road safety and emergency support services - Encourage healthy lifestyles - Are a registered organisation or association. Round 4 CLOSES 31 MAY 2020

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Business Events Bid Fund

Managed by Tourism Australia’s specialist unit, Business Events Australia, the Business Events Bid Fund Program (BFP) is designed to increase the conversion of bids for new international business events for Australia through the offer of financial support at the critical bidding stage. The BFP is designed to deliver conversion of new business in situations where Australia is bidding against international competitors for the right to host the business event. CLOSES 30 JUNE 2021

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Destination NSW Event Development Fund

OPENING SOON. Destination NSW offers support to events that have received the maximum funding permitted through the Regional Flagship Event Program or the Flagship Event Fund and can present a cohesive event strategy for future growth that includes the continued development of its tourism potential to drive overnight visitation to the event. This grant offers up to $50,000 (excl. GST) to support key strategic growth initiatives.

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Destination NSW Incubator Event Fund

OPENING SOON. Destination NSW offers seed funding to events to support their first and second years of activity. The fund offers one-off annual grants of up to $20,000 to support innovative events that demonstrate sound organisational planning, have a unique alignment with the character and culture of the local region and which can demonstrate a broad appeal likely to promote tourism and attract overnight visitation.

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Destination NSW Flagship Event Fund

OPENING SOON. Destination NSW offers funding to assist in the development of events that can demonstrate that they attract overnight visitation. The fund is open to events that have been running for more than two years and offers grants to specifically support marketing activities aimed at increasing visibility and attracting visitation to the event from outside its local area.

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