Bid Blast #9 April 2019
Grant Funding Opportunities and Resources

Welcome to Glen Innes Severn Council’s newsletter informing committees, community groups, businesses, and not for profits of potential funding opportunities through grants.

Tips on Successful Grant Writing

Answer the Who, What, Where, When, Why and How
By answering the following questions you may ascertain anything within your project that you may have overlooked:

• Who will be responsible for the project?
• Who are the project beneficiaries?
• Who will make up the steering committee?
• Who are the major stakeholders?
• What is the purpose of the project?
• What is the project?
• What will it contribute to the community?
• What are the risks?
• What will be the projects result, now and lasting?
• Where will the project happen?
• Where will the project impact?
• When will the project start, various milestones and be completed?
• When will the benefits be known?
• Why do you need the project?
• Why is the project important?
• How will the project be developed?
• How much will it cost, including contingencies and any consultant/administration costs?
• How much funding is needed and where will it come from?
• How much cash and in-kind resources are available?
• How will you know whether or not the project has been successful?
• How will you measure that success?

Kind regards,
Dennis McIntyre – Grants Officer GISC – [email protected] – 0427 405 317


Current Funding Opportunities

Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund

Suitable For: Regional Publishers and content providers.
Closing date: 14 June 2019 2.00pm AEST
Value: Between $1.00 and $400,000 Run By: Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
Further Information:

The objective of the Opportunity is to provide regional publishers with the financial security to conduct their business in the medium term so that they can take calculated risks to reorient their business models to adapt to the digital age. The grants are designed to assist regional publishers who can demonstrate a solid business case to increase the sustainability of their publishing activities, including news gathering, production, and distribution.


ANZ Staff Foundation

Suitable For: Charitable Organisations
Closing date: Opens June 2019
Value: Around $30,000
Run By: ANZ
Further Information:
The ANZ Staff Foundation is funded by regular contributions made by ANZ staff and ANZ. The Foundation aims to support projects run by charitable organisations which offer a direct and tangible benefit to local communities.

Small Grants for Rural Communities

Suitable For: Various Organisations
Closing date: Various
Value: Various
Run By: Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal
Further Information:

FRRR champions the economic and social strength of Australia’s rural, regional and remote communities. One of the key ways that we support communities to achieve their aims is by offering a broad range of grant programs. Each grant program has individual parameters and areas of focus but all have a common requirement that funds be used for a charitable purpose that benefits the residents of Australia’s rural, regional or remote communities.

Grants Currently Open through FRRR:

Strengthening Rural Communities- Small and Vital

Suitable For: Not-for-profit community-based organisations from communities across rural, regional and remote Australia where funds support projects and activities that offer clear public benefit (i.e. are for a charitable purpose) and address an agreed need in the community. Need to have an ABN or Incorporation Certificate.
Closing date: 25th June 2019
Value: Up to $10,000
Further Information:


Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT)

Suitable For: The program has a strong preference to support grassroots organisations based in drought-affected regions over those delivering services to, but not based in affected regions. Projects led by local communities will be given strong preference.
Closing Date: 23rd July 2019
Value: Three tiers: 1. Up to $20,000; 2. Up to $60,000; 3. Up to $150,000
Further Information:

Projects in all tiers must clearly demonstrate a focus on one activity from the following seven activity areas. Click on the activity to reveal examples of what could be funded.
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


My Community Project

Suitable For: Anyone 16 years or older as of 15th May 2019 and who reside in NSW and have identified a sponsor who agrees to support the delivery of the project.
Closing date: 2pm 15th May
Value: $20,000 – $200,000
Run By: NSW Government Department of premier and Cabinet
Further Information:

My Community Project is all about local ideas, local projects and local decisions.
For the first time, individuals will be able to put forward their ideas for community projects and vote for the best ideas in their area. The projects that get the most votes will receive funding to deliver their project in their community. In 2019, $24.4 million is available to support projects across NSW.
Now is the time to start thinking about projects to benefit the community where you live. New playground equipment or sports facilities for the kids, paths or ramps to improve access, a community garden to rejuvenate an empty space – these are all things that can revitalise communities.


Mental Health Month – October

Suitable For: Organisations must have an ABN or be supported by an organisation with an ABN, and be undertaking the project in NSW. The planned activity must occur during Mental Health Month in October, promote positive mental health in the community and tie in with the theme for Mental Health Month 2018. Organisations or community groups wishing to submit a grant application can apply in only one category. Funds are not available for the self-promotion of for-profit organisations. Funds are not available for work that an organisation is already funded to undertake.
Closing Date: 21st June 2019
Value: $500-$1000
Run By: Mental Health Association – NSW
Further Information:
Each year a number of small grants are offered to assist the staging of mental health promotion activities or events during October’s Mental Health Month.


Australian Communities Foundation

Suitable For: Australian Registered Charitable Organisations
Closing date: Various
Value: Various
Run By: Australian Communities Foundation
Further Information:

ACF is committed to helping build healthy and resilient communities. To achieve this, ACF supports a range of charitable organisations and projects each year. Grants are made domestically and internationally through Australian registered charitable organisations for specific projects, or for purposes that support the ongoing activities of those organisations.

With over 300 sub-funds, ACF provides over 500 grants annually that broadly fall into the following categories: arts and culture, community development and advocacy, community services and welfare, disability, training and employment, environment, health and medical research, education and overseas aid and development. Within these categories, target groups are also supported, including Indigenous communities and refugee/asylum seekers.

ACF also administers a number of specific scholarships and awards to promote educational achievement.


Quick Response Grants

Suitable For: Regional artists, art organisations and community groups.
Closing date: Ongoing
Value: Up to $1,500
Run By: Regional Arts NSW
Further Information:

Made available under the Regional Arts Fund allocation for NSW, Quick Response Grants offer funding of up to $1,500 for regional artists, arts organisations and communities to respond to unique arts opportunities that present themselves at very short notice. The program is intended to:
• support professional development opportunities for artists and arts workers involved in community programs that will increase their knowledge, skills and experience
• support skills and or arts development for individuals and groups in regional communities through the employment of arts and cultural workers to conduct workshops, seminars and forums.

‘Quicks’ are offered on a quarterly basis. There is no deadline for applications, which may be made as required, although applications are processed on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Applicants MUST speak to the Funding Manager at Regional Arts NSW before applying (see contact details below). Decisions will be advised within 5 working days of receipt.

National Cultural Heritage Account

Suitable For: Public Cultural Organisations
Closes: Applications are ongoing on a case-by-case basis
Value: $500,000 is available each year
Run By: Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts
Further Information:

The National Cultural Heritage Account helps Australian public cultural organisations buy significant objects that they could not otherwise afford. Australian cultural institutions can apply for funding. This includes museums, art galleries, libraries, archives, historic buildings, national trusts and local history museums and galleries, and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander keeping places for sacred/secret material.

Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program

Closes: Ongoing
Value: Up to $4,000
Run By: Department of Veterans Affairs
Further Information:

The STS Commemorative Grants program is designed to preserve Australia’s wartime heritage and to involve people throughout the nation in a wide range of projects and activities that highlight the service and sacrifice of Australia’s servicemen and women in wars, conflicts and peace operations, and promote appreciation and understanding of the role that those who served have played in shaping the nation.

Two categories of grants are available under the STS program:

Community Commemorative Grants (CCG) – Grants up to a maximum of $4,000 are available for community-based commemorative projects and activities. This includes, for example, the building of community memorials and the preservation of wartime memorabilia that is significant locally but is not necessarily nationally significant.

Major Commemorative Grants (MCG) – Grants in excess of $4,000 are available for projects and activities that are significant, usually from a national, state or territory perspective and that contribute to Australia’s understanding of its wartime heritage and honour the service and sacrifice of its servicemen and women.

Thriving People and Places

Suitable For: NSW Charities and Not-for-profits
Closes: Ongoing
Value: $20,000 and over
Run By: Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation
Further Information:

VFFF aspires to a stronger and brighter future for people and places experiencing disadvantage, enabling them to reach their educational, social and economic potential and build thriving communities by making grants to charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

The foundation has a strong focus on supporting regional areas, with 59% of funds approved in thge 2018 financial year being for work in regional areas.

Regional Employment Trials Program

Closing date: 30th of June 2020
Value: $7,500 to $200,000
Run By: Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business
Further Information:
The Northern Inland is one of only ten regions across Australia to be selected for the Regional Employment Trials Program. The Regional Employment Trials program provides local stakeholders in selected regions, including businesses, not-for-profits and local government agencies, with grants to trial local approaches to delivering employment related projects.

The objectives of the program are to deliver:
• strong connections between regional stakeholders, including employment services providers
• employment initiatives that meet local needs
• improved awareness of local labour markets
• the potential for improved regional employment outcomes

Grants are for between $7,500 and $200,000, for up to 75% of eligible project costs. Projects must be completed by 30 June 2020.
Applicants should contact the Employment Facilitator for the Northern Inland, and they will help determine if the project is aligned to local employment priorities, and connect applicants with an employment services provider if needed.
Before applying, applicants must submit information about their project to RDANI using the RDA project proposal template. RDANI will committee will provide you with written feedback using the RDA project proposal template which must be attach to the full grant application.

Further Community Grants may be found here:


Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme

The Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme is now accepting Business Evaluation and Business Growth Grant applications.

The Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme, which is delivered through the Australian Government’s new Single Business Service, offers easy to access practical support to Australian businesses in a simplified and streamlined way. It is a new approach to the way government provides services to business that recognises Australia’s diverse business landscape and that the market and industry is changing in the global economy.

The Programme aims to improve the capabilities of small to medium enterprises to become more competitive and grow.

The Programme is now accepting applications for Business Evaluations, and Business Growth Grants under the Business Management stream. Information, including guidelines and application forms, are now available through

Business Evaluations – provide a top to bottom analysis of an eligible business, which meet the eligibility requirements and threshold qualifications, at their premises at no fee to the business for this service. The business receives a detailed report and recommendations for the business to make improvements. Evaluations are delivered through our national network of more than 100 experienced private sector advisers.

Business Growth Grants – are small, co-funded grants to engage external expertise to assist businesses with implementing improvements recommended by their Business Evaluation. Businesses must have received a Business Evaluation to be eligible to apply for a Business Growth Grant.

The Research Connections (September) and Commercialising Ideas (November) streams of the Programme will come online later this year and information about those services will be available in coming months.

Further Business Grants may be found here: