Bid Blast #7 February 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

Identifying the Problem or Need.

In previous issues we discussed the need for a plan and where to find funding opportunities. In this issue we discuss how identifying the need or problem is essential in formulating a plan. It is generally through discussion with relevant involved parties that the pressing need or problem, requiring solving, is highlighted.

It would be disappointing if effort was put towards obtaining a grant for a project, without consultation first, only to find that the community/stakeholders had no real need for the project. Whilst not everyone in a community usually agrees 100 per cent, proper consultation through workshops, meetings, letters, newsletters, surveys or a combination is a good start in understanding the pressing concern/s.

Also, when it comes time to applying for a grant for a project, community letters of support will add weight to the application, and is quite often a necessary requirement of the grant application process.

Generally, through consultation, a number of needs will be identified. The committee or a specially selected subcommittee will need to prioritise the projects in order of preference. Perhaps further community consultation will be required. This work in the planning stage will be well rewarded in the future, as you will have identified projects you can seek funding for through various grant rounds or over a variety of funding opportunities.

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

Current Funding Opportunities

Crown Reserves Improvement Fund

Suitable For: Statutory, Council and Corporate Crown Land Managers; Freehold Showground manager or other (like a Government Agency).
Closing date: 5pm Friday 22nd March, 2019
Value: Varying but no specified cap in the form of a grant and/or loan.
Run By: Department of Industry (NSW Government)
Further Information:

The round will be open to all project types as follows:
general projects—showgrounds (including freehold), caravan parks, state parks, commons, schools of arts (on Crown land only), and local parks and reserves
pests projects—works on Crown reserves only
weeds projects—works on Crown reserves only.


Festivals Australia

Suitable For: An Australian incorporated organisation with an ABN and must be GST registered. Unincorporated groups must be auspiced by an organisation meeting the above criteria. Unsuitable for projects in major cities or metropolitan areas.
Closing date: 5pm Friday 22nd March, 2019
Value: From $5000 – $100,000
Run By: Department of Communication and Arts (Australian Government)

Further Information:
The above funding period is for projects commencing from 1 July 2019.
Festivals Australia funds high-quality arts projects that invite community participation and audience engagement. Projects can include but are not limited to a parade, performance, workshop, installation or exhibition.
The aim is to give community members living in regional or remote Australia the chance to participate in or attend an arts experience at a festival, or a significant one-off community celebration.

Music Now – Contemporary Live Music Funding program

Suitable For: Venues (including pubs and clubs), promoters, councils, festivals, or a collective of musicians. For-profit organisations are eligible to apply if the activity takes place on a break even basis.
Closing date: 5pm Friday 14th March, 2019
Value: Up to $40,000
Run By: Create NSW – Arts, Screen & Culture (NSW Government)
Further Information:
The Music Now Contemporary Live Music Funding program will invest in a program of activities, events or performances that support NSW musicians to present new work and increase participation in live music events across the state.
– Encourage NSW venues to program more live music events
– Increase audience participation in live music events
– Support the presentation of original musical work by NSW musicians
– Increase paid employment opportunities for artists; and
– Increase the sustainability of the contemporary music sector.

Funding of up to $40,000 is available for a one-off, series or an annual program of live music events held in NSW.
Examples of funding opportunities could include, but are not limited to:
– a series of public presentation opportunities for independent musicians
– a series of outdoor live music events or a festival
– a program of club nights for emerging hip hop/experimental/electronic musicians.


Jetstar Flying Start Programme

Suitable For: Not-for-profit community groups and organisations
Closing: 30th March 2019.
Value: $30,000 consisting of $15,000 cash grant and $15,000 of Jetstar flights
Run By: Jetstar
Further Information:

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.

Entry is open to not-for-profit community groups and organisations of any size, who are seeking funding to help enhance the lives of people in their local community; and can be classified into one of the following categories:
– Educational and Health Organisations
– Arts Group or Organisation
– Sporting Group or Organisation

The community group or organisation should have a specific project in mind for how the grant will be used to benefit their local community.

Grants will be awarded twice a year.

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.

Sisters of Charity Community Grants Program

Suitable For: Charity organisations
Closes: 31st of March 2019 5pm
Value: Up to $10,000
Run By: Sisters of Charity Foundation
Further Information:

The Sisters of Charity Foundation provides charity grants of up to $10,000 to organisations that use clever ways to fight poverty, loneliness, suffering and oppression, but struggle to find funding.

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.