Bid Blast #6 December 2018

Grant Funding Opportunities and Resources

Welcome to Glen Innes Severn Councils newsletter informing committees, community groups, not for profits of potential funding opportunities through grants.

Tips on Successful Grant Applications


Planning is the major part of any successful grant funding application.

Developing the project concepts, consulting with stakeholders, getting support and help from other organisations and gathering all of the relevant information takes time. The greater the planning, attention to detail and project clarity the greater your chances of funding success.

It is important that your project fits into a strategic plan within your local community, town or region and abides by local planning laws. A clear organisational statement which describes your structure, purpose, administrative and financial processes, clients and products or services will add weight to your proposal.

A well-developed Business Plan for your project including quotes and estimates for any costs is good and is often essential.

You will be able to utilise relevant information, once organised and placed in an easily accessible format for different proposals and applications; the information you gather for one proposal will often be useful for other proposals.

Remember: It is much easier to find funding for a well-planned project, than it is to fit the project to the funding.

Kind regards,

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

Current Funding Opportunities

Regional Employment Trials Program

Suitable For: Potential stakeholders include local governments, employers, training organisations, not-for-profits, employment services providers and other community organisations able to provide employment and training related opportunities and assistance to unemployed people.
Closing date: 30th of June 2020
Value: $7,500 to $200,000
Run By: Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business

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.


Contact: Regional Development Australia Northern Inland [email protected]

Bronwyn Pearson – Mob: 0412 400 206 [email protected]

Rechelle Leahy – Mob: 0408 224 489

[email protected]

Sporting Schools

Suitable For: Primary and High Schools

Funding is available for Primary and Secondary Schools for sporting program sessions. Funding is available each term.

Further Information:

Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy Trial

Suitable For: Employers who employ a new worker, Australian Apprentice, undertaking a full-time Certificate III or IV qualification that leads to an occupation listed on the National Skills Needs List in a rural and regional workplace.
Closes: Ongoing until 1630 sign ups
Value: Up to 75% of award wage
Run By: Australian Apprenticeships

The Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy trial aims to support apprenticeships in (Skills Need) occupations in rural and regional areas and encourage participation in apprenticeships by employers who have not previously engaged apprentices, as well as re-engaging employers who may have disengaged from the system.

Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme

Suitable For: Various grants for those in the scientific community or science based projects                                                                                                                   Current Round Closes: When available funding for 18-19 is exhausted
Value: Varies depending on stream applied for
Run By: Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

The Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme seeks to achieve:

  • engagement of the wider Australian community with the sciences, including through major activities and events such as National Science Week
  • public recognition and national awareness and pride in the achievements of our best scientists and innovators
  • effective communication on key science issues, between scientists, the general public and Australian decision makers in business and government
  • enhanced focus on building skills and capability in STEM and digital literacy, in Australian schools and communities.

It includes the following elements which offer grants or prizes through open application processes:

  • National Science Week Grants
  • Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science
  • Maker Projects Stream A
  • Maker Projects Stream B
  • Citizen Science Grants
  • Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions

Farm Business Skills Professional Development Program
Department of Primary Industries Rural Assistance

Suitable For: Farm businesses
 Funding will be available from 2 November 2015 until 30 June 2020
Value: Up to $5,000
Run By: NSW Department of Primary Industries, Rural Assistance Authority
Further Information:

As part of the NSW Government’s Drought Strategy, a Farm Business Skills Professional Development Program has been developed to support farm business in all conditions, but particularly in relation to preparing for and responding to drought.

Farmers are now able to view a list of pre-approved courses. This list will be updated as additional products become available. Alternatively, farmers can apply for consideration to attend other professional development activities which they have identified as meeting their particular requirements.

Indigenous Business Australia
Indigenous Business Australia

Suitable For: Individuals must be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, at least 18 years of age, and cannot be an undischarged bankrupt or under consideration for bankruptcy. Business entities or not for profit organisations must have at least 50 per cent Indigenous ownership and cannot be under notice of external administration or investigation.
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Financial support and advice
Run By: Indigenous Business Australia
Further Information:

IBA assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to access the skills, knowledge and resources required to start and grow viable and sustainable businesses.

After hearing about your individual circumstances and identifying what stage of the business life cycle you are at, IBA can provide an assessment of the resources and assistance that will help you to achieve your business goals. We may also work with you to develop an action plan that will assist and better equip you to make informed decisions about your business future. Our locally based staff can work closely with you to support and guide you through your business journey in meeting the challenges of developing a successful business.

Innovation Connections
Australian Government

Suitable For: Small and medium sized businesses
Value: Up to $50,000
Run By: AusIndustry
Further Information:

Provides small and medium sized businesses with access to expert technology advice to address technology and knowledge gaps, and collaborate with the research sector in developing new ideas with commercial potential. Support includes up to $50,000 in matched funding to work on collaborative projects.

Arts and Cultural Development Program
NSW Government - Create NSW

Suitable For: Create NSW’s Arts and Cultural Development Program (ACDP) provides funding opportunities for NSW-based arts and cultural organisations, NSW professional artists and arts/cultural workers across a wide range of art forms and disciplines.                                                                        Closes: Applications close on various dates
Valuation: Dependant on program chosen
Run By: NSW Government Create NSW
Further Information:

Create NSW offers direct funding to organisations, artists, practitioners and arts and cultural workers through the Arts and Cultural Development Program (ACDP).

The program funds everything from multiyear programs to one-off projects and professional development opportunities, across visual arts, museums and history, literature, performing arts, music and more.

Create NSW also delivers on defined and developing priorities, new opportunities through specific strategic initiatives and targeted support.

Disabled People and Families Organisations – ILC Readiness Grant Round 2018-19

Suitable For: Organisations that:

  • actively demonstrate their commitment to the Social Model of Disability, which seeks to remove barriers for people with disability to access mainstream services and live an ordinary life.
  • Are run by and for people with disability and/or their families.
  • Are led and controlled by people with disability and/or their families with a minimum membership of 50% of people with a disability and/or their families making up the organisation’s board, staff, volunteers or members.
Closes: 21 December 2018 2.00pm

The Australian Government is inviting organisations through an open non-competitive process to apply for the Disabled Peoples and Families Organisations – ILC Readiness Grant Round 2018-19 

The objectives of this grant round are to:

  • Enable the delivery of individual capacity building activities for people with disability, such as peer support.
  • Build the organisational capacity of Disabled Peoples and Families Organisations across Australia to deliver these activities.
For further information about eligibility and how to apply, go to the Grant Round Application page.
Information about applying for this funding round can also be found on GrantConnect.

RAS Foundation Community Futures Grant

Suitable For: Community minded people
Closes: Midnight 10 February 2019
Value: $25,000
Run by: Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation
Further Information:

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF) is offering an opportunity for community-minded people to be awarded up to $25,000 in funding for a community project in their local area.

Taking part is easy:

  • Identify a need in your rural NSW community
  • Partner with a local community organisation
  • Create a project plan for your initiative

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