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 Applications


Grant funds for regional or community development are usually provided by federal, state or local government; although there are an increasing number made available through philanthropic organisations.

In the case of government grants, all funding must come from a particular program, with specific terms and conditions to ensure accountability for government.

Most grant funding in Australia is competitive and each project will be assessed against many other applications. Many funding programs are often oversubscribed, so applications need to be of very high quality and evidence based to have the best chance of success.

Some funding providers offer their grants in rounds. Most grants also have defined lifecycles. It is important to find a grant that suits your organisational context and the objectives of your project.

The Regional Development Australia (Northern Inland) website has up to date lists of potential funding.

Searches on Google for various grants; such as arts, community, cultural, indigenous etc. can also bring up various government and philanthropic grant opportunities.

Kind regards,

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

Current Funding Opportunities

Community Kitchen Grant

Suitable For: Rural and Regional Community organisations.
Closing date: Applications close Sunday, 17 February 2019
Value: $20,000+
Run By: Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF)
Further information:

Does your Community Kitchen need an upgrade?

The RASF is giving rural and regional NSW community organisations the chance to apply for kitchen cabinetry and appliances to create or upgrade a community kitchen. The RASF Community Kitchen Grant is made up of benches and cabinetry as well as at least $10,000 worth of state of the art appliances and white goods from the Australian Women’s Weekly Theatre Kitchen at the Sydney royal Easter Show.

Drought Community Support Initiative (DCSI)

Suitable For: Farmers, farm workers and farm suppliers/contractors
Closing date: Not listed. Still available
Value: Up to $3000 ($2000 in cash and $1000 in vouchers)
Run By: Australian Government – Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

The funding is now available for farmers, farm workers and farm suppliers/contractors facing hardship due to drought. It can be used to spend in local communities or to cover urgent bills such as food, petrol and utilities. The $3,000 per household can consist of up to $2,000 in cash and $1,000 in vouchers.

The Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul Society and Rotary Australia World Community Service have been engaged to deliver the assistance. Eligible households should reach out to these organisations directly to seek financial support (details below).

The Salvation Army
24 hour hotline: 1300 551 030
St Vincent de Paul Society
Hotline: 13 18 12
Rotary Australia World Community Service

Small Grants for Rural Communities

Foundation for Rural & Regional RenewalCloses: Various
Value: Up to $5,000
Run By: Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
Suitable For: Applicants must be not-for-profit community organisations with an ABN or incorporation certificate
Further Information:
Opening soon:
Grants for communities in small rural, regional and remote locations in Australia. Two tiers of funding – Small & Vital and Larger Leverage. Opens 19th February 2019
The Tackling Tough Times Together program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the drought. Open year round, grants up to $20,000 and $60,000 are available, with EOIs invited for grants up to $150,000.

Round 12 Applications due 20 Feb 2019

The Small Grants for Rural Communities is the longest running and broadest program FRRR offers, opening twice per year.

It is a great example of a collaborative program supported by various partners which has the flexibility to address issues that make a difference to the sustainability of rural, regional and remote communities.

Grants of up to $5,000 are available for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities in rural, regional or remote Australia. Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or fewer.

Art Projects – Organisations

Suitable For: Organisations that provide a service to the arts are welcome to apply
Opening soon:
Tuesday 5 February for projects starting after 1 May 2019
Tuesday 4 June for projects starting after 1 September 2019
Tuesday 1 October for projects starting after 1 January 2020
Value: $10,000 – $100,000
Run By: Australian Council for the Arts
More Information:

Australian Council for the Arts fund a range of activities, for example:

  • The creation of new work
  • Arts practice based research

  • Creative development

  • Professional skills development

  • Experimentation

  • Collaborations
  • Touring

  • Festivals

  • Productions

  • Exhibitions

  • Performances

  • Publishing

  • Recording

  • Services to develop the arts sector
  • Promotion and marketing
  • Market development activity

What can’t be applied for?

You can’t apply for the following activity:

  • Projects or activities that do not involve or benefit practicing artists or arts workers
  • Projects or activities that do not have a clearly defined arts component
  • Projects that have already taken place

Farm Business Skills Professional Development Program

Suitable For: Rural and Regional Community organisations
Closing date: Funding will be available from 2 November 2015 until 30 June 2020
Value: Up to $5000 (50%)
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.