Bid Blast #12 July 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.

Stronger Country Communities Fund Round 3

In this month’s issue we are featuring the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund, Round Three which is now open directly to not-for-profits and community organisations. Since 2017, the Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF) has supported more than 1000 local projects that make regional communities even better places to call home.

In Round One, the NSW Government invested $100 million to improve community facilities such as town halls, recreation facilities, shared paths and playgrounds. Through Round Two, the NSW Government invested a further $200 million to provide high quality community and sports-related infrastructure.

Round Three will provide an additional $100 million for community projects in regional NSW, with at least $50 million for youth-related projects. The third round of the Stronger Country Communities Fund increases the total value of the Regional Growth Fund to $1.7 billion.

Key changes

Stronger Country Communities Fund Round Three:

  • dedicates $50 million to youth related projects
  • invites applications from councils and, for the first time, not-for-profit and community organisations
  • has been expanded to cover programs and events as well as infrastructure
  • has extended the application period to three months giving organisations time to submit their applications.
Key dates
Applications opened9am, Monday 1 July 2019
Applications close5pm, Friday 27 September 2019
Eligibility, assessment and approval processOctober 2019 to January 2020
Announcement of successful projectsFrom January 2020
Further Information
  • $791,449.00 has been allocated to the Glen Innes Severn local government area.
  • Half the funding allocation is set aside for youth projects while the other half will go towards infrastructure, street beautification and community programs and events.
  • The increased focus is on youth aged 12-24.
  • Project must commence within 12 months of the funding deed being signed, and be completed within three years of the announcement of the project.
  • Minimum amount per project $50,000

The SCCF supports projects (infrastructure and programs) that deliver for local young people and the community. Projects for young people must

  • develop new, or upgrade existing infrastructure for young people, including local sport infrastructure where used by young people
  • deliver programs for young people.

Projects for young people should be aligned to the areas of community, wellbeing, connectivity and work ready, which for the purpose of SCCF means:

  • community programs should help enhance young people’s artistic, civic, cultural, leadership, recreational and sporting development
  • wellbeing programs should support young people to understand, improve and maintain their physical and mental health
  • connectivity programs should provide young people access to affordable and reliable transport and digital options
  • work ready programs should support young people to pursue further education and training to develop key employability skills.

General community amenity projects must

  • construct new, or upgrade existing local community infrastructure
  • be capital works related to street beautification and other public ‘place making’
  • deliver programs that benefit the local community
  • be infrastructure to assist the delivery of non-youth community programs.

The purchase of land or buildings is an ineligible cost under the SCCF. If this is an element of your project, you will need to find another source of funding for that component.

Applicants need to describe all the project elements and complete questions in the application form, including
  • demonstrating that the project meets the requirements of the SCCF guidelines and contributes to the objectives of the SCCF
  • a detailed project scope
  • a project plan in the template to be provided on the SCCF webpage
  • a clear and detailed project budget in the template to be provided on the SCCF webpage
  • information on how infrastructure will be operated and/or maintained when it is complete (if applicable)
  • landowner consent (if applicable)
  • evidence of community consultation and strong community support
  • For all community amenity and infrastructure applications: information on how the project will help boost the liveability of the local community and evidence of how the project will meet a community need, including who and how many people in the community will benefit and how those benefits will be measured.
  • For all youth infrastructure and program applications: information on how the project will benefit young people and how young people have been involved and consulted in the development of the proposal and how the benefits will be measured.
  • To help you prepare your applications, project plan and budget templates and an application checklist are on the website.
  • Webinars will be held during the application open period to assist in application development.
  • Your local Business Development Manager will also be able to provide information on the program to assist applicants to develop applications.
  • To find your local Business Development Manager, please email [email protected]and ask for a referral.

A project will be considered viable if it

  • has a realistic budget based on substantiated quotes or assumptions
  • is cost-effective and represents value for money
  • can be delivered within the program deadline
  • demonstrates access to the necessary expertise and support to deliver the project
  • does not require ongoing funding from the NSW Government
  • demonstrates how it will be operated and/or maintained when the project is completed (where applicable).

Applicants are responsible for consulting with their communities to ensure the submitted projects have a high level of community support. Evidence of the consultation may be

  • information in the council’s Community Strategic Plan or other plans or processes that show how community support for projects has been captured
  • recent consultation carried out as part of a planning process
  • council meetings or council events
  • community consultation committees or surveys
  • social media interactions
  • feedback via mail-outs, web forms, and or an applicant’s complaints process
  • workshops or local activities
  • letters of support from local MPs or community members.

For assistance on how best to engage with young people, applicants can use the Advocate for Children and Young People’s Resource: Engaging children and young people in your organisation(external link).


2019 Program Guidelines

How to get started?

Please utilise the resources on the website , read the Program Guidelines and peruse the FAQ’s. Discussions should then commence around potential and probable projects, and when you are ready to begin an application there will be webinars held and your local Business Development Manager can assist [email protected].

You may also contact me on my details below.

Kind regards,

Dennis McIntyreGrants Officer GISC[email protected] – 0427 405 317


Further Funding Opportunities

Community Grants: a quick guide to key internet links:

Australia Post Grant

Suitable For: Incorporated Not-For-Profits that provide community benefit
Closing date:  4th August 2019, Midnight
Value:  Up to $50,000

Run By: Australia Post

Further Information:

The program offers grants of up to $10,000 for eligible projects that help people connect with each other to address local needs. Funding may be awarded to eligible recipients, to support initiatives that: · help people connect with each other through group activities (e.g. volunteering programs, civic engagement and environmental activities);

  • reduce barriers to participation in community life (e.g. transport, ability to pay, or access to community spaces); and/or
  • develop skills and leadership capability to strengthen social and community networks.

To be eligible, organisations must:

  • be an incorporated not-for-profit organisation
  • provide community benefit
  • be located within Australia
  • provide services within Australia
  • have an ABN (see the Australian Business Register for more information)
  • have an Australian bank account that corresponds to the organisation’s ABN (individuals are not valid account holders).
2020 NSW Seniors Festival Grants Program

Suitable For: Category 1 and 2:  Not for profits, Charities, public companies and NSW based local government authorities. Category 3: local government organisations only.
Closing date:  Friday 9th August 2019 11.59pm
Value: $200,000 in Seed Funding                                                                                                Run By: NSW Government

Further Information:

NSW Seniors Festival Grants support a range of programs and events, for example:

  • Events offering access to expert advice, information, tools and resources
  • Free samples of activities during NSW Seniors Festival
  • Opportunities to connect seniors with local organisations and services
  • Outdoor and physically active workshops

Applications can be for small scale, multiple and larger activities throughout the NSW Seniors Festival.

The NSW Seniors Festival Grants Program does not support:

  • Any activity of a commercial nature that is for profit
  • Capital works including building work
  • Permanent salaries/wages (costs for temporary tutors/instructors for your project or event can be included)
  • Permanent equipment purchases for example tables and computers
  • Business as usual costs or general operating expenses
  • Events that encourage gambling such as bingo, or the consumption of alcohol
  • The cost of travel to the Premier’s Gala Concerts
  • Projects and activities coordinated by NSW Government Departments and Statutory Authorities
  • The same event twice. For example, two different organisations cannot apply for funds for the same event or activity
Drought Assistance Fund NSW

Suitable For: Owner/Operator of a farm business in NSW.
Closing date:  Applications may be made at any time.
Value: Interest free loans up to $50,000                                                                                                   Run By: Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Further Information:

Drought Assistance Fund provides NSW farmers with interest free loans to help them implement systems and management practices to increase the sustainability of their farm business. The loan can be used for:

  • transport of livestock, fodder and / or water
  • improving water and fodder infrastructure
  • desilting dams
  • collection and banking of genetic material of livestock

Interest free loans of up to $50,000 are available. The loan term is two years repayment free and then up to five years of principal only repayments. The loan must be repaid within seven years.

Regional Skills Relocation Grant

 Suitable For: Eligible businesses must be operating in a NSW regional eligible industry and:

  • relocating to, or setting up in, regional NSW and creating at least five ongoing full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs in a regional local community, or
  • already operating in regional NSW and seeking to recruit eligible workers.

The business must be seeking employees that:

  • are relocating from a metropolitan area to regional NSW. Regional residence must be at least 50km from original metropolitan residence and within the same region as the eligible business
  • have an occupation listed on the NSW Skilled Occupation List(opens in a new window)
  • are Australian citizens or permanent residents on the date they commence employment.

Closing date:  Currently Open
Value: Up to $10,000

Run By: NSW Government

Further Information:

The NSW Government has established the Regional Skills Relocation Grant to increase the availability of skilled and experienced workers for businesses setting up in, relocating to, or existing in regional NSW.

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 the following relocation costs incurred by eligible skilled workers they employ:

  • furniture removal
  • travel for immediate family to relocate
  • temporary accommodation for up to three months
  • furniture storage for up to three months.

The NSW Government has committed $10 million for applications over the next four years—$2.5 million will be available each year, providing 250 grants of up to $10,000.

  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:
  • 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

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.

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:

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