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Business

Innovation Fund for Regional & Small Publishers

Funder:  Federal – Australian Communications & Media Authority

Grant Background: The Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund (the Innovation Fund) has been established by the Government to support regional and small publishers to transition to and compete more successfully in the evolving media environment. The Innovation Fund will preserve and improve the viability of Australia’s regional and small news publishing industry in the current period of transition.

The Regional Grant Opportunity is a new grant opportunity under the Innovation Fund that is targeted at regional publishers of public interest journalism.

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.

This objective recognises the specific challenges faced by regional publishers in comparison to metropolitan publishers.

The intended outcome of the Opportunity is to improve the sustainability of successful applicants by at least one of the following measures relating to their news publishing activities:

  • increases in advertising or subscription revenue;
  • increase in other revenue that supports the production of public interest journalism;
  • increases in readership or distribution; or
  • the reduction of operating costs through more efficient business practices.

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Business

Safe Work Sponsorship

Funder:  Federal – Safe Work Australia

Grant Background: The Safe Work Australia Sponsorship Program is committed to improving work health and safety and workers’ compensation arrangements across Australia and provide support through the Program to the initiatives of individuals, businesses, government and non-government organisations that align with this commitment.

The aims of this Program are to:

  1. a) increase community awareness and knowledge of WHS and workers’ compensation
  2. b) build our profile as the national policy body for WHS and workers’ compensation
  3. c) build relationships with key influencers and national bodies, and
  4. d) support priority areas and industries listed in the Australian WHS Strategy 2012–2022.

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Education, Health, Rural & Regional

Bush Bursaries

Funder:  NSW Rural Doctors & CWA

Grant Background: The NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) Bush Bursaries and Country Women’s Association (CWA) Scholarships provide selected medical, midwifery and nursing students in NSW/ACT with $1,500 each to assist with costs associated with their studies. Recipients also spend two weeks on a rural placement in country NSW during their university holidays. The placement combines the enjoyable aspects of country life and rural medicine.

Placements are coordinated by the rural Councils. Placement locations may differ each year due to the involvement of different Councils.

The two-week placements are usually undertaken in December or January.

Applicants must demonstrate:

  • an interest in rural practice and lifestyle;
  • an understanding of the realities of rural medical practice; and
  • the motivation to undertake a placement in a rural area as part of the scheme.

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Women

Investing In Women

Funder:  NSW – Women

Grant Background: The Investing in Women funding program funds NSW organisations to develop and implement projects that support:

  1. Improve women’s financial wellbeing and security and support diverse and flexible employment opportunities for women and girls
  2. Promote and support a holistic approach to women’s health across the lifespan
  3. Support women’s engagement through social networks, access to information and building confidence using diverse representation of women and girls.

Increasing women’s participation leads to benefits for individuals, families and the community. Advancing the role, status and contribution of women and girls in our communities will grow the talent pool available for the workforce, encourage more diversity and flexibility for women and men in the workplace, and result in increased innovation, productivity and prosperity.

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Community

Drought Communities Programme

Funder:  Federal – Business

Grant Background: The extension of the Drought Communities Programme provides funding of $96 million in 2018-19 to Eligible Councils to deliver benefits to targeted drought-affected regions of Australia.

The program will support local community infrastructure and other drought relief projects for communities impacted by drought.

Funding will target infrastructure and other projects that:

  • provide employment for people whose work opportunities have been impacted by drought
  • stimulate local community spending
  • use local resources, businesses and suppliers
  • provide a long-lasting benefit to communities and the agricultural industries on which they depend.

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Business

Manufacturing Efficiency Funding

Funder:  NSW – Energy

Grant Background: Manufacturing Efficiency Funding provides NSW manufacturing businesses with funding to help manufacturers:

  • install energy efficient equipment and energy metering
  • improve their manufacturing processes

There are three funding streams available:

  • Offer 1– metering and process optimisation (one project up to $50,000 of matched funding per site)
    • for installing or upgrading energy monitoring systems to improve control of manufacturing processes and machinery to save energy
  • Offer 2a– simple energy efficiency upgrades (multiple projects up to a total of $30,000 of matched funding per site)
    • to retrofit and replace specific technologies such as, economisers and burners for boilers and variable speed drives
  • Offer 2b– measured and verified energy efficiency upgrades (one project up to $70,000 of matched funding per site)
    • for complex energy efficiency projects such as heat recovery and boiler upgrades

Applicants may apply for Offer 1 and one only of either Offer 2a or 2b, to a total funding amount of $120,000.

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Agriculture, Rural & Regional

Farm Business Skills Professional Development Program

Funder:  NSW – Department of Primary Industries, Rural Assistance Authority

Grant Background: 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.

The Farm Business Skills – Professional Development Program will provide:

  • the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills to build improved resilience and adaptability in the agricultural business.
  • exposure to new ideas, tools and techniques that businesses can use.
  • a range of products and services that engage the wide diversity of skills, knowledge and experience within the agricultural business sector.
  • a focus on building the skills and knowledge of agricultural businesses to manage risk, financial and business planning or decision making capacity.

Approved participants are able to claim reimbursement of costs (up to 50% of eligible costs, exclusive of GST) upon completion of the course/activity.

Three professional development priority areas have been identified:

  • Risk management
  • Financial and business management
  • Farm business planning/drought preparedness.

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Community

Strengthening Rural Communities – Small & Vital

Funder:  Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Grant Background: For smaller communities, regular access to funds can be a challenge, which is why the FRRR have created the Strengthening Rural Communities(SRC) program.

The following applications will be prioritised:

  • Projects initiated and delivered by local community groups.
  • Applications from communities fewer than 15,000 people.
  • Organisations that do not have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Tax status.

Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) Small and Vital grants can be used for a wide range of purposes including:

  • Delivering activities, programs and services;
  • Purchasing or hiring equipment and materials;
  • Community infrastructure projects;
  • Operational and administrative costs associated with your project will be considered. This could include wages, paying a skilled contractor, or paying for overhead costs incurred in the project’s delivery.

Applications must clearly demonstrate a focus on one activity from the following seven activity areas.

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

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Community

Dreams for a Better World

Funder:  Sunsuper

Grant Background: Sunsuper’s community grants are here to give you a leg up and a helping hand to make your dream a reality. Does your dream empower others to learn and earn to have a brighter future?

Tell them if you need funding for education initiatives or to create jobs for those in need, or improve financial wellbeing and affordability for Australians. They’re also looking for dreams that enhance employment opportunities, or offer training and support to those who need a helping hand to get into or back to work.

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Community

Tomorrow Fund

Funder:  AMP Foundation

Grant Background: AMP’s Tomorrow Fund is giving amazing Australians doing great things the chance to share $1 million in grants. It’s open to individuals of all ages, walks of life, interests and abilities who have put a lot of time and effort into reaching a goal that will positively impact the community, but need help to take it to the next level.

AMP is looking for Tomorrow Makers – individuals who can make a difference in the community, either by creating something special or inspiring others.

Grants ranging from $5,000 to $100,000 will be awarded later in 2019 for a range of activities, including training, travel, equipment and research.

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