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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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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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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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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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Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) Program

Funder:  Federal – Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Grant Background:  BEST is intended to assist the veteran and defence communities by providing support and resources to ex-service organisation (ESO) practitioners for pensions, advocacy and/or welfare work.

It assists ESOs by providing a contribution to the work of these practitioners. It does not fully fund an organisation.

The objectives of the program are to assist ESOs to:

  • improve the quality of claims received by DVA at the primary determining level;
  • reduce the rate of appeals to the Veterans’ Review Board (VRB) and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT); and/or
  • promote the provision of welfare services to the veteran and defence community.

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Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) National Information Program

Funder:  National Disability Insurance Agency

Grant Background:  Applications must propose to deliver one or more of the following:

  • Deliver up to date, high quality information in a variety of products about specific disability types, functional impacts, and supports and services available for individuals with disability, their families and carers. This will increase individuals’ ability to exercise choice and control.
  • Provide information about disability that is relevant for mainstream organisations and service systems to increase their ability to be relevant and responsive.
  • Develop and disseminate information about disability types and relevant supports, which meets the needs of specific cohorts such as Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (A&TSI) communities, LGBTQI+ communities, and communities living in rural and remote areas.

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Grants in Aid

Funder:  Federal – Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Grant Background:  The Veterans Community Care and Support Outcome – Grants-in-Aid Program aims to support national ex‑service organisations (ESOs) to provide coordinating and representational support within the Australian veteran and Defence community.

The objective of the grant opportunity is to fund discrete projects or activities that address a specific problem or issue and will achieve a clear benefit to the Australian ex-service and Defence community.

The intended outcomes of the program are to:

  • encourage co-operation and communication between the ex-service community, ESOs and the Australian Government
  • assist ESOs to:
    • support their branches, sub-branches and affiliated organisations in performing advocacy, pensions and welfare work
    • advance the objectives of all ESOs more generally, including improved co‑operation and communication between national bodies, branches, sub‑branches and affiliated organisations on repatriation and military compensation matters.

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My Community Project

Funder:  NSW – Generations Fund

Grant Background: My Community Project is a new initiative by the NSW Government to improve the wellbeing of people and communities in NSW. By having the ability to propose and vote on local projects, the people of NSW are given the opportunity to determine how to strengthen and improve their communities.

Anyone aged 16 years or over is encouraged to get involved in My Community Project by:

  • proposing a community project with the support of a sponsor to deliver the project
  • voting for their preferred projects in their electorate to make their community an even better place to live.

Projects must align with one or more of the following program categories:

  • Accessible communities: The project will make everyday life more inclusive for all community members. This aims to increase mobility and accessibility in communities.
  • Cultural communities: The project will add to the cultural and artistic life of the community. This aims to increase opportunities for residents to participate in arts and cultural activities.
  • Healthy communities: The project will support the community’s physical and mental wellbeing by enabling healthy and active lifestyles.
  • Liveable communities: The project will improve local amenity and the local environment.
  • Revitalising communities: The project will foster stronger community bonds, and encourage social engagement and participation in public programs. This category aims to increase satisfaction with community facilities.
  • Safe communities: The project will promote a safe and secure community where people can participate and enjoy the benefits of community life.

While projects may fit within multiple categories, applicants only need to select the category that best represents their project idea.

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Community Heritage Grants

Funder:  Federal – Department of Communication & Arts

Grant Background: The Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program provides grants to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups. The grants are provided to assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant collections of materials that are publicly accessible including artefacts, letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and audio visual material.

The types of projects supported include

  • significance assessments of collections
  • preservation needs assessments of collections
  • conservation activities and collection management, and
  • training workshops.

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Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program

Funder:  NSW – Sport

Grant Background: The Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program provides NSW sports clubs and councils the opportunity to acquire an Automated External Defibrillators (AED) package for their club or sports facility at a reduced cost.

Sporting organisations and councils will be able to choose from a panel of approved AED Panel Service Providers and a variety of AED packaged services with the level of customer service that meets their needs.

An AED package will include:

  • An AED
  • AED familiarisation instruction (within 28 days of delivery)
  • A minimum of six years of essential AED maintenance

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