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Community, Rural & Regional

Community Futures Grant

Funder:  Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation

Grant Background:  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 drought and bushfire recovery community projects in their local area.

Previously funding has gone to projects including air-conditioning in the local hall to portable yard panels for the showground or a pop-up gazebo, satisfying community needs and benefiting many. This year the funding is targeting regional recovery following the destruction of community facilities and projects devastated by the ongoing drought and current bushfire crisis.

The RASF invites ideas that deliver strong community benefits and result in enhanced economic and social outcomes for your community. This year projects should assist the recovery and rebuilding of drought and bushfire affected towns. Projects that involve collaboration between people in your town and deliver sustained and broad community benefits will be highly regarded. Applicants will be passionate about rural and regional NSW and have a good understanding of any issues affecting their community.

Infrastructure for local showgrounds and Show Societies are eligible. The improvements must demonstrate that they go beyond benefiting just the local Show Society in running the local Show, but rather enabling broader use by other community groups to run on-going projects or programs.

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Community, Rural & Regional

Strengthening Rural Communities – Larger Leverage

Funder:  Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Grant Background: Through the Larger Leverage grants, small rural, regional and remote communities now have an opportunity to access funding to support more aspirational objectives, think bigger and leverage the ideas, creativity and resources of communities for bigger impacts and stronger, more connected communities.

The Larger Leverage tier is focussed on supporting two types of projects:

a) Projects delivered in remote or very remote communities;
b) Projects that require more financial support in order to enhance the community or organisational capacity and accelerate the outcomes to be achieved.

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
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Community, Rural & Regional

Murray Darling Basin Economic Development Prog (Round 2)

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: The Australian Government is inviting applications through an open competitive process to deliver projects under Outcome 3.1 Water Reform – Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Program (Round 2) in eligible Murray-Darling Basin communities.

The Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Program (Round 2) grants are funded from 2019-20 to 2022-23.

The objective of the program is to assist eligible communities to undertake economic development projects to respond to the impact of water recovery activities under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

The intended outcomes of the program are to: increase the capacity of eligible communities to diversify and strengthen local economies; enhance the resilience of these communities to manage current and future economic challenges and changes; and increase the opportunities for employment within these communities.

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Community, Rural & Regional

Strengthening Rural Communities – Larger Leverage EOI

Funder:  Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Grant Background: Through the Larger Leverage grants, small rural, regional and remote communities now have an opportunity to access funding to support more aspirational objectives, think bigger and leverage the ideas, creativity and resources of communities for bigger impacts and stronger, more connected communities.

The Larger Leverage tier is focussed on supporting two types of projects:

  1. a) Projects delivered in remote or very remote communities;
    b) Projects that require more financial support in order to enhance the community or organisational capacity and accelerate the outcomes to be achieved.

Expressions of interest (EOI) are required to apply for this tier.

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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Business, Community, Rural & Regional

Murray Darling Basin Economic Development Prog (Rnd 2)

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: The Australian Government is inviting applications through an open competitive process to deliver projects under Outcome 3.1 Water Reform – Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Program (Round 2) in eligible Murray-Darling Basin communities.

The Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Program (Round 2) grants are funded from 2019-20 to 2022-23.

The objective of the programme is to assist eligible communities to undertake economic development projects to respond to the impact of water recovery activities under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

The intended outcomes of the program are to: increase the capacity of eligible communities to diversify and strengthen local economies; enhance the resilience of these communities to manage current and future economic challenges and changes; and increase the opportunities for employment within these communities.

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Rural & Regional

Regional Airports Programme

Funder:  Federal – Infrastructure

Grant Background: The Regional Airports Program will improve the safety and accessibility of airports or aerodromes in regional areas of Australia by supporting critical air infrastructure that will:

  • improve the safety of aircraft, operators and passengers using regional airports or aerodromes
  • facilitate improved delivery of essential goods and services such as food supplies, health care and passenger air services
  • improve the connectivity of Australia’s regions to domestic and global market opportunities
  • meet the operational requirements of aeromedical and other emergency services in the region.

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Rural & Regional

Regional Agricultural Show Development Programme

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: Funding will be available to eligible regional show societies for the maintenance and upgrade of existing infrastructure and the building, purchase, rent or construction of new infrastructure related to the running of an agricultural show on regional showgrounds.

The objectives of the program are to help:

  1. keep agricultural shows running
  2. bring communities together
  3. bridge the divide between country and city.

Outcomes from the program are expected to include:

  1. improved amenity of showground infrastructure to improve the experience of showground users and visitors. The amenities can include but are not limited to, for example, new and/or improved exhibiting and seating facilities, upgrading existing buildings to meet contemporary accessibility standards, building new or upgrading existing roads and buildings.
  2. improved flexibility of use of showground infrastructure to increase the opportunity for it to be used for other events that bring the community together through the year.
  3. use of modern construction methods and materials that reduce on-going maintenance and repair of infrastructure.
  4. reduced operational costs for events conducted at and using showground facilities.
  5. greater variety of attractions to improve shows’ ability to attract visitors.

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Community, Rural & Regional

Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects Stream – Round 4 – Drought Support

Funder:  Federal – Infrastructure

Grant Background: The $841.6 million Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) supports the Australian Government’s commitment to:

  • create jobs
  • drive economic growth
  • build stronger regional communities into the future

For Round 4 there is a total of $200 million available to support drought-affected regions by targeting projects that will benefit communities affected by drought.

The Infrastructure Projects Stream supports projects that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas. The projects can be either construction of new infrastructure or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure.

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Community, Rural & Regional

Building Better Regions Fund – Community Investments Stream – Round 4 – Drought Support

Funder:  Federal – Infrastructure

Grant Background: The $841.6 million Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) supports the Australian Government’s commitment to:

  • create jobs
  • drive economic growth
  • build stronger regional communities into the future

For Round 4 there is a total of $200 million available to support drought-affected regions by targeting projects that will benefit communities affected by drought.

The Community Investments Stream will fund new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, or leadership and capability strengthening activities that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas.

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Environmental, Rural & Regional

Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund – Microgrids 2019-20

Funder:  Federal – Environment

Grant Background: The Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund supports feasibility studies into more reliable, secure and cost effective energy supply to regional and remote communities in Australia.

The program will fund feasibility studies looking at microgrid technologies to replace, upgrade or supplement existing electricity supply arrangements in off-grid and fringe-off- grid communities located in regional and remote areas.

The objective of the program is to support regional and remote communities to investigate whether replacing, upgrading or supplementing a microgrid or upgrading existing off-grid and fringe-off-grid supply with microgrid or related new energy technologies would be cost effective.

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