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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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Rural & Regional

1,000 Jobs Package Grant

Funder:  Federal – Prime Minister & Cabinet

Grant Background: The Australian Government is subsidising 1,000 new jobs for Community Development Program participants in remote Australia to support economic development.

Tranche One of the 1,000 Jobs Package grant funding round will provide an initial opportunity for up to 100 new jobs to be created.

Positions must be:

  • New and ongoing
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • At least 15 hours per week on average

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Rural & Regional

Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme

Funder:  Federal – Infrastructure

Grant Background: The Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program will enhance the safety and accessibility of aerodromes in remote and very remote areas of Australia, providing year round all weather access that will:

  • improve the safety of aircraft, operators and passengers using remote and very remote airstrips
  • facilitate improved delivery of essential goods and services such as food supplies, health care, community mail and passenger air services
  • complement air services delivery to communities subsidised under the Australian Government’s Remote Aviation Access Program (RAAP) through the Remote Air Services Subsidy (RASS) Scheme, and/or
  • meet operational requirements of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) or operators providing similar aeromedical services.

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Community, Rural & Regional

Tackling Tough Times Together

Funder:  Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Grant Background: The Tackling Tough Times Together grant program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought.

Grants are available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities.

Projects 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

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Community, Rural & Regional

RASF Charity Brunch

Funder:  Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation

Grant Background:  Established in 2009, the Charity Brunch is an annual fundraiser held during the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Funds raised at the brunch go toward a selected grass roots project in country NSW which will have a positive social and economic impact on the broader community around it.

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Rural & Regional

Stronger Country Communities Fund

Funder:  NSW – Business

Grant Background: The Stronger Country Communities Fund was established in 2017 by the NSW Government to help deliver local projects to regional communities. The objective of the fund is to provide projects that improve the lives of people who live in regional areas.

The objectives of the fund are:

  1. to boost the liveability of communities in regional areas by providing new or upgraded social and sporting infrastructure or community programs that have strong local support
  2. to provide programs and infrastructure that enhance opportunities for young people to be work ready and thrive in regional NSW.

There is a total of $100 million available in Round Three, including at least $50 million for projects that improve the lives of young people (12-24 years old). The remaining funding can be provided for other local community and sporting infrastructure, street beautification, and community programs and events. Funds will be split across regional NSW according to a funding formula based on population and the cost of construction in each Local Government Area.

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Community, Rural & Regional

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 nothave 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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Rural & Regional

Qantas Regional Grants

Funder:  Qantas

Grant Background: the Qantas Regional Grants Program aims to help communities sustain brighter futures. They are offering the chance to share $5 million in grants – $1 million each year over five years – to charities, organisations, causes, projects and individuals that help deliver direct services or benefits to regional communities.

The Regional Grants Program will provide financial, flight and marketing support to community groups and organisations to help further their causes and set them up for success.

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Agriculture, Environmental, Rural & Regional

Project Funding – Woodland Birds on Farms & Healthy Landscapes

Funder:  Central Tablelands Local Land Services (LLS)

Grant Background: Financial incentives for landowners working together with Central Tablelands LLS to protect and improve the health of the region are now available.

There are two projects where funding is available – Woodland Birds on Farms and Healthy Landscapes. These projects will provide incentive funding and technical support to targeted landowners to undertake a range of activities including fencing, alternative water sources, and revegetation that will protect and enhance habitat values on your property.

The Woodland Birds on Farms project brings together species experts and the community to help the Regent Honeyeater and other declining woodland bird species survive in the Capertee Valley, Mudgee-Wollar and South-west Slopes Key Biodiversity Areas on the Central Tablelands.

A high priority is to identify remnant vegetation that can be protected from degradation (clearing or inappropriate management) within the Key Biodiversity areas, which are important habitat for the Regent Honeyeater.

In areas where Regent Honeyeaters are known to nest, they will also look at creating more habitat to ensure young Regent Honeyeaters will have plenty of food when they can’t fly too far to search for it.

Healthy Landscapes project assists private land managers to improve the extent, condition and connectivity of native vegetation and streams in priority corridor areas across the Central Tablelands. These incentives will be available to landowners within the region’s priority corridor areas.

Projects linking to priority corridor areas through existing native vegetation will also be considered for funding. Local Land Services have worked with Local Councils to identify roadside sites of high conservation value. Their aim is to increase the extent of these areas by working with adjacent landholders to improve the condition of the Grassy Box Woodland on their properties.

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Agriculture, Community, Rural & Regional

Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities

Funder:  Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Grant Background: Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities is a grant program initiated to help support cotton growing communities across New South Wales and Queensland.

People living and working in rural and regional communities are best-placed to determine the groups and projects that most need support. Cotton farmers have the opportunity to nominate a deserving not-for-profit community-based group that is undertaking projects and activities that offer clear public benefit. They must be operating with a charitable purpose (i.e. not intended to just benefit an individual).

Recipients could include organisations like early childhood services, halls, community events, meals on wheels, neighbourhood houses, agricultural societies or other local charitable organisations.

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