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Community

Flying Start

Funder:  Jetstar

Grant Background: Jetstar’s Flying Start Program invites community groups and organisations across Australia to apply for a grant to fund a project that will enrich the lives of people in their local community.

Judging Criteria:

  1. The extent to which the community group or organisation is seeking funding to help enhance the lives of people in their local community in the areas of charity, health, sport, education or the arts.
  2. The extent to which the community group or organisation can maximise benefits to their local community with the Jetstar Flying Start grant (i.e. the extent to which they have a tangible project or activity in mind to utilise the grant).
  3. The extent to which the project or activity will celebrate and highlight the work of the community group or organisation and help boost the profile and strength of the group for the future within twelve months of the grant being awarded.

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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, 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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Community

ANZ Seeds of Renewal

Funder:  Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Grant Background: The ANZ Seeds of Renewal program focuses specifically on helping build vibrant and sustainable rural communities, to ensure the ongoing prosperity of regional Australia. It is built on two key tenets:

  • Vibrant communities are diverse and inclusive with strong social capital, where everyone can participate and build a better life.
  • Sustainable communities innovate, expand and create opportunities that will deliver demonstrable medium-to-long-term economic benefit to the community, contributing to economic sustainability.

Strong projects include those that:

  • Focus on building local capacity and increasing community participation;
  • Benefit a large number of people from a diverse range of social groups;
  • Encourage inclusion and participation of under-represented and marginalised groups;
  • Will deliver ongoing and widespread economic benefits to the community and contribute to economic sustainability.

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Environmental

Community Litter Grants

Funder:  NSW – Environmental Protection Agency

Grant Background: The Community Litter Grant program aims to help deliver the Premier’s Priority to reduce litter by 40% by 2020. All funded projects must include direct community participation in the development of litter prevention activities.

Stream 1: Local single-community group projects – $4,000 to $10,000
Available for community groups who are taking their first steps in the litter prevention journey to conduct a litter prevention project at a single littered location. Expert help and support will be available for groups to apply for a grant and plan and carry out an effective litter prevention project.

Stream 2: Multi-site and/or multi-organisation – $20,000 to $70,000
Available for larger organisations who able to work across multiple sites and involve multiple groups, with the capacity to engage in litter prevention at scale and over the long term.

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Community

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.

This program is designed to provide flexible funding to support community-based activities that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms, and most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future. Funds could also support activities that engage your local community in being proactive, exploring options and creating something that will stand the test of tough times.

Objectives of the programme include to:

  • Reduce social isolation by facilitating strong social cohesion and connection;
  • Support and engage the community in leadership development and skills training;
  • Support opportunities for social and educational participation and address disadvantage caused by the drought, for children and young people;
  • Reduce volunteer fatigue and build the capacity, capability and sustainability of local not-for-profit organisations to provide support to their communities, particularly where they are playing an increased role during the drought; and
  • Support local economic recovery or renewal through projects that stimulate economic activity and cash-flow within communities.

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Community

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

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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Community, Rural & Regional

Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Grants

Funder:  Murray-Darling Basin Fund

Grant Background: The Australian Government is inviting applications via an open competitive process to deliver projects under the Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Grants Program in eligible Murray-Darling Basin communities.

The Program will assist eligible communities to undertake economic development projects to respond to the impact of water recovery activities under the Basin Plan. The outputs of the program are the number of jobs created as a result of the economic development projects and the number of projects supporting activities that continue after projects end.

The economic development projects would assist with:

  • increasing the capacity of communities to diversify and strengthen local economies
  • enhancing the resilience of communities to manage current and future economic challenges and changes
  • increasing opportunities for employment within communities.

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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.

This program is designed to provide flexible funding to support community-based activities that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms, and most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future. Funds could also support activities that engage your local community in being proactive, exploring options and creating something that will stand the test of tough times.

Objectives of the programme include to:

  • Reduce social isolation by facilitating strong social cohesion and connection;
  • Support and engage the community in leadership development and skills training;
  • Support opportunities for social and educational participation and address disadvantage caused by the drought, for children and young people;
  • Reduce volunteer fatigue and build the capacity, capability and sustainability of local not-for-profit organisations to provide support to their communities, particularly where they are playing an increased role during the drought; and
  • Support local economic recovery or renewal through projects that stimulate economic activity and cash-flow within communities.

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