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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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Seniors
Seniors

2020 NSW Seniors Festival Grants

Funder:  NSW – Family & Community Services

Grant Background: The NSW Seniors Festival will be held across NSW from 12–23 February 2020.

Grants are available for local councils and organisations to host a 2020 NSW Seniors Festival event. The festival will provide opportunities for people over 60 to remain active, healthy and engaged in their local communities.

NSW Seniors Festival Grants support a range of programs and events, for example:

  • Events offering access to expert advice, information, tools and resources
  • Free samples of activities during NSW Seniors Festival
  • Opportunities to connect seniors with local organisations and services
  • Outdoor and physically active workshops

The grants will provide $200,000 to organisations and councils to host local festival events and activities.

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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

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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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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Environmental

River Connections Grant

Funder:  NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

Grant Background: The purpose of this grant is to assist community and government organisations to contribute to new approaches to integrated river management that can deliver improved health outcomes for inland rivers at a landscape scale in NSW.

River Connections will co-fund large scale, long-term collaboration and partnerships to tackle river and aquatic degradation at the landscape scale. Projects will investigate and analyse the barriers, threats and opportunities to integrated river management, identify and include diverse user values and trial new innovative approaches and/or techniques to river management that can deliver improved river health outcomes.

The River Connections grants program will fund projects that:

  • establish partnerships that align multiple values into a common purpose that will continue beyond the program and its funding
  • undertake an analysis of barriers, threats and opportunities to integrated river management.
  • investigate and trial innovative approaches and technologies that demonstrate a high chance of being successful at changing business as usual approaches and achieve outcomes beyond the funding.
  • create an incentive for coordinated activities that connect river communities and users, drive behaviour change and contribute to improved river health
  • involve all individuals, groups, organisations and agencies that impact or could impact on river health in the project area
  • draw upon the ground work, research and investment already conducted by programs such as The Living Murray program, Murray Darling Basin Plan and Murray Darling Basin Authority strategies for native fish and salinity mitigation
  • have a strong monitoring and evaluation framework that allows you to measure and demonstrate the environmental improvements your project achieves
  • maximise co-investment and cost effectiveness
  • demonstrate ongoing commitment beyond the 10-year project period

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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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Community, Health

Veteran and Community Grants

Funder:  Federal – Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Grant Background:  The Veteran and Community Grants (V&CG) program offers opportunities for both the veteran and broader community to participate in, and benefit from, projects that support healthy lifestyles, enhance quality of life and assist veterans and war widows/widowers to remain in their own homes as long as possible.

The objective of the Veteran and Community Grants Program is to maintain and improve the independence and quality of life for members of the veteran community by providing funding for projects that support activities and services to sustain or enhance health and well-being.

The V&CG is intended to:

  • promote and enhance healthy lifestyles, particularly physical activity and mental well-being;
  • support quality independent living at home;
  • encourage involvement in community activities;
  • reduce social isolation;
  • encourage supportive and safe communities;
  • increase access to community services;
  • address gaps in local services;
  • support carers;
  • increase nutrition;
  • increase social connectedness; and
  • increase mental wellness.

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Community, Women

Highways and Byways 2019 Small Grants Program

Funder:  Missionary Sisters of Service

Grant Background:  Grants of up to $3 000 are available for community groups or organisations that demonstrate they are addressing the relief of social and economic distress, and geographical disadvantage, through locally led action.

Applications that assist people and communities to address disadvantage and inequality through embracing the potential of local women to develop skills, confidence, capacities and leadership between generations and within their communities, are encouraged.

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Community, Environmental, Rural & Regional

Resilient Communities Small Grants

Funder:  NSW – Central West Local Land Services

Grant Background: Central West Local Land Services believe supporting the communities in which they live will empower resilience and strength, particularly during difficult times.  Understanding that sometimes a small grant can have a significant impact, they are offering grants to community-focused groups with a passion for what is important to them and their wider community.

Funding is made available through the Catchment Action NSW program and must align with the following project priorities:

  • Improving soil health
  • Supporting and protecting native vegetation and terrestrial habitat
  • Protecting and rehabilitating aquatic ecosystems
  • Protecting or preserving Cultural Heritage values
  • Maintaining or improving native plant and/or animal species populations
  • Prevent spread and impact of pest animals collaboratively

Based on your own priorities, this may include (but not be limited to):

  • Engagement or capacity building workshops or training
  • Forming or adding value to a pest animal group
  • Purchases to increase capacity of your team: GPS, Field cameras, mapping software etc
  • Cultural training, protecting various cultural values, educational site visits, community awareness workshops
  • Increasing habitat or planting exercises

If you do not live in the Central West, check out what your Local Land Services has on offer.

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