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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. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly.

Applications received must address at least one of the following Program Objectives:

  1. Reduce social isolation by facilitating strong social cohesion and connection;
  2. Support and engage the community in leadership development and skills training;
  3. Support opportunities for social and educational participation and address disadvantage caused by the drought, for children and young people;
  4. 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
  5. Support local economic recovery or renewal through projects that stimulate economic activity and cash-flow within communities.

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Rural & Regional, Tourism & Events

Regional Tourism Activation Fund

Funder:  NSW – Regional Growth Fund

Grant Background: The NSW Government’s Regional Tourism Activation Fund supports the development of unique and high impact tourism and events infrastructure that helps to boost local economies, create jobs and ensure visitors to regional NSW have unforgettable experiences that encourage repeat visitation. The Regional Tourism Activation Fund is also aiming to boost regional tourism and improve the visitor experience for people with disability in regional NSW by making funding available for:

  • the development of unique and high impact visitor experiences
  • visitor accessibility and inclusion enhancements.

Types of projects eligible for funding include:

  • construction of new tourism infrastructure and/or significant enhancements to existing infrastructure to create unique and high impact visitor experiences
  • upgrades and extensions to existing infrastructure to improve accessibility and inclusion linked to unique and high impact visitor experiences.

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Community, Rural & Regional

Networks to Build Drought Resilience

Funder:  Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Grant Background: The Future Drought Fund’s Networks to Build Drought Resilience program provides agriculture-dependent communities across remote, rural, and regional Australia with the opportunity to access funds for a broad range of initiatives that benefit local communities to strengthen their resourcefulness, adaptability, and capacity to thrive.

The program is designed to build strong social connectedness, strengthen social capital, and support transformative activities that enable regional communities to be more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought.

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Rural & regional
Community, Rural & Regional

Crown Reserves Improvement Fund

Funder:  NSW – Crown Land

Grant Background: Crown land managers, reserve user groups, and all NSW showground managers are invited to apply for the 2021-22 Crown Reserves Improvement Fund (CRIF) Program.

The CRIF supports asset improvements on Crown reserves by providing funding for:

  • repairs and maintenance projects
  • pest and weed control
  • new recreational infrastructure

The CRIF provides financial support for the development, maintenance and improvement of Crown reserves. Grant and loan funding can be applied for each year when the applications are open. The funding aims to benefit the community, boost our economy and contribute to the cultural, sporting and recreational life of NSW.

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Community
Community, Rural & Regional, Sport

Stronger Country Communities Fund

Funder:  NSW – Regional NSW

Grant Background: The Stronger Country Communities Fund was established in 2017 by the NSW Government to deliver local projects that enhance the lives and wellbeing of regional communities.

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 deliver enhanced infrastructure and programs that remove barriers to female participation in sport across regional NSW.

There is a total of $100million available in Round Four, including up to $50million for projects that enhance female sporting facilities and increase female participation in sport in regional NSW. The remaining funding is available for other local community and sporting infrastructure, street beautification, and community programs and local events.

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Rural & Regional, Tourism & Events

Regional Events Acceleration Fund

Funder:  NSW – Regional NSW

Grant Background: The cancellation of major events due to COVID-19 has impacted local event venues, workers and communities who rely on the influx of visitors and tourist dollars.

To support the social and economic recovery of our regions, the NSW Government’s $20 million Regional Events Acceleration Fund helps organisations to:

  • attract new major international and domestic events to regional areas
  • make existing regional events even bigger and better.

Funding will help meet the costs of attracting or retaining major events, such as premier sporting fixtures or competitions, and helps fund the operational and infrastructure improvements existing events need to increase visitation and length of stay.

The types of events eligible for funding include:

  • major sporting and lifestyle events
  • major food and beverage events
  • major music, art and culture festivals.

The funding is for events hosted in regional NSW between March 2021 and June 2022.

The Regional Events Acceleration Fund offers two streams – Major Event Operations and Infrastructure grants and Major Event Attraction and Enhancement grants.

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Business, Rural & Regional

Regional Job Creation Fund

Funder:  NSW – Regional NSW

Grant Background: The Regional Job Creation Fund supports regional investment and job creation by offering up to $10 million in co-funding to activate or bring forward regional projects in engine, enabling or emerging engine industries. Examples of eligible projects could include the:

  • replacement, upgrade or adaptation of plant and equipment at an existing regional NSW business
  • establishment of an additional production line for an existing regional NSW business
  • onshoring of activity currently done overseas to a regional NSW location
  • development of new regional tourism experiences and visitor attractions
  • relocation of a business operation from out of state to regional NSW.

The Regional Job Creation Fund’s focus is to co-fund projects creating at least five sustainable regional jobs.

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Community
Business, Rural & Regional, Tourism & Events

NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund

Funder:  Meet in NSW

Grant Background: The NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund is designed to help stakeholders create, attract and support exciting business events for regional NSW and to support new business event initiatives aimed at enriching the events with opportunities offered by iconic towns and regions while helping secure successful conferences and events for their future.

The four streams of the program are:

  1. Creation of a New Business Event – To encourage towns and regions to create their own new conferences and business events.
  2. Attraction of an Existing Business Event – To assist rural and regional NSW to secure conferences, business events and major expos. The business event should have previously been held in a capital city, interstate or overseas and funding is being sought to bring the event to a regional NSW location.
  3. Support for an Existing Business Event – To support events that are held in regional NSW and may rotate between locations. Funds must be used to drive increased visitation for the event.
  4. Support for a Business Event Project – To assist rural and regional NSW implement business event projects or initiatives aimed at driving growth in the visitor economy of regional NSW. This may take the form of a business event series or roadshow; a specific element of a business event where the main event is being held in a capital city or interstate; or a small-scale infrastructure project specifically designed to support growth in business events.

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Drought - cracked earth
Community, Rural & Regional

Tackling Tough Times Together – EOI

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. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly.

Applications received must address at least one of the following Program Objectives:

  1. Reduce social isolation by facilitating strong social cohesion and connection;
  2. Support and engage the community in leadership development and skills training;
  3. Support opportunities for social and educational participation and address disadvantage caused by the drought, for children and young people;
  4. 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
  5. Support local economic recovery or renewal through projects that stimulate economic activity and cash-flow within communities.

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Agriculture, Education, Rural & Regional

AgriFutures – Australian Institute of Company Directors – Company Directors Course for Emerging Industries

Funder:  AgriFutures Australia

Scholarship Background: AgriFutures Australia is committed to supporting the people who are driving, and will drive, the future prosperity of Australian rural industries and communities.

The AgriFutures Emerging Industries Program is seeking applications from those working in an emerging industry to participate in the Australian Institute of Company Directors – Company Directors CourseTM.

This is a first for the AgriFutures Emerging Industries Program and an exciting opportunity for established industry leaders to hone their skills and make a valuable contribution to the future growth of their associated industry.

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