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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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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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Community, Rural & Regional

Murray–Darling Basin Economic Development Grants

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: The Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Program (Round 3) 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.

The third round of the program is open to 38 eligible communities impacted by water recovery activities under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

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Community, Environmental, Rural & Regional

Murray–Darling Healthy Rivers Program – Small Grants

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background:  The Murray–Darling Healthy Rivers Program (Small Grants) supports community-led, on-ground projects that improve the health and ecological condition of rivers and wetlands in the Murray–Darling Basin, whilst supporting economic development and jobs.

The program aims to:

  • improve health and ecological condition of rivers and wetlands in the Murray–Darling Basin that build on water recovered through the Murray–Darling Basin Plan
  • improve community involvement in restoring the environmental health of the Murray–Darling Basin
  • increase economic activity and employment in Basin communities as a result of grant funding.

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Business, Rural & Regional, Tourism & Events

Experience Enhancement Fund

Funder:  NSW – Tourism

Grant Background: The Experience Enhancement Fund offers grants on a matched dollar-for-dollar basis and is available for:

  • Upgrading existing accommodation to 4 – 5-star
  • Upgrading existing business and leisure event venues/facilities to meet client requirements
  • Repurposing existing infrastructure to provide new visitor economy facilities, services or experiences not currently available within the destination
  • Creating new tourism attractions or experiences

Local Councils, Industry Associations and tourism businesses based and operating in regional NSW can apply.

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Manufacturing
Business, Rural & Regional

Regional Decentralisation Agenda – Securing Raw Materials Program

Funder: Federal – Infrastructure

Grant Background: The Regional Decentralisation Agenda – Securing Raw Materials Program provides businesses with up to $5 million to relocate or expand into regional areas and partner with a regional university or research organisation.

The program will:

  • support research and development into innovative and locally sourced raw material supplies and capitalise on a region’s comparative advantages
  • establish, secure and strengthen the supply of innovative or improved raw materials to Australian industry, particularly regional industries
  • increase economic activity, diversity and jobs in regional areas, including by establishing new industry sectors, businesses and suppliers
  • support and strengthen partnerships between industry and regional universities and research organisations.

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Agriculture, Arts & Creative, Business, Children & Youth, Community, Education, Environmental, Health, Heritage, Latest Grants, Rural & Regional, Seniors, Sport, Tourism & Events, Women

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Arts
Arts & Creative, Rural & Regional

Visions of Australia

Funder:  Federal – Infrastructure

Grant Background: The Visions of Australia regional exhibition touring program supports audience access to Australian arts and cultural material, with a particular focus on tours to regional and remote Australia.  The Visions of Australia program funds the development and touring of exhibitions of cultural material of historic, scientific, design, social or artistic significance.

Tours must include at least three venues outside the organisation’s home state or territory. Regional and remote venues are a higher priority for funding.

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