Latest Grants

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Environmental

Circular Solar

Funder:  NSW – Environment Protection Authority

Grant Background: It is forecast that NSW will generate 3,000 – 10,000 tonnes per year of waste solar PV panels and battery storage systems by 2025, rising to 40,000 – 71,000 tonnes per year by 2035. To prepare for this emerging waste stream, the Circular solar grant program supports collaborative ‘whole-of-supply chain’ projects that trial managing end-of-life solar panels and/or battery systems within a circular economy framework.

Circular Solar Phase 2 program priorities:

  • reduce solar panel and associated battery waste entering landfill in NSW
  • promote circular economy models for managing waste at end-of-life
  • increase the capability and capacity of industry to recover and reprocess end-of-life solar panels and associated large energy storage system batteries.
  • improve the recyclability/reusability/refurbish potential by using high-value recovery and/or processing technologies
  • develop secondary markets for resources recovered from solar panels and batteries
  • update standards for reuse of solar panel and battery systems that are still functioning efficiently after being decommissioned
  • grow cost-effective recovery logistic models
  • partnerships that deliver end-to-end solutions across the whole supply chain
  • create immediate and ongoing job creation and economic activity.

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Arts & Creative

Creative Capital

Funder:  Create NSW

Grant Background:  The Creative Capital fund has been established to meet the demands for facilities to support the creative economy and improve access to and participation in quality cultural experiences across NSW. Cultural equity is at the heart of the new Creative Capital Program and will ensure that more people have access to and can participate in the arts.

Grants will be available to fund new infrastructure or to upgrade existing cultural infrastructure to make existing spaces fit for purpose. Communities will benefit with fit-for-purpose, high performing museums, theatres, performance spaces, galleries, Aboriginal Cultural Centres, Keeping Places and language centres across NSW.

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Agriculture, Community, Rural & Regional

Networks to Build Drought Resilience

Funder:  Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Grant Background: The Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund provides a sustainable source of funding to help remote, rural and regional communities, and farmers, become more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought. The Fund is part of the Government’s Drought Response, Resilience and Preparedness Plan.

The Networks to Build Drought Resilience Program is one of the Fund’s foundation programs. It is designed to build community capacity by strengthening social and community networking, support, engagement and wellbeing.

The aim is to build an enduring resilience to the impacts of climate change, drought, and enhance the public good in agriculture-dependent communities.

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Arts
Arts & Creative

Arts Sustainability Fund

Funder:  Federal – Infrastructure

Grant Background: With the COVID-19 (or Coronavirus) pandemic affecting all of Australia’s arts and cultural sector, the operations and financial stability of arts organisations have been significantly affected resulting in some organisations being at risk of insolvency.

The Arts Sustainability Fund will support the arts and entertainment sector to continue its activities with funding targeted towards significant Australian Government funded arts organisations to help them remain solvent. The program is intended to assist by providing the necessary finance to plan a pathway for recovery from the effects of COVID-19. This will support the employment of workers and contribute to rebuilding Australia’s economy, as well as enhancing community wellbeing and access to cultural experiences across Australia.

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Innovation
Business, Community

Community & Small Business CCTV Fund

Funder:  NSW – Communities & Justice

Grant Background:  The NSW government has announced a $5 million CCTV Fund available to eligible small business and community organisations. The Fund is currently available in supports the purchase and installation of CCTV ten Local Government Areas in Western and South Western Sydney. The NSW government will provide funds towards the supply and installation of CCTV systems for each successful applicant. This can be for new or upgraded CCTV systems.

The NSW Department of Communities and Justice in partnership with the NSW Police Force (NSWPF) deliver this program. CCTV systems installed under the Fund are required to be registered with the NSWPF. When a crime occurs, this register allows the Police to access relevant data to support identification of offenders and their subsequent prosecution.

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Business

Small Business Fees & Charges Rebate

Funder:  NSW – Service

Grant Background: If you are a sole trader, the owner of a small business or a not-for-profit organisation in NSW, you may be eligible for a small business fees and charges rebate of $2,000.00.

This rebate helps businesses recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and encourages growth by reducing the cost of running a business. Eligible businesses or not-for-profits only need to apply for the rebate once, but can submit multiple claims until the full value of $2,000 is reached.

Funds can be used to offset the costs of eligible NSW and local government fees and charges. These include, but are not limited to:

  • food authority licences
  • liquor licences
  • tradesperson licences
  • event fees
  • outdoor seating fees
  • council rates.

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Community

Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Programme

Funder:  Federal – Veterans’ Affairs

Grant Background:  The Saluting Their Service Commemorations Program aims to:

  • preserve Australia’s wartime heritage;
  • involve people around the nation in a wide range of projects and activities that highlight the service and sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel in wars, conflicts and peace operations; and
  • promote appreciation and understanding of the experiences of service and the roles that those who served have played in shaping the nation.

There are two categories of grants available under the program:

  1. Community Grants: Grants to a maximum of $10,000 are available for local, community-based projects and activities.
  2. Major Grants: Grants between $10,001 and $150,000 are available for major commemorative projects and activities that are significant from a national, state, territory and/or regional perspective.

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Agriculture

Special Disaster Grants – Storms & Floods

Funder:  NSW – Rural Assistance Authority (RAA)

Grant Background: The Special Disaster Grant – Storms & Floods is available to eligible primary producers, following the declaration of a Natural Disaster by the NSW Government and approval of the Australian Government. This assistance measure is only provided in event of Natural Disasters that have severely affected communities, regions or sectors.

To make it easier for you to apply, the RAA has access to third party damage assessment information, for example high-resolution imagery, to confirm the extent of the impacts in declared storm & flood-affected local government areas in NSW. However, it is important that you provide reasonable evidence of storm and/or flood damage with your application so they can fully assess your situation.

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Agriculture, Environmental, Rural & Regional

Enhancing Remnant Vegetation Pilot

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: Together with the Carbon + Biodiversity Pilot, the Enhancing Remnant Vegetation Pilot is trialling mechanisms to pay farmers for improving biodiversity on farms under the Agriculture Stewardship Package.

This pilot aims to trial market-based approaches to enhancing native remnant vegetation on farms through locally adapted management protocols developed by the Australian National University in consultation with Natural Resource Management organisations in six trial regions.

Successful farmers could be eligible to receive payments to manage and enhance existing remnant native vegetation on-farm over a period of 10 years.

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Business, Environmental

Organics – Processing Infrastructure

Funder:  NSW – Environment

Grant Background: The Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) Grants Program is delivered through a partnership between the NSW Environmental Trust and the NSW Environment Protection Authority as part of the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.

The Organics Processing Infrastructure stream aims to improve processing capacity for source separated food and garden organics collected from households and commercial and industrial businesses across New South Wales to divert waste that would previously have gone to landfill.

Grants are available to:

  • build or expand processing infrastructure for source separated organics, including source separated food, garden or combined food and garden organics from households and businesses
  • upgrade existing alternative waste treatment facilities to process source separated food, garden or combined food and garden organics from households and businesses.

Grants will cover up to 50% of detailed design costs and capital costs for equipment.

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