Community

2022 Closing The Gap Strengthening Community Capability Grants

Funder:  NSW – Aboriginal Affairs

Grant Background: The Closing the Gap Strengthening Community Capability Grants program aims to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the NSW Government working together to overcome inequality and achieve life outcomes equal to all Australians.

The Closing the Gap Strengthening Community Capability Grants funding program aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • Strengthen the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled sector operating in NSW to deliver more services that meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the state.
  • Grow the capability of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations (ACCOs) to win NSW Government contracts and/or receive NSW Government funding.
  • Scale-up and diversify ACCOs to help establish service delivery plans with new sectors, locations, audiences or markets.

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Business

2022 Closing The Gap Strengthening Business Capability Grants

Funder:  NSW – Aboriginal Affairs

Grant Background: The Closing the Gap Aboriginal Strengthening Business Capability Grants Program aims to increase the number of NSW operating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses winning NSW Government contracts, selling goods and services to the NSW Government and/or expanding. This will contribute to improved employment outcomes, business growth and economic prosperity for Aboriginal people in NSW.

The Closing the Gap Strengthening Business Capability Grants program aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • Grow the capability of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses operating in NSW to win NSW Government contracts
  • Increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses selling goods and services to the NSW Government
  • Scale-up and diversify Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses to establish business opportunities with the NSW Government.

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Disability
Community

Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC): Economic and Community Participation Program

Funder:  Federal – Social Services

Grant Background: The Australian Government is inviting organisations via an open competitive grant process to apply to deliver services under the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Program’s Building Employer Confidence and Inclusion in Disability Grant.

In 2018, the unemployment rate for people with disability was 10.3%, more than double the unemployment rate of people without disability (4.6%). It is recognised that people with disability can face many, and sometimes overlapping, barriers to employment, which prevent their full social and economic participation in Australian society. People with disability should have the same opportunities to share the benefits of employment as people without disability.

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Community, Rural & Regional

Strengthening Rural Communities

Funder:  Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Grant Background: The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program aims to give the thousands of small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia an opportunity to access funding to support broad community needs.

Given the events of summer 2019/20, it has also been expanded to offer funding to support recovery in bushfire-affected communities.

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.

This round, grants up to $10,000 are available through the Small & Vital Stream, and grants up to $25,000 are available through the Bushfire Recovery Stream.

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Community, Rural & Regional

Building Better Regions Fund – Community Investment

Funder:  Federal – Industry

Grant Background: The $1.38 billion Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) supports the Australian Government’s commitment to:

  • drive economic growth
  • build stronger regional communities into the future.

The Community Investments Stream will fund new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, or leadership and capability strengthening activities that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas. Infrastructure projects are not eligible under the Community Investments Stream.

For most projects grant funding will be up to either 50% or 75% of your eligible project costs. Your location will determine the percentage of grant funding you can receive.

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Community, Rural & Regional

Strengthening Rural Communities

Funder:  Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Grant Background: The Strengthening Rural Communities program aims to give the thousands of small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia an opportunity to access funding to support broad community needs.  Given the events of summer 2019/20, it has also been expanded to offer funding to support recovery in bushfire-affected communities.

The program criteria are deliberately flexible, and designed to be able to help communities address different needs and opportunities, as and when they emerge.

Projects funded must align with one or more of the following charitable outcomes:

  • Bringing people and community organisations together to foster stronger, more resilient communities;
  • Fostering and celebrating a sense of identity, diversity and cultural connection within the community;
  • Improving community health and social wellbeing;
  • Enabling people to develop skills, knowledge and confidence to lead and contribute to the prosperity and renewal of their community;
  • Building a sustainable volunteer base and/or supporting the wellbeing of volunteers;
  • Celebrating and resourcing volunteer-led efforts;
  • Increasing access and inclusion for vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, including remote communities;
  • Enhancing places where communities gather;
  • Promoting connection to place and enabling initiatives that champion a community’s social, cultural or economic aspirations;
  • Increasing capacity and capability of local community organisations to support preparedness and recovery from natural disasters;
  • Enabling locally-led responses within rural, regional and remote communities endeavouring to reduce the impacts of the changing climate within their community.

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Community
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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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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Fire
Community

Volunteer Emergency Services Fund

Funder:  Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Grant Background: The Volunteer Emergency Services Fund Grant Program aims to support the needs of local volunteer emergency services and first responders supporting communities affected by the 2019/20 bushfires.

Grants are available for disaster preparedness and response activities that may include rebuilding or upgrading emergency services infrastructure and replacing or upgrading emergency services equipment; enabling the support and management of an emergency services volunteer workforce through recruitment and training; and programs to support volunteer mental health and wellbeing.

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Women
Education, Women

Boosting the Next Generation of Women in STEM

Funder:  Federal – Industry

Grant Background: The Boosting the Next Generation of Women in STEM program will provide funding to a single delivery partner to manage 500 university scholarships to women who are re-training, seeking higher qualifications, or undertaking study after a break from either study or the workforce.

Applicants should demonstrate how their project will:

  • increase participation of women in STEM tertiary education to increase re-training, seeking higher qualifications, or undertaking study
  • support women to build skillsets sought by industry to foster the next wave of mentors and role-models, and support re-entry into the workforce
  • increase in the number of women in senior leadership and decision making positions in government, research organisations, industry and businesses.

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