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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, 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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Community
Community, Rural & Regional

Community Futures Grant

Funder:  Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation

Grant Background:  The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF) is offering an opportunity for community-minded people to be awarded up to $25,000 in funding for drought and bushfire recovery community projects in their local area.

Previously funding has gone to projects including air-conditioning in the local hall to portable yard panels for the showground or a pop-up gazebo, satisfying community needs and benefiting many. This year the funding is targeting regional recovery following the destruction of community facilities and projects devastated by the ongoing drought and current bushfire crisis.

The RASF invites ideas that deliver strong community benefits and result in enhanced economic and social outcomes for your community. This year projects should assist the recovery and rebuilding of drought and bushfire affected towns. Projects that involve collaboration between people in your town and deliver sustained and broad community benefits will be highly regarded. Applicants will be passionate about rural and regional NSW and have a good understanding of any issues affecting their community.

Infrastructure for local showgrounds and Show Societies are eligible. The improvements must demonstrate that they go beyond benefiting just the local Show Society in running the local Show, but rather enabling broader use by other community groups to run on-going projects or programs.

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Community

Small Grant Programme

Funder:  Highways and Byways

Grant Background: In 2020 Highways and Byways seeks applications from organisations in the areas where the MSS sisters have lived and worked over the last 76 years, especially rural and regional areas.

This year they are focussing the program on understanding our interconnectedness to and with all living things on our fragile planet. The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH).

Our vast continent is experiencing widespread persistent dry conditions, especially across the Murray Darling Basin Region. This means ongoing challenges for communities struggling to make a living in areas where the land is changing and ‘business as usual’ is not an option.

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Community, Rural & Regional

Murray Darling Basin Economic Development Prog (Round 2)

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: The Australian Government is inviting applications through an open competitive process to deliver projects under Outcome 3.1 Water Reform – Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Program (Round 2) in eligible Murray-Darling Basin communities.

The Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Program (Round 2) grants are funded from 2019-20 to 2022-23.

The objective of the program 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.

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Business, Community, Rural & Regional

Murray Darling Basin Economic Development Prog (Rnd 2)

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: The Australian Government is inviting applications through an open competitive process to deliver projects under Outcome 3.1 Water Reform – Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Program (Round 2) in eligible Murray-Darling Basin communities.

The Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Program (Round 2) grants are funded from 2019-20 to 2022-23.

The objective of the programme 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.

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Rural & Regional

1,000 Jobs Package Grant

Funder:  Federal – Prime Minister & Cabinet

Grant Background: The Australian Government is subsidising 1,000 new jobs for Community Development Program participants in remote Australia to support economic development.

Tranche One of the 1,000 Jobs Package grant funding round will provide an initial opportunity for up to 100 new jobs to be created.

Positions must be:

  • New and ongoing
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • At least 15 hours per week on average

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Community

Drought Communities Programme

Funder:  Federal – Business

Grant Background: The extension of the Drought Communities Programme provides funding of $96 million in 2018-19 to Eligible Councils to deliver benefits to targeted drought-affected regions of Australia.

The program will support local community infrastructure and other drought relief projects for communities impacted by drought.

Funding will target infrastructure and other projects that:

  • provide employment for people whose work opportunities have been impacted by drought
  • stimulate local community spending
  • use local resources, businesses and suppliers
  • provide a long-lasting benefit to communities and the agricultural industries on which they depend.

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Business, Rural & Regional

Regional Solutions

Funder:  NSW – Jobs

Grant Background: The NSW Government has developed a comprehensive package of initiatives to support regional growth. I recommend you check out their website to see what is on offer and to check out the specifics of the:

  • Local Innovation Network
  • Regional Investment Attraction Package
  • $2000 Start-Up Travel Stipend
  • Regional Jobs Now Portfolio

Surely there will be something there that could benefit your business, create jobs and grow your local economy.

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Business

Australia Japan Foundation Grant Programme

Funder:  Federal – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Grant Background: The Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF) aims to increase:

  • understanding in Japan of shared interests with Australia
  • understanding in Australia of the importance of Japan to Australia as an economic and strategic partner
  • recognition in Japan of Australian excellence and expertise.

The AJF grant program supports innovative projects that promote people-to-people engagement between Australian and Japan across a diverse range of sectors.

Publication Awards (capped at $10 000 for each award) are also available to support the research and publication of books related to Australian studies and the Australia-Japan relationship.

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