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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Community, Rural & Regional

Tackling Tough Times Together

Funder:  Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Grant Background: The Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) program gives drought-affected communities across remote, rural and regional Australia the opportunity to access funds that benefit their immediate and long-term needs. Grants are available for grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly benefit local communities, with the objective of the program being to help drought-affected communities.

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

  1. Reduce social isolationby 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 disadvantagecaused 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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Community, Rural & Regional

Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund – Microgrids 2020-21

Funder:  Federal – Infrastructure

Grant Background: The Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund – Microgrids was announced to support feasibility studies into more reliable, secure and cost effective energy supply to regional and remote communities in Australia.

The program will fund feasibility studies looking at microgrid technologies to replace, upgrade or supplement existing electricity supply arrangements in off-grid and fringe-of grid communities located in regional and remote areas. This will be achieved through:

  • improved regional business, community services and emergency resilience through innovative microgrid solutions
  • scaled-up and improved microgrid systems in regional and remote communities
  • increased human capital (skills/knowledge) in the design and deployment of microgrids
  • demonstrated commerciality and/or reliability and security benefits of deploying and upgrading microgrids
  • reduced barriers to microgrid uptake in remote and regional communities
  • increased dissemination of technology and/or project knowledge regarding the deployment and upgrading of microgrids.

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Business

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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Rural and Regional
Rural & Regional

Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme

Funder:  Federal – Infrastructure

Grant Background: The Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program provides grants to enhance the safety and accessibility of aerodromes in remote and very remote areas of Australia. It will provide year round all weather access, particularly where road access is unavailable or unreliable. This will:

  • improve the safety of aircraft, operators and passengers using remote and very remote airstrips
  • facilitate improved delivery of essential goods and services such as food supplies, health care, community mail and passenger air services
  • support delivery of health care services by the Royal Flying Doctor Service and similar providers
  • complement air services delivery to communities subsidised under the Australian Government’s Remote Aviation Access Program through the Remote Air Services Subsidy Scheme
  • meet operational requirements of the RFDS or operators providing similar aeromedical services.

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Agriculture
Community, Rural & Regional

Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days Program

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: The Australian Government is inviting agricultural show societies and field day organisers to apply for a grant to reimburse them for costs they incurred when they had to cancel their scheduled show or agricultural field day in 2020 because of COVID-19.

Cash flow support provided through the program will help to ensure the sustainability of agricultural show societies and the agricultural shows they conduct. It will also support the agricultural field day organisers and the agricultural field days they conduct.

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