Do you have a project that needs grant funding and are not quite sure how and where to start?

RDA Orana is proud to work with businesses, organisations and community groups to ensure that they can fully take advantage of all possible oportunities for growth and development.

We can help organisations to :

  • develop their projects
  • source data for their project and funding proposals 
  • develop business case and impact assessments
  • identify available funding opportunities and
  • offer support for writing funding proposals

Finding Grants

Grants for community and regional development generally come from the Federal, State and Local Government. In some cases they come from philanthropic organisations like trusts and foundations.

Typically, grant programs are developed to address a need, priority or issue. Our goal is to make sure that our region and communities do not miss out on opportunties for funding.

RDA Orana has made it easier for organisations to access available funding opportunities.

Every month we release a grants newsletter highlighting available grants, funding opportunities and other sources of funding that are available for the business and the community in our region. By bringing the information together, businesses and organisations can keep up with any new opportunities that come about and that come about and that may fit their projects and operational needs. 

Our aim is to ensure that our region has access to and can take advantage of all possible opportunties for economic growth. If you are not sure whether your business qualifies for funding, we can help you with that. We can help review the eligibility of the project based on the funding guidelines and match it it with the best available funding stream. We walk busineses through the process to ensure that their application is competitive. 

Letter of Support

We are pleased to provide letters of support to community groups and business’s seeking Government grants.

Please fill in the letter of support request form, including details of the organisation, the project you wish to apply for, funding amounts, and outline of the benefits which the organisation and the community would gain from the funding.

To ensure your letter is received in time, please allow a minimum of one week to process the application.

Request a letter of support from RDA Orana

Subscribe to the RDA Orana Grants Newsletter

To stay up to date with all the latest grant and funding opportunities in the region for community groups, businesses and not-for-profits please fill out the form below to join our NEW monthly Grants Newsletter.

Grant Writing

Grant funding is generally very competitive.

This means that the higher the quality of applications, the greater the chances for success. Grant writing is a laborious process that requires good writing skills, attention to details, sales skills, and the ability to manage different contributors.

With some grants, the technical and government terms can be challenging at times. If you do not have someone with these abilities, your organisation will benefit from seeking someone with grant writing skills and experience.

We will review your grant application for free.

We also offer grant writing for a small fee. Our qualified and experienced grant writers can take the headache off you so that you do not have to worry about it. We offer grant writing services ranging from project planning to economic analysis, ensuring quality grant submissions. We work with you to ensure that we come up with the best possible project proposal that will make their application competitive.

Project planning:

Developing a proper project plan is crucial to any project. We work with the businesses to develop a comprehensive project plan and build a strong business case to support the project. We will walk you through your project and help come up with a proper plan that will fit into your business needs as well as the grant requirements.

Cost-benefit analysis:

The benefits of any good investment needs to outweigh the costs. For most projects and larger grant applications, it is often beneficial and sometimes mandatory to perform an economic model to determine if the investment is viable. We can help your business perform a cost-benefit analysis to appraise the desirability of the project.

Supporting Evidence

We intend to support our community in any way we can to ensure that they do not miss out on any opportunities that can help them grow. Having proper supporting evidence goes a long way to evaluating a project proposal above the competition. RDA Orana provides both economic and community data accessible on our facts and figures.

We can also provide letters of support for projects that align with our priorities and that will benefit the community and the region.

Consulting Services

Our primary objective is to work with local stakeholders (private and public) to advance economic development in the region. Our emphasis is on economic development and employment growth. As a Not-For-Profit, we are able to offer Research and Consultancy services at a far more attractive rate than the private sector.

Our staff skillset and resources include:

  • Networks into all tiers of government
  • Economic analysis (benefit-cost analysis, economic impact assessments, feasibility studies, business cases etc.)
  • Financial analysis (business case profitability, cash-flow, return on investment etc.)
  • Impartial analysis and advice
  • Access to REMPLAN Economic Modelling Software
  • Access to over 700+ IBISWorld Industry Reports
  • Project management
  • Community consultation planning and facilitation
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Conference/ workshop organisations

To find out more call us on 02 6885 1488 or email us at


Vital Resources Fund


 Supports regional Australian communities in its areas of operation, which are facing the significant challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. BHP will establish a $50 million (AUD) Vital Resources Fund to help support regional Australian communities.

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Accelerating Commercialisation (up to $1,000,000)


#Business Support

Accelerating Commercialisation provides access to expert guidance and grants to help businesses commercialise their novel products, processes and services.

Accelerating Commercialisation offers the following services and grants to successful applicants:

  • Commercialisation Guidance
  • Accelerating Commercialisation Grants
  • Portfolio Services


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Advance Manufacturing Early Stage Research Fund ($100,000- $400,000)


The AMESRF is a $4 million funding initiative, and forms part of the $100 million Advance Manufacturing Fund which will boost innovation, skills and employment in advanced manufacturing.

The intent of the AMESRF is to support small-scale and pilot research projects in advanced manufacturing, and benefit smaller firms and early stage research. The fund will provide grants to SMEs for rapid initial feasibility testing, allowing the projects to then move quickly to large-scale research or commercialisation.

Grants between $100,000 and $400,000 are available.


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Building Partnerships Grant


  • for growing startups and SMEs already generating revenue
  • to fund a consortium project to establish key accounts or achieve strategic growth
  • up to 35 % of approved project costs (to a maximum of $100,000)

To apply, visit

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ClubGRANTS Round 3


ClubGRANTS funding is available to community groups, charities and sporting teams across NSW. Approximately 500 clubs voluntarily allocate funds to the ClubGRANTS scheme.

For the first time, ClubGRANTS are available for projects that support youth, mental health, homelessness and domestic violence as well as drought-affected communities.

Funding is available under three separate categories

Category 1: Supports community welfare and social services; community development; employment assistance activities, community health services and projects aimed at improving the living standards of low income and disadvantaged people.

Category 2: Provides funding for general community development and support activities, such as junior sport

Category 3: Is a state-wide fund that supports large-scale community infrastructure projects. Grants are available for sport, emergency and disaster relief and arts and culture infrastructure.

Applications close Monday, August 26th.

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Drought Communities Programme ($25,000-$1,000,000)



The extension of the Drought Communities Programme provides funding of $110 million over two years from 2018-19 to eligible Councils to deliver immediate economic stimulus and other benefits to target drought-affected regions of Australia. The program aims to 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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Entrepreneurs' Programme- Innovation Connections Grant (Up to $50,000)


Innovation Connections (IC) assists businesses to understand their research needs, connect with the research sector and fund collaborative research projects.

The IC Facilitation service is free.

An Innovation Facilitator will work with your business to understand your research needs. At the end of the engagement, you will be provided with a Facilitation Report that outlines your business’ research needs and opportunities.

Following an IC Facilitation, you can apply for an IC Grant to undertake a research project that addresses the recommendations made in the Facilitation Report.

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Export Market Development Grant (50% reimbursement for eligible expenditure)


#Business Support

Opens 1st July and close on 30th November each year.

Financial support for current and aspiring SMEs to access new export markets. The scheme encourages businesses to engage in international marketing and promotion expenditure to achieve international sales.

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Google Ad Grants

#Not for profit

Google Ad Grants offer up to $10,000 US of in-kind advertising every month for an online advertising solution from Google. You could recruit more volunteers, attract more donations, and share your story with audiences across the globe. To be eligible to apply your organisation must hold valid charity status

Government entities and organisations, hospitals and medical groups, schools, academic institutions and universities are not eligible.

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Growing Local Economies


This fund has the aim of enabling infrastructure to grow regional centres by investing in crucial projects that are needed to support job creation and economic growth in regional NSW.

It is open to projects that are for the use and benefit of multiple organisations or businesses, enable or bring forward investment productivity improvements for new or existing industry, deliver a net economic benefit to residents and business located in NSW and would likely not proceed without NSW Government funding.

From Monday 20 August 2018, updated program guidelines provide that projects will now require a minimum financial co-contribution of 25% of the total grant amount.

An exemption may be granted where a project is located in a disadvantaged area of NSW.

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Incubator Support Initiative ($13,000- $250,000)


#Business Support

New guidelines have been introduced by the Federal Government for the Incubator Support Initiative, providing greater focus on regional projects, with 65 percent of funding to go to new and existing incubators projects where at least 80 percent of project activities are being undertaken in a regional area.

Changes include the introduction of four regional incubator facilitators to assist regional applicants to engage with the initiative and a new maximum grant amount for an expert in residence project of upto $100,000.

Information about the Incubator Support Initiative is available from the National Innovation & Science Agenda website.

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Local Sports Grant Program

#Not for profit

The $4.6 million Local Sports Grant Program aims to increase regular and ongoing participation opportunities in sport and active recreation in NSW.

Sport and active recreation is important, contributing significantly to our health, economy, social wellbeing and the liveability of our cities and communities.

The program supports the NSW Government’s commitment to enhance the quality of life of the people of NSW.

$85,000 has been allocated to Zone 1 electorates- regional drought affected areas

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Manufacturing Efficiency Funding (Up to $70,000)


Are you a manufacturing business interested in cutting thousands of dollars a year off your energy bills?

The NSW Government has $16.7 million in funding to help manufacturers save energy and money.

Matched funding is available up to $120,000 per manufacturing site is available for projects that save stationary energy (gas and electricity).

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Qantas Regional Grants

#Not for profit

Qantas is on a mission to help brighten the futures of regional communities.

The Qantas Regional Grants program is offering a total of $5 million in grants over five years- $1 million each year- to Australia-based not-for-profit community groups, individuals, charities, projects and organisations that are seeking funding to provide direct service or benefit to regional Australia.

The grants will include a combination of flight, cash and marketing support (where relevant) and will be determined by a panel based on eligibility criteria. The grant funding will be distributed each year and awarded to at least one recipient.


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Regional Arts NSW Quick Response Grants

#Not for profit


CLOSING 30th June 2021

Made available under the Regional Arts Fund allocation for NSW, Quick Response Grants offer funding of up to $1,500 for regional artists, art organisations and communities to respond to unique arts opportunities that present themselves at very short notice and could not be planned for. Opportunities that have been organised by the applicant or have involved an application process will not be accepted. The program is intended to:

  • Support professional development opportunities for artists and art workers involved in community programs that will increase their knowledge, skills and experience.
  • Support skills and or arts development for individuals

Quick Response Grants are offered on a quarterly basis

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Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund NSW


With the aim of fostering the benefits of sport in communities, this fund will invest in new and existing facilities to improve the participation and performance in sports at all levels. The fund objectives are to:

  •  Increase the number and type of regional sporting facilities
  • Improve the standard of existing regional sporting facilities
  • Increase participation in sport

This fund focuses on larger sporting facilities that deliver the best regional outcomes for the community. The Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund provides grants between $1 million and $10 million for regional sport hubs or regularly significant sport facilities

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