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 local businesses, organisations and community groups to ensure that they can fully take advantage of all possible oportunities for growth and development.

We can help organisaitons 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. 

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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


2020 Art Music Fund

#Not for profit


In recognition of the limited opportunities for art music composers to have their works performed, APRA AMCOS has initiated the Art Music Fund. A total pool of A$100,000 per annum is an offer to provide funding for composers to create commissioned work that is complemented by an exploitation program.

The Art-Music Fund exists to commission new work that is innovative, displays professional compositional craft and represents a benchmark of excellence in its field. These works must have committed partners to ensure the work is presented multiple times with the intention to create a long artistic life for the work and by extension, its composer.

The Art-Music Fund is assessed by an external panel of musicians. With an aim to represent a complete view of the industry, they are particularly aware of ensuring the panel of experts includes diverse voices across culture, gender, geography, generation and genre.

All applicants will be asked to explain how their art practice aligns with the qualities identified in the Art Music Fund regardless of style.

$10,000 to $30,000 is available

Closing 24th of February

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Accelerating Commercialisation


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

Close date: ongoing

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Advance Manufacturing Early Stage Research Fund


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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Animal Welfare Transport Subsidy


A subsidy of up to 50 per cent of eligible costs for the permanent transport of stock from a farm facing financial hardship and livestock have a fat score of 2 or below (below 3 for dairy cattle) to a maximum of $20,000 per financial year.

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Arts and Cultural Funding Program 2019/20

#Not for profit

Project funding supports excellence, innovation and creativity within the NSW arts and cultural sector. It aims to deliver a dynamic and diverse range of arts and cultural experiences to communities across NSW, contribute to the development of a vibrant and accessible art and cultural sector, and support the employment and development of professional NSW0 based artists and art and cultural workers.

Funding is available for a wide range of arts and cultural activity, including:

  • creation of new work, practice-based research or experimentation and professional development
  • production, exhibition, presenting, publishing or recording, touring and festivals
  • promotion and marketing, market and/or audience development activity
  • conservation and/ or development of collections and archives (including Aboriginal Keeping Places and the digitisation of collections)
  • purchase of capital infrastructure and equipment
  • partnership, capacity building and sustainability

Closing 2nd March 2020

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Automative Innovation Lab Access Grants (Round 2)


The Automotive Innovation Lab Access Grants program supports businesses to undertake a range of activities.

These may include design, prototype and testing activities undertaken at specialised facilities and service organisations that enhance automotive product design and development process.

Grant funding between $50,000 and $200,000 for up to 50% of project costs.

Closing 24th February 2020

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Bodangora Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund

#Not for profit

For the 2018/2019 Round 4 of the Community Benefit Fund will provide up to $25,000 for grants to incorporate not-for-profit community groups for projects identified and assessed using an open call for applications.

Community projects must

  • Deliver social, cultural, economic or environmental benefits to local communities of the Wellington district
  • Address an identified community priority
  • Demonstrate that any ongoing or recurrent cost of the project can be met by the community group once grant funding has been expensed
  • The organisation must demonstrate the capacity to manage funds and deliver the project
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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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Celebrating Diversity Events Grants Program

#Not for profit

The Celebrating Diversity Grants Program aims to foster community harmony and celebrate diversity as a precious part of our identity and way of life.


Grants of up to $10,000 are now available for events which aim to support festivals and events that bring together communities, showcase the benefits of cultural diversity and promote social cohesion and community harmony.

Applications close September 20th 2019.

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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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Coles Nurture Fund


Coles Supermarkets has launched an initiative to assist existing small to medium Australian producers, farmers and manufacturers to innovate and grow their business.

The Coles Nurture Fund (CNF) will allocate $50 million over five years intended to encourage businesses to develop new market-leading products, technologies, systems and processes.

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Country Arts Support Program 2019

#Not for profit

The Country Arts Support Program (CASP) supports locally initiated projects by not-for-profits, local government authorities and collectives in regional NSW.

Grants of up to $3,000 are available for short term, locally initiated arts and community projects delivered in the Orana Arts region.

Grants of $5,000 are available for projects involving partnership across the region. Applications close Friday 3 August and remember, all applicants must discuss their project with Orana Arts so get in touch with us via to get your project plan underway.

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Cyber Security Small Business Program


The Cyber Security Small Business Program will support small businesses across Australia to have their cyber security tested by a provider that has been approved by the Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers Australia New Zealand (CREST).

Grants will be provided to small businesses (19 or fewer employees) for up to 50% of the cost of a micro, small or standard certified small business check. The maximum grant amount is $2,100

Applications close: 30 June 2020

The program will close earlier if the funding is fully committed

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Disability Strategy Innovation Program

#Not for profit

Seeks to build a more inclusive education system in which children with a disability thrive academically, develop good physical, mental and emotional health, and gain the skills to live a fulfilling, independent life post school.

Closing 21st February 2020

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Dreams For A Better World

#Not for profit

Sunsuper’s community grants are here to give you a leg up, a helping hand to make your dream a reality.

If your not-for-profit organisation or community group dreams of helping to create brighter futures for Australians or a more active community or support others to live better we want to hear about it.

Round 3: Active Community closes 13 September 2019

If you’re looking for sports grants to help people of all ages and abilities be more active, or to improve the health and fitness of those in your community, apply for the Active Community grant. Or if you have a dream to create more active communities through health initiatives, wellbeing programs, or by tackling medical issues faced by the wider community they would like to hear from you.

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Drought Communities Programme


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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Drought Relief: Farm Household Allowance

The Australia Government is offering a Farm Household Allowance for farmers or partners of farmers who spend the majority of their time and capital working on the farm, to help with household bills and improve financial circumstances while in a period of severe drought.

The allowance is a fortnight payment for a maximum period of 4 cumulative years, with an Activity Supplement worth up to $4000 to put towards study, training or professional advice to help improve your financial position.

A Farm Household Case Officer will also be provided to work with you on your financial circumstances.

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Drought Relief: Heavy Vehicle Access


The NSW Government has announced changes to support access for heavy vehicles carrying larger loads, to safely and efficiently move feed, water and stock in response to drought conditions.

The changes allow for an increase in hay capacity of 21% compared to the current general access vehicles.

The changes also allow eligible vehicles transporting hay to travel under notice and without a permit, including B-doubles up to 26 metres long, 2.83 metres wide and 4.6m high.

On a case-by-case basis, provide access permits for trucks transporting loads of hay in excess of 4.6m high and refund National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and Roads and Maritime permit fees for drought relief applications.

For more information call the dedicated hotline at 1800 952 292 or follow the link.

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Drought Relief: Registration Waivers & Refunds


To give farmers and their families some much needed drought relief from 30 July 2018 the NSW Government is waiving registration charges on Class 1 agricultural vehicles.

Farmers across the state will also benefit from a rebate on heavy vehicle registration costs for the next 2 years. The rebate will apply to all primary producers who register or renew their heavy vehicle from 1 July 2018 up to 30 June 2020.

Primary producers may also be able to claim a refund on some past heavy vehicle registration charges paid from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2018.

Affected primary producers will be contacted by mail and notified of he process to claim their refund.

A dedicated hotline is available one 1300 364 847

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Drought Relief: Transport Subsidies


The NSW Government has announced a $500 million Emergency Drought Relief Package to help farmers manage the effects of the current drought.

The major feature of the package is approximately $190 million for Drought Transport Subsidies. The subsidies can cover up to 50% of the full cost of transporting fodder, water for stock and livestock to pasture, slaughter or sale.

The NSW Government is offering a transport subsidy of up to $20,000 per farm business.

The relief measure can also be back-dated so farmers can access additinal subsidies for freight expenses incurred since January 1, 2018.

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Environment Restoration and Rehabilitation Grant


Grant applications are now open for funding of between $5,000 and $100,000 for community groups and local councils to promote the conservation and protection of the habitats of rare and endangered plants and animals.

The restoration and rehabilitation funding allows landholders, councils, government and community groups the chance to revive ecosystems, improve water quality and rehabilitate wetland areas.

This is one of Australia’s longest running programs and has been operating for 20 years.

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Entrepreneurs' Programme- Innovation Connections Grant


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


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. To apply, visit

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Farm Innovation Fund


A loan scheme is available for capital works to a value of $250k for infrastructure to prepare for dry conditions (sheds, silos, water storage) to be more resilient and improve on-farm efficiency.

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Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR)


#Not for profit

FRRR champions the economic and social strength of Australia’s rural, regional and remote communities. One of the key ways that they support communities to achieve their aims is by offering a broad range of grant programs. Each grant program has individual parameters and areas of focus but all have a common requirement that funds be used for a charitable purpose that benefits the residents of Australia’s rural, regional or remote communities including:

  • People, place and prosperity grants
  • Targeted impact grants
  • Leading change grants


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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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Grants for Growth


H&R Block is giving away grants of $10,000 to 20 small businesses as part of an incentive program to boost the marketplace.

Applicants will need to meet the criteria, be able to identify the ways in which H & R Block supports small business and explain why their business stands out through innovation, diversity, growth, customer service, investment in people or strategic thinking.

Businesses should have less than 20 employees and turnover less than $3M in annual revenue (including sole traders).

The funding opportunity is not restricted to H&R Block customers.

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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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Impact Investment Ready Growth Grant

#Not for profit


The Impact Investment Ready Growth Grant, funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services, provides impact businesses and mission-driven organisations with grants of up to $140,000 for business, financial, legal and other capacity building support from providers to secure investment.


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Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support

#Not for profit

Helps fund the operations of Indigenous-owned art centres, and a number of art fairs, regional hubs and industry service organisations that are at the heart of Australia’s world-famous Indigenous visual art movement.

Closing 16th March 2020

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Jetstar Flying Start

#Not for profit

Helping Aussies make a difference

Jetstar’s Flying Start Program invites community groups and organisations across Australia to apply for a grant to fund a project that will enrich the lives of people in their local community.

Entry is open to not-for-profit community groups and organisations of any size, who are seeking funding to help enhance the lives of people in their local community; and can be classified into one of the following categories;

  • Charity
  • Educational and Health Organisations
  • Arts groups and organisations
  • Sporting groups or organisations
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Incubator Support Initiative


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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Increasing Resilience to Climate Change Community Grants


The NSW Government is investing in community-led adaptation projects that deliver positive social, environmental and economic outcomes while supporting community participation, preparation and resilience to climate change impacts.

The Increasing Resilience to Climate Change Community Grants program supports the objectives of NSW Climate Change Policy Framework by enabling communities and individuals to be better prepared and be more resilient to climate change impacts.

The Community Grants program has been established to support projects that help communities to take action and manage climate change impacts by being able to better plan, prepare for and respond to heatwaves, storms, floods, drought and bushfires, to increase their resilience to the impacts of climate change.

Due to many communities being affected by the fires across NSW, the due date for applications under Round 1 has been extended. Applications will now close on the 28th of February 2020.

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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


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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Manufacturing Modernisation Fund


Provides small and medium manufacturing enterprises with co-funding of between $50,000 and $1,000,000 for capital investments and associated reskilling to modernise manufacturing processes, adopt new technologies, become more productive and create jobs.

Applications close 31 october 2019

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Minimum Viable Product Grant


  • For promising pre-revenue startups
  • To progress from proof of concept stage to a minimum viable product
  • up to 50 per cent of approved project costs (to a maximum of $25,000)

To apply, visit

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Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Program (Round 2)



The Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Program is supporting economic development projects in identified communities impacted by water recovery under the Basin Plan.

Funding will help eligible communities to develop their economies, increase job opportunities, and enhance their resilience to manage current and future economic challenges.

Round 2 of this program is now open.

It will provide up to $15 million of funding of four years to support 31 communities impacted by water recovery.

Closing date for applications is Thursday 20th February 2020.

Murray Darling Basin Regional Business Accelerator Program

This program now available to help enterprises in the NSW Murray Darling Basin region to increase sales and create new jobs, in recognition of innovation in marketing and adoption of new technology as key enablers of regional business growth. Businesses demonstrating growth potential beyond local markets can apply for assistance to undertake marketing and technology upgrades. Eligibility will be based on:

  • the business being located in the NSW Murray Darling Basin
  • the operator having an ABN
  • not being  reliant on local markets for sales
  • having at least three years’ trading history
  • employment of at least three full time equivalent people, including working owners if they are active in the daily operations of the business
  • a strategy for growth
  • willingness to employ more people
  • having growth potential beyond local markets
  • project activities being completed within 90 days of date of offer
  • Competitive neutrality

To register your interest in this program, contact the nearest Office of Regional Development:

Dubbo 02 6883 3100 OR



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National Stronger Regions Fund

On Wednesday, 1st October, the Australian Government announced the opening of the new National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF). This Fund will invest $1 billion over five years to promote economic development in Australia’s regions and is open to Local Government and incorporated not-for-profit organisations. Applicants are encouraged to seek the support of their Regional Development Australia (RDA) Committee for their project. RDA Committees can:

  • assist Applicants to identify and develop worthwhile project proposals that contribute to long term economic growth and have been identified as priorities within their region, and
  • work with Applicants to prepare competitive applications, supporting documents and evidence.
  • RDA Committees may also approach eligible organisations about developing an application for an infrastructure project or play a facilitation role by bringing key parties together, including those who may provide a financial contribution to the project.
  • RDA committees will not be involved in the appraisal or prioritisation of applications.

If you have any questions about the eligibility criteria or application process please email Please note that Round 3 is now closed and Round 4 has not yet been announced.

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Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation

#Not for profit

Have a project that needs funding?

The Charitable Foundation provides funding for community projects in the Central West & Orana.

The Charitable Foundation will consider applications from eligible charitable and not-for-profit organisations for important projects, initiatives and programs that address one or more of the following key focus areas:

  • Projects that provide improved health outcomes for the most disadvantaged, isolated and vulnerable in our community
  • Projects that provide improve life outcomes for marginalised and at-risk young people in our community
  • Projects that provide improved social wellbeing for the most disadvantaged or marginalised in our community

Round 2: Will open 23rd September 2019 and Close 28th October 2019.

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NSW Carers Award

#Not for profit

The NSW Carers Award recognises the remarkable contribution of unpaid carers, organisations, employers and carer groups from across the state. For information about the Awards and how to nominate, visit the website.

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NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund



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 business events for the future. The four streams of the program are:

  1. Creation of a New Business Event
  2. Attraction of an Existing Business Event
  3. Support for an Existing Business Event
  4. Support for a Business Event Project

Grant funding (from a pool of $500,000) will be offered until 30 June 2019. Funding is to be matched dollar for dollar by local communities, councils, entrepreneurs, associations, corporations, professional conference organisers or grants received by other Local, State and Federal Government Departments.

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NSW Regional Conferencing Development Grants


The Regional Conferencing Development Grants Pilot Program aims to assist stakeholders in the creation of new business events to be staged in regional NSW and/or to attract existing business events to regional locations. There is up to $100,000 available through Destination NSW or until funds are expended. For more information, visit the website.

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Package Assisting Small Exporters


The Australian Government is inviting applications to apply to deliver activities under the Package Assisting Small Exporters program.

In 2013, the government established the Package Assisting Small Exporters to improve market access for small exporters in the dairy, fish, eggs, grain, plant, horticulture, meat and animal product industries. The program commenced with approximately $10 million available for funding projects that directly benefitted small exporters, particularly those that would improve market access for small exporters.

A further $45 million was made available from 2017-18 for distribution over the period 2017-18 to 2021-22.

Applications close 28th of February 2020

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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

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 Cooperative Tourism Marketing Program


Regional Cooperative Tourism Program is available to undertake a Cooperative Tourism Program which will be lead by Destination NSW.

Available for local government, Destination Networks, tourism and sector organisations (GST registered), located or representing industry.

EOIs submitted through their online system will be considered where you and your partners have between $100,000 and $500,000 to invest, which would be matched dollar for dollar by Destination NSW.

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Regional Drought Communities Small Grants Program

#Not for profit

Not for profit community organisations can now apply for small grants to deliver projects in drought-affected areas, through the Federal Government’s $15 million investment in the Regional Drought Communities Small Grants Program.

The distribution of this funding will be managed by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, which is a non-government organisation that brings together investment for governments, business and other donors to support regional communities.

Grants of up to $20,000 are available, however a limited number of grants of up to $60,000 and $150,000 are also on offer.

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Rural, Regional and Remote Clinical Trial Enabling Infrastructure Grant Opportunity


The 2019 Rural, Regional and Remote Clinical Trial Enabling Infrastructure grant opportunity was announced as part of the Medical Research Future Fund and is an initiative under the National Critical Infrastructure initiative.

New and innovative approaches to enhancing and improving clinical trial infrastructure (including facilities, research equipment, systems and services) – by extending existing or providing new clinical trials into rural, regional and remote areas – holds the potential to address many of the existing barriers, such as distance, geographical isolation and workforce capacity.

The intent of this grant opportunity is to provide initial stimulus funding for innovative approaches with potential for national application. It is not to be a source of funding for routine and on-going activities eligible for funding through existing funding mechanisms.

Closing 3rd of March 2020

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Regional Skills Relocation Grant


The NSW Government has established the Regional Relocation Grant to increase the availability of skilled and experienced workers for businesses setting up in, relocating to or existing in regional NSW.

Grants will be available for businesses operating in NSW regional eligible industries.

The funding is available to assist with the relocation costs of eligible skilled workers they employ that move from metropolitan areas to regional NSW.

Approved businesses will be reimbursed up to $10,000 to assist with the following relocation costs incurred by eligible workers they employ:

  • Furniture removal
  • Travel for immediate family to relocate
  • Temporary accomodation for up to three months
  • Furniture storage for up to three months

The NSW Government has committed $10 million for applications over the next four years- $2.5 million will be available each year, providing 250 grants of up to $10,000 Grants are available from 1 October 2018

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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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Regional Tourism Product Development Program


The Regional Tourism Product Development Program offers between $15,000 and $150,000 for eligible projects that satisfactorily meet the assessment criteria. The funding must be also matched dollar-for-dollar.

Proposals can be submitted by Local Government, tourism and sector organisations, including destination networks and industry, located or representing industry within the recognised destination networks.

Projects that will be considered include new accommodation, infrastructure, visitor signposting and tour development. The Regional Tourism Product Development Program offers between $15,000 and $150,000 for eligible projects that satisfactorily meet the assessment criteria.

The funding must be also matched dollar-for-dollar. Proposals can be submitted by Local Government, tourism and sector organisations, including destination networks and industry, located or representing industry within the recognised destination networks.

Projects that will be considered include new accommodation, infrastructure, visitor signposting and tour development.

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Resilient Communities Small Grants

Local Land Services Central West believe supporting the communities in which we live will empower resilience and strength, particularly during difficult times.

Understanding that sometimes a small grant can have a significant impact, LLS are offering grants to community focused groups with a passion for what is important to them and their wider community.

Funding is made available through the Catchment Action NSW program and must align with:

  • Improving soil health
  • Supporting and protecting native vegetation and terrestrial habitat
  • Protecting and rehabilitating aquatic ecosystems
  • Protecting or preserving Cultural Heritage values
  • Maintaining or improving native plant and/ or animal species populations
  • Prevent spread and impact of pest animals collaboratively
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Resources for regions


While the mining industry makes a significant contribution to the economic prosperity of the state, the NSW Government recognises that this mining activity can place additional stress on regional communities and infrastructure.

This fund is geared at supporting job creation and economic growth in mining communities in regional NSW. The aim is to build infrastructure across health, water, road, education, tourism and CBD renewals to attract new business, tourists and residents.

Resources for Regions aims to deliver improved local infrastructure to mining-related communities and improve economic growth and productivity in NSW. Up to $50 million is available for Resources for Regions Round 6 in 2018-19.

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Sisters of Charity Foundation Grant

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Provides financial assistance to community initiatives that will benefit poor and marginalised people.

These grants are aimed at helping groups who make a huge difference for those in need but struggle to find funding through other avenues.

Closing 21st March 2020

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State Heritage Emergency Works


The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage is offering grants of up to $10,000 to avert immediate risk of further damage caused by unexpected events to the heritage values of a State Heritage Register-listed item or item with a current Interim Heritage Order. Contact the State Heritage Emergency Works for more information.

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Stronger Communities Program Round 5


The Stronger Communities Program (SCP) provides grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 to community organisations and local governments for small capital projects that deliver benefits for local communities.

The Australian Government’s funding commitment for Round Five is $22.65 million, with funding of up to $150,000 available for each electorate. A maximum of 20 projects will be funded in each electorate.

Applications close 5pm 10th of October 2019

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STEM Sponsorship Grants

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The latest round of the Australian Government’s Sponsorship Grants is now open to primary and high school students to participate in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) events.

This includes STEM conferences, competitions and other events in Australia and internationally.

The program offers grants of between $1000 and $20,000. Grants are capped at $1500 per student for domestic and $5000 per student for international events.

STEM events are a great way for young people to challenge themselves, learn and have fun at the same time. Students who develop skills in STEM have the potential to make a huge difference to Australia and the world through research and innovation.

These Sponsorship Grants are a fantastic opportunity for new experiences, and I encourage all young people in my electorate to apply. Applications for the Sponsorship Grants can be submitted online by a primary or secondary school, or an incorporated not for profit organisation.

Funding is allocated to eligible applicants in order of receipt until exhausted.

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Strengthening Rural Communities- Small & Vital


Rural, regional and remote Australia is home to nine million Australians. Many of those communities are small and all vital.

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal donors share their commitment to small rural, regional and remote communities and the premise that local leaders are best placed to know what will make their community stronger.

That is why they collaborate to fund this grants program, which facilitates continued investment and access to funds that can contribute to securing the future prosperity of small communities across Australia.

For small communities , regular access to funds can be a challenge, which is why we have created the Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program. It has two tiers and the Small & Vital program is now open all year, with applications assessed quarterly.

Applicants who will be prioritised

  • Projects initiated and delivered by local community groups
  • Applications from communities fewer than 15,000 people
  • Organisations that do not have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Tax status.
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Stronger Communities Programme


The objective of the Stronger Communities Programme is to fund small capital projects which will deliver social benefits. The programme aims to improve local community participation, cohesion and contribute to vibrant and viable communities. Key aspects:

  • Federal Members of Parliament (MPs) will establish a community consultation committee to undertake consultation in their electorate to identify eligible projects and invite applicants to apply.
  • Local government and incorporated not-for-profit organisations are eligible to apply.
  • Grants of between $5,000 and up to a maximum of $20,000 are available.
  • Applicants are required to confirm matched funding in cash or in-kind on at least a dollar-for-dollar basis.
  • Applicants will be invited to apply by MPs following community consultation. All applications must be submitted to MPs using the Department’s Grants Management System (GMS) Portal.
  • MPs will select projects from their electorate, totalling no more than $150,000 per year, and submit these projects to the Department for assessment against the requirements of the Guidelines.

To access information about the programme, including guidelines and guidance for Members of Parliament, please visit the Stronger Communities Programme webpage.

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Supporting Younger Veterans Program

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The Supporting Younger Veterans program aims to foster the ability of ex-service organisations (ESOs) and non ex-service organisations to support the needs of younger veterans as they transition out of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), establish themselves into civilian life, and manage the challenges that their ADF service presents through different stages of their civilian life.

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Tackling Tough Times Together

Provides flexible funding to support community-based activities that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms, and most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future.

Funds could also support activities that engage your local community in being proactive, exploring options and creating something that will stand the test of tough times.

Closing 25th February 2020

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Traceability Grants Program - Round 1


The Australian Government is inviting applications through an open competitive process to apply to deliver services under the Traceability Grants Program – Round 1.

The program was announced as part of the Modernising Agricultural Trade initiative. This program provides opportunities for successful applicants to conduct projects that will enhance the supply chain traceability systems and arrangements that support the export of our agricultural commodities.

The objectives of the program are:

  • to support industry projects that will enhance our agricultural supply chain traceability systems, including developing and trailing technologies that digitise information flow.
  • to provide an advantage for our exporters in overseas markets to assist them in maintaining their competitive edge
  • to increase opportunities to export Australian commodities

Closing date 21st February 2020


Youth Innovation Grants

As part of the ABC’s Heywire program, which puts young Australians at the centre of the conversations that shape their communities, Youth Innovation Grants of up to $10,000 are available from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) to help improve regional Australia for young people.

The 2019 round opens on the 15th of April, with 7 project themes:

  • CEO- Conquer Every Opportunity
  • Walk and Talk
  • Shed Happens
  • Bridge
  • Ask Away
  • Adulting
  • Our Place
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Veteran and Community Grants

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The objective of the program is to maintain and improve the independence and quality of life for members of the veteran community by supporting activities and services which enhance wellbeing. The expected outcomes of the program are activities which:

  • have an ongoing benefit for members of the veteran community, are sustainable, and are financially viable and
  • increase opportunities for members of the veteran community to participate in social or community activities that enhance their wellbeing.

Applications close Thursday 27th of February 2020.

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Volunteer Grants

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Eligible community and not-for-profit organisations can now apply for a share of $20 million of Australian Government funding to support their volunteers. This funding will help make their work easier, safer and more rewarding.

Volunteer grants aim to support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers. The grants provide small amounts of money that organisations and community groups can use to help their volunteers.

The grants form part of the Government’s work to support the volunteers who help disadvantaged Australian communities and encourage inclusion of vulnerable people in community life.

One off grants of between $1000 and $5000 are available to organisations to support their volunteers through practical measures such as the purchase of equipment, reimbursement for the cost of fuel, training and screening checks.

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Wine Export Grants


Wine Australia is inviting small and medium Australian wine businesses to apply for the Wine Export Grants program, as part of the Australian Government’s $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package.

Wine Export Grants are offered for specific wine export promotion activities aimed at supporting small and medium wine businesses to secure new distribution channels in China, Hong Kong, Macau and/ or the USA.

Eligible wine businesses can claim a reimbursement grant of up to AU$25,000 for 50% of total eligible expenses incurred on or after 1 January 2018.

There is $1.5 million allocated to the grant program and applications will close on 1 May 2020, or on the expiration of funds, whichever comes first.

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