Below are a range of funding opportunities that may be available for you.

  • 3 Year Commbank Staff Community Grants

    Apply for a three year Commonwealth Bank Staff Community Fund grant.
    If your organisation is doing great work in your local community to support the wellbeing of Australian youth and has DGR status then you may be eligible to apply for a grant.

    The Commonwealth Bank Staff Community Fund is awarding $2 million in Grassroots Grants in 2017. Grants are up to $10,000 per year, awarded for a three year period. So if you have a worthwhile project that could use a potential $30,000 boost visit to see if you are eligible to apply.

    Applications open Monday 6 March and close Friday 31 March.

  • Summary of NSW Hardship Support Nov 2016

    Personal Hardship and Distress Assistance

    The Office of Emergency Management can provide disaster relief grants to eligible individuals and families whose homes and essential household items have been destroyed or damaged by a natural disaster. People with limited financial resources and no insurance may be eligible for assistance for essential household items and structural repairs to the home. For information about the disaster relief grants and the eligibility criteria call the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444.
    The Rural Financial Counselling Service NSW provides free and impartial financial counselling to eligible primary producers, fishers and small rural businesses who are suffering financial hardship. This includes support to manage the challenges of change and adjustment.

    Farm Household Support

    The Australian Government Department of Human Services provides help for farmers and their families experiencing financial hardship. To be eligible: you must be a farmer or the partner of a farmer. If you are the farmer you must contribute a significant part of your labour and capital to the farm enterprise based on specific criteria, meet an income and assets test, be willing to undertake a Farm Financial Assessment, be willing to enter into a Financial Improvement Agreement to help you improve your financial circumstances. Contact: Farmer Assistance Line phone 132 316 or your local Rural Financial Counsellor.

    Natural Disaster Relief Scheme

    The Natural Disaster Relief Scheme assists communities and individuals directly affected by flood, fire, storm damage or any other declared natural disaster.

    To support relief and recovery following a declared Natural Disaster a range of measures are made available by the NSW Government. These measures include low interest rate loans to primary producers, small businesses, non-profit organisations and sporting clubs and transport assistance for primary producers.

    Additional assistance in the form of Recovery Grants may also be made available following extreme and widespread disaster events.

    To report damage following a severe weather event Primary Producers are encouraged to contact their closest Local Land Services (LLS) office or telephone on 1300 795 299.

    For details of the current flood situation please visit the Department of Primary Industries website.

    Flood Damaged Farms – Report your Losses

    Local Land Services will be assessing agricultural flood damage as a result of significant rainfall recorded across the Riverina region over recent weeks.

    Riverina Local Land Services customer service staff are available to receive individual damage reports.

    Farmers are encouraged to call 1300 795 299, email [email protected] or contact their nearest Local Land Services office to report agricultural losses including fencing, crops and stranded, injured or deceased livestock.

    Local Land Services will collate the information reported by farmers into an Agricultural Natural Disaster Report for the Department of Primary Industries which will assist in assessing the extent and nature of damage and also in the allocation of resources over the coming days and weeks.

    With further rainfall forecast in the region over the next week, producers are advised to prepare and plan now, particularly with regards to livestock safety.

    Actions to take include:

    • move stock to higher ground away from known flood prone areas
    • where possible, ensure these areas won’t be cut off from access
    • if access may be cut ensure there is sufficient fodder available on site to sustain stock for an extended period
    • ensure fodder supplies/storage is accessible
    • avoid having to do anything with stock in water.

    While producers are encouraged to contact their nearest Local Land Services office to report agricultural losses, any immediate calls for assistance should be directed to the State Emergency Service on 132 500.

  • The Incubator Support Initiative

    The Incubator Support initiative provides funding through two components to deliver Incubator Support projects, both of which require matched funding from applicants.

    The first is support for New and Existing Incubators:

    1. to help develop new incubators in regions or sectors with high potential for success in international trade, and
    2. to boost the effectiveness of high performing incubators, including funding support to expand their services and/or develop the innovation ecosystem.

    The second is support for Expert-in-Residence:

    1. to provide access to top quality research, managerial and technical talent through secondments of national or international expert advisers who will improve their chance of commercial success in international markets.

    Grant funding of up to 50 per cent of total Incubator Support Project Values will be available as follows:

    1. a minimum grant amount of $10,000 and a maximum grant amount of $500,000 for New and Existing Incubators per project with a maximum grant period of 24 months.
    2. a minimum grant amount of $1,000 and a maximum grant amount of $25,000 for Expert-In-Residence per project with a maximum grant period of 12 months.

    When is it happening?

    The Incubator Support initiative opened to applications on 20 September 2016. No closing date.

    Application forms can be found at the website.

  • Farm Business Skills Professional Development Program

    As part of the NSW Government’s $300 million Drought Strategy, a $45 million Farm Business Skills Professional Development Program has been developed to support farm business in all conditions, but particularly in relation to preparing for and responding to drought.

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  • Farming Together

    An exciting new farming project is on offer … the $14.9m Farming Together initiative is a national, two-year campaign supported by the Australian Government and Southern Cross University for primary producers and processors to collaborate and claim marketplace power.

    How does it work?

    Visit the easy-to-use Farming Together website and complete the simple self-assessment – no extensive forms to fill in. All farmers who register receive one-on-one expert advice to discuss their opportunities and appetite to create a successful collaborative group. This could be either as a structured co-operative, as a collective bargaining entity or as a less-formal collaborative group. The most-promising groups will be offered assistance for product research and development. Areas that are covered include advice on marketing, capital-raising, packaging, logistics and exporting as well as non-ongoing consultancy appointments

  • Farm Innovation Fund

    A package to assist primary producers identify and address risks to their farming enterprise, improve permanent farm infrastructure and ensure long-term productivity and sustainable land use, aiding in meeting changes to seasonal conditions. No closing date. Applicants should contact the Authority prior to lodging an application.

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  • Community Litter Grants Program

    Keep NSW Beautiful (KNSWB) and the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) are pleased to announce a third round of funding to help communities fight litter in their neighbourhoods through the Community Litter Grants Program. Grants of up to $5,000 are made available for community groups who are keen to tackle litter in their area and have the local knowledge to make a difference. This is the first year a perpetual application period is being introduced.

    More Info:

    Applications close March 1st 2017.

  • Women in Stem and Entrepreneurship

    The Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and Entrepreneurship Programme provides funding for businesses, not-for-profits and research organisations to support outreach programmes that target girls and women to:

    • encourage their interest in entrepreneurship
    • develop their innovation and entrepreneurial skills
    • build their professional networks.

    The programme also provides funding to identify and celebrate STEM role models in science and research, entrepreneurship and corporate leadership to inspire school-age girls.

    The programme is part of the ‘Inspiring all Australians in Digital Literacy and STEM’ element of the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

    To be eligible for funding, your project must:

    • include eligible activities and eligible expenditure
    • have at least $5,000 in total expenditure
    • take no longer than 24 months to complete
    • aim to address discrimination and inequality for girls and women in STEM and entrepreneurship by:
      • increasing awareness and encouraging girls and women to participate in STEM and/or entrepreneurship education and careers
      • increasing participation of girls and women in other parts of the innovation ecosystem, including innovative businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurial activities and careers, or
      • stimulating an increase in the number of women in senior leadership and decision making positions in government, research organisations, industry and businesses.

    Find further information on eligibility requirements in the Programme Guidelines (PDF)

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