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Funding and Grants

Funding and Grants

There are a number of grant and funding opportunities that may be available to your business, project or event. Make sure you read the criteria carefully to ensure that you meet the guidelines. Some grants are highly competitive with short application time frames.

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NSW Bushfires - Disaster Recovery Grant

Disaster recovery grants of up to $15,000 are now available to primary producers, small businesses and not-for-profit organisations in LGAs affected by the NSW bushfires that have occured from 31 August 2019.

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Community Conservation Grants

The purpose of this grant is to assist in the protection of native species, habitats, landscapes and cultural heritage. Grants are available for both field projects and education programs that have a direct outcome for nature conservation in Australia. The grants aim to fund urgent and high priority projects in the following Focus Areas: • Land and Water - Protection, restoration, rehabilitation and revegetation of degraded habitats to ensure their ability to sustain native species. • Threatened Species - Scientific research with tangible conservation outcomes and on-ground works to conserve Australia’s threatened species. • Cultural Heritage - Conserving and celebrating Australia’s cultural heritage as part of the gift we leave to future generations. • Parks for People - Improving National Park facilities for the enjoyment of all, to foster and encourage the appreciation of nature CLOSES 14 FEB

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Our Marine Parks Grants

The second round of Our Marine Parks Grants is open to a broad range of stakeholders and we are encouraging applications for areas relevant to marine park management including science, tourism, education, compliance, community engagement and Indigenous cultural awareness. The objectives of this grants are: - to support interested and capable organisations and community groups to engage in marine park management; - to improve knowledge and understanding of Australian Marine Parks. CLOSE 28 FEBRUARY

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IMB Community Foundation Grants

Supports social, cultural, environmental, heritage, educational, tourism and economic initiatives within communities, which will ultimately provide economic and social benefits. There is no fixed maximum or minimum amount of funding that can be requested. However, consideration is given to the fixed amount of funding available for distribution each year. Most applications received range between $1,000 and $30,000. CLOSES 28 Feb 2020

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Arts and Cultural Funding Program - Annual Organisation Funding

Annual Organisation funding is provided on an annual basis to support Arts and Cultural Organisations (including service organisations) to deliver multiple arts and cultural activities throughout a single calendar or financial year. Funding can contribute to any aspect of an organisation’s program. Round 2 CLOSES 2 MARCH 2020

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Arts and Cultural Funding Program - Project Funding

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 arts and cultural sector, and support the employment and development of professional NSW-based artists and arts and cultural workers. Round 3 CLOSES 2 MARCH 2020

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Creative Koori Projects

Creative Koori Projects funding aims to build support for a strong, resilient and exciting Aboriginal arts and cultural sector for NSW. This will be done through embracing the principles of Aboriginal self-determination and putting Aboriginal artists, organisations and communities at the centre of funded cultural and creative activity. Your intended projects may cover the following elements: NSW Aboriginal cultural development contemporary practice sharing NSW Aboriginal culture the Aboriginal way promoting NSW Aboriginal culture strengthening the NSW Aboriginal arts and cultural sector. ROUND 3 CLOSES 2nd MARCH 2020

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Celebrating Diversity Events

The Multicultural NSW Celebrating Diversity Grants Program invests in community projects, events and activities that foster community harmony and celebrate cultural diversity. There are two categories of grants: Celebrating Diversity: Events – aim to support festivals and events that bring communities together, showcase the benefits of cultural diversity and promote social cohesion and community harmony. Celebrating Diversity: Events aim to attract everyone to share in the celebration of cultural diversity. Celebrating Diversity: Projects – aim to support new projects and initiatives that bring communities together and make a lasting positive impact on social cohesion. Celebrating Diversity: Projects aim to build community capacity at the grassroots, foster cross-cultural engagement and support the participation of migrants and new arrivals in society. Round 3 CLOSES 20 SEPT 2019. Round 4 CLOSES 13 MARCH 2020

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Strengthening Rural Communities - Small and Vital

These grants can be used for a wide range of purposes including: - Delivering activities, programs and services; - Purchasing or hiring equipment and materials; - Community infrastructure projects; - Operational and administrative costs associated with your project will be considered. This could include wages, paying a skilled contractor, or paying for overhead costs incurred in the project’s delivery. CLOSES 24 MARCH 2020

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Infrastructure Grants - Arts & Culture

To support the building, renovation and fit-out of infrastructure. Funding is available for arts and cultural infrastructure, sport and recreation infrastructure and projects that assist communities with essential infrastructure and disaster readiness. Infrastructure Grants can be used toward the costs of construction, alteration, renovation, completion and fit-out of buildings and community infrastructure. For 2019/20, three grant rounds are available. The rounds will open on 5 August 2019, 18 November 2019 and 16 March 2020. Round 3 CLOSES 6 April 2020.

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Infrastructure Grants

The NSW Government offers grants to communities across NSW to support the building, renovation and fit-out of infrastructure. Funding is available for arts and cultural infrastructure, sport and recreation infrastructure and projects that assist communities with essential infrastructure and disaster readiness. CLOSES 6 APRIL 2020

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Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT)

This grant program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought. Grants are available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly. CLOSES 16th April 2020

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Budget Direct Sponsorship

Budget Direct is open to supporting organisations that: - Provide a service or other benefit for the community, on either a local or state basis - Provide awareness and education - Promote health, education, and wellbeing in their communities, sporting clubs included - Help to build friendly, supportive communities across Australia - Provide assistance and care for Australians in need - Provide road safety and emergency support services - Encourage healthy lifestyles - Are a registered organisation or association. Round 4 CLOSES 31 MAY 2020

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Business Events Bid Fund

Managed by Tourism Australia’s specialist unit, Business Events Australia, the Business Events Bid Fund Program (BFP) is designed to increase the conversion of bids for new international business events for Australia through the offer of financial support at the critical bidding stage. The BFP is designed to deliver conversion of new business in situations where Australia is bidding against international competitors for the right to host the business event. CLOSES 30 JUNE 2021

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Regional Skills Relocation Grant

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 some relocation costs incurred by eligible skilled workers.

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International Business Development Program

This program encourages an increased presence of NSW products, experiences and destinations at key events in international markets. It educates international wholesalers and front-line agents about NSW tourism products and destinations and provides NSW suppliers with a better understanding of the needs and characteristics of key international markets. The program subsidises part of the registration costs for one delegate to participate in specified Destination NSW trade roadshows and other events which have been identified as offering the best return for NSW operators. Ongoing

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Assistance accessing finance - Export Finance Australia

If you're a business that provides tourism services directly, or through the supply chain, to international tourists and you need finance to help you grow the international side of your business, Export Finance Australia may be able to help. Examples of how they support tourism businesses are; providing working capital needed to add more staff or upgrade assets to service international customers, working capital to undertake international marketing campaigns, loans to buy assets to service international visitors.

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