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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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Export Market Development Grant

Supports a wide range of industry sectors and products, including inbound tourism. This grant; Encourages small- and medium-sized Australian businesses to develop export markets; Reimburses up to 50 per cent of eligible export promotion expenses above $5,000 provided that the total expenses are at least $15,000; Provides up to eight grants to each eligible applicant. CLOSES 2 DECEMBER

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Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants Program

Funding will be available to eligible regional show societies for the maintenance and upgrade of existing infrastructure and the building, purchase, rent or construction of new infrastructure related to the running of an agricultural show on regional showgrounds. The objectives of the program are to help: keep agricultural shows running bring communities together bridge the divide between country and city. CLOSES 13 DECEMBER

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Building Better Regions Fund - Infrastructure Stream

The $841.6 million Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) supports the Australian Government’s commitment to; create jobs, drive economic growth, build stronger regional communities into the future. The Infrastructure Projects Stream supports projects that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas. The projects can be either construction of new infrastructure or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure. Grants are from $20,000 up to $10 million. CLOSES 19th DEC

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Building Better Regions Fund - Community Investment Stream

The $841.6 million Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) supports the Australian Government’s commitment to; create jobs, drive economic growth, build stronger regional communities into the future. The Community Investments Stream will fund new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, or leadership and capability strengthening activities that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas. Grants of between $5,000 and $1 million are available. However, given the nature of eligible projects we expect most grants will be under $100,000. CLOSES 19th DEC

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Harcourts Foundation Grant

Provides support for a specific event, project, item, or initiative that helps, grows, and enriches our communities. Round 2 Closes 30 Sept. Round 3 Closes 31 Dec.

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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.

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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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Copland Foundation - Acquisitions

To assist galleries, museums and historic houses in the acquisition of objects that may come up at auction, the Trustees will consider such applications at any time of the year. All applications must be set out on the appropriate form which requires a description of the object, provenance, a full condition report, as well amount applied for and the benefits of its acquisition to the applying institution. Should an application be successful funds will only be released for the purchase of the object outlined in the application.

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Arts and Cultural Funding Program Guidelines

Expressions of Interest now open for Independent Arts & Cultural Organisations Multi-Year funding Independent arts and cultural organisations across NSW are invited to submit Expressions of Interest (EOI) for a 2+2 year period commencing 2020/21. EOIs close at 5pm AEST on Monday 25 November 2019.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Destination NSW Event Development Fund

OPENING SOON. Destination NSW offers support to events that have received the maximum funding permitted through the Regional Event Program can present a cohesive event strategy for future growth that includes the continued development of its tourism potential to drive overnight visitation to the event. This grant offers up to $50,000 (excl. GST) to support key strategic growth initiatives.

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Destination NSW Incubator Event Fund

OPENING SOON. Destination NSW offers seed funding to events to support their first and second years of activity. The fund offers one-off annual grants of up to $20,000 to support innovative events that demonstrate sound organisational planning, have a unique alignment with the character and culture of the local region and which can demonstrate a broad appeal likely to promote tourism and attract overnight visitation.

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Destination NSW Flagship Event Fund

OPENING SOON. Destination NSW offers funding to assist in the development of events that can demonstrate that they attract overnight visitation. The fund is open to events that have been running for more than two years and offers grants to specifically support marketing activities aimed at increasing visibility and attracting visitation to the event from outside its local area.

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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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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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Celebrating Diversity Grants

The Multicultural NSW Celebrating Diversity Grants Program aims to foster community harmony and celebrate cultural diversity as a precious part of our identity and way of life. 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. CLOSES (Projects - 6 Dec 2019), (Round 3 Events - 13 March 2020)

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