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Open Now: Strengthening Rural Communities Program Grants

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)
Tier 1 Round 5- Closing Tuesday 24 March 2020, 5pm
Tier 2 Round 5- Closed Tuesday 4 February 2020, 5pm

The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program aims to give the thousands of small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia an opportunity to apply for funding that can support broad community needs. This program is an evolution of the long-running Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC) program that FRRR ran for 34 rounds over a 16 year period.

The program criteria are deliberately flexible, and with applications being accepted all year round, communities have increased access to funds that can be used where and when a community knows it’s needed.

The Strengthening Rural Communities program has two funding tiers:

1.Small and Vital grants

Small and Vital grants are all about meeting an immediate small scale need within a community, or for giving a boost to a larger initiative.

  • The Small and Vital grants provide funds of up to $10,000.
  • Applications are accepted year round via our online application system and awarded quarterly.
  • Terms and conditions:

Round 5: Applications must be received by 5pm AEDT, Tuesday 24 March 2020 for funds awarded in mid-June 2020

Following Rounds 6 & 7 are yet to be confirmed - check official program page for updates: FRRR Strengthening Rural Communities Grants

2. Larger Leverage Grants

Through the Larger Leverage grants, small rural, regional and remote communities now have an opportunity to access funding to support more aspirational objectives, think bigger and leverage the ideas, creativity and resources of communities for bigger impacts and stronger, more connected communities.

  • The larger leverage grants provide funds between $10,000 to $25,000.
  • Community groups will be invited to apply for the larger leverage grants from August 2019

Round 5 - Currently Closed:  Opens Friday, 20 December 2019.- Expressions of Interest (EOIs) must be made by 5pm AEDT, Tuesday 4 February 2020. Invitations to submit a full application will be made to select applicants.

Following Rounds 6 & 7 are yet to be confirmed - check official program page for updates: FRRR Strengthening Rural Communities Grants

Eligibility & Funding Guidelines:

Applications from not-for-profit organisations in communities of fewer than 15,000 people are prioritised, particularly communities whose size, remoteness and relative access to services, funding, and resources present particular ongoing challenges.

Applications can be made by not-for-profit community organisations in rural, regional and remote Australia that have an ABN or Incorporation Certificate. Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status is not required for this grant program. If you are unsure if your project is eligible, please contact us on 1800 170 020 during office hours to discuss your project idea.

Applications:

Tier 1- Small & Vital Grants Round 5

FRRR will close the program for all tier applications from 25 March and reopen mid-July.


Open Now: Community Heritage Grants Program 2020 Round

National Library of Australia
Closing 4 May 2020 (AEST), 5pm

The Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations, such as libraries, archives, museums, multicultural and indigenous groups and genealogical and historical societies. The grants are provided to assist with preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant collections of materials that are publicly accessible. These include artefacts, letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and audio visual material.

The program supports a range of preservation activities, including:

  • significance assessments of collections
  • preservation needs assessments of collections
  • conservation activities and collection management, and
  • training workshops.

Funding Guidelines

  • Applicants should read the Guidelines before submitting an application and will need to refer to these guidelines while completing the application form.  
  • Applicants may also find it useful to read the latest Assessment Report, which contains general comments and recommendations from the CHG external assessors for previous grant round applications.
  • sample Grant Deed, which outlines your obligations if your project is funded, is also available.
  • The National Library uses the online grants management system SmartyGrants to receive CHG applications. No mailed or emailed applications/documentation will be accepted.

Applications

Applications can be made via the following link: CHG 2020 Application

Further information on the CHG program is available at the following website: https://www.nla.gov.au/content/community-heritage-grants-4


Open Now: Domestic and Family Violence Prevention in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities Grants Program

QLD Government Department of Child Safety Youth and Women
Closing: Friday 10 April 2020,

This program aims to strengthen responses to address the impact of Domestic and Family Violence (DVP)  on Queenslanders from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

Applications are invited for one-off funding of up to $5,000 to assist community groups and organisations in Queensland to undertake projects that

  • build the capability of mainstream DFV services to respond appropriately to CALD client’s needs;
  • increase the capacity of DFV services to support people, in particular women, impacted by DFV from CALD backgrounds
  • increase availability of translated resources and interpretive services
  • support community leaders to contribute to the prevention of DFV
  • support community responsiveness and working with community resources
  • establish community-led accessible, approachable and appropriate community education that addresses current barriers
  • support people impacted by violence to navigate the legal system.

Projects can involve education about any form of domestic violence such as physical, financial, emotional, psychological etc. 

Funding Guidelines

Application guidelines and further information about the DVP in CALD grants program is available from the following DVP CALD Publication

Applications

Applications can be made via the following link: DFVP CALD Smartygrants App

The Department's Community and Corporate Partnerships team is available to answer enquiries about the DFV CALD grant round on 07 3097 6442, or partnerships@csyw.qld.gov.au


Now Open: Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) Grants

Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General
Closing: Round 105 will open mid-March and will close at 11.59pm on 30 April 2020.

The Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) allocates grants to not-for-profit community groups and organisations to enhance their capacity to provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities.

Amounts of $500 to $35,000 are available to eligible community groups and organisations. Applications are prioritised in the following order, where 1 has the highest priority:

  1. Items/facilities directly affected, damaged or destroyed by a declared natural disaster in the last 2 years
  2. Equipment or facility improvements
  3. Buses, cars, caravans, boats, tractors, trailers, large mowers, motorbikes and similar items
  4. Community events, training, workshops, festivals, publications and website development
  5. Organisations that have received more than $15,000 from the GCBF over the past 2 years

Guidelines

Please carefully read the GCBF Funding Guidelines for details on eligibility, assessment criteria, and further advice on making applications. This will help you submit a valid application and understand the chances of a positive outcome.

Applications

Applications can be made through the GCBF online grants portal.

Round 105 will open mid-March and will close at 11.59pm on 30 April 2020.

When announced, dates for opening of following rounds can be checked at: GCBF Programs Link

Round 106 closes on 30 June 2020 at 11:59pm

Round 107 closes on31 August at 11:59pm

Round 108 closes on 31 October at 11:59pm.

Round 104 closed on 28 February 2020 at 11:59pm


Open Now: Community Led Grants Program

Federal Indigenous Affairs National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA)
Closing: Ongoing Applications Accepted

The NIAA considers grant proposals that address a need for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This program enables Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and service providers to seek grant funding to address emerging needs and/or opportunities that they have identified as priorities. Proposals must be developed with the community or group who will be impacted by the activity.

You can discuss an initial proposal with the NIAA at any time by contacting your local NIAA Regional Network Office, or by calling 1800 079 098.

Guidelines & Applications

The first step for potential applicants is to contact the local NIAA Regional Network Office to organise a time to discuss the proposal. You must also submit an initial proposal form that outlines the proposed activity. After you have received feedback from the NIAA on your proposal, you can submit an application for funding. The Initial Proposal Form is available at: NIAA-IPF

If you decide to apply, we will give you access to an application form and a unique code. The unique code links your proposal to the application form and is required to submit an application.

Further information on Community Led Grants Applications is available on the Community Led Proposals Fact-sheet and at the: NIAA Community Led Grants Program webpage

 


The following grant programs are currently closed. They will re-open for applications later in 2020.

Celebrating Multicultural Queensland Program

The Celebrating Multicultural Queensland (CMQ) program is an annual program that provides funding towards multicultural events and projects that engage people from culturally diverse backgrounds, including people who arrived in Australia as migrants or refugees, people seeking asylum, members of diverse cultural groups and the wider community, to contribute to building a inclusive, harmonious and united Queensland.

The objectives of the Celebrating Multicultural Queensland Program (in alignment with the Multicultural Queensland Charter) are to promote:

  • Queensland's multicultural identity
  • community participation and intercultural connections
  • increased understanding between diverse cultural groups and the wider community
  • increased engagement of general community groups in connecting and welcoming migrants and refugees into a wide range of community activities.

In 2019–20, the CMQ program will deliver two funding rounds:

  • Multicultural Events— This funding round closed 29 July 2019. The successful recipients under the 2019–20 multicultural events funding round have been announced, check on the CMQ website.
  • Multicultural Projects— This funding round closed 6 December 2019.

In 2019–20, the CMQ program will also support:

Regional Partnerships Demonstration Projects
Targeted one-off funding of $100,000 per annum over three years has been approved for Balonne, Bulloo and Paroo Shire Councils to deliver demonstration projects, with community-based delivery partners and local communities, that implement strategies that strengthen welcome and inclusion in these regional locations.

Who can apply?

Incorporated organisations operating as a not-for-profit/charitable entity, Local Government Authorities (LGAs) and P&C Associations are eligible to apply for funding and must:

  • have a registered and current Australian Business Number (ABN) that is not for a commercial entity or individual; or hold an exemption from registration; or complete a Statement by Supplier form
  • hold public liability insurance to the value of not less than $10 million, or provide evidence of plans to obtain insurance to the value of not less than $10 million to cover the proposed event or project
  • have no overdue reports, or service delivery or performance issues for funding previously or currently provided by the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs.

If you are not incorporated you can ask an eligible organisation that operates, or delivers services in Queensland, to auspice your project.

Amount: -One-off funding amount of up to $40,000

               -Targeted one-off funding of $100,000 per annum over three years may be available for Regional Partnership Demonstration Projects .

How to apply

Ensure you read the funding guidelines thoroughly.  

Funding Guidelines

Sample Application Form

FAQ fact Sheet

Applictions:

Applications can be made online through the Smartygrants portal: CMQ Grants App - Currently Closed

Please note, applications, including supporting documentation, will not be accepted after the closing date.


Australian Communities Foundation

Each year, ACF makes hundreds of grants to support charitable organisations and projects all around the country and internationally. Funding requests are currently being accepted by email. You are welcome to submit your request on the following template: Funding Request Template and email it to: admin@communityfoundation.org.au with the subject: “Funding Request”.

To speak to the Grants Team, call (03) 9412 0412 or email: admin@communityfoundation.org.au

Currently Closed

TCC and DGR Status required


Community Assist’s Community Grant Program

Focus: EPIC’s Community Grants program aims to help level the playing field for people with disability, and create communities which value and welcome people with disability. EPIC will consider sponsoring initiatives that:

  • benefit people with disability
  • provide opportunities for EPIC to connect with potential job seekers and employers.

Amount: Up to $300

Guidelines

Apply Now

Application currently closed, recipients will be announced on 3 March 2020,


Community Conservation Grants 

Focus: The purpose of our Community Conservation Grants is to assist in the protection of Australia’s native species, habitats, landscapes and cultural heritage. FNPW Community Conservation 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.

Amount: up to $10,000

Guidelines

Apply Now

Application opens on 1 December 2019 and closes on 31 January 2020.


IOOF Community Grants 

The IOOF Foundation are committed to creating opportunities for disadvantaged families, youth and the aged, by investing in initiatives that improve quality of life and help others achieve their potential to meaningfully participate in the community. The Foundation provides grants that support Australian not-for-profit organisations working with disadvantaged families, disadvantaged children and youth and aged care.

Amount:  $10,000 to $150,000

Guidelines

Apply Now

Currently Closed- Please visit the IOOF Frequently Asked Questions & Key Dates page for updates to application dates


Community Languages Multicultural Grants

Department of Home Affairs, Australian Federal Government
Stream 1 Closed- February 17 2020, 11:00pm
Stream 2 Closed- 6 March 2020, 11:00pm

The Community Languages Multicultural Grants form part of the Federal Government’s Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Program. The program provides funding to community language schools to assist with operating costs. The program aims to:

  • Support the maintenance, development and acquisition of languages other than English.
  • Connect young Australians to the languages and cultures of their community.
  • Enhance cross-cultural awareness and respect for cultural diversity.

Community Languages Grants- Stream One Funding

Includes a base payment of $1,500 plus a per capita amount based on student enrolment numbers, capped at a maximum of $30,000 per school. Applications close February 17, 2020, 11pm.

Applicants are encouraged to seek endorsement for their proposed project from either the national peak body or a state and territory peak body relating to community languages.

How to Apply

Applications can be made via the following link: https://forms.business.gov.au/smartforms/servlet/SmartForm.html?formCode=PRD00-CGHAPP18&FRID=4-D0C3IVJ&RegID=4-D1M7YCZ

Funding Guidelines

Guidelines and further details on making applications are available at the following link: https://www.communitygrants.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/01_2020/community-languages-multicultural-grants-stream-one-grant-opportunity-guidelines-24012020.pdf

Please visit the official grant page website for further information on planning your applications: https://www.communitygrants.gov.au/grants/community-languages-multicultural-grants-stream-on

Community Languages Grants- Stream Two Funding

Provides up to $25,000 to develop resources or training to benefit the community language sector more broadly. Applications close 6 March 2020, 11pm.

Funding Guidelines

Guidelines and further details on making applications are available at the following link: https://www.communitygrants.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/02_2020/community-languages-multicultural-grants-stream-two-grant-opportunity-guidelines.pdf

How to Apply

Applications can be made via the following link: Community Languages Grants App

Please visit the official grant page website for further information on planning your applications: https://www.communitygrants.gov.au/grants/community-languages-multicultural-grants-stream-two

 


New Hope Group Community Sponsorship and Donation Program

Focus: The program actively supports advancement in education, health and welfare, and cultural and sporting initiatives. Applications will only be expected form these areas: Brisbane City Council, Isaac Regional Council, Central Highlands Regional Council, Toowoomba Regional Council, Fraser Coast Regional Council, Western Downs Regional Council, and Ipswich City Council.

Amount: From $10,000 to $30,000 (including in-kind support)

Currently Closed

 

Stanwell Sponsorship and Donation Program

Focus: To supporting activities that make a genuine ‘quality of life’ contribution to the communities that host Stanwell assets, in the South Burnett and Rockhampton regions, Mount Isa, Cairns, Tully and Ipswich.

Guidelines

Apply Now

Amount: Undisclosed

Currently Closed

 

Transurban Community Grants 

Focus: Every six months, Transurban offer grants of up to $5000 to initiatives like school projects, youth education, road safety and environmental programs. Applications are assessed against the following:

  • benefit to communities located near our roads
  • the scale of positive impact to the broader community and environment
  • potential to help overcome obstacles for transport, mobility and community inclusion
  • potential to improve the lives of disadvantaged or underprivileged groups
  • clear description of the grant’s intended use and the expected benefits for the community
  • making a long-lasting difference to the community that may not otherwise have been possible without grant support.

Amount: $5000

Currently Closed

 

Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT)

The Tackling Tough Times Together grant program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought.

This program is designed to provide 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. See the case studies below for examples of the types of projects we have funded in the past, which may provide some ideas.

Thanks to the generous support of our donor partners, grants of up to $20,000 are now available across drought-affected communities nationally. A smaller number of grants valued at up to $60,000 and $150,000 are also available for larger-scale and multi-year projects that have a broader impact. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly.

Tackling Tough Times Together –

  • Round 16: Late February 2020 for applications received by 16 December 2019. EOIs for the $150K tier must be received by 27 Nov. 2019.
  • Round 17: Late August 2020 for applications received by 28 May 2020. EOIs for the $150K tier must be received by 16 April 2020.

 

Strengthening Rural Communities

The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program aims to give the thousands of small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia an opportunity to apply for funding that can support broad community needs. This program is an evolution of the long-running Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC) program that FRRR ran for 34 rounds over a 16 year period.

The program criteria are deliberately flexible, and with applications being accepted all year round, communities have increased access to funds that can be used where and when a community knows it’s needed.

The Strengthening Rural Communities program has two funding tiers:

 

1.Small and Vital grants

Small and Vital grants are all about meeting an immediate small scale need within a community, or for giving a boost to a larger initiative.

  • The Small and Vital grants provide funds of up to $10,000.
  • Applications are accepted year round via our online application system and awarded quarterly.
  • Terms and conditions:

Round 4: Applications must be received by 5pm AEDT Thursday, 19 December 2019 for funds awarded in March 2020.

Round 5:  Friday, 20 December 2019.- Applications must be received by 5pm AEDT, Tuesday 24 March 2020 for funds awarded in mid-June 2020

 

2. Larger Leverage grants

Through the Larger Leverage grants, small rural, regional and remote communities now have an opportunity to access funding to support more aspirational objectives, think bigger and leverage the ideas, creativity and resources of communities for bigger impacts and stronger, more connected communities.

  • The larger leverage grants provide funds between $10,000 to $25,000.
  • Community groups will be invited to apply for the larger leverage grants from August 2019

 

Round 5:  Opens Friday, 20 December 2019.- Expressions of Interest (EOIs) must be made by 5pm AEDT, Tuesday 4 February 2020. Invitations to submit a full application will be made to select applicants.

 

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Community Fund

Community Fund is a grant program that provides funding to not-for-profit community groups and organisations. This funding empowers groups to make a difference in their community. We look for ideas that encourage community identity and wellbeing, support local prosperity, and are innovative, or enable access to future solutions.

Your project might support disaster recovery, diversity and inclusion, education, energy and environmental conservation, electrical safety or renewable energy projects, or provide essential equipment or facilities to the local community.

Eligible groups include:

  • Community groups
  • Local government or other government entities
  • Educational institutions
  • Charities
  • Sporting clubs
  • Industry associations
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organisations

How to apply

If your project will take place in Energex’s South East Queensland network area – that’s from the state’s border north to Gympie, and west to the base of the Great Dividing Range – please apply to Energex. For all other Queensland locations, please apply to Ergon.

Application Forms:

  • Energex Community fund application form here
  • Ergon Community Funding Application here

Amount: from $200 up to $5,000,

If you have any enquiries about the fund, application requirements, or need help with applying, please contact:

Currently closed.


Thriving Cohesive Communities Grants – Tranche 2

QLD Government Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors
Stream 1 and Stream 3 Closing - 2 pm 28 February 2020
Stream 2 Closing - 2pm  14 February 2020

Thriving Cohesive Communities Grants form part of the Queensland Government’s social cohesion program. The program is designed to build cohesive and resilient Queensland communities and foster a strong sense of belonging for all Queenslanders.

Applications are now open under Tranche 2 for community projects  that enable people from all backgrounds, ages and abilities to be included and actively contribute to their local community. Successful projects will run for up to 16 months duration (March 2020 – June 2021). 

Non-recurrent grant funding of nearly $2 million (exc. GST) is available under three streams in Tranche 2.

A previous round of the Thriving Cohesive Communities Grants (Tranche 1) closed on 25 November 2019, and applications are currently being assessed.

How to Apply

Applications are made online through SmartyGrants. If you are new to SmartyGrants you will need to register before you can apply. Refer to the SmartyGrants – Help Guide for Applicants for information on registering and completing your application form.

If you are having technical problems with your SmartyGrants user account or accessing your application, please contact SmartyGrants. The SmartyGrants support desk hours are 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday.

Phone: (03) 9320 6888
Email: service@smartygrants.com.au

Details for each funding stream of Tranche 2 are provided below:

STREAM 1 - Community-Led Social Cohesion Planning and Action

Funding is provided for projects that assist people in positions of influence with young people to positively engage with them on topics of diversity, inclusion and social cohesion (for example, educators, faith and cultural communities, sporting and interest clubs).

Non-recurrent funding up to $70,000(exc. GST) is available for projects up to 16 months in duration.

Closing date 28 February 2020.

For more information about this funding stream, your eligibility, and how to apply, please see the Funding Information Paper and additional information below.

Submission information

STREAM 3 - Engaging Young People to Become Global Citizens

Funding is provided for projects that assist people in positions of influence with young people to positively engage with them on topics of diversity, inclusion and social cohesion (for example, educators, faith and cultural communities, sporting and interest clubs).

Closing date 28 February 2020.

For more information about this funding stream, your eligibility, and how to apply, please see the Funding Information Paper and additional information below.

Submission information

STREAM 2 - Pathways to Economic Inclusion

Funding for projects that resource established social enterprises to engage vulnerable young people and family members in the community.

Non-recurrent funding up to $120,000(exc. GST) is available for projects up to 16months in duration.

Closing 2pm 14 February 2020.

For more information about this funding stream, your eligibility, and how to apply, please see the Funding Information Paper and additional information below.

Submission information


Open now: Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF)

QLD Government Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Closing- 11.59pm on 29 February 2020

Not-for-profit groups operating in Queensland can apply for grants from $500 to $35,000 through the GCBF. This fund is Queensland’s largest one-off community grants program, distributing approximately $57 million per year. The fund allocates grants to community groups to enhance their capacity to provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities.

How to Apply

Submit grant applications through the GCBF online grants portal

Tutorial videos to assist with using the portal is available on the Queensland Government's official information page for the grant: https://www.justice.qld.gov.au/initiatives/community-grants

Funding Guidelines

Guidelines are available at the following website: https://www.justice.qld.gov.au/initiatives/community-grants/guidelines

For further instructions on planning your application please see: https://www.justice.qld.gov.au/initiatives/community-grants 

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