Each Landcare Network within the NENW region provides various funding opportunities from time to time - please make sure to check your local Landcare Network's website!
Other funding opportunities available in the NENW region include:
Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars FoundationClosing - 31/03/2019
The Layne Beachley Foundation’s Scholarship Program provides grants, mentoring and inspiration to young Australian women who dream and dream BIG! Scholarships are awarded annually in many areas including environment and sustainability, leadership and community. Applicants must be at least 12 years of age (no upper age limit).
2018 applications are now closed.
2019 applications looking to open 1 February 2019 - 31 March 2019.
FRRR - Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal - Grants open, announced and being assessedClosing - 30/04/2019
Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) - Small & Vital Program with $440,000 available in grants of up to $10,000 were opened in the last week of February 2019. SRC is the evolution of the former Small Grants for Rural Communities program and will be offered year-round with quarterly assessments.
In a Good Place - applications close 14th March 2019
Strengthening Rural Communities - Small & Vital is a rolling program with applications due by 27th March 2019 for funding in June.
Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) is a rolling program and FRRR will accept appications all year round with the current round applications due 30th April 2019 for funding in July.
Grants for Resilience & Wellness and Community Group Futures open 5th March, 2019
Visit https://www.frrr.org.au/grant_calendar for further information.
SUEZ Community GrantsClosing - 01/06/2019
At SUEZ, we are passionate about working with local communities to create a more sustainable future. Through the SUEZ Community Grants program, we partner with community organisations working to build local participation in environmental projects that contribute to a brighter tomorrow.
In 2018, the SUEZ Community Grants program provided individual grants of between $1,000 and $15,000 each to community groups, funding environmental projects that contributed to a stronger community and healthier environment.
No current funding rounds are open. Look for 2019 opportunities by May 2019 or visit the website below.
NT LLS On-Farm Project ActivitiesClosing - 30/06/2019
Northern Tablelands Local Land Services (NT LLS) currently has project funding available for a number of activities to improve natural resources on your farm, including:
- Protecting and managing natural waterways including grazing management, fencing and alternate water systems;
- Improving habitat for threatened species;
- Protecting and managing existing native vegetation; and
- Revegetation on farm, including planting wide shelter belts, protecting isolated paddock trees and encouraging natural regeneration.
An Expression of Interest (EOI) Form for On-Farm Projects can be downloaded from the NT LLS website here. Landholders and groups are encouraged to apply for funding to improve management of natural resources across the Northern Tablelands - EOIs should be submitted ASAP to determine eligiblity for funding currently available.
Available Drought AssistanceClosing - 31/12/2019
Financial drought assistance is currently available for farmers struggling with the seasonal conditions, including a freight subsidy for transporting fodder, animal welfare transport subsidies, family household allowances, and concessional loans.
Support and advice services are also available, including DroughtHub, Drought Feed Calculator and Rural Financial Counselling Services. Check out the flyer at the link below for more details.
Tucker Foundation GrantsClosing - 01/01/2020
Every 3 years the Tucker Foundation considers applications from organisations seeking to undertake projects that further the Foundation's aims and objectives, including:
- the protection of wildlife and habitat, and to preserve natural reserves of forest, oceans and wilderness and for the rehabilitation of flora and fauna
The Foundation’s funding has been made available through the estate of the late Albert and Barbara Tucker, as per their wishes. The allocation of grants is at the discretion of the Trustee of the Foundation and will be based on alignment with the Foundation’s aims and objectives, merit, need and benefit to the community and environment.
Grants of up to $25,000 are considered for up to 3 years of funding (ie: up to $25,000 per year for up to 3 years). In some circumstances, larger grants may be applied for, however decisions are at the discretion of the Foundation.
The next 3 year funding round will be in 2020.
Check out the link below for more details.
Farm Business Skills Professional Development ProgramClosing - 30/06/2020
This program seeks to support farm business in all conditions, but particularly in relation to preparing for and responding to drought. Participants can apply for reimbursement of expenditure (up to 50%) when they have completed a professional development activity from a pre-approved list of providers.
Eligible applicants include individuals involved in the management of a primary production enterprise (need a signed statutory declaration showing 51% of income is received from primary production). A maximum reimbursement of $5,000 (covering all courses/activities over the life of the program) applies for any farmer, with reimbursements capped at $9,000 per farm business.
A total funding pool of $45 million is available over five years starting 2 November 2015 until 30 June 2020.
Uralla Shire Community Grants Program
Non-recurrent grants of up to $3,000 (which may include in-kind support) are available to community groups and organisations to undertake projects/activities/events, or purchase items, which benefit the wider Uralla community. Funding for community projects is dispersed in two rounds each year. The purpose is to build community capacity and/or provide supplementary funding to assist with social, cultural, recreational and environmental outcomes that are in line with the Uralla Shire Community Strategic Plan.
Contact Details: Community Development Coordinator, 02 6778 6471, firstname.lastname@example.org
Grant guidelines and application form can be downloaded from the Uralla Shire website, and include closing dates for each funding round.
Aboriginal Benefits Foundation Grants
Ongoing Aboriginal Benefits Foundation Grants assist Aboriginal Communities and Individuals by providing funds to support projects which advance the aims of the Foundation. The current focus is on supporting art, literacy, education, health and cultural projects with a connection to Aboriginal art and/or artists.
Intending applicants are encouraged to send their completed applications for consideration at upcoming Board meetings. Please visit the website for more details and to download a copy of the Application Form.
Indigenous Advancement Strategy Community Led Grants
Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) Community Led Grants enable 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.
There is (currently) no closing date for this funding.
As a first step, potential applicants must discuss their proposal with their local PM&C Regional Network office, by calling 1800 079 098 and asking to speak to a staff member in their local office. A closing date for applications may be nominated by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) when all the funding has been allocated, with details to be provided on the Department’s website (link below).
Women & Leadership Australia Grants
All women currently employed in the Australian farming and agricultural sectors are invited to apply for scholarship funding to participate in a range of leadership courses. Grants are allocated with the specific intent of providing powerful and effective development opportunities for women within the farming and agriculture industry.
Scholarship funding is strictly limited and Expressions of Interest close Friday 7th December 2018.
Visit the link for more details.
The Funding Network (TFN) Live
Social issue areas that TFN supports include: homelessness, living with disability, mental health, education and employment, crime reduction, social and economic inclusion, social justice and wellbeing. TFN Live includes a program of public, live crowdfunding events. They partner with corporations and philanthropic foundations to host the event, and then find grassroots non-profits that can pitch their innovative solutions to social problems. From there, they undertake due diligence on each of the non-profit applications which are reviewed by a selection panel. Next, the leaders of the three chosen organisations receive professional pitch coaching before presenting on the night.
The event brings together change makers from non-profits that need support, with people and businesses that have the means and inclination to make a difference. It’s a beautiful thing. It doesn’t all end with the event though. They report on the progress of all TFN alumni through regular updates and annual impact stories so donors can see how their funds and in-kind offerings have helped change lives.
Farm Innovation Fund
Loans of up to $250,000/project are available through the NSW Rural Assistance Authority’s Farm Innovation Fund to improve permanent farm infrastructure and ensure long-term productivity and sustainable land use. A total of $65 million in funding has been allocated to this Fund until expended. No loans will be offered beyond the allocated funding.
McCusker Charitable Foundation Grant
The McCusker Charitable Foundation funds organisations who are seeking support for projects aligned with the Foundation's key objectives. The McCusker Charitable Foundation will consider applications for assistance for projects related to a range of areas, including:
- Care, welfare and education of young people.
- Promotion of high achievement and excellence.
- Arts and environment.
- The Trustees are committed to encouraging greater philanthropy, volunteering and giving throughout Australia at all levels.
The McCusker Charitable Foundation will receive applications for funding between the months of February and November.
ANZ Staff Foundation Grants
The ANZ Staff Foundation provides grants of up to $5,000 to community projects that relate to specific areas, including:
- Urban sustainability - examples of suitable projects may include environmental education programs or revegetation programs.
Closing dates for applications are 5pm on the 15 January and 15 July each year. Applications are made online using SmartyGrants: https://www.fundingcentre.com.au/grant/G00351/apply
Awesome Foundation Grant
The Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1000 at a time (usually given out monthly). These micro-grants are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects.
Every chapter interprets "awesome" for itself. As such, awesome projects include initiatives in a wide range of areas including arts, technology, community development, and more. Many awesome projects are novel or experimental, and evoke surprise and delight. Awesome sometimes challenges and often inspires. Applications close the day before monthly meetings, held on the second Tuesday of each month.
Wettenhall Environmental Trust - Small Environmental Grant Scheme
The Small Environmental Grant Scheme provides support for people undertaking projects that will make a positive difference to the natural living environment, in land, sea or air, rural or urban. Check your eligibility at the link below, and with no specific closing date make sure to apply as soon as possible! (There are four rounds every year.)
Expressions of Interest for On-Farm Projects
Northern Tablelands Local Land Services is calling for EOIs to fund on-ground projects that achieve improved natural resource management on-farm. These include fencing waterways, planting shelterbelts, fencing remnant native vegetation and soil management activities. Applicants must make an equal or greater contribution (in-kind or financial) to the project. Contact your local LLS Office or complete the EOI Form online.
Funding for Charitable Organisations
Each year the Australian Communities Foundation (ACF) makes hundreds of grants to support charitable organisations and projects all around the country and internationally. The Grants Committee meets monthly to process grant requests (see dates here).
Proposals are reviewed by the grants team and if eligible (your organisation is endorsed as a Tax Concession Charity and Deductible Gift Recipient) are added to the newsletter for community of donors. You will be contacted by the grants team if any donor is interested in your project.
Google Ad Grants
Imagine what you could do with $10,000 USD of in kind advertising every month from AdWords, an online advertising solution from Google. You could recruit more volunteers. Attract more donations. And share your story with audiences all over the globe. It’s all possible with Google Ad Grants. See if you're eligible here.
Ever since the Harcourts Foundation was launched in August 2008, Team Harcourts throughout Australia have been raising money to provide support that helps, grows and enriches their communities. Please read the Application Process Document to see if your organisation is eligible for a grant. On the same page, check the current Round Dates.
Grant applications must be for a specific event, project, item, or initiative. Requests for the event, project, item, or initiative must be scheduled to occur within four months of the upcoming Grant decision meeting date (meetings are held in the month following the end of the quarter).
Jack Peattie Research Grant
2019 Nuffield Farming Scholarships
Primary producers can apply now for the 2019 Nuffield Farming Scholarships which support overseas travel and study to help develop current, emerging and future agricultural leaders.
Growing Good Gardens Grant
Yates Gardening and Life Education Australia are encouraging young people to get out into the garden to grow and learn healthy habits. Schools, pre-schools and community groups are invited to apply for one of 15 x $1,000 grants to help create a garden space where kids can learn healthy habits and improve their physical and mental well-being. Any school (primary, secondary or pre-school), kindergarten, childcare centre, or youth/community group (e.g. Scouts, sports clubs etc) seeking to educate young Australians about gardening and healthy living can apply.
The Growing Good Gardens Grant initiative will continue in 2019 - stay tuned or visit their website below.
Honda Foundation Grants
The Honda Foundation acts as a charitable trust, providing financial assistance to charities and organisations doing amazing work across a range of social and environmental issues. Some of the issues they support include:
- Supporting the disadvantaged, disabled or those suffering from illness
- Relief for victims of natural disasters
- Promotion of innovation and new technologies
- The promotion, development and preservation of Australian culture
Since launching, the Foundation has supported a diverse range of charities, both big and small, to continue the valuable work they do in making a difference. Grants have ranged from $500 to purchase bike helmets for children with disabilities to $700,000 for The Fred Hollows Foundation to continue their incredible work in preventing and curing avoidable blindness. Applications are assessed twice a year in March and September, but close one month prior
2019 rounds close on the 8 February 2019 and 9 August 2019
Grants for Rural and Regional Students
The Country Education Foundation (CEF) of Australia provides financial support ranging from $500 to $5,000 per student, per year - grants are non-cash, instead reimbursing expenses or paying a supplier directly. This financial support helps buy textbooks and laptops for uni students, purchase tools and equipment for apprentices and assists rural and regional youth to relocate to take up career opportunities. Grants can cover any education or work related expenses, e.g. textbooks, tools, work equipment, petrol, transport, accommodation, computers, internet access.
Grant applications are open all year round, however each committee has different dates for consideration each year (Gwydir dates shown here). Grants are based on financial need, not academic success, and applicants must be aged 16-25 years and have attended school or currently live in the region covered by your local CEF (find your local CEF at the link below). Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview with their local committee, and grants allocated after interviews are completed and you are accepted into your chosen course/apprenticeship/training.
Office of Environment & Heritage - Restoration And Rehabilitation Grants
Grants of between $5,000 and $100,000 are available (but not limited to) community groups and organisations, incorporated organisations and non-profit organisations to contribute to the ongoing sustainable management and stewardship of significant environmental assets and services in NSW.
Eligible Activities include (but are not limite to) Bush Regeneration, Weed management, Revegetation, Pest Animal Management, Fencing, Erosion control, Habitat creation, Capacity Building and more.
For further information please contact the Environmental Trust on (02) 8837 6093
Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant
Woolworths is partnering with Landcare Australia to give primary schools or early learning centres the opportunity to apply for a Woolworths Junio Landcare Grant of up to $1,000 ex GST. This national program seeks to inspire the next generation of environment champions by funding vegetable gardesn, recycling and enhancing native habitat projects. Successful projects will be announced in February 2019 with a completion date of October 2019.
Project examples include
- creating a habitat restoration project
- planting a bush tucker garden
- planting a vege garden
- running a composting or recycling project
For any questions please call (03) 8631 7800 or email email@example.com or look at the guidelines on the website below.
Landcare Australia 2018 Drought Assistance Grants
Landcare Australia's 2018 Drought Assistance Grants program is now open. A total funding pool of $40,000 (ex GST) is available for 5 grants of up to $8,000 (ex GST).The program aims to support Landcare Groups and the farming community located in intense drought declared areas in NSW and QLD by helping farmers to build drought resilience through implementaton of on-ground-projects, workshops and education.
Expressions of interest are to be submitted through the Landcare Australia Community Portal by Friday 9th November, 2018 5pm EST. See below
Community Futures Grants
The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF) is offering young people up to $25,000 in funding for a community project in their local rural area. The RASF invites ideas that deliver strong community benefits and result in enhanced economic and social outcomes for your community. Projects that involve collaboration between people in your town and deliver sustained and broad community benefits will be highly regarded. Applicants will be passionate about rural and regional NSW, and have a good understanding of any issues affecting their community.
To be eligible applicants must be a resident of the rural NSW community the project will benefit. In the past this grant has carried an age limit of 35 years. This age limit has now been lifted, however the RAS Foundation remains committed to fostering youth leadership and will earmark a portion of the available grant funding to projects driven by young people. While the criteria for this program are broad, the RASF does not fund wages, consultant’s fees, one-off events, operational and administration costs, travel or accommodation.
Applications close Sunday January 2019.
James N. Kirby Foundation Grants
Each year, the James N Kirby Foundation distributes just over $1,000,000 across four key categories, including: The Environment (such as environmental research programs and environmental education programs that promote, enhance and conserve Australia's natural resources). The Foundation makes distributions within Australia only, with priority given to organisations in NSW or, in some cases, to national level programs whose work primarily benefits NSW.
Applications for grants from $3,000 to $15,000 can be made online from 1 November to 28 February each year (it is preferred for applicants to apply earlier in the process rather than leaving it to the last minute at the end of February). Larger applications may be considered through a more extensive application process. Applicants are notified of the outcome of their application within a month of the Board Meeting held in May each year.
National Landcare Program - Smart Farms Small Grants
ROUND 2 NOW OPEN!
One of the three elements of the National Landcare Program administed by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is Smarl Farms of which Smart Farms Small Grants is one component. Smart Farms Small Grants is a competitive small grants program over several rounds that will end in June 2023 supporting the adoption of best practices that improve the management and quality of our natural resources and increased on-farm productivity.
To be eligible you MUST be an individual or organisatio capable of entering into a legally binding agreement with the Commonwealth.
A total of $9.2m is available for Smart Farms Small Grants Round 2 between a minimum of $5,000 and maximum of $200,000 ex GST. Various Tiers are capped at $50,000, $100,000 or $200,000
For more information please visit the Community Grants Hub of the Australian Government at the link below.
Greater Charitable Foundation Funding
Each calendar year the Foundation provides approximately $1 million to programs, based either in NSW or South-East Queensland, which are designed to improve the life outcomes of their beneficiaries. The Foundation's two key priority areas for funding are Families and Communities, including facilitating social enterprise, responding to mental health needs and strengthening community capacity through increasing connectedness. Applicants can apply for funding of between $30,000 (12 month program) up to $350,000 (2-3 year program).
2018 applications have closed.
Dates for 2019 Funding Round will be released by end of 2018.
Whites Rural Community Grants
Our kids are the future of the bush. Whites Rural Community Grants are designed to make a difference to kids in regional, rural, and remote areas. Grants of up to $4,000 are awarded to at least 10 applicants - designed to help kids in rural communities through art, music, sport, sustainability, or social well-being.
Applications for 2018 are now closed.
Visit the website below for further updates.
Nous Community Partnership Scheme
The award-winning management consulting firm Nous Group at times seeks applications for consulting projects that will help to build the capability of eligible organisations to contribute to positive social, cultural, economic and/or environmental outcomes in Australia. Nous delivers discounted and pro-bono consulting services to not-for-profit community organisations that otherwise may not have access to such opportunities.
Visit their website to find out when the next round of applications will open.
Sunsuper's Dreams for a Better World Program
Every day, thousands of Australians give up their time to make the world a better place for people and causes close to their hearts. Dreams for a Better World was created to help them and the grassroots causes they work so hard to support.
Grassroots community groups, not-for-profit organisations and small businesses can apply to win a share of $150,000 in grants to help make the world a better place.
Grand Finalists are normally announced in November and People's Choice voting closes in December.
All rounds are currently closed but if you want to apply for future grants of up to $50,000 in Community Grants , please visit the website below.
Women's Adventure Grant
In 2018 Travel Play Live Magazine welcomed applications from Australian women of all ages and backgrounds who planned an expedition or adventurous project and could demonstrate how they would endeavour to use the grant funds in an innovative, creative and adventurous way to showcase the power of adventure to affect change.
The grant recipient within each category (Expeditions for Change; Adventure Film & Photography; Young Adventurers; Women Adventurers over 50) received:
- $5000 cash;
- Technical gear specific to their particular adventure from Jack Wolfskin & our partners;
- Mentoring and ongoing support from Ambassador Hanny Alston and the Travel Play Live team; and
- Media coverage via Travel Play Live Magazine and online channels, plus exposure via our partners. Under 18 recipient will also receive coverage in Bella Rae Magazine.
For more information visit the website below.
Volunteer Support Grant
The Grants Hub is committed to a strong and vibrant community and admires the dedication of volunteers, who generously give their time and talent to support worthy causes. They are excited to announce a Volunteer Support Grant to the value of $500 available to a person acting in a regular volunteering role.
Any person, anywhere in Australia, acting in a regular volunteer role for a period of 6 months or more is eligible to apply for funding to cover travel costs, training, equipment or other costs related to supporting your role as a volunteer.
Applications for 2018 are currently closed.
Please visit the website below for future funding announcements.
Investing in Women Funding Program
The NSW Government's Family & Community Services 'Investing in Women Funding Program' supports organisations with initiatives that promote pathways to leadership and reduce barriers for women entering their chosen fields. Since 2013, Women NSW has delivered five rounds of the program which funds NSW organisations to develop and implement projects that support:
- the economic opportunity and advancement,
- participation and empowerment, and
- leadership of women in NSW.
2018 Applications have closed.
We hope to hear in the next few months whether the program will continue in 2019. For further information please visit the website below.
Rural & Regional Scholarships
In a step to strengthen rural and regional communities, the Institute of Community Directors Australia is providing one hundred $1000 scholarships towards Diploma of Business (Governance) enrolments from Australian's contributing to regional communities. Further details about this course, including a course outline, upcoming course dates around Australia, a FAQ and student testimonials can be found at www.communitydirectors.com.au/diploma.
Scholarships will be awarded through an online application process. Applicants must demonstrate:
- Their involvement with a rural / regional body or community organisation
- The challenges their community is facing and how this course might help them respond
- Reasons for wanting to improve their governance skills
There are no current funding rounds open right now, but please visit the website below to learn of any future announcements.
ANZ Seeds of Renewal
The ANZ Seeds of Renewal Program has been running since 2003. The program focuses specifically on helping build vibrant and sustainable rural communities by committing $250,000 which is distributed through grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations for projects that will help their community thrive.
The 2018 ANZ Seeds of Renewal program is now closed and applications for projects starting early December 2018 and finishing by early December 2019 are being assessed.
Watch this space for announcements of future funding, or alternatively visit their website via the link below.
AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship
The AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship is an initiative supporting students enrolled at an Australian university by providing:
- a bursary of $5000 per year for the final two years of your degree
- professional development workshops
- annual industry work placements aligned with the scholar’s areas of interest and their sponsor’s industry
- opportunities to network and gain knowledge at a range of industry events
Students must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident enrolled full-time in their last two years of an agricultura-related degree at an Australian university with a maximum two-year gap between high school and tertiary study.
Suitable degrees inculde, but are not limited to Agricultural Science, Rural Science, Livestock/Animal Science, Vet Science, Agribusiness, Resource Management, Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM) with major studies and subject selections relevant to and aligned with Agriculture.
Applications open 7th January 2019. Successful students will be notified in May 2019
A Churchill Fellowship can offer Australian citizens an opportunity to travel overseas to investigate a topic or an issue that they might be passionate about. It is for anyone who has exhausted alternatives within Australia and would like to see what other countries are doing successfully in a similar space to inspire new ideas, innovation, and excellence. No prescribed qualifications are required in order to apply for a Churchill Fellowship, however, the Fellowship is NOT designed to enable applicants to complete tertiary qualifications. The subject of your proposed project is limitless provided a benefit to Australia is evident and a willingness to share the knowledge gained with Australia is displayed. 100 Fellowships are available for award in 2018.
The next round of scholarships will open on 1 February, 2019 with closing date TBA
Women's Environmental Leadership
Women's Environmental Leadership Australia is a program which aims to address the ways in which women’s crucial leadership is undervalued and often not reflected in formal positions in the environment movement. The program includes residential retreats, mentoring sessions, small group action learning projects and more.
The 2018 WELA program is now closed and ran from April to October.
To register interest in future programs write to firstname.lastname@example.org