Please review the following opportunities and their attached guidelines to determine your organisation or community group's eligibility for the grant.
For general advice on sourcing and planning for grants, contact the Grants and Communications Officer by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The application stage itself is only the 'tip of the iceberg' of effort required to be in the running to secure a grant. Several months' of ground work is often required beforehand. Check here for a suggested approach.
Current Community Grant Opportunities
Awards Australia – Community Achievement Awards
The Community Achievement Awards started in 2002 and are designed to encourage, acknowledge and reward the valuable contributions that individuals, communities and businesses make throughout NSW & The ACT. These awards aim to recognise their success and achievements, which contribute to making NSW & The ACT a better place.
Conditions of Entry:
- Entry is free. Eligibility for entry is dependent on the award category and may be open to businesses, groups, organisations and/or individuals.
- Nominees must be residing in NSW or the ACT for a minimum of 2 years (unless a permanent resident currently working, studying or pursuing your profession elsewhere), or the nomination activity must be specific to NSW or the ACT
- Each nominee can enter a maximum of two categories only.
- All guidelines should be addressed in your online nomination. Supporting documents and photographs should be attached to your nomination if relevant.
- All nomination information, photos and supporting material may be used by the Awards office for promotional purposes.
- Nominees agree to media publicity and promotion associated with the Awards nomination, including any photos submitted or taken at the Awards Presentation ceremony.
- Nominations close on Thursday, 24 August 2023.
- Nominees who are selected as Finalists should endeavour to attend the Gala Awards Presentation Dinner on Saturday, 25 November 2023. Inability to attend does not disqualify entry.
- Previous winners of the Achievement and Community Awards are not eligible to nominate again in an Award category they have already won.
To nominate: complete the online form here.
Closing date: 24 Aug 2023
Farm Household Allowance
The Farm Household Allowance aims to provide eligible farmers, and their partners, who are experiencing financial hardship, with assistance through planning and training for long-term financial improvements as well as income support.
The program offers:
- A fortnightly payment (for up to four years).
- Other allowances, such as a pharmeceutical allowance, telephone allowance, rent assistance and remote area allowance.
- A professional financial assessment of the farm business.
- Funding to help develop skills, to access training and to pay for professional advice.
- Regular support of a case manager.
Access further details here.
There is no closing date for this program.
New business assistance with NEIS
Do you want to set up your own business?
The New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) program aims to provide personalised support to help people become self-employed business owners.
The program can help by providing:
- Accredited small business training.
- Personalised mentoring and support from a NEIS provider.
- NEIS Allowance for up to 39 weeks and NEIS Rental Assistance for up to 26 weeks (if eligible).
The government announced changes to expand the NEIS program. These include:
- Serving members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) with an identified transition date, and eligible family members of serving ADF personnel, will be eligible to access Exploring Being My Own Boss Workshops and NEIS Training.
- People can access NEIS and start their own business if they are working 25 hours per week or less. This will enable people with part-time work, study or caring responsibilities to participate in the program on a part-time basis.
- Existing micro-business owners impacted by COVID-19 can access NEIS if they need help to keep their business running or refocus their operations to meet new areas of demand.
For further details, click here.
NEIS Fact Sheet