Regional Development Australia Murray FYI Grants
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MARCH 2014
A key priority for Regional Development Australia Murray is to inform communities, businesses & industries within the Murray region of the latest Government, Business and Philanthropic programs available.

RAS Foundation Community Kitchen Grant

Applications Close: 21 March 2014


The RAS Foundation is a philanthropic foundation which seeks to encourage educational opportunity and foster vibrant and sustainable rural and regional communities by supporting quality youth and community programs.

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation is giving rural and regional NSW community organisations the chance to win a kitchen with a retail value of  $25,000 courtesy of Masters Home Improvements.   The donated kitchen includes all of the cabinetry, cook tops, sink and oven, as well as a smaller kitchen, suitable for use indoors or outside undercover.

Applicants are asked to answer a series of questions explaining why their community needs a new kitchen, who would utilise the kitchen and how it would enhance their community. Those eligible to apply include community centres, welfare organisations, churches, men’s sheds, service and sporting clubs, CWA branches and show societies.

Interested applicants are encouraged to visit  to find out more about the RAS Foundation Community Kitchen Grant and to complete the online application form.
The successful applicant will need to meet the following requirements: 
  • The kitchen can only be installed into the agreed community owned / public building and cannot be for the benefit of an individual or company. The kitchen must be accessible to the wider community. 
  • The successful applicant will receive the kitchen in a flat pack form that comprises of cabinetry, cook top, stove and sink. No colours or materials preference can be requested.
  • The coordination, cost of freight from Sydney Showground to the recipient community will be the responsibility of the successful applicant. All installation costs are also the responsibility of the successful applicant. 
  • The flat packed kitchen (comprising of six pallets) will need to be removed from the Sydney Showground on Saturday 26 or Sunday 27 April, 2014. 
  • Installation of the kitchen needs to be completed by 31 October, 2014 - six months after the Sydney Royal Easter Show. 
  • The successful applicant will be required to attend a presentation event to be held during the 2014 Sydney Royal Easter Show to accept the Masters Home Improvements Kitchen. 
For more information:
Phone: (02) 9704 1232


2014-15 Public Reserves Management Fund Program - Round 1
Application closes - 17 March 2014


The Public Reserves Management Fund Program (PRMFP) provides financial support for the development, maintenance and improvement of public reserves.

Reserve Managers:
Managers of any Crown lands reserve as well as freehold showgrounds and schools of arts may be eligible to apply.

Activity Types:

The following types of activities (only) will be accepted for Round 1 of the 2014-15 PRMFP:

For further information:
Phone: 02 4925 4117

2014 National Shed Development Program

Applications close: 7 March 2014

The Australian Men’s Sheds Association (AMSA) administers the National Shed Development Program (the Program) on behalf of the Australian Government in order to provide direct financial assistance to all men’s sheds across Australia with priority given to those sheds in areas of greatest need.


All Sheds in Australia can apply for up to a total of $8,000 (GST excl) for a range of financial support across the three funding categories:

  • Category One: Tools & Equipment to a maximum of $5,000
  • Category Two: Building Maintenance & Development to a maximum of $7,500
  • Category Three: Shed Activities & Programs to a maximum of $2,500

Priorities for 2013/2014 Round:

  • * Sheds that have not received funding under previous rounds of the program.
  • Organisations seeking to establish or improve an existing Men’s Shed for the priority groups;
  • Sheds that can demonstrate a strong benefit in receiving the funds or a high level of unmet need that the funds will address especially for the Priority Groups; and
  • Sheds that can demonstrate partnerships with other relevant community groups such as the local council, community health centre, welfare organisations, men's health services and other community service groups.
  • Applicants that have previously received funding are still eligible to apply however one of the priorities for this round is sheds that have not previously received funding through the Program.

Any Men’s Shed that is a registered legal entity can apply.

If the Men’s Shed is not a registered legal entity, an overseeing sponsor body can act on behalf of a Shed and submit an application. If a sponsor body acts as applicant, written consent must be in place in the form of a signed Memorandum of Understanding between the Shed and applying body.

For more information
Phone : 0408 466 401

Industrial Ecology Business Support Grants program

Applications close: 21 March 2014


The Industrial Ecology Business Support Grants program, a $3.6 million four-year grants program, will support networks across NSW to help bring medium and larger businesses together to identify waste re-use and recycling projects.

Two grant rounds are likely to be available for this program. This call for applications is for the first round. The second round is anticipated to open in July 2015.

The $35 million Business Recycling Fund (the Fund) has been established under the NSW Environment Protection Authority’s (EPA) Waste Less Recycle More initiative. The Fund aims to drive waste avoidance and resource recovery in businesses across NSW. The key to achieving this is to encourage source separation of materials for recovery. The Fund is comprised of six sub-programs,including the Industrial Ecology Business Support grantsprogram.

Funding programs under the initiative are designed to stimulate new investment in innovative approaches to improve the way that we view and manage waste across NSW.

For more information:
Phone: (02) 9995 6873

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