Regional Development Australia Murray FYI Grants
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January 2017
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.

In this issue:

Building Better Regions Fund Infrastructure Projects Stream
Applications will open: 18 January 2017


The Infrastructure Projects Stream supports projects which involve the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure that provides economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas.


The $297.7 million Building Better Regions Fund supports the Australian Government’s commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.

The program will run over four years from 2016-17 to 2019-20.

The program has been designed to achieve the following outcomes in regional and remote communities

  • create jobs
  • have a positive impact on economic activity, including Indigenous economic participation through employment and supplier-use outcomes
  • enhance community facilities
  • enhance leadership capacity
  • encourage community cohesion and sense of identity.

The program will fund projects in regional Australia outside the major capital cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, and Canberra. There are two streams of funding available under the program.

  • The minimum grant amount is $20,000.
  • The maximum grant amount is $10 million.
  • You must complete your project by 31 December 2019.
  • For most projects, grant funding will be up to 50 per cent or up to 75 per cent of your eligible project costs.
  • Your location will determine the percentage of grant funding you can receive.
  • In exceptional and very rare circumstances an exemption to the requirement for co-funding may be granted.

Who can apply?

To be eligible you must:

  • have an ABN
  • be a local governing body, or a not for profit organisation established for at least two years
  • be seeking a grant of at least $20,000 and up to a maximum of $10 million
  • have a project located outside the major capital cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra
  • provide evidence confirming all co-funding contributions
  • have a project that has not started at the time of application.

Who is not eligible to apply?

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • a for profit organisation
  • an individual, partnership or trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust)
  • a Commonwealth, state or territory government agency or body (including government business enterprises)
  • a university, technical college, school or hospital
  • a Regional Development Australia Committee.
Applications / Guidelines

Application Method: Online
Building Better Regions Fund Infrastructure Projects Stream
Contact phone: 13 28 46

RAS Foundation Community Kitchen Grant

Applications close:  12 February 2017


The 2016 Our Neighbourhood Community Grants program encourages community organisations to apply for funding of one-off cash payments of up to $10,000.

Projects will need to benefit the wider community, align with the key focus areas and primary audiences and meet an immediate need of the community.


The Our Neighbourhood Community Grants program recognises the important role our smaller charities and community groups play in connecting people, and positively shaping our nation.

By providing funding of up to $10,000 per project, the Our Neighbourhood program gives a helping hand to small groups working to build a more inclusive, connected society.

While we recognise the value of the thousands of different causes and projects around the country, we focus our resources on a few key areas where we think we can help make the biggest impact.

To be considered for a community grant this year, you’ll need to demonstrate how your project fits into one of these four categories.

  1. Digital inclusion
    Projects that build digital skills and capability of individuals, groups in the community or the wider community.
  2. Employment pathways
    Projects that increase employment opportunities for marginalised Australians.
  3. Community inclusion
    Projects that build community spirit, foster inclusion, and support marginalised Australians.
  4. Disaster readiness
    Projects that help communities to be better prepared for a disaster.

Primary Audiences Are:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • people with a disability
  • the elderly
  • the economically disadvantaged
  • those from cultural or linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • local communities

In addition we will support...

  • Smaller, local community organisations and charities
  • Projects that require collaboration within the community, and with other organisations
  • Projects that are scalable and can create a long-term impact

Our Neighbourhood Community Grants form part of Australia Post's ongoing commitment to supporting the communities in which we operate.

The timing of your project is important:

  • Your project will need to commence after 1 October 2016 and complete no later than 30 September 2017.

Your organisation type

For starters, you'll need to be a legal entity in Australia with a current ABN. You'll also need to fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • A not-for-profit community organisation
  • A registered charity with the ATO
  • A deductible gift recipient
  • A social enterprise

Funding's not available to individuals and sole traders, government entities or educational institutions. The exception is for childcare centres, kindergartens, or parents and citizens groups whose projects benefit the wider community. Please note we won't be able to accept auspice arrangements.

Applications / Guidelines

Application method: Mail, Online
RAS Foundation Community Kitchen Grants

Premier’s Fund for Social Cohesion

Applications close: 5 February 2017

The Premier’s Fund for Social Cohesion is a small grants program that supports community-led events and activities that bring together people from diverse cultural backgrounds to discuss and celebrate diversity


It aims to build on the strengths of our multicultural society, develop stronger social cohesion and community resilience, particularly among young people (aged 12-25), and to inspire young people to stand up against the divisive forces of fear, hate and violence.

The Fund’s strategic priorities are to:

  • Encourage people to reflect on and celebrate the role of diversity in society
  • Promote intercultural and interfaith understanding, particularly among young people
    • Build positive cross-cultural networks
    • Empower people to speak about the value of diversity in society and to counter hateful and divisive messages

The following organisations are eligible to apply for grants under the Premier’s Fund for Social Cohesion:

  • Schools* and school-affiliated Parents and Friends associations
  • Incorporated, community based non-government organisations
  • * Government organisations (including government schools) are ineligible to apply.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Premier’s Fund for Social Cohesion, proposals must:

  • Be for an event or specific activity
  • Be for an event or activity located within NSW
  • Demonstrate how the project will meet the intent of the grant program and fulfil at least one of its strategic priorities
  • Specify the local government area and location where the event or activity will take place
  • Demonstrate how the project will measure outcomes in the context of social cohesion and community resilience
  • Demonstrate that the event or activity will take place and the funds spent within 12 months of receipt
  • Be cost effective, have an accurate budget and the capacity to acquit the funds within 12 months of receipt
Applications / Guidelines

Application method: Online
Premiers fund for social cohesion

Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC) - Round 31

Applications close: 31 March 2017

To provide grants to benefit people in rural and remote communities


The Small Grants for Rural Communities is the longest running and broadest program FRRR offers, opening twice per year.  

It is a great example of a collaborative program supported by various partners which has the flexibility to address issues that make a difference to the sustainability of rural, regional and remote communities. 

Grants of up to $5,000 are available for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities  in rural, regional or remote Australia. Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or fewer. Applicants must be not-for-profit community organisations with an ABN or incorporation certificate.

Applications are invited from not-for-profit community organisations that have an ABN or Incorporation Certificate. Organisations / projects demonstrating community partnerships are preferred to multiple applications from one community (please submit only one application per organisation).


What can be funded?

  • Not-for-profit community based organisations from communities in rural, regional and remote locations in Australia can apply for funds to support projects and activities that offer clear public benefit (are for a charitable purpose) and clearly address a need in the community in the areas of social and community welfare, economic, environmental, health, education or cultural development.
  • Projects located in communities with a population of 10,000 or less will receive priority.
  • Organisations must have an ABN or Incorporation Certificate.
  • Organisations/projects demonstrating community partnerships are preferred to multiple applications from one community (please submit only one application per organisation).
  • Projects with clearly defined objectives, timeframes and evaluation strategies will be preferenced. (Projects should be undertaken from July 2016 to July 2017 as projects cannot be funded retrospectively).

What can't be funded?

  • Regular operational and administration costs will not be funded (e.g. rent, utilities, regular wages, loan repayments)
  • Previous FRRR grant recipients who have not completed final report requirements are not eligible.
  • Overseas travel and projects are not eligible.
  • Projects that benefit a single individual rather than a community.
  • Projects that support private/commercial business (NB social enterprise/ local economic development is eligible).
  • Federal, State and Local Government core business and areas of responsibility.
  • The encouragement or advancement of sport, recreation and social activities is not considered a charitable activity by the Australian Taxation Office. Applications from sporting organisations need to clearly demonstrate benefit to the wider community.
  • If your project involves working directly with children, your organisation must have policies and procedures around working with children and the handling of child abuse complaints, or the project may not be funded.
 Applications / Guidelines

Application method: Mail, Email
Small Grants for rural Communities

Matana Foundation for Young People Grant Program

Applications Ongoing


To create a more just society by giving every young person in Australia an equal opportunity to access the skills to negotiate life's journey.


Matana's focus is on improving the welfare and wellbeing of young people from severely disadvantaged or marginalised backgrounds, or whose concerns and issues are not readily funded from other sources. Recognising that disadvantage takes many forms, we prioritise projects and organisations that address the causes of youth disadvantage by:

  • Providing programs primarily targeting school retention and increased education achievement for students who are at risk of dropping out of school or who have already dropped out. The focus is on early identification, customised learning and mentoring.
  • Providing programs that target employment skills development, employment and career pathways and transitions into employment.
  • Providing programs that target social and community connectedness, personal significance and social and emotional outcomes.
  • Providing services in geographical areas across Australia where funding is difficult to source.

"We cannot all do great things but we can do small things with great love" - Mother Teresa


Matana can only make grants to organisations that hold the following ATO endorsements:

  • Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) - Item 1
  • Tax Concession Charity (TCC)

Evidence of endorsements is required at the point of application. If your organisation does not have Item 1 DGR and TCC status, unfortunately we will not be able to consider your application.

The Matana Foundation will not consider applications that request funding for:

  • Operating costs including salaries and administration costs, unless such costs are part of an otherwise eligible project
  • Capital and building expenditure, including equipment, vehicles, travel, furniture, books and conferences, unless such costs are part of an otherwise eligible project
  • Retrospective funding or budget deficits
  • Fundraising events and campaigns
  • Medical programs or research
  • Religious activities, where the applicant project involves religious instruction.

The Matana Foundation will not consider applications for funding from:

  • Individuals, state and federal government bodies
  • Organisations outside Australia.
 Applications / Guidelines

Application method: Mail, Email
Matana Foundation for Young People Grant Program

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