Regional Development Australia Murray FYI Grants
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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:

National Stronger Regions Fund

Applications Close: 28 November 2014

The National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) is an Australian Government initiative to boost social and economic development in Australia’s regions by funding priority infrastructure projects in local communities. The  Australian Government has committed $1 billion to the fund over five years commencing from 2015–16


Funding will be provided for capital projects which involve construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade, extension or enhancement of existing infrastructure. Projects selected for funding should deliver an economic benefit to the region beyond the period of construction, and should support disadvantaged regions or areas of disadvantage within a region.

Local Government and incorporated not-for-profit organisations are eligible to apply for grants of between $20,000 and $10 million. Grant funding must be matched in cash or on at least a dollar for dollar basis, and the funded part of the project must be completed on or before 31 December 2019.

The objective of the NSRF is to fund investment ready projects which support economic growth and  sustainability of regions across Australia, particularly disadvantaged regions, by supporting investment in priority infrastructure.

The desired outcomes of the programme are:

  • improved level of economic activity in regions;
  • increased productivity in the regions;
  • increased employment and a more skilled workforce in regions;
  • increased capacity and improved capability of regions to deliver major projects, and to secure and manage investment funding;
  • improved partnerships between local, state and territory governments, the private sector and  community groups; and
  • more stable and viable communities, where people choose to live.

Not all projects will be able to contribute to each desired outcome, however collectively the projects will meet the NSRF objectives and desired outcomes.


An eligible Applicant for funding must be:

  • a legal entity with an Australian Business Number (ABN) or an Australian Company Number (ACN); and
  • an organisation that is one of the following:
    • a Local Government body including the ACT Government, either in its own right or on behalf of a consortium; or
    • a not-for-profit organisation, either in its own right or on behalf of a consortium, that is not owned by a state or territory government.
      Eligible local government bodies are defined in Attachment A. A consortium must be supported by appropriate legal arrangements, and must be led by a local government body or eligible not-for-profit organisation. A consortium may include ineligible organisations.
Who is ineligible to apply for funding?

The following organisations are not eligible for funding:
  • NSW, VIC, QLD, WA, SA, TAS and NT governments;
  • state and territory government-owned corporations, for example organisations that deliver services to communities that would normally be expected of a council and/or organisations that operate on a commercial basis and deliver services which support the day-to-day operation of the community;
  • state and territory government-owned not-for-profit organisations;
  • universities, technical colleges, schools and hospitals, and other organisations which are primarily supported by other Australian Government programmes or initiatives;
  • Regional Development Australia committees; and
  • all for-profit organisations.
For more information:
Website: Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development


2015 Indent Partnership Grants

Applications close: 24 October 2014

To provide grants to teams of young people to stage drug and alcohol free music events and provides information, resources, advice and support to enable young people to activate their local music scene and create sustainable youth events.


Two grant categories are available, the Grass Roots Grant and the Event Development Grant, and both are aimed at supporting youth music events. The Indent Partnership Grants program, made possible by support from ArtsNSW, has been specifically developed for young people to stage all-ages, drug and alcohol free live music events across NSW.

The Grass Roots Grants are specifically aimed at entry-level events like band comps, open-mic and local band nights and are set at a maximum of $2,500. The Event Development Grants are available to those who have successfully acquitted a Grass Roots Grant in the year prior to applying and are looking at expanding their event scope by engaging the professional music industry. Event Development grants are set at a maximum of $5000.

Partnership Grants are event grants.They can be used towards the costs of running events providing events are:

  • All ages
  • Drug and Alcohol Free
  • Created by young people with young people as the main target demographic.

Partnership Grants can be used for costs related to running the events outlined in the successful application. These include (but are not limited to): Venue hire, artist fees, production (hire), staging (hire), fencing (hire), promotion and marketing, administrative costs.

Partnership Grant funds CANNOT be used for costs that are not directly related to the staging of the events outlined in the grant application. Similarly, Partnership Grants cannot be used to purchase equipment for the support organisation to assist with the running of future events.

GRASS ROOTS GRANTS - Suggested Types of Events: Band nights, Band Competitions, Open Mic nights and Workshops (when coupled with some sort of performance) etc.

EVENT DEVELOPMENT GRANTS - Suggested Types of events; youth stages at community festivals, all ages regional tours, events mentorship programs and workshops, music events that attract professional musicians.

For further information:
Website: INDENT
Contact: Greg Clennar
Phone: 02 9953 5279

Optus Community Grants Program

Applications close: 31 October 2014

Optus Community Grants offers funding to non-profit organisations, who strive to provide critically needed services and opportunities to those in need.


We provide grants of between a minimum of $1000 and a maximum of $10,000 (excluding GST) to each successful applicant. Our panel will determine the amount granted during the assessment process.

At Optus we support two types of non-profit organisations - organisations with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status and organisations without DGR status.

All funded projects must address at least one of the selection criteria below:

  • Education and Employment: This selection criterion funds projects which help to improve education outcomes. Projects funded will aim to close education gaps, help kids stay engaged in school and remove barriers to completing education or training. These projects may help young people with future career options and transitions to employment.
  • Inclusion and Wellbeing: This selection criterion funds projects which help to improve young people’s mental wellbeing and health. This selection criterion may include opportunities and accessibility for isolated and remote areas to ensure they have access to services.
  • Access to technology: This selection criterion funds projects for young people who, due to disadvantage, don’t have access to technology. Projects may focus on delivery of technology that enables or improves access.

For more information

Website: Optus Community Grants

National Science Week Grants

Applications Close: 23 October 2014

National Science Week aims to reach as many Australians as possible each year with a positive message about the impact that science has on our lives, our economy, our society and our world.


Australian Government funding is available on a competitive basis from the Inspiring Australia program for National Science Week projects. Funds of $500 000 are available for National Science Week grants in 2015.

The National Science Week Grants Program has the following objectives:

  • to provide funding to enable implementation of eligible and meritorious high profile projects in all states and territories;
  • to support projects that stimulate and leverage further contributions by organisations across Australia
  • to support projects which target new and under-served audiences; and
  • to engage Indigenous Australians in National Science Week activities.

In assessing the merits of all projects, the National Science Week Grants Committee will have regard to ensuring what, in its view, will constitute an adequate national spread of funded project activities across all States and Territories.

For more information:
Website: Department of Industry
Phone: 02 6270 2880

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