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Westpac Social Enterprise and Innovation Grant Program - Seed Grants

Applications close: 31 October 2013

Do you have an innovative social enterprise that needs start-up funding? Have you developed a feasible and robust business plan? Westpac Foundation’s Seed Grants are for organisations seeking funding to launch their social enterprise.

To be eligible for Seed funding, you:

  • Are an Australian based charity endorsed by the ATO with Item 1 DGR status (or auspiced)
  • Have developed a robust business plan that: (a) has been developed following a period of focusing, designing and testing the concept, (b) has been approved by the charity’s board and (c) is ready to be executed
  • Can define how the enterprise will lead to greater social outcomes and impact
  • Have projected financials over three to five years
  • Are requesting funds up to approximately $100,000.
For more information:
Address: Westpac Foundation - Westpac Place 275 Kent Street SYDNEY 2000 NSW
Phone: 1300 851 357

Applications - Ongoing.

The Regional Industries Investment Fund (RIIF) is a key element of the NSW Government's commitment to driving economic growth in regional New South Wales and enhancing the attractiveness of regional areas. The RIIF is administered by NSW Trade & Investment providing financial support for business investment, local infrastructure and economic development projects that result in or promote economic outcomes for the State.

Business investment projects
Support is available for investment projects that contribute to regional population growth through the creation of new jobs, or in special circumstances the retention of existing jobs in a regional location. The RIIF aims to encourage business growth by helping businesses overcome impediments to investment projects that will lead to the creation of new jobs in regional NSW.

Local infrastructure projects

Support is available for local infrastructure projects that are linked with employment generation investments and deliver industrial projects that have the potential to benefit more than one firm. The RIIF aims to address infrastructure barriers impeding business investment and job creation for specific projects in regional locations.  Assistance is directed toward offsetting the costs of specific critical infrastructure required for business establishment, expansion or relocation in regional NSW.

Economic development projects
Funding is available for projects that build capacity in local regional industries and/or have the potential to generate economic benefits such as employment, business or industry development/growth. This program does not provide assistance for community events or tourism initiatives. For applicants seeking funding for tourism projects, please visit: for details.

For further information on the Regional Industries Investment Fund, please contact your local NSW Trade & Investment office.

Contact Details

Phone: (02) 9338 6719

Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal - Rural Education Australia Program - REAPing Rewards

Applications close 18 October 2013.

The REAPing Rewards small grant program is a national program targeting education. It supports locally-driven projects and programs that directly benefit children and youth (0-18 years) and their educators in rural and remote communities. Grants are up to $10,000.

This program has been made possible by the generous support of partners: Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, Yulgilbar Foundation/Trust, the Ian Potter Foundation, Third Link, Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation and numerous individuals.

REAPing Rewards supports not-for-profit groups, such as community preschools, playgroups, community based Day Care, Primary and Secondary schools, community support committees (eg Parents & Friends Committees), and staff in delivering quality, positive educational experiences in the early childhood, primary and secondary years.

Applications are invited for innovative programs across a broad range of areas, including, but not limited to:

  • Literacy and numeracy
  • Student engagement, leadership and retention
  • Digital online learning/technology
  • Creative and performing arts
  • School readiness
  • Professional Development
  • School leadership and positive attitude to learning
  • Pathways to meaningful employment or further training
  • Communities in school/ parental learning programs

For more information
Phone :1800 170 020 (free call)
Address: FRRR REAPing Rewards Program, PO Box 41 Bendigo Vic 3552

Black Spot Program

Applications: Ongoing

Road crashes are a major cost to Australians every year. Black Spot projects target those road locations where crashes are occurring. By funding measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at dangerous locations, the program reduces the risk of crashes. Programs of this sort are very effective, saving the community many times the cost of the relatively minor road improvements that are implemented.
Widespread community consultation and participation is fundamental to this program, ensuring that local concerns are addressed.

States and territories play an important coordinating role. A Consultative Panel has been established in each state and territory. It consists of representatives drawn from community and road user groups, industry, Australian and local government and state road and transport agencies. The Panels provide comment to the Australian Government on nominations for Black Spot works.

More than 60 per cent of road deaths and a significant proportion of serious injuries occur outside metropolitan areas. In line with national road safety policy objectives, approximately 50 per cent of Black Spot funds in each state (other than Tasmania, ACT and the NT) are reserved for projects in non-metropolitan areas. This ensures that crash locations in rural areas are treated.

Community groups, motorist organisations, industry organisations, councils and individuals are invited to nominate Black Spot sites around Australia to be considered for treatment.

For more information:
Contact Department of Transport and Regional Services
Phone: (02) 6274 7111

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