Regional Development Australia Murray FYI Grants
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December 2015
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:

Murray-Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Program - Round 2


The Murray Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Program is a $32.5 million allocation of funding from the Australian Government to assist economic development projects that support the economic base of New South Wales regional communities that are most likely to be affected by the implementation of the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

Two streams of funding will be available to eligible applicants for projects in the NSW portion of the Murray-Darling Basin.
The two streams are:

Eligibility requirements
Eligible applicants include local councils, NSW Government agencies, businesses and not-for-profit organisations.

Eligible projects need to be sustainable and increase the economic output of local and regional economies and involve, where possible, the development of sustainable partnerships with government, the private sector or the not-for-profit community to support joint investment in regional communities.

Each application for assistance will be assessed with regard to the program criteria, and the project's potential to diversify and broaden the economic base of communities likely to be impacted by the implementation of the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

All projects need to be completed and all funding claimed by 30 June 2017.

Eligible applicants may apply for funding under both streams. Where an applicant is seeking funding from both streams, an application form must be completed and submitted for each.

Applications / Guidelines

Application method: Online
NSW Department of Industry

Contact details:
Regional Business Investment Fund – applicants are encouraged to discuss their project with their local Business Development Manager before they submit their application:
Albury - 02 6051 7722
Tamworth - 02 6766 1360
Dubbo - 02 6883 3100
Wagga Wagga - 02 6933 7100
Orange - 02 6360 8400
Energise Enterprise Fund – please call the Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner on 1300 650 058.

Unity Grants

Applications close: 8 January 2016

Unity Grants bring culturally diverse communities together to promote social cohesion and harmony. Each year Multicultural NSW establishes a list of priority areas for Unity Grants. Projects applying for a Unity Grant must address one of the established priority areas.


The priority areas for 2015/16 are:

  • combat racism and build networks and relationships between culturally diverse communities including projects to build relationships between Aboriginal and multicultural communities
  • build intergenerational understanding in culturally diverse communities
  • build interfaith and intercultural understanding in culturally diverse communities
  • assist SHEV (Safe Haven Enterprise Visas) and TPV (Temporary Protection Visa) holders pathways into employment and community participation
  • identify and address barriers faced by culturally diverse youth including barriers based on race and other grounds
  • protected under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977
  • promote the innovative use of social media to address issues pertaining to harmony and social cohesion

Who Can Apply
The following organisations are eligible to apply for a Unity Grant:

  • Non-profit sharing community organisations
  • Local Councils in partnership with non-profit sharing community organisations

Eligibility Criteria
A successful Unity Grant must:

  • be located within NSW
  • address one of the priority areas nominated by Multicultural NSW
  • demonstrate how the project will benefit intercultural understanding and engagement
  • demonstrate how the project will measure outcomes
  • be cost effective and viable with an accurate budget
  • be completed within 12 months of application
  • have clearly defined project outcomes including a tangible measurement for outcome evaluation
Applications / Guidelines

Application method: Email, Mail
Unity Grants

Celebration Grants

Applications close: 8 January 2016

Each year the NSW calendar is filled with events that celebrate our cultural diversity. Festivals and events bring communities together; showcase the benefits of cultural diversity, promoting social cohesion and community harmony. Celebration Grants provide support funding for these events.


Grants are awarded on merit following a rigorous assessment process. Both successful and unsuccessful grants will be notified in writing. Please allow a minimum of two months for grant processing.

If a grant is awarded, the Multicultural NSW Grants Program Terms and Conditions will apply to the grant. You must review those terms and conditions and declare in your application where indicated below, that you have read and understood those terms and conditions, acknowledge that an agreement based on those terms and conditions will apply to the grant and if awarded a grant, agree to comply with those terms and conditions in acquitting the grant.

Eligibility Criteria
Celebration Grants must:

  • be located within NSW
  • be open to everyone
  • show how many people are likely to attend
  • have a marketing plan to attract people from culturally diverse backgrounds
  • demonstrate how the project will benefit intercultural understanding and engagement
  • demonstrate how the project will measure outcomes
  • be cost effective and viable with an accurate budget

The following organisations are eligible to apply for a Celebration Grant:

  • Non-profit sharing community organisations
  • Local Councils

Excluded Activities
The following activities are excluded from receiving funding through a Celebration Grant:

  • party political activities
  • celebration of national or independence days with the exception of key Australian days including Anzac Day, Australia Day, Clean up Australia Day and NAIDOC day
  • religious festivals, rituals,events or promotions, except multi-faith events which involve people from more than one religion
  • projects funded under other State or Commonwealth grant programs
  • building works (including maintenance) and equipment purchases
  • commercial or fundraising activities
  • media projects
  • events and festivals charging admission
  • beauty pageants.
 Applications / Guidelines

Application method: Mail, Email
Celebration Grants

Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups

Applications close: 2 February 2016

Our Arts Projects program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences.


For 2016, the closing dates are at midnight on the:

  • 2 February 2016, for projects starting after 1 May 2016
  • 7 June 2016, for projects starting after 1 September 2016
  • 4 October 2016, for projects starting after 1 January 2017

Technical support will not be available after 5pm on the closing day.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date.


Who can apply

If you are applying as an individual or group, you must be a practicing artist or arts worker and an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident.  

Applications for funding to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander panel must come from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals or groups.

Who can’t apply

You can’t apply for a grant if:

  • You received a grant, or administered a grant, from the Australia Council in the past and that grant has not been satisfactorily acquitted.
  • You owe money to the Australia Council.

What can be applied for

We fund a range of activities, for example:

  • the creation of new work
  • practice based research
  • creative development
  • experimentation
  • collaborations
  • touring
  • festivals
  • productions
  • exhibitions
  • performances
  • publishing
  • recording
  • promotion and marketing
  • market development activity

What can’t be applied for

You can’t apply for the following activity:

  • Projects or activities that do not involve or benefit practicing artists or arts workers
  • Projects or activities that do not have a clearly defined arts component
  • Projects that have already taken place
Applications / Guidelines

Application method: Online
Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups
Address: PO Box 788 Strawberry Hills NSW 2012
Phone: 1800 226 912

Aussie Farmers Foundation Grants

Applications close: 28 February 2016

Aussie Farmers Foundation aims to support initiative which will make a difference to the health and wellbeing of Australian rural and regional communities.


Grants are available to organisations working in rural and regional Australia on one or more of the nominated focus areas:

  • Economic wellbeing of farms and farming families
  • Disaster relief for farming communities including drought
  • Kids health & healthy eating including food provenance awareness
  • Food waste and food security
  • Mental health for farming communities.

Funding can be sought for following states only (VIC, NSW/ACT, QLD, SA, WA), or for national programs.

The Foundation considers the following when assessing applications for rural and regional communities: 

  • Supports groups that are collaborating in search of solutions to problems. These collaborations may be with agencies or groups within a particular field of work, or with agencies or groups that bring essential complementary skills to a project.
  • The Foundation considers the communication and dissemination of results to be important where such dissemination influences adoption of enhanced practices, stimulates new approaches, or signals that alternatives may be more useful.
  • Where projects are outside the scope of the allocated funding range, the Foundation welcomes partnership opportunities and encourages grantees to seek partnerships where there are shared values and aspirations across Australia.
  • Collaboration between groups who are searching to solve complex problems and issues particularly is encouraged and demonstration of need outlined, exhibited in research, would be sought.
  • The Foundation supports innovative solutions to solve issues.
  • It has some interest in funding post-project evaluation, and then usually only when projects have been initiated with the support of the Foundation.

How much can I apply for?

  • The Aussie Farmers Foundation will not consider applications for funding of less than $5,000
  • State based programs; grants are typically in the range of $5,000 - $30,000 per annum.
  • National programs are in the range of $20,000 - $50,000 per annum.

Aussie Farmers Foundation can only consider applications from organisations that have:

  • Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Item 1 + Tax Concession Charity (TCC) Status
  • An ABN (Australian Business Number).

Applications / Guidelines
Application method: Email
Website: Aussie Farmers Foundation Grants


Aboriginal Benefits Foundation Grants

Applications Ongoing

The Foundation provides grants to Aboriginal communities and individuals to support projects which advance the aims of the Foundation.


In view of the limited resources available to the Foundation, priority for funding is being given to the following categories:

  1. Seeding grants:
    • to research the relevance and value of new projects that may be ineligible for support from existing agencies
    • to facilitate schemes or projects of benefit to Aboriginal health, welfare or education which have potential for wider application.
  2. One-off grants in support of:
    • health and well being of artists and their families
    • education through art projects which will benefit health and well being
    • individuals and communities, with a connection to Aboriginal art and/or artists, to meet special needs

Grant applications are considered by the Board of the Foundation at each directors meeting. The Board currently meets approximately 6 - 8 times each year.

In extreme and special circumstances the Board may allocate funds outside these guidelines.

Applications / Guidelines
Application methods: Mail
Aboriginal Benefits Foundation Grants

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