Regional Development Australia Murray FYI Grants
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September 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:

Rural Education Australia Program - REAPing Rewards

Applications close: 21 September 2015

The Rural Education Australia Program (REAPing Rewards) provides grants up to $10,000 to not-for-profit community groups, early childhood service providers, and primary and secondary school community support committees, for locally driven projects and programs that directly enhance the educational outcomes for children and students (0-18 years) in remote, rural and regional communities.


The program can assist community based not-for-profit organisations and educators to support education in remote, rural and regional communities through the provision of quality, positive educational experiences in the early childhood, primary and secondary years, including:

  • Community based Early Childhood Service Providers such as playgroups, kindergartens, preschools, day care / family care centres, toy libraries;
  • Primary Schools and Secondary Schools, community based support committees such as Parent & Citizens Committees, after school care programs, and homework Programs;
  • Not-for-profit community group projects and activities that directly support education providers and students..

To be eligible, projects must offer a clear public benefit, be for a charitable purpose and clearly address an identified educational need.

  • Organisations should have an ABN or be incorporated;
  • Applications from communities with a population of 15,000 or less will receive priority;
  • Organisations demonstrating community and school partnerships will be preferred to multiple applications from one community;
  • Projects and activities should have clearly defined educational objectives and timeframes, be community driven, show creativity and innovation, and where possible, include a financial and / or in-kind co-contribution.

What can be funded?
Projects and activities that directly support early childhood, primary and secondary education outcomes for students in remote, rural and regional Australian communities through:

  • Reducing the barriers to education in remote, rural and regional communities by supporting effective, learning environments and opportunities;
  • Fostering a positive attitude to learning in students;
  • Enhancing the resources and facilities available to early childhood service providers;
  • Building local capacity for community groups and schools to develop or expand programs and activities to enhance learning outcomes and opportunities;
  • Encouraging collaborative partnerships between education providers, community, not-for-profit organisations and philanthropy in remote, rural and regional communities;
  • Supporting the innovative delivery of quality programs such as school readiness / transitions, student engagement, leadership and retention programs, work readiness, and supporting student resilience and social and emotional health and wellbeing;
  • Programs that provide balanced nutritious meals for disadvantaged students, such as breakfast programs or lunch clubs.

Note: Travel and accommodation costs may be considered, particularly for applications from remote areas.
What can’t be funded?

  • Programs, buildings or equipment that are considered to be the responsibility of Government;
  • Business as usual operational and administration costs;
  • Ongoing wages;
  • Playgrounds and shade structures for Primary and Secondary Schools;
  • Conference attendance without a knowledge exchange plan outlining how knowledge will be shared with others;
  • Adult education;
  • Previous FRRR grant recipients who have not completed final report requirements.

Note: 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 a benefit to the wider community.

Applications / Guidelines

Application method: Email, Mail
Website: REAPing rewards


Small Grants for Rural Communities

Applications close: 5 October 2015

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 February 2016 to February 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.
 Applications / Guidelines

Application method: Mail, Email
Website: Small Grants for rural communities


Quick Response Grants

Applications ongoing

To provide a small grants program for regional artists, arts organisations and communities to respond to unique arts opportunities that present themselves at very short notice.


Grants of up to $1500 are available to assist projects in any artform to:

  • support professional development opportunities for artist and artsworkers involved in community programs that will increase their knowledge, skills and experience
  • support skills and or arts development for individuals and groups in regional communities through the employment of arts and cultural workers to conduct workshops seminars and forums.

IMPORTANT: Funding is primarily available for artist fees and associated costs.

There is no deadline or closing date however there is a limited number of grants of up to $1,500 available. The funds are allocated quarterly and once each quarter's allocation is expended, funds will not be available until the following quarter. Applicants MUST contact the Funding Manager prior to submitting their application to discuss their proposal and check there are funds available.


You are eligible for a Quick Response Grant if:

  • you are a not for profit, incorporated community group or local government authority based in regional NSW; or
  • you are a regionally-based individual artist or arts worker with demonstrated experience delivering community programs / projects; or
  • you are a group/ensemble, unincorporated association with a nominated auspicing body.

Applications for Quick Response Grant funding will be ineligible if:

  • ongoing core administration or infrastructure costs
  • heritage activities, however arts projects located at a heritage building or site are eligible
  • ongoing activities of collecting institutions for collection development, maintenance, conservation and interpretation, including training and or professional development
  • performance or public entertainment
  • performance or exhibitions touring from major urban centres to regional, remote or very remote / isolated communities
  • festival activities funded by Festivals Australia
  • core costs of organising and running a competition, prizes, awards or fund-raising events or projects
  • normal curricula-based activities in schools or tertiary institutions
  • projects that have already commenced or are completed
  • programs and/or projects that are outside the geographic area designated as rural and regional by the Australian Government, and located in regional cities exceeding a population of 100,000
  • you have outstanding acquittals from previous grants from the Regional Arts Fund, Quick Response Grant or any other Australian Government funding program
  • you have already received a Quick Response Grant in the current financial year (1 July to 30 June)
Applications / Guidelines

Application method: Mail
Quick Response Grants

Sponsorship Grants

Applications ongoing

The purpose of the Sponsorship Grants category is to support events and activities that foster community cohesion and promote the benefits of a multicultural society. It provides public support by the New South Wales Government to multiculturalism and the value of cultural diversity.


The sponsorship fund provided by the Commission is a nominal amount, typically in the order of $1,000 to $2,000, to indicate support of the activity by the Commission. It is not provided to facilitate the financial viability of the event.

The Commission will accept applications for Sponsorship Grants all year round for consideration and approval at its monthly meetings. It will also introduce a risk management approach to grants of $1,000 or less aimed at making the auditing and administrative requirements more efficient and cost effective for both the recipient and the Commission.


Projects supported under this category are:

  • the hosting of seminars and conferences
  • multicultural, inter-community and inter-faith forums
  • local festivals and major cultural events such as exhibitions and concerts
  • teaching craft skills to target groups from culturally diverse backgrounds.

To be eligible for funding under the Sponsorship Grants, the following criteria must be met:

  • An organisation must be a non-profit sharing community organisation that is one of the following:
    • an association under the Associations Incorporation Act 2009
    • a co-operative society under the Co-operatives Act 1992
    • a company limited by guarantee under the Corporations Act 2001
    • an organisation registered as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR)
    • established by legislation
  • The structure of an incorporated organisation provides accountability for grant money and for managing the project to achieve planned outcomes or goals. Local Councils may be considered for Sponsorship grants.
  • The event must be conducted or located within New South Wales.
  • The event must directly fulfil the objectives of the Commission, and specifically:
    • promote a cohesive and harmonious multicultural society
    • promote the benefits for cultural diversity to all sections of society
    • promote the Principles of Multiculturalism and the advantage of a multicultural society
  • The application must clearly indicate the date of the event.
  • The application must show a realistic budget for the event.
    Note: the Commission may not grant the full amount requested, in which case the applicant may be funded for a specific component of the budget.
  • The organisation must have acquitted previous grants received from the Commission which were due for acquittal.

Applications / Guidelines
Application method: Mail, Email, Fax
Website: Sponsorship Grants

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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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