|Grants & Funding NSW Government
|Find a government initiative, grant or funding program to help support your business, your project or your community.
|Strengthening Rural Communities - Small & Vital
The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) Small & Vital stream gives small remote, rural and regional communities across Australia the opportunity to access funds for a broad range of initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities.
Grants up to $10,000 are available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities that strengthen local people, places and climate solutions, with a preference for smaller communities (populations under 15,000).
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly.
|Westpac Youth Impact Challenge
The Westpac Youth Impact Challenge is a nationwide initiative open to all Australian students aged 7 to 21. The Challenge aims to help students solve problems in their local communities. To take part in the Challenge, participants must identify a local problem and brainstorm an innovative business or social change idea to solve it. Participants can choose to work individually, or in a group of up to 3.
Selected winners will receive an Exclusive Prize Pack which will include a Microsoft Surface laptop from partner Microsoft, a 12-month Membership to ‘The Academy’ by the Australian School of Entrepreneurship which will provide them with access to eLearning content, resources and exclusive members perks and discounts, a Spill the Beans Pitch Opportunity, access to financial education mentoring support for your business or social change idea from Westpac’s Davidson Institute and an invitation to their Young Entrepreneurs Advisory Council and an opportunity to pitch at the final Challenge event!
|Variety - the Children's Charity: Community Grant
|Variety NSW/ACT promotes inclusivity for all Australian children. Schools and NFP organisations are invited to apply for a grant up to $10,000 to purchase equipment that will promote access and inclusivity in the community for children aged 0-18 years, living with financial disadvantage, geographic isolation and/or a disability or chronic illness. Applications are accepted all year round. Once submitted, your application will be pre-assessed by the Kids Support Team to make sure it meets criteria. If eligible, it will then go to the Grants Committee for a final decision.
|29 February 2024
|Community Health Grants
The Community Health grants are for the provision of health care services to those not necessarily cared for in the private or public system, particularly the special needs of senior citizens. To include promotion of a healthy lifestyle, eating well and assistance in recovery from illness. There are two Funding Rounds per Program per calendar year. There may be emergency and disaster funding made available at varying times. Funding applications are taken at two levels:
Expression of Interest - All enquiries for funding must follow this step first. Providing this basic level of information will assist the Directors to determine whether further information is required. Generally, an Expression of Interest will be sufficient for Grassroots Grants – up to $25,000. Significant Grants are those $25,000 and over and will require completion of a Formal Application when requested.
Formal Application - The Directors will call for a Formal Application where they believe you have met the Foundation’s objectives through your expression of interest and your request is for a Significant Grant.
|1 March 2024
|Active Australia Innovation Challenge
|The Heart Foundation has grants up to the value of $50,000 for new, innovative programs that get more people moving in schools, universities or local community groups. The Active Australia Innovation Challenge is intended to support people who do not meet Australia’s Physical Activity Guidelines, are at risk of chronic disease and live in communities with high levels of physical inactivity, including rural and remote regions. This grant is intended to provide funding to kick-start a project or to provide seed funding in support of a larger project. Should the project be for the latter, supporting documentation will need to be provided to confirm funding has already been sought to fulfil the project implementation. The Heart Foundation strongly encourages innovative projects that support people: identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander; with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; living with a disability; living in rural and remote regions.
|3 March 2024
|CSU Community University Partnership Grant Program
The Charles Sturt University (Charles Sturt) Community University Partnerships (CUP) Grants are small grants (up to $1,000) that the University awards to support regional programs. University awards grants to support regional programs with a focus on the following areas:
- Arts and Culture: Includes the support of artists in residence, art shows, musical education, talks and lectures, and any related activities that encourage engagement in artistic endeavours.
- Health and Wellbeing: Includes the projects which enhance and promote healthy lifestyles, support mental health and general wellbeing.
- Sports Development: Includes projects that support registered community and sporting organisations to assist sports teams to attend regional, national or other one-off events; assist community sporting groups to host regional, national or other one-off events in Charles Sturt University campus regions; assist with costs associated with volunteer training or to provide equipment.
- Education Development: Includes projects which assist schools and not-for-profit early childhood centres in Charles Sturt University’s rural and regional campus footprint to acquire equipment or consumables that facilitate student learning and engagement with their schooling in rural and regional areas.
- Environmental Sustainability: Includes projects which support initiatives that align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Charles Sturt University’s adopted definition of sustainability (see below) to improve the environmental and social sustainability of Charles Sturt’s regional communities.
|3 March 2024
|Premier's Anzac Memorial Scholarship (PAMS)
|The Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship gives NSW Year 10 and 11 History students the opportunity to travel on a 2-week study tour to develop their knowledge and understanding of the history of Australians at war. In 2024, the PAMS study tour will take place in the Terms 3 school holidays (30 September to 10 October 2024).
|6 March 2024
|The National Trust Heritage Awards
The National Trust Heritage Awards are the signature event of the Australian Heritage Festival and are now in their 27th year of recognising heritage projects in the following categories: Aboriginal; Architecture; Advocacy; Built Conservation; Interiors and Objects; Landscape; Education and Interpretation; Events, Exhibitions and Tours; Resources and Publications.
|12 March 2024
|Indigenous Languages and Arts Program (ILA)
|The Indigenous Languages and Arts (ILA) program invests around $30 million per annum to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians to express, preserve and maintain their cultures through languages and arts activities around Australia. The ILA program supports community-based activities that deliver discrete one-off Indigenous languages and/or arts projects with clearly articulated outcomes that align with ILA program objectives.
|14 March 2024
|SSI Home Care Community Fund Grants
| SSI is a national not-for-profit organisation providing dedicated human and social services to a diverse Australia. They currently have a grant funding opportunity open that is perfect for grass-roots community groups and organisations. The Home Care Community Fund Grants are grants of up to $5,000 for community groups to deliver events and activities that focus on ageing, careers, health, or community.
|18 March 2024
| Local Heroes
Westfield Local Heroes is a recognition and awards program that shines the spotlight on individuals in Australia and New Zealand who make a positive impact to their local community or environment. Community members nominate their heroes and we select three finalists for each Westfield Centre to go through to the community vote. The successful hero for each of the 42 Westfield centres is awarded a $20,000 grant for the organisation or group they represent, and each finalist receives a $5,000 grant for their organisation or group.
Selection panels are looking for individuals who are positive role models who are respected and trusted in the community. Use your own words to describe your nominee so we get to know them through your eyes. Their work must positively impact the community or environment of a Westfield centre. They must represent an organisation or group, and the grant must be spent in a way that benefits the local community or environment of a Westfield centre.
|18 March 2024
|NSW Justice Reinvestment Grant Program
The NSW Justice Reinvestment Grant Program has been created to provide funding to Aboriginal communities in NSW to do Justice Reinvestment work. Up to $7.5 million (excluding GST) in funding is available across three years from June 2024 to June 2027. Funding can be used by Aboriginal organisations to: create or support community governance and consultation; investigate issues, including by using data, research or through local community meetings; develop a plan for change, including specific programs and/or options for reform; implement or pilot options or programs already developed by the community to address identified issues.
The Grant Program is seeking interest from Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCO’s), including both organisations with existing Justice Reinvestment initiatives and those interested in trying Justice Reinvestment. Priority will be given to three-year proposals from Aboriginal community-controlled organisations (ACCOs).
|18 March 2024
|Festivals Australia Program
Festivals Australia provides funding to support individual art projects in regional or remote locations. Eligible projects take place at festivals, or significant one-off community events such as a town celebration or opening of a new community resource. Festivals Australia will:
- provide access to a diverse range of engaging, innovative arts projects that grow audiences at festivals across regional and remote Australia,
- support partnerships and collaboration across the arts sector, and
- encourage community participation in arts projects at regional and remote festivals.
Grant amount The Australian Government provides approximately $1.4 million each financial year for the Festivals Australia Program. There is no limit to the amount of funding that may be requested. However, the average funding request is around $40,000. Applicants should keep in mind that the Program supports projects that deliver strongly against the Program objectives in regional and remote areas. To be competitive, all applications for funding must include realistic budgets and represent value for money.
26 March 2024
|Helping Regional Communities Prepare for Drought Initiative - Small Networks Grants Stream 1 & 2
Small Network Grants aim to develop and deliver one-off events or initiatives to strengthen community capability to build drought preparedness. The Small Network Grants will fund networks, community events, training initiatives, community infrastructure, development and learning initiatives that assist local people and communities to strengthen social capital and capability to prepare for future droughts. Projects may include:
- Networks: Initiatives to strengthen the capacity, capability and coordination of professional, social or community networks.
- Community Events: Field days, conferences, forums, summits and seminars that facilitate professional, social and community connection to build understanding of drought and climate change associated risks.
- Training: Initiatives to improve skills and capacity in community risk management, planning and project delivery in relation to drought.
- Community Infrastructure: Small scale community infrastructure projects to improve connectedness, wellbeing and facilities.
- Development and Learning: Initiatives to facilitate professional, personal and leadership related development and learning to support drought preparation.
Opens 27 February 2024
Closes 27 March 2024
|Telstra's Connected Communities Grant Program
In 2023 Telstra announced the Connected Communities Grant Program, supporting Australia’s remote, rural, and regional communities with $600,000 to foster inclusion and resilience over three years. In partnership with the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal, grants of up to $10,000 are available to not-for-profits to help them build resilient, sustainable, and liveable communities. The program has three themes:
- Resilient communities that are well prepared and socially connected, with the ability to renew and recover together when disaster strikes;
- Sustainable communities that are diverse and inclusive, through planning for the health, wellbeing and prosperity of their people and planet;
- Liveable communities that have digital capability, helping to equip people with the skills to live, learn and work in a digital society. Funds will be available for new or existing not-for-profit programs to help them scale their impact to help more Australians in rural and regional areas become better connected.
This round will make $200,000 available for applications of up to $10,000 each. Successful grants will be announced in June 2024 and successful applicants will have 12 months to complete funded projects.
|31 March 2024
|Volunteer Museum Small Grants
|The Volunteer Museum Grant Program provides assistance to volunteer-initiated community museums and Aboriginal keeping places in NSW. Small Grants aim to meet the short-term, collection-based requirements of community museums and Aboriginal keeping places. There are no set categories for funding, and applications for a broad range of projects will be considered. The maximum amount that can be applied for under the program is: $2,000 (GST, exclusive) All Volunteer Museum Grants are awarded free of GST. If the applicant is registered for GST M&G NSW will pay that component.
|7 April 2024
|Aboriginal Languages Revival Program
The program aims to promote and raise awareness of Aboriginal languages in communities across NSW, consistent with the objectives of the Aboriginal Languages Act 2017 (NSW). The Aboriginal Languages Revival Program seeks to achieve the following objectives:
- Support local Aboriginal Communities to develop and establish new and emerging Aboriginal Language activities that benefit Aboriginal Communities.
- Develop new resources to support Aboriginal Language growth and nurturing.
- Promote wider use and appreciation of Aboriginal activities.
- Support Aboriginal communities to lead Aboriginal language growth and nurturing.
- Aligns with the objectives and functions of the Aboriginal Languages Act 2017 (NSW).
Opens 4 March 2024
Closes 12 April 2024
|NAIDOC Grants Program
|The theme for NAIDOC Week in 2024 is Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud and Proud. Applicants can apply for grants of $500 to $3,000 (excluding GST) for the hosting of activities and events during NAIDOC Week that celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements, and align with the theme of NAIDOC Week in 2024. Events and activities must be held between 7 July 2024 and 30 November 2024.
|10 May 2024
|Qantas Regional Grants
Qantas is offering $2 million in support to Australian-based communities and projects that are looking to benefit Australia's regional areas. There is no maximum or minimum allocation – this is entirely at the discretion of the panel. The $2 million is divided between marketing support ($750,000) and flights and cash ($1,250,000).
Examples of eligible applicants:
- A teacher applying for funds to create a playground at the local school.
- A sporting club looking for flight funding to support a domestic trip to a competitive competition.
- An event organiser applying to promote their event to a broader audience in collaboration with Qantas.
- A charity looking to expand their program into regional areas (eg breast cancer trucks visiting regional towns).
Opens 13 March 2024
Closes 29 May 2024
|Heywire Youth Innovation Grants
The FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grant program helps communities take action on ideas generated by young Australians on issues that matter to remote, rural and regional youth. The Heywire Project Ideas are developed annually at the Heywire Youth Summit in Canberra. Grants of up to $10,000 are available for communities to act on these issues by either adopting or adapting the project ideas.That might include implementing the idea as developed by the Heywire Youth or by adapting it to respond to the issue the project idea seeks to address with an initiative that meets the needs of young people in your community. Through these grants, this program aims to: Make remote, rural and regional Australia a better place to grow up for young Australians;Put young people at the centre of decision making about issues affecting them within their community; Strengthen young people’s connections to their community, by providing an avenue for organisations to engage well with youth. The Heywire Youth Summit provides an opportunity for youth from across Australia to collectively identify issues that have impacted them growing up in remote, rural and regional Australia, and then develop project ideas that address these issues.
The 2024 Heywire issues impacting young Australians are:
- Bussin’: How might we create more accessible transport options for young people in regional and rural communities
- MEE (Mentoring Educating Empowering): How might we close the gap in accessing quality education for young people in regional, rural and remote communities
- A Place for You: How might we improve accessibility to mental health services in remote and regional areas of Australia
- The Bigger Picture: How can we empower young people in regional towns to celebrate their differences and foster connection among themselves
- Safe Sphere: How might we ensure that young people in regional and remote communities receive relevant and comprehensive sexual education
- Youth 2 Grassroots: How might we promote a stronger connection between individuals and their land by fostering a culture of environmental protection and stewardship
Grants of up to $10,000 are available for communities to act on these issues by either adopting or adapting one of these six project ideas. The 2024 Heywire winners came up with some innovative ideas to address these issues. If you need inspiration on how you might adapt the idea to address these issues within your community, you can apply for a Heywire grant to fund the initiative.
|7 June 2024
|Fair - Community Wellbeing Fund
The Ian Potter Foundation's Community Wellbeing program seeks to fund initiatives delivered by organisations supporting people with disabilities, or otherwise marginalised individuals primarily with the objective to secure employment pathways. The Foundation seeks to identify and support those organisations which have well thought out projects that seek to help vulnerable members of the community to overcome the challenging circumstances in which they find themselves.
The Foundation’s support extends both to organisations that have demonstrated success and to those seeking to make well-considered innovations. The Foundation favours programs that are preventative in nature and seek to address the root causes of disadvantage.
Funding objective: To improve circumstances for disadvantaged members of the community, this program area funds initiatives delivered by organisations supporting people with disabilities, or otherwise marginalised individuals primarily with the objective to secure employment pathways. Organisations of any size are encouraged to apply. The Foundation only considers grant applications for multi-year grants for a minimum of $100,000. The Foundation particularly encourages applications in high-need areas that have a strong volunteer component and/or a volunteer Board that is a representative cross-section of the community. You must speak to the Program Manager to discuss your proposal prior to submitting an Expression of Interest.
|30 June 2024
|Small Grants Program - Aboriginal Languages Trust
The Aboriginal Languages Trust Small Grants Program provides open and non-competitive grants between $500 to $15,000 to support Language activities by NSW Aboriginal not for profit Community organisations, groups, and Aboriginal sole traders.
Funding can be used for projects that meet the objectives identified under the ALT strategic plan: Community driven Language activities that support the growth and use of Aboriginal Language in that Community; Strengthening Aboriginal Community participation in Language activity; Support for Aboriginal People and Communities preparing resources for Language programs; Meeting Language training and development costs of Aboriginal Community organisations and groups; Purchase of minor equipment or services to deliver Language programs to Aboriginal Communities.
|31 July 2024
|Forbes Shire Council Community Funding Program
This program provides financial and in-kind support to encourage and assist community groups and organisations to make a positive and ongoing contribution to the community’s wellbeing, cultural life and environmental sustainability.
Each financial year there will be a maximum of $100,000 available for projects that will assist organisations to make a positive and ongoing contribution to the community’s wellbeing, cultural life, economic development and environmental sustainability. $50,000 will be available in each of two assessment rounds, with funding available for projects in four categories:
- Culture and the Arts;
- Sport and Recreation;
- Community Services;
- Rural Village Enhancement
Each of the four categories will have a total of $25,000 available annually, with unspent funds from the September assessment round rolling over into the following round. Unspent funds will not roll over into a new financial year.
Eligible community groups and organisations can apply for up to $5,000 per project for: Funding Assistance: direct cash contribution towards undertaking a project or running an activity or event; In-Kind Assistance: contributions of physical Council resources (such as waiving of Council’s Fees and Charges, venue or plant hire and labour). The estimated cost of this in-kind assistance will be included in the funding allocation. Combination of funding assistance and in-kind assistance (with an estimated total of $5,000 or less).
For projects involving capital works (construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade, refurbishment or extension of existing infrastructure – eg. Installation of new fence, construction of new storage shed, painting of existing toilet block etc), applicants must be able to demonstrate at least 50% funding towards the project. This may take the form of a cash contribution and/or an in-kind contribution, such as the use of volunteers or resources donated from another source.