Grants Update

27 May

Jobkeeper: Enrolment Deadline 31 May

The JobKeeper Payment is designed to help businesses significantly impacted by the coronavirus outbreak cover the costs of their employees’ wages, so that more employees can retain their job and continue to earn an income. This assistance will help businesses to keep people in their jobs and re-start when the crisis is over. For employees, this means they can keep their job and earn an income – even if their hours have been cut.

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Small Business COVID-19 Support Grant

To ease the pressure on thousands of small businesses that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the NSW Government has announced a COVID-19 Small Business Support Grant as part of the NSW Government Small Business Support Fund.

If your small business or non-profit organisation has experienced a significant decline in revenue as a result of COVID-19, you may be eligible for the small business support grant of up to $10,000.

Applications close 1 June, 2020

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 Extended Support for Drought Affected Communities:

The NSW Government has announced a further $310 million in emergency drought relief in recognition of the on-going drought conditions in regional NSW. Extended support for drought affected communities and farmers includes;

  • $116 million to continue the Drought Transport subsidy
  • $99 million to continue waiving of Local Land Services rates, bee site permits, Western Lands lease rent, wild dog fence rates and provide assistance for vehicle registration costs for eligible primary producers
  • 5 million to continue existing water licence fee waivers for stock, domestic, general and high security water users
  • Continuation of health and wellbeing programs, including the Farmgate Counsellors program, Aboriginal wellbeing services and Royal Flying Doctors Far West Drought Support programs.

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Public Interest News Gathering Program

The Australian Government has announced a total of $50 million (GST exclusive) in grants to support the provision of public interest journalism in regional Australia.

The program aims to support regional broadcasters and publishers to maintain their production and distribution of public interest journalism in regional Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic phase.

The program will provide direct support to local and regional journalism, which has never been more important than in recent times when communities across Australia need access to trusted sources of news and information.

Applications close: 29 May

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The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG)

This grant reimburses expenses incurred for export promotional activities to existing and potential Australian exporters, and may include:

  • overseas representation expenses
  • marketing consultant expenses
  • free samples expenses
  • trade fairs, seminars, in-store promotions expenses
  • promotional literature and advertising expenses
  • overseas buyers expenses
  • registration and/or insurance of eligible intellectual property expenses

Funding is provided to compensate eligible export businesses up to 50% of their promotional expenses above $5000, up to a maximum of $150,000, provided total eligible expenses incurred amount to at least $15,000.

Each successful applicant may be entitled for up to eight consecutive grants.

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Creative Kids Digital Small Business Grant Program

This program supports small businesses or non-profit organisations that are Creative Kids Providers, and directly affected by the COVID-19 emergency, launch or expand their digital programs. Providers can apply for up to $5,000 for project expenses, including equipment, to support digital and online skills development and the delivery of online arts and cultural program/s for which Creative Kids vouchers are accepted.

Applications close: Friday 6 November 2020 (or before this date if funds are expended).

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Tackling Tough Times Together – Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Grants to assist communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought are currently available through the Tackling Tough Times together Program. Not-for-Profit community-based organisations are invited to apply for grants of up to $60,000. Rolling grants program, Current funding round closes May 28 and will be assessed late August 2020.

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Community building partnership

Applications for the 2020 round of the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership grant are now open. The grant supports infrastructure projects that deliver positive social, environmental and recreational outcomes, while promoting community participation, inclusion and cohesion. Incorporated not-for-proft community organisations and local councils are eligible to apply for grants of between $2500 and $300,000.

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Carers Week Grants

 This year, National Carers Week will be held from 11-17 October 2020.

Grants of up to $300 are available to help carer support groups and organisations across NSW put on an activity or event, online or in person, to acknowledge family and friend carers in their local community.

While it is hoped that events and activities may be able to go ahead by October 2020, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, funding will be provided to support and celebrate carers through a range of approaches including events or activities either online or in person.

While it would be ideal to run events around the time of National Carers Week, to allow flexibility, this year events and activities may be run at a later date if necessary, with the funding to be spent by June 2021.

Applications close: 22 June 2020

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Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants Program : Grant Recipients Announced

The Minister for Agriculture, The Hon. David Littleproud MP, has announced the successful applicants for the Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants Program.

RDA Central West is thrilled to see the Central West region is well represented among the 32 successful grant recipients, with the Condobolin Show, the Cowra Show, the Parkes Show, the Tullamore Show, the Woodstock Memorial Show and the Bedgerebong Show due to receive funding that will help keep their agricultural shows running and invigorate their local communities.

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Nearly $2M granted to drought-affected communities through FRRR’s Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) program

Fifty-eight community-led projects that help drought-affected rural, regional and remote Australian communities are sharing in nearly $2 million in grants, through the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal’s (FRRR) Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) program.

Congratulations to the Central West communities of Condobolin, Greenthorpe, Canowindra and Molong who, thanks to the TTTT program, will now receive funds to support capacity building, long-term resilience and recovery from the  ongoing effects of the drought.

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Further Information on Commonwealth Government COVID – 19 Supports


Further Information on NSW Government COVID–19 Supports