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Grants for National Science Week 2020 – CLOSING soon

A reminder that the $500,000 national ‘Inspiring Australia’ grant round to support ‘National Science Week’ events in 2020 CLOSES this month at 5pm on Wednesday 30 October.

Science Week will run from 15-23 August next year and seeks to inspire wide community participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Local organisations wishing to present science engagement activities are encouraged to apply.

For further information about the grant and who is eligible to apply, click here.

Great grant opportunity to upgrade our Ag Shows

We all know how important the region’s many Agricultural Shows are to our local Central West communities. To help maintain and upgrade them the Australian Government is inviting applications for funding under the ‘Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants Program’.

Funding will be available to eligible regional show societies for the maintenance and upgrade of existing infrastructure and the building, purchase, rent or construction of new infrastructure related to the running of an agricultural show on regional showgrounds.

Applications CLOSE at 11pm on Friday 13 December 2019.

Information about applying can be found here.

Introducing the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund

Are you a small to medium Central West manufacturing enterprise? You may be interested in applying for the MMF. The $50 million fund supports manufacturers to modernise, adopt new technologies, become more productive and create more jobs by co-funding capital investments and associated reskilling.

The program will run over three years and will be delivered through two streams of funding:

  • An estimated $20 million for matched grants of between $50,000 to $100,000 for small scale technology and efficiency investments.
  • An estimated $30 million for larger grants between $100,000 to $1 million, on a three to one funding basis, to support transformative investments in technologies and processes.

The maximum grant period is two years.

Applications CLOSE soon at 5pm on Thursday 31 October.


2020 NSW Women’s Week – grants now OPEN

The NSW Women’s Week grants provide local organisations with an opportunity to deliver a range of education, mentoring and participatory activities that will provide direct benefit to local women and girls. Grant funding will comprise of grants of up to $5k each.

NSW Women’s Week will be held 2-8 March 2020. Women across the Central West and NSW make important contributions at work, in our families, communities and neighbourhoods. The NSW Government encourages charities, not-for-profits, companies limited by guarantee and local government organisations to apply for grant funding to hold events and activities that celebrate women during this week.

Applications are now open and will CLOSE 5pm on Wednesday 6 November 2019.

For further information click here.


Local Sporting Champions Grants CLOSE this month – don’t miss out!

Round 2 of these popular grants provide financial assistance for local sporting champions such as coaches, officials and competitors aged between 12-18yo who participate in state, national or international championships.

Applications CLOSE at 11:59pm on Mon 30 September, 2019.

For more info, visit: https://www.sportaus.gov.au/grants_and_funding/local_sporting_champions

Community Building Partnership Grants now OPEN

The NSW Government, through the Community Building Partnership Grants Program, is investing in infrastructure projects that deliver positive social, environmental and recreational outcomes while promoting community participation, inclusion and cohesion.

In 2019, there is a maximum of $300,000 to allocate in each state electorate.

Applications CLOSE 5pm, Friday 27 September, 2019.

For more information, visit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/improving-nsw/projects-and-initiatives/community-building-partnership/

REMINDER! Rural Arts Fund applications close this month

Regional Arts Fund (RAF) Community Grant applications CLOSE 5pm, 25 August, 2019.

The RAF is designed to benefit regional and remote arts practitioners, arts workers, audiences and communities like the many who live and practice in the Central West region.

Arts OutWest executive director Tracey Callinan, will hold a workshop regarding general arts funding to be held 16 August, BUT unfortunately this has now BOOKED OUT.

However, you will find all of the relevant information you need here: http://regionalartsnsw.com.au/grants/raf/

Or contact the Manager, Grants & Projects at Regional Arts NSW: t. 02 9270 2502 e. funding@regionalartsnsw.com.au

Stronger Country Communities Fund

Applications NOW OPEN!

In Round Three of this fund the NSW Government will aim to deliver crucial local infrastructure and programs to improve the quality of life for people living in regional NSW.

Since 2017, the Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF) has supported more than 1000 local projects that make regional communities even better places to call home.

Round Three will provide an additional $100 million for community projects in regional NSW, with at least $50 million for youth-related projects.

Applications CLOSE 5pm, Friday 27 September, 2019.

Visit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/improving-nsw/regional-nsw/regional-growth-fund/stronger-country-communities/ for more information.


‘Women in Agriculture Leadership Development’ scholarships

Funding has just been released to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s agriculture sector.

The scholarship funding is provided with the specific intent of providing powerful and effective development opportunities for women in the ag. sector.

The initiative is providing women with grants of between $3k-$7k to enable participation in one of three programs that covers such things as: Presence & Presentation Skills, Leading Innovation & Change, and Emotional Intelligence & Conflict.

Women & Leadership Australia are taking Expressions of Interest up until: 13 September, 2019.

Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form at:  www.wla.edu.au/farmingagriculture

Media Release: Central West arts groups don’t miss out!

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RDA Central West is calling on all arts practitioners, groups and communities across the region to not miss out on their opportunity to apply for support through the Regional Arts Fund.

The Regional Arts Fund’s community grants aim to support sustainable cultural development in regional and remote Australia and meet the strategic priorities of supporting participation in, and access to, the arts and encouraging greater private sector support for the arts. RDA Central West CEO Sam Harma, said the Central West has a distinctive and vibrant arts scene which drives local jobs and tourism across the region.


Young Farmer Business Program training and leadership grant

The NSW Department of Primary Industries Young Farmer Business Program is offering grants of up to $10,000 (excluding GST) to eligible groups across NSW.

The Group’s Vault will provide grants to groups who support young farmers and fishers to undertake training related to business and leadership development. Examples of projects include (but are not limited to) farm tours, commercial fishing business tours, workshops, events, business skills coaching, training and guest speakers.