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CSIRO Kick Start Program

The CSIRO Kick-Start Program is a new initiative for innovative Australian start-ups and small SMEs, providing funding support and access to CSIRO’s research expertise and capabilities to help grow and develop their business.

The program offers eligible businesses access to dollar-matched funding of $10,000-$50,000 to undertake the following research activities with CSIRO;


Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science

The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science is open for nominations. The Federal Government program awards up to $750,000 in total each year for two categories; science and innovation and teaching.

The prizes recognise the achievements and success of Australian scientists and innovators to both Australia and internationally, as well as the critical role science educators play in inspiring and encouraging students to take an interest in science and consider science as a career.


Prime Ministers Literary Awards open for applications

Applications are open for nominations for the Federal Government’s Prime Ministers Literary Awards which celebrate great Australian literature.

The winner of each category; children’s literature, young adult literature, fiction, poetry, non-fiction and Australian history is awarded $80,000 tax free. Shortlisted entries are each awarded $5,000 tax free.


Entrepreneurs' Programme

Regional NSW Tech and Entrepreneurship’s Failure Night, Orange

The Regional NSW Tech and Entrepreneurship Group is hosting a ‘Failure Night’ in Orange on Thursday 14th March from 6-8pm.

Failure nights is a global movement born in Mexico in 2012 to share public business failure stories with hundreds of people attending each event around the world. Sharing your mistakes helps others learn and boosts your resilience for the next business challenge.


Empowering Businesses to Go Digital Grant

Applications are open for the Federal Government’s Empowering Business to Go Digital program. 

The program will provide a single grant of up to $3 million in matched funding to support the establishment of a non-government organisation to increase small business awareness and adoption of digital technology, in line with the recommendations of the Small Business Digital Taskforce Report .


NSW Emerging Energy Program Grants

Applications are open for the NSW Government’s Emerging Energy Program which encourages private sector investment to support the next generation of large-scale electricity and storage projects in NSW. 

The program is technology neutral and eligible projects must demonstrate that they can provide dispatchable or on-demand energy to help meet the state’s energy needs.


Next Crop Rural Revitalisation Gathering, Molong

The Land Newspaper in conjunction with Cabonne Council is hosting a ‘Considered Community Conversations’ gathering in Molong on Monday 4th March. 

This “Considered and Sensitive Conversations” approach is delivered by Mr Allan Parker, Behavioural Scientist and International Negotiator and aims to start a community conversation about positive solutions to local ideas and issues.


An easy guide to available Drought Assistance for Farmers and Businesses

It’s not just farmers feeling the effects of this on-going drought, but also farming contractors and local rural businesses. Currently, Vinnies, the Salvos, the CWA and Lions are  distributing $3,000 cash injection grants to many in need.

Please note you do not have to be a primary producer to apply for these grants. Ag-related businesses (for example, farm machinery mechanics and fencers) are also eligible.
This grant will remain open until funds are exhausted.  The closure date will be announced on the CWA website.


Message from the CEO, Julia Andrews

Welcome to the first RDA Central West e-newsletter for 2019 – jam packed with information on funding opportunities and events across the region. While we have some fantastic projects and events happening this year, we cannot ignore the fact that we are still in the grip of a terrible drought, intensified by record-breaking heat-waves.