Council is always interested in hearing from local community groups and organisations who would like to partner with Council and discuss any ideas or visions they have for the region. Council may provide assistance with sourcing external grant funding including with assisting with your preparation of a grant application where applicable. We endeavour to provide community groups with advice on grant programs that meet their needs as they become available.
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Grant Funding Finder features advanced filtering which allows you to narrow down your search by activity, industry, and current & future grants to suit your needs. The website also has other invaluable information and tips for making grant applications.
Crookwell II Wind Farm Community Fund 2023/2024
Upper Lachlan Shire Council advises that the Crookwell II Wind Farm Community Fund funding round is open for applications and will close at 5.00pm on Friday 28 April 2023.
The Crookwell II Wind Farm Community Fund aims to support initiatives that strengthen the local community through projects that contribute to neighbouring communities within 20 km of the wind farm.
The Guidelines and Application Form are available at the following links or on the Council website under Community/Grants:
- Crookwell II Wind Farm Community Fund – Project Guidelines
- Crookwell II Wind Farm Community Fund – Application Form
Applications may be submitted by post to: PO Box 42, Gunning, NSW, 2581 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please call Council on (02) 4830 1000.
ACTING GENERAL MANAGER
PO Box 42
GUNNING NSW 2581
Cullerin Range Wind Farm Community Fund 2023/2024
Energy Developments Limited (EDL) is pleased to advise that the Cullerin Range Wind Farm Community Fund funding round is open for applications and will close at 5.00pm on Friday 28 April 2023.
Cullerin Range Wind Farm is owned and operated by EDL.
The Cullerin Range Wind Farm Community Fund aims to support initiatives that strengthen the local community through projects that contribute to neighbouring communities within 20kms of the wind farm.
The Guidelines and Application Form are available at the following links or on the Council website under Community/Grants:
- Cullerin Range Wind Farm Community Fund Guidelines
- Cullerin Range Wind Farm Community Fund Application form
Applications may be submitted by post to PO Box 42, Gunning, NSW, 2581 or emailed to email@example.com.
For further information please contact the Upper Lachlan Shire Council via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 4830 1000.
Community Batteries for Household Solar Program
The $200 million Community Batteries for Household Solar program will enable Australians to store affordable solar energy for use during peak times, and to share excess power with other households in their area.
The Community Batteries for Household Solar program will help households and businesses to:
- lower electricity bills
- reduce pressure on the electricity grid for the broader community
- help us reach net zero by 2050.
As we ramp up renewable generation, we will need more energy storage to deliver secure and affordable energy for Australian businesses and households.
The Community Batteries for Household Solar program will help to provide this storage by deploying 400 community-scale batteries for up to 100,000 households across Australia.
This element of the program will enable community and industry groups, businesses, government agencies and research organisations to apply for up to $29 million in grants to install community batteries in specific locations across Australia:
The grant guidelines for the first 58 community batteries are now available at:
- business.gov.au stream 1: will deliver on the government’s commitments to deploy community batteries in specific locations (56 batteries)
- business.gov.au stream 2: will deliver on the government’s commitments to deploy community batteries in specific locations by specific project proponents (2 batteries).
We have released the guidelines before the program opens in January 2023 to give interested groups time to develop high-quality applications that demonstrate benefits for communities and value for money.
Further grant opportunities for community batteries will be offered by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), which will develop a program to deliver the remaining 342 batteries of the government’s commitment following a stakeholder consultation process.
Closing date: Friday 24 February 2023 5:00pm AEDT
Create NSW – Regional Arts Touring – Round 2
Regional Arts Touring funding supports projects that provide access to arts and culture for audiences living in regional NSW.
Funding is available for tours of all artforms, including performing arts, music, visual arts, literature, history, museums and multi-arts. Applicants should demonstrate strong audience development and engagement strategies.
It aims to:
- provide people in regional NSW with access to a high calibre and diverse range of artistic and cultural experiences, no matter where they live.
- support best practice programming in regional and rural facilities.
- build audiences by encouraging and promoting regional and local support for arts and culture.
- build the viability of NSW arts and cultural organisations by developing new markets and audiences.
What Can I Apply For?
Funding is available for a wide range of touring activity which may include but is not limited to:
- a Sydney-based dance company touring to three regional NSW destinations and delivering workshops with young people
- a regional NSW theatre organisation touring a performance to one Western Sydney and two regional NSW locations
- an artist/curator from Western Sydney touring an exhibition to multiple regional NSW galleries
- a band touring regional NSW to support an album release.
Funding is not available under this program for filmmaking and screen production, mainstream animation and film festivals (see screen.nsw.gov.au for funding opportunities in this area).
When Can I Apply For Funding?
How Much Can I Apply For?
There is no minimum or maximum funding limits for this category.
The information on this page is a guide only. We recommend reading the full guidelines before completing your application.
Go to the 2022/23 Regional Arts Touring Guidelines
To apply for funding you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form through our secure online grants system SmartyGrants.
What Support Is Available To Me?
We have a range of resources to assist you with your funding application. After reviewing these, you may contact a staff member if you need advice regarding these guidelines between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
- Telephone: (02) 8289 6520
- Email: email@example.com
- Schedule an online meeting to speak to Create staff through picktime
- Or you may contact staff directly.
Applications open: 3 February 2023
Applications close: 6 March 2023 at 5pm (AEST).
Creating volunteering opportunities for diverse groups in NSW
Up to $500,000 in funding is available for new Volunteering Diversity and Inclusion projects to commence in 2023.
Applications for funding from the Volunteering Diversity and Inclusion grants program will open on Monday 6 February 2023.
The Volunteering Diversity and Inclusion grants program provides one-off, time-limited grants between $10,000 and $25,000 to eligible volunteer involving organisations and Local Councils for projects that grow participation in volunteering by diverse community groups in NSW.
This is a new grants program is a pilot initiative under the NSW Volunteering Strategy 2020-2030 and focuses on developing diversity and inclusion in volunteering across NSW.
Volunteering Diversity and Inclusion Grants Program Applications
Projects funded under the Volunteering Diversity and Inclusion grants program are to involve volunteers at every stage of the project, where possible – from identifying the need, through to design, project delivery and final review and recognition.
Applicants are advised to read the Program Guidelines carefully before completing an application for funding. To download these Guidelines and more, please visit the NSW Volunteering website at https://www.volunteering.nsw.gov.au/volunteer-now/volunteering-diversity-and-inclusion-grant-program or the NSW Government Grants and Funding page at https://www.nsw.gov.au/grants-and-funding/volunteering-diversity-and-inclusion-grants-program.
Applications are submitted via the Department of Communities and Justice’s SmartyGrants platform. The online application form can be accessed via https://nswcommunities.smartygrants.com.au/VolunteeringDiversityandInclusion
Volunteering Diversity and Inclusion Grant Program Contact:
Department of Communities and Justice
Email all inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications must be completed and submitted online via SmartyGrants by 5.00pm on Monday, 6 March 2023.
The SmartyGrants system automatically shuts off at 5.00pm on that day. It does not allow for extensions to be granted.
2023 Veolia Creative Arts Scholarships
Veolia Mulwaree Trust
Since 2008 the Veolia Mulwaree Trust has proudly supported our local community by providing scholarships to assist local artists in their practice or study.
A number of $4,000 scholarships are available in 2023.
Practicing and emerging artists within the local government areas of Goulburn Mulwaree, Upper Lachlan, Wingecarribee, Wollondilly, Shoalhaven, Oberon and former Palerang are invited to apply.
Applications will be accepted from 23 January until 8 March 2023.
Full details are available at www.mulwareetrust.org.au or call 4822 2786.
Future Drought Fund: Long-term Trials of Drought Resilient Farming Practices Program
Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry
The Australian Government is inviting consortia via an open competitive process to apply for grants under the Long-term Trials of Drought Resilient Farming Practices Program (the program).
It is anticipated that the program will support grants valued up to $8 million dollars per grant depending on the scope and complexity of the project. The program will fund innovative and transformational practices that have the potential to positively influence (socially economically and/or environmentally) the efficiency productivity and sustainability of Australian farms from the impacts of drought and climate change.
Projects will have a focus on grain cropping livestock grazing and/or mixed cropping and livestock systems. Projects will test, refine and demonstrate the effectiveness (or otherwise) of yet to be proven farming practices in a robust scientific manner. The testing of these practices will underpin and assist to drive widespread adoption through increased evidence and by providing farmers with the confidence and information they need to try the practices themselves.
Applications are being sought from collaborative multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional consortia including farmers. Each consortium must nominate a lead organisation who will be solely accountable to the department for the delivery of the activities and manage the grant funds in accordance with the funding agreement.
Closing date: 15 March 2023 – 9pm
Highways and Byways Grants
Offers small grants to community organisations to address disadvantage and inequality, especially in rural, regional and remote areas of Australia.
The 2023 program theme is called ‘Healing and Growing Together’ in recognition of the social and environmental challenges confronting Australians in recent years.
Grants up to $4,000 are available to community organisations for environmentally focussed projects, projects that encourage community connection and initiatives that foster indigenous identity and cultural connections.
Further information is available via the website: www.hb.org.au/grants.
Applications close on 15 March 2023.
Children and Young People Wellbeing Recovery Initiative
Improving access to programs and resources to help young people recover, build resilience, strengthen community networks and improve mental health and wellbeing.
The resilience of children and young people has been tested over the past two years by drought, bushfires, floods and COVID-19. The $10.3 million Children and Young People Wellbeing Recovery Initiative will support our young people’s recovery within their regional communities.
This program has been funded through the NSW COVID-19 Economic Recovery Initiative and the NSW and Commonwealth governments flood and storm Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.
The Children and Young People Wellbeing Recovery Initiative will improve access to programs and resources to help children and young people recover, build resilience, strengthen community networks and improve mental health and wellbeing. The funding can be used to deliver a range of activities including community events, peer support programs, mental health training and more.
Eligible applicants are encouraged to apply to deliver these important programs, events and resources as part of the Children and Young People Wellbeing Recovery Initiative .
Of the funding available, $1.5 million is available for small grants and $8.8 million is available for larger grants.
Large grants $10,000 – $50,000 for regional NSW
Applications closed 31 December 2022.
Small grants under $10,000 for regional NSW
Applications close 31 March 2023
Energy Efficiency Grant for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Round 1
The Energy Efficiency Grants for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Round 1 will support businesses to upgrade or replace inefficient equipment to improve their energy efficiency.
These upgrades will enable industries to reduce their energy use and manage energy cost volatility in the long term. This will contribute to Australia’s target of a 43% reduction on 2005 emission levels by 2030.
The objectives of the program are to:
- improve energy efficiency practices and increase the uptake of energy efficient technologies
- assist small and medium businesses to manage their energy usage and costs reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The intended outcomes of the program are:
- increased awareness of energy efficiency opportunities and help businesses to save energy
- reduced power bills for small and medium businesses
- emissions abatement to contribute to Australia reducing its emissions to 43% below 2005 levels by 2030.
Closes 19 April 2023 at 5pm.