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Current Funding Opportunities

 

Government Funding

 

Metropolitan Greenspace Program - 2017/18 grants open in August 2017

The Metropolitan Greenspace Program (MGP) supports local councils in Greater Sydney and the Central Coast to improve regional open space by co-funding projects that enhance open spaces, parks, bushland, natural areas, waterway corridors and tree-lined streetscapes.

The Metropolitan Greenspace Program is one of the longest running grants program in Sydney and since 1990 has awarded over $45 million to more than 620 projects. Funds are awarded to councils on a matching dollar-for-dollar basis.

Councils throughout the six Greater Sydney Districts and the Central Coast are eligible to apply.

The Greater Sydney Commission manages the Metropolitan Greenspace Program and provides the Minister with recommendations for the funding of individual grants.

Timetable

August 2017 - Opening of grants round for 2017-18
October-November 2017 - Applications Close
November 2017- January 2018 - Eligibility, assessment and approval
February 2018 - Announcement of successful grants for 2017-18

For more details visit: https://www.greater.sydney/metropolitan-greenspace-program  

 

The Stronger Communities Fund

The Stronger Country Communities Fund is investing in infrastructure projects in regional NSW communities to improve the lives of residents and enhance the attractiveness of these areas as vibrant places to live and work.

The NSW Government has committed $200 million over the next two years to support local infrastructure projects that will improve amenity and help sustain the social bonds at the heart of strong regional communities.

Funding is available for projects that support:

  • building new community facilities (such as parks, playgrounds, walking and cycle pathways)
  • refurbishing existing local facilities (such as community centres and libraries)
  • enhancing local parks and the supporting facilities (such as kitchens and toilet blocks).

The Stronger Country Communities Fund is available to all 92 NSW regional local government areas (outside Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong), Lord Howe Island and the Unincorporated Far West. State government agencies and non-government organisations can submit eligible community infrastructure projects, in partnership with local councils. However, the LGA must be the applicant and is responsible for submitting the application.  Local councils must consult with their communities to identify project proposals that meet community needs and aspirations. We will give priority to projects that provide local jobs and support local businesses.

Key Dates

There are three application tranches scheduled for 2017 in round one. Councils will be informed which tranche they have been allocated. Councils must apply in the tranche which they have been assigned. Download the SCCF tranches list to check which tranche a council has been assigned to.

The schedule is:

  • Tranche A applications open 7 July, close 9 August 2017
  • Tranche B applications open 16 August, close 13 September 2017
  • Tranche C applications open 20 September, close 18 October 2017

For more information, and to apply, go to the Stronger Communities Fund webpage:  http://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/invest-in-nsw/regional-opportunities/stronger-country-communities-fund 

 

Let us know if your organisation or one you know of offers relevant funding opportunities, contact us.

 

Non-government Funding

 

Let us know if your organisation or one you know of offers relevant funding opportunities, contact us.

 

Previous Funding Opportunities

Government Funding

 

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development - Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF)

On 23 November 2016 the Australian Government announced the release of the program guidelines for the new Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF). The BBRF will invest $297.7 million over four years in infrastructure projects and community investments to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.

Grants are available through two funding streams; Infrastructure Projects and Community Investments.

  • Infrastructure Projects Stream will support projects which involve the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas.
  • The Community Investments Stream will fund community building activities including, but not limited to, new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability building activities. These projects will deliver economic and social benefits to regional and remote communities.

Information sessions are due to be held across Australia, including several NSW location listed below:

30 January 2017 10:30am Newcastle, NSW
31 January 2017 10:00am North Wollongong, NSW
31 January 2017 10:30am Dubbo, NSW 
1 February 2017 10:30am Coffs Harbour, NSW
2 February 2017 10:00am Wagga Wagga, NSW
3 February 2017 10:30am Tamworth, NSW
7 February 2017 10:00am Queanbeyan, NSW

For further information on who is eligible to apply, what projects may be funded and information sessions see https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/building-better-regions-fund

Applications for the Infrastructure Projects Stream closed on 28 February 2017.

Applications for the Community Investments Stream closed on 31 March 2017.

 

NSW Office of Sport - 2016/17 Local Sport Grant Program

The Local Sport Grant Program aims to increase regular and on-going participation opportunities in sport and active recreation.

There are four (4) project types within the Program, these being:
1. Sport Development
2. Community Sport Events
3. Sport Access
4. Facility Development.

Further information on the who is eligible to apply and what projects may be funded can be found at https://sportandrecreation.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/Guidelines%20-%20LSGP%2016-17.pdf

Applications for the 2016/17 closed Friday 11 November 2016.

 

Roads and Maritime Services - 2017/18 Walking and Cycling Program

Roads and Maritime Services provide funds annually for the Walking and Cycling Program, this program has a focus on improving access and amenity within the 2km walking and 5km cycling catchments of major metropolitan and regional centres. Metropolitan centres are the Strategic Centres defined by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment in the metropolitan strategy ‘A Plan for Growing Sydney’. Regional Centres are outlined in the relevant Regional Transport Plan.

Projects selected for RMS walking and cycling funding are identified through a nomination process open to Councils and the NSW Government. More information on applying for project funding including guidelines to assist with walking and cycling applications can be found at http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/business-industry/partners-suppliers/lgr/active-transport/index.html.

Applications for the 2017/18 program closed Friday 9 September 2016.

 

Office of Sport – 2016 Community Building Partnership Program

The Community Building Partnerships Program for 2016 offers grants to incorporated not-for-profit community organisations and local councils that can demonstrate how their project will benefit their local community through the building or improvement of facilities to deliver positive social, recreational or environmental outcomes.

Applications from local councils require a commitment of matching cash funding by the council.

For more information and to lodge you application online visit http://www.communitybuildingpartnership.nsw.gov.au/.

Applications for the 2016 program closed on 22 July 2016.

 

Roads and Maritime Services - 2016/17 Walking and Cycling Program

Roads and Maritime Services provide funds annually for the Walking and Cycling Program, this program has a focus on improving access and amenity within the 2km walking and 5km cycling catchments of major metropolitan and regional centres. Metropolitan centres are the Strategic Centres defined by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment in the metropolitan strategy ‘A Plan for Growing Sydney’. Regional Centres are outlined in the relevant Regional Transport Plan.

Projects selected for RMS walking and cycling funding are identified through a nomination process open to Councils and the NSW Government. More information on applying for project funding including guidelines to assist with walking and cycling applications can be found at http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/business-industry/partners-suppliers/lgr/active-transport/index.html.

The list of approved walking and cycling projects to be delivered during the 2016-17 financial year have been announced.  See details below.

 

Love Food Hate Waste Grants Program

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) in partnership with NSW Environmental Trust offered grants of between $5,000 and $70,000.  This funding was designed to support eligible Love Food Hate Waste partners to deliver food waste avoidance education and behaviour change projects in their communities.  The funding was been made available under the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.

Applications for funding closed 30 September, 2015.

 

2015/2016 ClubGRANTS Category 3 Fund - Sport and Recreation funding

Expressions of interest for the ClubGRANTS Category 3 Fund - Sport and Recreation funding round closed in October 2015. The NSW Government committed to provide $50 million in ClubGRANTS Category 3 project funding - including $8 million a year for sport and recreation infrastructure.  The ClubGRANTS Category 3 Fund is managed by the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing and supports the Government's NSW 2021 commitment to increasing participation in sport, recreation, arts and cultural activities and supporting healthy lifestyles.  

More information is available at: http://www.clubsnsw.com.au/community/clubgrants/about-clubgrants 

Expressions of interest closed 8 October, 2015.

 

Liveable Communities Grants program

The Liveable Communities Grant program offered grants of up to $100,000 for creative initiatives to make it easier for older people to live active, independent, healthy lives and access their community freely and safely.  The grants program provided opportunities for individuals and organisations to explore new possibilities and improve outcomes for older people.  The program supported a range of ideas for new and improved programs, platforms and ventures that will help older people to live, learn, care, share, contribute and connect.

For more information about this program visit: http://www.ageing.nsw.gov.au/about_us/news/liveable-communities-grants-program

 Applications for funding closed 12 November, 2015.

Non-government Funding

 

IRT Foundation grants were open to local community groups and not-for-profit organisations for initiatives that make the Illawarra community more age-friendly and help people to age positively.

For more information and to apply, go to: www.irtfoundation.org.au/community-grants 

Applications for funding closed 20 April, 2016.