April 2023 Grants & Funding Opportunities

Informing committees, community groups, businesses, Council, not-for-profits, and individuals of potential funding opportunities through grants and programs.
Hello everyone,

April is a busy month with the celebration of Easter, School Holidays and Anzac Day commemorations. This monthly newsletter provides information on a selection of applicable Community, Business and Infrastructure funding opportunities that are currently available.

Links are provided at the end of each grant or support listing, which will direct you to the appropriate website for full details, including how to apply for that program.

Best wishes if you apply for a grant or voucher support.

Enjoy April.

Kind regards,
Richard Quinn - Grants Officer
Glen Innes Severn Council
Community Grants

White Rock Wind Farm Community Grants Program

Open: 30 March 2023
Closes: Hurry! Closes 4.30pm, 28 April 2023
Value: Total allocation pool $197,996. Minor Grants: Up to $5,000. Major Grants: Over $5,000
Run By: White Rock Wind Farm Fund Committee

The aim of the WRWF Community Fund is to financially support initiatives and projects that enrich and enhance the local community. 

Funding applications will be considered from all sectors, including but not limited to community development, the arts, education and training (including scholarships through organisations), health and wellbeing, sport, economic development, environment and sustainability.  

Further information & eligibility

Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support Program

Open: Now
Closes: Hurry! Closes 11.30pm, 16 April 2023
Value: From $5,000 to $80,000
Run By: Australian Government - Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

First Nations visual art is internationally recognised and sought after for its quality, innovation and cultural richness. Funding will be provided to organisations for activities that best contribute to the delivery of the following program outcomes:

  •  a professional, viable and ethical Indigenous visual arts industry that features strong participation and provides economic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  •  the continued production, exhibition, critique, purchase and collection of Indigenous visual art.
To be eligible for an IVAIS grant, your organisation must be one of the following entity types:
  • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006
  • an entity established through specific Commonwealth or State or Territory legislation
  • a company incorporated in Australia
  • a company limited by guarantee
  • an incorporated association
  • a publicly funded research organisation
  • state, territory or local government body
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be registered for the Goods and Services Tax, if required by the Australian Taxation Office
  • have no overdue acquittals or serious breaches relating to Australian Government funding. A serious breach is one that has resulted in, or warrants, the termination of a grant agreement. 
Further information & eligibility

Qantas Regional Grants Program

Open: Now
Closes: 10 May 2023
Value: Various initiatives
Run By: Qantas

Originally launched in 2019, the Qantas Regional Grants program aims to help these communities sustain brighter futures by providing financial, flight and marketing support to charities, organisations, causes, projects and individuals.

The Qantas Regional Grants program complements our broader range of initiatives we provided on an ongoing basis to regional Australia to strengthen regional communities, drive local economic activity, stimulate tourism and support jobs. This includes capping fares from flood-affected communities, year-round discounts for residents in regional and remote towns to make air travel more accessible, and the addition of new regional routes since the start of the pandemic.

Further information & eligibility

Strengthening Rural Communities – Prepare & Recover - Round 17

Open: Now
Closes: 5.00pm, 31 May 2023 
Value: Up to $25,000
Run By: Federation for Rural Regional Renewal (FRRR)

The Prepare & Recover funding stream supports communities in remote, rural and regional communities across Australia to implement initiatives that prevent and prepare for future climate-related impacts or recover from existing disasters in the medium to long-term timeframe, generally one to ten years after the disaster.

Grants up to $25,000 are available for a broad range of initiatives to strengthen the capacity and capability of local people, organisations, networks, and systems that help communities to be informed, skilled, connected and resourced for the future.

Glen Innes Severn was a disaster-declared event LGA for the 2019 Black Summer Bushfires and several 2021/2022 Storm and Flood events.

Further information & eligibility

Strengthening Rural Communities – Rebuilding Regional Communities - Small and Vital

Open: Now
Closes: 5.00pm, 31 May 2023 
Value: Up to $10,000
Run By: Federation for Rural Regional Renewal (FRRR)

This funding stream gives small remote, rural and regional communities across Australia the opportunity to access funds for a broad range of initiatives that directly benefit local communities.

Grants up to $10,000 are available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led Initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities that strengthen local people, places and climate solutions, with a preference for smaller communities (populations under 15,000).

Glen Innes Severn is in the under-15,000 population category.

Further information & eligibility

Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program – Batch One - 2023/2024

Open: Now
Closes: 9pm, 13 June 2023
Value: Up to $150,000
Run By: Australian Government – Department of Veteran’s Affairs

The program is designed to provide funding for projects that promote appreciation and understanding of the experiences of service and the roles that those who served have played, and to preserve, add to the sum knowledge on, or provide access to information about Australia’s wartime heritage.  
There are 2 categories of grants available under the program:

1. Community Grants (STS-CG)
Grants to a maximum of $10,000 are available for local, community-based projects and activities.
2. Major Grants (STS-MG)
Grants between $10,001 and $150,000 are available for major commemorative projects and activities that are significant from a national, state, territory and/or regional perspective.  
If your project involves restoring/changing a memorial, there may be heritage considerations. Information is available from your state or territory government heritage body, or at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs website.

Further information & eligibility

Supporting Young Scientists Program - 2022/23

Open: Now
Closes: 31 May 2023 or until fund is exhausted
Value: Up to $10,000
Run By: NSW Government - Office of the Chief Scientist and Engineer

The Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer (OCSE) manages the Supporting Young Scientists Program (SYSP).

The SYSP offers grants to NSW high school students participating 'in person' or virtually in competitions, events or courses, either domestically or internationally, which offer the potential for significant educational advancement in an area related to science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). The grant is provided for competitions, events or courses being held from July 2022 to June 2023.

Grants are awarded on an ad hoc basis until allocated funds are expended and are the primary mechanism by which funding will be awarded to eligible NSW high school students participating in STEM-related competitions, events or courses. The judging panel is composed of OCSE staff members.

Further information & eligibility

Active Kids Program

Open: Now
Closes: 30 June 2023
Value: $100 Voucher for each school-enrolled child, valid until 30 June 2023
Run By: NSW Government – Service NSW

The NSW Government is helping kids get active with the Active Kids program.

The Active Kids program provides a $100 voucher for parents, guardians and carers of school-enrolled children to use towards sport and active recreation costs each year.

The vouchers may be used with a registered activity provider for registration fees, participation and membership costs for sport, as well as fitness and active recreation activities.

Further information & eligibility

Creative Kids Rebate

Open: Now
Closes: 30 June 2023
Value: Up to $100
Run By: NSW Government - Service NSW

The Creative Kids Rebate can be put towards the cost of registration, participation or tuition fees for creative and cultural activities such as music lessons, language classes, coding and digital, visual and performing arts.

Further information & eligibility

Tertiary Access Payment

Open: Now
Closes: Ongoing. End of year after completing Year 12 or equivalent
Value: Up to $5,000
Run By: Australian Government - Services Australia 

A payment to help students with the cost of moving from regional or remote areas for tertiary study. The Tertiary Access Payment (TAP) is a one-off payment of up to $5,000. You can claim this payment in your first year of tertiary study only.

It’s to help eligible students with the cost of moving to study. This is for study after you’ve finished year 12.

To get the payment you need to meet some rules. These include:
  •  moving from a regional or remote area for tertiary study
  •  starting tertiary study in the year after finishing year 12 or equivalent
Further information & eligibility
Business Grants

Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants - 2023

Open: Now
Closes: Hurry! Closes 11.59pm, 21 April 2023
Value: $3,000 each successful Apprentice Plumber applicant. Total pool of $30,000
Run By: Rheem Australia

The Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants are back, with $30,000 worth of grants once again up for grabs!

There are ten grants available to apprentice plumbers and gas fitters across the country, each worth $3,000.

Each grant includes $2,000 to go towards TAFE/RTO fees and textbooks, and a $1,000 tool voucher, plus a tote tool bag.

To be eligible, you must be an apprentice plumber or gas fitter in Australia, either current or starting in 2023*. 

Are you an apprentice or do you know of an apprentice that deserves $3,000 to help kickstart their career in 2023?

Like and Follow Rheem on​  Facebook @rheemaustralia  to keep up with the latest news on the 2023 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants.

*Please note Grant recipients from previous years are not eligible to enter. If you have previously entered but were unsuccessful, you are still eligible to enter in 2023.

Further information & eligibility


Open: Now
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Complimentary Industry Training
Run By: NSW Government – Training Services

AgSkilled provides fully funded accredited training to meet industry training needs across four key pillars: Production, Technology, Business and Safety.
Current, relevant and flexible AgSkilled training is tailored and delivered to suit the specific needs of your industry and business and can be adjusted to suit students with a range of skills and experience.
Training covers areas as diverse as:

  •  Agronomy
  •  Business management
  •  Emerging technologies
  •  Farm machinery operation and maintenance
  •  Leadership and management
  •  Precision agriculture
  •  Soils and nutrition
  •  Workplace health and safety
Potato, Vegetable, Sweet Potato, Tomato, Onion, Mushroom, Raspberry and Blackberry and other vegetable, fruit and nut industries are included under the Production Horticulture section of this funding stream
For Producers and Employers:
AgSkilled 2.0 allows you to build the productivity of your business by upskilling existing workers and providing new industry entrants with training in the skills you need, now and into the future. 
For Existing Industry Employees and Job Seekers:
AgSkilled 2.0 will help you gain the skills employers want with industry-relevant and up-to-date training. Increase your career and employment prospects, both now and into the future. 
  Further information & eligibility

Strengthening Business

Open: Now
Closes: 5pm, 30 June 2023
Value: Complimentary Independent Facilitator Service
Run By: Australian Government - AusIndustry

Strengthening Business is a service under the AusIndustry Entrepreneurs' Programme that connects you with experts to make your business stronger, more resilient and better prepared for the future.
What do you get?
You’ll be paired with an independent facilitator. Your facilitator will recommend ways to strengthen your business systems, operations and strategies. The facilitator will help you get back on your feet and identify opportunities to improve your business. They'll provide a roadmap with their recommendations.
Who is this for?
Small businesses located in regions impacted by the 2019–20 Black Summer bushfires and recent flood emergencies. Glen Innes Severn is an applicable LGA.

Further information & eligibility

Special Disaster Grants – NSW Flooding – August to November 2022

Open: Now
Closes: 30 June 2023
Value: Up to $75,000
Run By: Joint Australian Government and NSW Government Initiative – Rural Assistance Authority

NSW Flooding - including events that began on 4 August and 14 September through until November 2022. Glen Innes Severn is an eligible LGA.
Assistance is being provided to declared local government areas in NSW through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
Primary producers recovering from the devastating impacts of floods are receiving vital support, with Category D Special Disaster Grants of up to $75,000 now available.

Flood-affected primary producers are encouraged to apply for the grant to support recovery and get back to operating as soon as possible.
Once approved, primary producers may be eligible for a $25,000 up-front payment, with a further $75,000 in financial assistance available thereafter upon submission of valid tax invoices.

Further information & eligibility

Australian Apprenticeships Incentive Scheme

Open: Now
Closes: 30 June 2024
Value: Varies
Run By: Australian Government

As an employer of an Australian Apprentice, you may be eligible for financial support from the Australian Government to help offset the cost of taking on an apprentice.

The Australian Apprenticeships Incentive System (Incentives System) commenced on 1 July 2022 and aims to get apprentices working in secure jobs that are in demand, filling skill shortages now and into the future.

To claim and receive payments under the Incentives System, you must meet all primary eligibility requirements.

Primary eligibility requirements include:

  • the Australian Apprentice’s citizenship or residency status;
  • employment and training arrangements;
  • lodging claim forms with supporting evidence within the specified time;
  • must have commenced or recommenced an Australian Apprenticeship under a new Training Contract on or after 1 July 2022; or
  • recommenced an Australian Apprenticeship on or after 1 July 2022 after following a break greater than:
  • 6 months if commencement was prior to 1 July 2022 or
  • 12 months if commencement was on or after 1 July 2022
Your eligibility for payment may be affected if the Australian Apprentice has previously completed the qualification, is an Existing Worker, or is a Custodial Australian Apprentice. Please refer to the Incentives System Guidelines for more details or speak with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider. Further information & eligibility

Disaster Recovery Small Business Grant – Storms and Floods - August & September 2022 Onwards

Open: Now
Closes: 30 June 2023
Value: Up to $50,000
Run By: Joint Australian Government and NSW Government DRFA Initiative – Service NSW

If you're a small business or a not-for-profit organisation in NSW and you've been directly impacted by storms and floods from 4 August 2022 or 14 September 2022 onwards, you may be eligible for a storm and flood disaster recovery small business grant.

This disaster recovery grant of up to $50,000 is to help pay for the costs of clean-up and reinstatement of a small business or not-for-profit organisation’s operations.

You must be a small business or a not-for-profit organisation in a defined disaster area (AGRN 1030 or 1034) to be eligible. Glen Innes Severn is included.

Covered costs could include, but are not limited to:

  •  payment for tradespeople to conduct safety inspections
  •  equipment and materials required for cleaning up
  •  equipment and materials essential for immediately resuming operations
  •  payment for a cleaner if the service would not have been needed, or exceed    ordinary cleaning costs, in the absence of the disaster
  •  the removal and disposal of debris, damaged materials or damaged stock
  •  repairing premises and internal fittings
  •  leasing temporary premises within the defined disaster area, replacing or repair of  motor vehicles registered for business use, or replacing lost or damaged stock, if it’s essential for resuming operations

Further information & eligibility

Critical Producer Grant

Open: Now
Closes: 30 June 2023, or if funds exhausted beforehand
Value:  $10,000 to $100,000
Run By: NSW Government – Department of Regional NSW

The objective of the program is to help primary producers and primary production enterprises impacted by the February and March 2022 NSW Severe Weather and Flooding events to rebuild and recover in the medium to longer term with the aim of supporting job security, future resilience and enabling future production.
Glen Innes Severn is a storm and flood declared LGA.
Targeted Industries:
  •  Agriculture – dairy, extensive livestock (sheep and cattle), intensive livestock (pork and poultry), apiculture and broadacre cropping
  • Aquaculture – oysters, mussels and fisheries
  • Horticulture – turf, vegetables, berries, cut flowers and plant nurseries, perennial tree crops (nut crops, tea tree etc)
  • Forestry – private native forests and timber plantations.
Further information & eligibility

Fee-free Traineeships

Open: Now
Closes: 31 December 2023
Value: Traineeship free fees up to $1,000
Run By: NSW Government – Department of Education

Traineeships are a proven pathway to well-paid jobs in a diverse range of careers. In NSW, traineeships are also fee-free.
There’s never been a better time to start a traineeship in NSW. The NSW Government is paying the course cost for 70,000 new traineeships – meaning trainees undertaking a government-funded traineeship course no longer face a student fee of up to $1,000.

Traineeships are a great career pathway. They combine on-the-job training with formal study to give you the skills and experience employers are looking for. Traineeships generally take around 1-2 years to complete, and trainees earn a salary
Fee-free traineeships are available to NSW trainees – including school-based trainees whose training:

  •  is funded under the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled Program
  •  commenced on or after 1 January 2020
If you have previously commenced your Smart and Skilled traineeship training before 1 January 2020 and are returning to a traineeship after 1 January 2020, you will be eligible for fee-free for the remainder of your training if your traineeship course or your employer has changed.

Each student is limited to a maximum of commencing three fee-free traineeships under this initiative.

Further information & eligibility

Bushfire Legal Aid Scheme – Primary Producers or Small Business Owners

Open: Now
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Up to a total of $7,000 funded services
Run By: Legal Aid NSW

If you’ve been affected by a bushfire, storm or flood, Legal Aid NSW can help you with everyday legal problems including insurance claims and disputes, financial hardship, tenancy and Centrelink.
An Early Resolution Assistance (ERA) approval of $2000 in professional fees is available for legal services and up to an additional $5000 is available for disbursements.
Funding extensions are available in reasonable circumstances. An eligible business or primary producer with more than one bushfire-related legal matter may receive
more than one approval for legal services and related expenses.
To be eligible for funding under the Scheme, the applicant must be:

  • a primary producer or small business owner;
  • have a farm or business located in a designated LGA. Glen Innes Severn is included on this LGA eligibility list, and
  • have a legal issue arising from the 2019/2020 bushfire season in one of the designated LGAs.

You can call Legal Aid through LawAccess NSW on 1800 801 529 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

Further information & eligibility

SafeWork Small Business Rebate

Open: Now
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Up to $1,000
Run By: SafeWork NSW

If you are a small business owner in NSW, this $1,000 rebate will help you purchase safety items to improve work health and safety for you and your workers.

Small business owners and sole traders who have an ABN and less than 50 full-time employees are eligible to apply. Charities and not-for-profits can also apply.  

The application must be in the name of the registered business owner. The registered business owner must agree to the terms and conditions.

Further information & eligibility

Infrastructure Grants

Regional Investment Activation Fund – Stream Two

Open: Now
Closes: 5pm, 31 December 2024
Value: From $1,000,000 to $10 million
Run By: NSW Government – Department of Regional NSW

The $110 million Regional Investment Activation Fund will co-invest with eligible entities on projects that will deliver significant economic, social and/or environmental benefits for a priority industry or location. 
Stream Two of the Regional Investment Activation Fund grant funding may be used for capital and other expenses directly related to the delivery of eligible projects. This may include:

  • Purchase of land (if necessary for the project and suitable alternatives to rent do not exist)
  • Purchasing, constructing, installing and/or commissioning new plant, equipment  and/or machinery
  • Purchasing, constructing, establishing and/or fitting out new facilities, buildings or hubs
  • Purchasing technology and/or intellectual property (IP) required to undertake the project
  • Upgrading existing facilities, buildings, plant, equipment, machinery and/or technology where necessary to deliver the project and achieve its outcomes
  • Cost of contractors to construct new buildings and facilities
  • External project management and administration costs up to 10% of project cost
  • Contingency costs up to 25% of project cost
  • Eligible costs incurred once both parties have signed a Funding Deed.
To be eligible to apply for funding through Stream Two of the Regional Investment Activation Fund, applicants must: 
  • Have an Australian Business Number (ABN) 
  • Be one of the following: 
    • A company incorporated in Australia 
    • A company limited by guarantee
    •  An incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust 
    • An incorporated association or co-operative 
    • An Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Corporation registered under the
    • Corporations (Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006. 
  • Be registered for GST 
  • Be financially viable and able to demonstrate that they are likely to remain so over the duration of the project 
  • Have at least $20 million public liability insurance or be able to secure before entering into a Funding Deed if successful. 

Applicants should consider how they can support accessibility for people with disability above the Australian Standards (AS)1428.1-2009 or supporting universal design principles when undertaking new or upgraded site works and fit-out.
Please refer to the Stream Two Program Guidelines for further information on eligible project costs, including examples of ineligible project costs (see attached link).
Applicants must provide a cash co-contribution of at least 50 per cent of the total project cost.
Joint applications are eligible under Stream Two of the Regional Investment Activation Fund provided the lead applicant satisfies the eligibility criteria and the proposed project aligns to the key objectives of the fund and Stream Two. Applicants can be based internationally, interstate or in either metropolitan or regional NSW.

Further information & eligibility

Off-farm Efficiency Program – Water Infrastructure

Open: Now
Closes: Not specified
Value: Not specified
Run By: NSW Government - Department of Water

Projects funded under the program will provide long-term benefits through improved water infrastructure and reduced water losses.

Water users and the community will also benefit from increased water reliability and the creation of job opportunities.
The program is open to individuals and entities in the irrigation, urban and manufacturing sectors across the Murray Darling Basin for projects that will achieve water efficiencies and return water to the environment.
The following types of projects are eligible to apply for funding under the program:

  • Stock and domestic: improving stock and domestic water supply on one or more properties for the purpose of watering stock and supplying water for human use.
  • Irrigation networks: installing new, or upgrading existing, irrigation infrastructure and technology in water delivery networks to supply water to irrigators, including permanently decommissioning inefficient or underused sections of a water delivery network.
  • Industrial or mining: constructing, replacing, upgrading, installing, improving, or refurbishing industrial water uses, including reducing leakage, for the purpose of using water for producing goods and services
  • Urban: constructing, replacing, upgrading, installing, improving, or refurbishing urban water supply arrangements, including reducing leakage for the purpose of urban water supply

Feasibility funding is available to help identify early project opportunities to reduce water losses and increase water available for the environment in the Murray-Darling Basin. This can include investigations into improving infrastructure, confirming water losses and savings, informing the potential costs of construction, and supporting formal discussions with stakeholders.

Further information & eligibility

Information acknowledgment sources and disclaimer: Information for this April 2023 newsletter was sourced from www.grants.gov.au, www.business.gov.au, Regional Development Australia Northern Inland and/or the following Government departments, business, industry or philanthropy organisations on grants and support programs including White Rock Wind Farm Fund Committee, Australian Government – Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts, Qantas, Federation for Rural Regional Renewal, Australian Government – Department of Veteran’s Affairs, NSW Government – Office of the Chief Scientist and Engineer, NSW Government – Service NSW, Rheem Australia, NSW Government – Training Services, Australian Government – AusIndustry, NSW Government – Rural Assistance Authority, NSW Government – Department of Regional NSW, NSW Government – Department of Education, Legal Aid NSW, SafeWork NSW, NSW Government – Department of Water, and Australian Government sites.


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