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Bid Blast #30 July 2021 - Welcome to Glen Innes Severn Council’s newsletter informing committees, community groups, businesses, Council, not-for- profits and individuals of potential funding opportunities through grants and programs.
July 2, 2021
Hello to everyone and welcome to the new financial year.
This July bid blast focuses on a selection of grant and program opportunities under the categories of:
1. Business Grants: 5 Opportunities
2. Community Grants: 6 Opportunities
3. Infrastructure Grants: 4 Opportunities
4. Disaster Recovery Grants and Funding: 7 Opportunities
- 4.1 COVID-19 Assistance: 3 Opportunities
- 4.2 Bushfire Assistance: 2 Opportunities
- 4.3 Storm and Flood Assistance: 2 Opportunities
Hurry! The Local Economic Development Support Fund – Glen Innes Severn Council, Safer Communities Fund Round Six (6) Early Intervention Grants, Community War Memorials Fund and Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program grant applications close in July.
The Local Economic Development Support Fund coordinated by Glen Innes Severn Council will present the opportunity for LGA businesses and community organisations to access financial support to achieve local economic outcomes in alignment with the Economic Development Strategy 2020-2040 and Action Plan 2020-2025 (GIHEDS&AP). More details are in the “ Business Grants and Community Grants” sections of this Bid Blast.
The NSW Government has also announced that there will be a major new grants package to assist small businesses across New South Wales. The package will include grants of between $5,000 and $10,000 for small businesses and payroll tax deferrals for all employers. There will be two streams under this grant. They are the Small Business COVID-19 Support Grant and Hospitality and Tourism COVID-19 Support Grant. The grant application period is expected to open in late July 2021. See the “Covid-19 Assistance” section of this bid blast for more details and a link to the grant website.
Good news. The NSW Government Dine & Discover NSW vouchers scheme has also been extended to 31 August 2021. Still time to support your local registered dining or entertainment venue. The scheme now allows for takeaway food to delivered directly to your home by the venue itself. Information on the vouchers is in the “Community Grants” section of this Bid Blast.
For all grants listed in this bid blast, links to further information and eligibility are provided at the end of each category listing which will direct you to the appropriate website for more details and how to apply for that grant or program.
For an update on Economic Development including grants please see the 24 June 2021 Council Business Paper, pages 137 to 144. Click here.
You can also sign up to receive the Economic Development e-newsletter: Click here.
Enjoy July and apply for a grant.
Glen Innes Severn Council
1.1 Local Economic Development Support Fund - Glen Innes Severn Council
Closes: 31 July 2021
Run By: Glen Innes Severn Council
This grant program provides business and community access to financial support to achieve local economic outcomes in alignment with the Economic Development Strategy 2020-2040 and Action Plan 2020-2025 (GIHEDS&AP).
The Policy may be used to provide financial assistance to:
(a) A business entity – proven by an Australian Business Number (ABN) and/or Australian Company Name (ACN) proposing to establish or expand an industry, service or business in the LGA; and
(b) Local Volunteer Community Groups and/or Committees, Not-for-Profits, 355 Committees, Local Consortiums and Local Event Organisers proposing to incubate, activate or grow local initiatives, programs or events.
(a) The extent to which the proposal aligns to the four (4) Strategic Pillars and Priorities in the GIHEDS&AP.
(b) The extent to in the which the proposal leverages the opportunities for growth outlined in the GIHEDS&AP;
(c) The extent to which the proposal delivers, supports or assists in the delivery of one or more action items in the GIHEDS&AP;
(d) Evidence of the community need and community consultation and support for the proposal;
(e) Demonstrated ability to successfully deliver the outcomes in a timely way;
(f) The quality of the application (e.g. a well-developed, clear and realistic action plan, supported by research where appropriate and including an accurate financial/event plan and budget); and
(g) The extent to which Council’s budgeted funds are available for disbursement.
For further details and contact details: Click here.
1.2 Regional Events Acceleration Fund
Closes: 17 December 2021 or funding has been exhausted
Value: Stream One – Major Event Operations and Infrastructure - Grants between
$50,000 and $200,000.
Stream Two - Major Event Attraction and Enhancement - Grants for a
minimum of $100,000.
Run By: NSW Government – Department of Regional NSW
Regional NSW is blessed with a host of world-class events attracting tens of thousands of metropolitan, interstate and international visitors to regional communities each year. Visitors not only spend money at the events themselves, but at local cafes and restaurants, service stations, bars, tourist attractions and accommodation; helping to boost our regional economies and create jobs in regional areas. The cancellation of major events due to COVID-19 has impacted local event venues, workers and communities who rely on the influx of visitors and tourist dollars.
To support the social and economic recovery of our regions, the NSW Government’s $20 million Regional Events Acceleration Fund helps organisations to:
• attract new major international and domestic events to regional areas
• make existing regional events even bigger and better.
Funding will help meet the costs of attracting or retaining major events, such as premier sporting fixtures or competitions, and helps fund the operational and infrastructure improvements existing events need to increase visitation and length of stay.
The types of events eligible for funding include:
• major sporting and lifestyle events
• major food and beverage events
• major music, art and culture festivals.
The funding is for events hosted in regional NSW between March 2021 and June 2022.
The Regional Events Acceleration Fund offers two streams – Major Event Operations and Infrastructure grants and Major Event Attraction and Enhancement grants.
Stream One: Major Event Operations and Infrastructure:
Grants between $50,000 and $200,000 are available to support temporary event infrastructure and operational improvements at existing regional events to help increase visitation.
Examples of the types of event infrastructure and operational improvements that are eligible for funding include:
• securing a major artist/performance to increase an event’s appeal
• additional temporary seating areas to increase capacity
• additional staging for a music festival
• establishing a pop-up camping and caravan site to support more overnight stays.
Stream Two: Major Event Attraction and Enhancement:
• Grants for a minimum of $100,000 with no cap on the maximum grant application amount for the attraction, delivery and retention of major international and domestic events to regional areas across regional NSW, with a focus on major sporting events providing national or international exposure.
• Applications will be assessed in terms of value-for-money and the event’s ability to deliver strong economic benefit to regional NSW.
• Applicants seeking to attract or retain major events in a regional area are advised to consider holding the event in off-peak tourism periods to ensure there is enough accommodation and visitor services available. Events that are strategically scheduled to boost visitation during off-peak tourism periods are preferable.
• Applicants are strongly encouraged to make a financial co-contribution to their projects and demonstrate this in their funding applications, however it is not a mandatory eligibility requirement.
Applications for funding through both Stream One and Two must meet the assessment criteria as outlined below:
Applicants must demonstrate the event:
• will take place in one of the 93 regional NSW LGAs, on Lord Howe Island or in the Unincorporated Far West Region;
• is regionally significant, as defined by evidence (i.e. through previous event ticket sales) or letters of support confirming the event is able to attract over 5,000 people; Events that will attract fewer than 5,000 people can demonstrate they are regionally significant by providing strong evidence of economic benefit through visitation and by providing letters of support;
• is able to stimulate the local economy by attracting visitors. A target of more than 30 per cent participation in the event from visitors is recommended, with a visitor defined as being someone who lives 50km or more from where the event is being held; and
• has the support of the local council and the Destination Network and is aligned with the relevant Destination Management Plan.
Applicants must demonstrate they have:
• an event management plan with clear strategies for measuring and evaluating visitation and the visitor experience;
• engaged with Destination NSW and the local tourism industry to deliver effective marketing and promotion for the event;
• considered how the event can leave a positive legacy within regional NSW and provide benefit to the host community beyond the event itself;
• given consideration and can demonstrate a long-term vision for the event so it can provide an ongoing benefit to the region, such as a commitment to be held over multiple years;
• a well-structured and organised event management committee or external events company in place with access to operational and marketing expertise, and the ability to handle issues such as public liability and insurance matters;
• a risk management plan that clearly outlines strategies and processes to mitigate risks;
• sound financial management in place and can provide an event budget as part of the application;
• sourced competitive quotes for services and equipment relevant to the funding; and
• considered scheduling the event in off-peak or shoulder periods and considered if the event will clash with other major events in the region.
Further information, guidelines, eligibility and criteria for Steams One and Two: Click here.
1.3 CSIRO Kick-Start
Value: Up to $50,000 matched funding
Run By: CSIRO
CSIRO Kick-Start 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:
• Research into a new idea with commercial potential.
• Development of a novel or improved product or process.
• Test a novel product or material developed by the company.
The CSIRO SME Connect team works alongside SMEs to identify the relevant research capabilities best suited to their needs, and facilitates researcher introductions and project scoping. We also assist with the application process and maintain an end-to-end engagement with the SME and researchers to ensure favourable outcomes for all parties.
CSIRO Kick-Start projects must be under 12 months in duration and businesses are required to make a cash contribution that matches the funding voucher.
Further information, eligibility and criteria: Click here
1.4 Accelerating Commercialisation
Value: : Expert advice and guidance
: Up to $500,000 of matched funding for research commercialisation entities
and eligible partner entities
: Up to $1 million of matched project funding for all other eligible
Run By: Australian Government – Department of Industry, Science Energy and
Who is this for?
Australian entrepreneurs, researchers, inventors, start-ups, Research Commercialisation Entities and small and medium enterprises who have a novel product, process or service they want to commercialise.
Accelerating Commercialisation provides expert guidance and support to help you commercialise novel products, processes and services and find a commercialisation solution that is right for you.
Accelerating Commercialisation includes:
• Commercialisation Guidance – guidance and assistance to develop the commercialisation potential of your novel product, process or service.
• Accelerating Commercialisation Grants – financial assistance to help commercialise your novel product, process and service.
You must receive Commercialisation Guidance before you apply for an Accelerating Commercialisation Grant.
Further information, guidelines, eligibility and criteria: Click here.
1.5 Australian Government’s Youth Jobs Path
Value: Up to $10,000 each business
Run By: Australian Government - Job Active
Trial a young person to find out if they're the right fit for your business and get $1,000 to help cover the costs of the trial. During the trial, you don't pay the young person. Instead, the Australian Government gives them $200 a fortnight on top of their income support and covers their insurance.
Businesses can also receive up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) through a Youth Bonus wage subsidy if they hire an eligible young person between 15 and 24 years of age.
The young person must:
• be a fully eligible participant, commenced with a jobactive or Transition to Work provider
• have received employment services from a provider (jobactive, Transition to Work, Disability Employment Services or Community Development Programme provider) continuously for the last six months
• have mutual obligation requirements at the time they commence in the wage subsidised job
• not been in a pre-existing employment relation with you in the previous six months
• not be an immediate family member.
Further information & eligibility: Click Here.
4.1 COVID -19 Assistance
4.1.1 NSW Government - COVID-19 Business Support Grant
Open: Late July 2021
Closes: Not Specified
Value: $5000 for a decline of 30% or more in turnover
$7000 for a decline of 50% or more in turnover
$10,000 for a decline of 70% or more in turnover
Run By: NSW Government
Businesses will be able to apply for the grants through Service NSW from later in July and will need to show a decline in turnover across a minimum two-week period after the commencement of major restrictions on June 26.
The grants will be divided into two streams:
1.Small Business COVID-19 Support Grant:
Available to businesses and sole traders with a turnover of more than $75,000 per annum but below the NSW Government 2020 21 payroll tax threshold of $1,200,000 as at 1 July 2020.
These businesses must have fewer than 20 full time equivalent employees and an Australian Business Number (ABN) registered in New South Wales or be able to demonstrate they are physically located and primarily operating in New South Wales.
2. Hospitality and Tourism COVID-19 Support Grant:
Available to tourism or hospitality businesses that have a turnover of more than $75,000 and an annual Australian wages bill of below $10 million, as at 1 July 2020.
These business must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) registered in New South Wales or be able to demonstrate they are physically located and primarily operating in New South Wales.
Full details and criteria will be available shortly on the Service NSW website. Click here.
4.1.2 Boosting Cash Flow for Employers
Value: $20,000 to $100,000
Run By: Australian Taxation Office
Temporary cash flow boosts will support small and medium businesses and not-for-profit organisations during the economic downturn associated with COVID-19.
Eligible businesses and not-for-profit (NFP) organisations who employ staff will receive between $20,000 to $100,000 in cash flow boost amounts by lodging their activity statements up to the month or quarter of September 2020.
The cash flow boosts will be delivered as credits in the activity statement system. They will generally be equivalent to the amount withheld from wages paid to employees for each monthly or quarterly period from March to June 2020. In practice, this means you keep the amounts you have withheld from payments for these periods. However, there are some exceptions.
An additional cash flow boost is applied when you lodge activity statements for each monthly or quarterly period from June to September 2020. These credits are equal to the total boosts credited for March to June 2020. They will be paid out in either two or four instalments depending on your reporting cycle.
Further information, eligibility and criteria: Click here.
4.1.3 Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment
Value: $1,500 for each 14-day period you’ve been told to self-isolate or quarantine,
or are caring for someone with COVID-19 for eligible applicants.
Run By: Services Australia
Provides a lump sum financial assistance to limit the financial hardship for eligible individuals who are unable to earn an income having been informed by a health official in the state they live and/or work to self-isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19.
Claimants are required to complete an application by telephone or by submitting a completed claim form by fax to Services Australia. The easiest way to claim is over the phone.
A claim will be assessed by Services Australia against the eligibility criteria before making payment and claimants will be notified by letter if their claim has been granted or rejected. Where requested, a claimant may also need to provide evidence of meeting the eligibility criteria for the payment.
Services Australia makes every effort to process claims as quickly as possible. Depending on individual circumstances, payments can be released in real time to the claimant’s Australian bank account.
Further details and eligibility: Click here.
4.2 Bushfire Assistance
4.2.1 Natural Disaster Transport Subsidy
Value: Up to $15,000
Run By: NSW Government – Rural Assistance Authority
A natural disaster assistance transport subsidy is available to eligible farmers who are affected by a declared natural disaster event. This subsidy pays for the cost of transporting:
• fodder and/or water to an affected property
• stock to sale or slaughter
• stock to/from agistment
Note: Drought is no longer a declared natural disaster
Subsidies of up to 50% of the total freight costs to a maximum of $15,000 per farm enterprise per financial year are available. The $15,000 is counted within a financial year from the date when the payment is made to the applicant.
4.2.2 Bushfire Restoration Grants - Tree Planting
Value: In-Kind Trees
Run By: Foundation for National Parks
This program provides trees from the FNPW Bushfire Recovery Nurseries for restoration activities in and around bushfire impacted areas.
Trees provided as in-kind are to be sourced through one of the FNPW Bushfire Recovery Nurseries. A minimum of 1,000 trees (>3m) for all orders. Approximately 50,000 trees are available in nurseries as of March 31 for planting in 2021.
Decision and contact to all applicants will be made via email within 14 days of application.
Further information: Click here.
4.3 Storm and Flood Assistance
4.3.1 Special Disaster Assistance (Storms & Floods) Primary Producer Grants
Closes: 31 October 2021
Value: Up to $75,000 per affected property
Run By: NSW Government – Rural Assistance Authority
The objective of this assistance measure made under agreements between the Commonwealth and State Governments, is to support the recovery of primary producers impacted by the storms and floods starting 10 March 2021, across NSW. The Special Disaster Assistance (Storms & Floods) Grants, provide a grant to primary producers to help pay for the costs of clean-up and reinstatement of primary production enterprises that have suffered direct damage as a result of the eligible disaster.
Glen Innes Severn is a defined disaster area from this event.
a) The maximum grant amount for clean-up, reinstatement activities and emergency measures, per affected property (subject to section 4), is $75,000.
b) Funds of up to $15,000 will be provided to eligible, approved applicants, without the need to provide invoices at the point of application. Such funds can be provided on the basis of quotes or estimates, noting that evidence: eg valid tax invoices will be required in relation to that first $15,000, if the applicant seeks funding from above $15,000 to $75,000.
c) Funds of between $15,000 to $75,000 will require valid tax invoices at the point at which claims are made.
d) All supporting documentation including tax invoices and receipts for claims must be submitted within 12 months of the date of the declaration.
e) Should an initial application be less than the maximum grant amount, further applications may be submitted if additional expenditure is required to complete clean-up and reinstatement activities.
To be eligible for the grant, the applicant must:
a) be a primary producer;
b) derive at least 50% of their gross income from the primary production enterprise;
c) contributes a part of their labour to the primary production enterprise;
d) hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) and have held that ABN at the time of the disaster;
e) have a primary production enterprise located in the defined area for the eligible disaster that has suffered direct damage as a result of the eligible disaster;
f) have been engaged in carrying on the primary production enterprise when affected by the eligible disaster;
g) have lodged an application by 31 October 2021.; and
h) intend to re-establish the primary production enterprise.
An applicant may also be eligible for a grant if all of the following apply:
a) the applicant’s primary production enterprise is located outside the defined disaster area for the eligible disaster but is carried on at least sometimes on a regular basis in the area;
b) plant or equipment of the primary production enterprise situated in the defined disaster area has been damaged or livestock has died as a result of the eligible disaster; and
c) The applicant derives at least 50 per cent of their total gross income from primary production and value-added products (eg wine) made directly from raw produce grown by the applicant.
Where an applicant’s income from primary production is less than 50 per cent of their total income, the applicant may nonetheless be eligible for a grant if it can be demonstrated that:
a) In the ordinary course of business the applicant would meet that requirement, but:
(i)Their primary production income is currently reduced due to seasonal conditions; and/or
(ii) Due to long lead times to full production, the applicant expects to earn such an amount of income within a three to eight year period, taking into account the nature of the industry.
Further information and guidelines: Click here.
4.3.2 NSW Storms and Floods: 10 March 2021 - Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment
Closes: 28 September 2021
Value: $1,000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child
Run By: Australian Government
The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) provides one-off financial assistance to eligible Australians adversely affected by the storms and floods.
The rate of AGDRP is $1000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child. Claims for this payment can be lodged with Services Australia for a period up to 6 months. AGDRP is available for people who have been seriously injured, have lost their homes or whose homes have been directly damaged, whose major assets have been directly damaged or are the immediate family members of a person who has died as a direct result of the storms and floods.
Glen Innes Severn LGA is included in the sixty-four (64) eligible local government areas. You have until 28 September 2021 to lodge a claim for AGDRP.
For more information on eligibility: Click Here.
Or contact the Australian Government Information Hotline on 180 22 66 for claims assistance.
Disclaimer: Information for this Bid Blast sourced from www.grants.gov.au, www.business.gov.au, Regional Development Australia Northern Inland, Glen Innes Severn Council, NSW Government – Department of Regional NSW, CSIRO, Australian Government – Department of Industry, Science Energy and Resources, Australian Government - Job Active, NSW Government – Department of Veterans Affairs, NSW Government – Department of Education, NSW Government – Service NSW, Federation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR), Mazda Foundation, Australian Government – Industry, Science, Energy and Resources on behalf of Department of Home Affairs, Australian Government – Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, NSW Government – Office of Responsible Gambling, NSW Government, Australian Taxation Office, Services Australia, NSW Government – Rural Assistance Authority, Foundation for National Parks.
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