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Bid Blast #31 August 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.
August 6, 2021
Hello to everyone,
With the drenching rain that the Glen Innes Severn LGA has received over the past month this would have put some smiles on our primary producers in regard to their rural enterprises.
This August 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: 6 Opportunities
- 4.1 COVID-19 Assistance: 3 Opportunities
- 4.2 Storm and Flood Assistance: 2 Opportunities
- 4.3 Bushfire Assistance: 1 Opportunity
For all grants listed in this bid blast, links are provided at the end of each category listing which will direct you to the appropriate website for full details and how to apply for that grant or program.
Hurry, Strengthening Rural Communities - Small & Vital and Before and After School Care – Establishment grant opportunities both close in August. See the “Community Grants’ section of this Bid Blast for more details.
For an update on Economic Development including grants please see the 22 July 2021 Council Business Paper, pages 125 to 138. Click here.
You can also sign up here to receive the Economic Development e-newsletter. Click here.
Enjoy the last month of winter.
Richard Quinn, Grants Officer
Glen Innes Severn Council
1.1 NSW Government – Mice Control Support Program – Farmers Buying Zinc Phosphide
Closes: 17 December 2021
Value: A rebate of 50 per cent on zinc phosphide purchases, up to $10,000.
Run By: NSW Government – Rural Assistance Authority
Primary producers impacted by the 2021 mouse plague may be eligible to claim a rebate for the purchase of zinc phosphide ahead of spring. Farmers experiencing financial hardship due to the mouse plague may be eligible for assistance with purchasing costs of zinc phosphide to provide financial and cash flow relief.
If you are a primary producer in an eligible Local Government Area, you may be eligible to claim
• a rebate of 50 per cent on zinc phosphide purchases, up to $10,000.
The rebate covers purchases of zinc phosphide bait between 1 January 2021 to 17 December 2021.
Applications can be made through the NSW Rural Assistance Authority (RAA) and are open until 17 December 2021. All invoices must be submitted to the RAA by 28 January 2021.
Further information, eligibility and criteria: Click here.
1.2 Business Energy Advice Program
Value: Expert advice
Run By: Australian Government – Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
This program provides personalised advice to small businesses to reduce their energy usage and get better energy deals.
Through this service you will:
• understand your energy saving opportunities
• choose the best energy plan for your business
• receive tailored advice on energy efficiency opportunities best suited to your industry
The program also offers a Small Business Energy Check, a free online energy spend benchmarking tool. It allows businesses to compare energy spend to other similar business in the same industry and region. You can learn if your business is paying too much for energy. Businesses that have 6 to 20 employees, or have 5 or less and have been adversely affected by the drought are eligible.
1.3 Small Business Rebate – SafeWork NSW
Value: Up to $500
Run By: SafeWork NSW
The rebate provides up to $500 to small business owners and sole traders in NSW who buy and install equipment to make their workplace safer.
Any sole trader or small business owner that has completed an eligible event with SafeWork after 1 August 2019 has 12 months to apply for the rebate.
You need to:
1. check the terms and conditions to make sure you are eligible
2. attend a free eligible event or arrange a free advisory visit from a SafeWork NSW officer
3. buy and install eligible safety items to address a safety problem in your workplace.
Further information on terms and conditions, eligible events and eligible safety items. Click here.
1.4 Regional Skills Relocation Grant
Value: Up to $10,000 per worker
Run By: NSW Government - Regional NSW
Up to $10,000 per employee for the costs of relocating staff from metropolitan centres around Australia to Regional NSW. For example, a business can receive pre-approval for relocation of 50 employees with a grant of up to $500,000.
A Skills Package for accredited training and industry related disciplines is also offered.
• An account manager to support workforce development strategic needs assessment.
• Development of bespoke training solutions for the investor workforce and SME supply chain.
• Subsidy assistance.
Grants will be available for businesses operating in NSW regional eligible industries. The funding is available to assist with the relocation costs of eligible skilled workers they employ that move from metropolitan areas to regional NSW.
Approved businesses will be reimbursed up to $10,000 to assist with the following relocation costs incurred by eligible skilled workers they employ:
• furniture removal
• travel for immediate family to relocate
• temporary accommodation for up to three months
• furniture storage for up to three months
Further information& eligibility: 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.
2.1 Strengthening Rural Communities - Small & Vital
Closes: 24 August 2021
Value: Up to $10,000
Run By: Federation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR)
The Strengthening Rural Communities program gives small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia the opportunity to access funds that can benefit and help secure their future prosperity. Grants are available for a broad range of initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities.
Applications from not-for-profit organisations in communities of fewer than 15,000 people are prioritised, particularly those communities whose size, remoteness and relative access to services, funding, and resources present particular ongoing challenges. The Strengthening Rural Communities program accepts applications any time. FRRR considers applications and makes grant distributions on a quarterly basis.
Further information and eligibility: Click here.
2.2 Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants Program
Closes: 2 September 2021
Value: Between $20,000 and $4.5 million
Up to $4.5 million total allocated for Glen Innes Severn LGA.
Run By: Commonwealth Government – Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
The $280 million Black Summer Bushfire Recovery (BSBR) Grants program will help communities address priorities for recovery and resilience after the 2019-20 bushfires.
This grants program comes from the National Bushfire Recovery Fund and is additional to support already provided through a range of bushfire recovery programs.
Who can apply?
This grants program is not available for individuals, partnerships or trusts.
You will be eligible if you have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and are one of the following :
• an entity incorporated in Australia
• a company limited by guarantee
• an incorporated association
• an incorporated not-for-profit organisation
• an Aboriginal Land Council or Indigenous corporation
• a local governing agency or body (such as a Council) or ACT governing agency.
The criteria that the fund administrator is using is broad, so as many groups can access support as possible. So please look at the guidelines, as you might be eligible even if you cannot see yourself in the list above. Check out the Guidelines on the link below for more detail.
What kind of projects are eligible for funding?
Many different types of projects are eligible for submission through this grants program – but they must be about the recovery and/or resilience of communities impacted by the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires.
Project activities must be located in an eligible LGA and projects need to have the support of the community they are aimed at helping. Project activities can also be located in more than one eligible LGA. Glen Innes Severn is an eligible LGA.
You can apply for a grant of between $20,000 and $4.5 million in our LGA.
Projects must be completed by 31 March 2024.
Projects must address one or more of the following:
• social recovery and resilience needs;
• economic recovery and resilience needs; and/or
• recovery and resilience needs of the built environment.
Further information, guidelines and criteria: Click here.
2.3 Before and After School Care – Transport Grant, Establishment Grant, Viability
Closes: Transport Grant program: First round, 24 September 2021
Establishment Grant program: First round, 27 August 2021
Viability Grant program: Until limited funds are exhausted
Value: Transport Grant program: Up to $85,000
Establishment Grant program: Up to $40,000
Viability Grant program: Up to $30,000
Run By: NSW Government – Department of Education
Transport Grant program:
This program supports solutions that can reasonably be expected to increase or maintain the number of, and access to approved places for NSW primary school students.
Applicants may seek up to $85,000 (GST inclusive) to fund transport-related expenses, based on eligibility detailed in the fund guidelines. Access for students in small, regional and rural schools is a particular priority of this competitive grant program, which will be run in two roundsduring 2021 and 2022.
Applications for the current and first round open Monday 12 July 2021, and close on Friday 24 September 2021. Refer to the guidelines for the closing dates of each round.
Establishment Grant program:
This program will support the establishment of new, approved before and after school care services that meet demonstrated, unmet demand, to ensure access to places for NSW primary school students. Applicants may seek up to $40,000 (GST inclusive) to support establishment and operating expenses, based on eligibility detailed in the fund guidelines. This is a competitive grant program, which will be run in four rounds throughout 2021 and 2022. Applications for the current and first round open on Monday 12 July 2021, and close on Friday 27 August 2021. Refer to the guidelines for the closing dates of each round.
Viability Grant program:
This program is intended to provide short-term financial relief to existing services that are experiencing financial stress and have a demonstrable risk of closing in the short-term. The grant includes up to $30,000 per service to fund recurrent expenses. The Viability Applications can be submitted on an ongoing basis; however, funds are limited, and grant approval will depend upon sufficient funds being available until the fund pool is expended.
2.4 Youth Opportunities Program
Closes: 6 September 2021
Value: Between $10,000 to $50,000 per project
Run By: NSW Government – Youth NSW
Up to $1.5 million is available for new Youth Opportunities projects to commence in 2022. The Youth Opportunities program provides one-off, time-limited grants between $10,000 and $50,000 to not-for-profit organisations and local councils for youth-led and youth-driven community projects that have a positive youth development focus.
Funded projects from previous rounds have focused on giving young people the opportunity to develop a range of skills, including life skills and healthy behaviours; leadership, communication and teamwork; event management and planning; and providing volunteering opportunities that link young people to further education and training.
Organisations seeking project funding from the Youth Opportunities program are to involve young people at every stage of the project – from identifying the need, through to design, project delivery and final review.
Projects which are genuinely youth-led and youth-driven are those initiated by young people in response to what they have said they need. We are seeking applications which address young people’s identified needs in an innovative way and increase young people’s connections to the community. Organisations must speak with young people and involve them in developing the project proposal prior to submitting an application.
Further information, guidelines and criteria: Click here.
2.5 State Heritage Emergency Works
Value: Between $1,000 to $10,000
Run By: NSW Government – Heritage NSW
Supports the protection or repairs to gazetted Aboriginal Places, items listed on the State Heritage Register, or items with a current Interim Heritage Order that have been damaged by unexpected events (such as an extreme storm or accident) and where your insurance does not cover this cost.
No matched funding is required, and each listed item can only receive funding once for each unexpected event. Funding is available on an ongoing basis, however limited funding is available each financial year.
Further information, guidelines and criteria: Click here.
2.6 Dollar for Dollar Native Fish Stocking Program
Value: Between $1,000 to $6,000
Run By: NSW Government – Department of Primary Industries
Aims to enhance recreational freshwater fishing opportunities, to support local communities in the stocking high value native fish species, to assist in the development of regional aquaculture industries and to increase community and industry involvement in, and awareness of responsible stocking.
Under the program, community groups apply to the NSW Recreational Fishing Trust (funded by the recreational fishing licence) for matching funds to purchase native fish from licensed commercial hatcheries for stocking rivers and dams in the Murray Darling system and east of the great divide. Dollar-for-dollar funding is available for Murray Cod and Golden Perch for western drainage stockings and Australian Bass for eastern drainage stockings.
Further information and eligibility: Click here.
4. Disaster Recovery Grants and Funding
4.1 COVID -19 Assistance
4.1.1 NSW Government – 2021 COVID-19 Business Grant
Closes: 13 September 2021
Value: $7,500 for a decline of 30% or more
$10,500 for a decline of 50% or more
$15,000 for a decline of 70% or more
Run By: NSW Government
If you’re a business, sole trader or not-for-profit organisation in NSW and you've been impacted by the recent COVID-19 restrictions, you may be eligible for a one-off grant of $7,500, $10,500 or $15,000.
The 2021 COVID-19 business grant provides support for businesses that experienced reduced demand or had to close due to the public health orders. It will provide businesses with cash flow support for the first 3 weeks of the Greater Sydney lockdown (26 June to 17 July 2021).
Eligible applicants across NSW can use the grant for business costs incurred from 1 June 2021 to 17 July 2021, including:
• salaries and wages
• utilities and rent
• financial, legal or other advice
• marketing and communications
• perishable goods
• other business costs.
Applications will close at 11:59pm on 13 September 2021.
To be eligible for the grant, you must:
• have an active Australian Business Number (ABN)
• demonstrate your business was operating in NSW on 1 June 2021
• have had total annual Australian wages of $10 million or less as at 1 July 2020
• have had a national aggregated annual turnover between $75,000 and $50 million (inclusive) for the year ended 30 June 2020
• have business costs for which there is no other government support available
• for employing businesses, maintain your employee headcount on 13 July 2021 while receiving payments from this grant. See the guidelines for definitions.
• for non-employing businesses, have your primary income source come from this business
Three different grant amounts will be available depending on the decline in turnover experienced over a minimum 2-week period from 26 June 2021 to 17 July 2021, compared to the same period in 2019:
• $7,500 for a decline of 30% or more
• $10,500 for a decline of 50% or more
• $15,000 for a decline of 70% or more.
Certain entities, including those earning passive income (such as rents, interest or dividends), government agencies, local governments, banks and universities, are not eligible for this grant. See the full list of ineligible businesses in Attachment B of the guidelines.
Non-employing businesses are not eligible to apply for this grant if individuals associated with and deriving income from the business received a Commonwealth COVID-19 disaster payment between 26 June and 17 July 2021.
Further details, guidelines and criteria: Click here.
4.1.2 Boosting Cash Flow for Employers
Closes: Not Specified
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.
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 Storm and Flood Assistance
4.2.1 Special Disaster Assistance (Storms & Floods) Primary Producer Grants
Closes: 31 October 2021
Value: Up to $75,000 per affected property
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.
4.2.2 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
4.3 Bushfire Assistance
4.3.1 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.
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 – Rural Assistance Authority, Australian Government – Department of Industry, Science Energy and Resources, SafeWork NSW, NSW Government - Regional NSW , Australian Government - Job Active, Federation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR),NSW Government – Department of Education, NSW Government – Youth NSW, NSW Government – Heritage NSW, NSW Government – Department of Primary Industries, NSW Government – Transport for NSW, Australian Government – Department of Health, , NSW Government – Office of Responsible Gambling, Australian Government – Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, NSW Government – Service NSW, NSW Government, Australian Taxation Office, Services Australia.
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