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Bid Blast #28 May 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.
May 14, 2021
Hello to everyone. The days are getting shorter and nights cooler as we have now arrived in May.
This May bid blast focuses on a selection of grant and program opportunities under the categories of:
1. Business Grants: 5 Opportunities
2. Community Grants: 8 Opportunities
3. Infrastructure Grants: 4 Opportunities
4. Disaster Recovery Grants and Funding: 6 Opportunities
- 4.1 Bushfire Assistance: 2 Opportunities
- 4.2 COVID-19 Assistance: 2 Opportunities
- 4.3 Storm and Flood Assistance: 2 Opportunities
A free online workshop for Glen Innes Severn community groups and NFPs will be conducted by Federation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) on Thursday 20 May from 11.30am to 1.30pm. This webinar will be a great chance for community groups to find out about how FRRR’s new grassroots program, Investing in Not-for-Profit Capacity in Regional NSW (INFPC), can support their resourcing and capacity needs so that they can respond and thrive in the face of current challenges. $140,000 will be available in grant funding in the region as part of the INFPC program supported by the Paul Ramsey Foundation. Expression of Interest for funding opens 19 May. To register for the free webinar: Click here.
Grants that may be of particular interest to Sporting Clubs and Community Organisations in this Bid Blast are the Australian Government Local Sporting Champions and FRRR Investing in Not-for-Profit Capacity in Regional NSW (INFPC) – Glen Innes Severn in the Community Grants section and the NSW Government Stronger Country Communities Fund - Round Four in the Infrastructure Section. Both grants close in June for applications.
Hurry! The Strengthening Rural Communities current round closes 25 May. Apply for your NSW Government Dine & Discover NSW vouchers now and support our applicable LGA businesses as this program ends 30 June 2021. Information on the vouchers is in the Community Grants section of 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 full details and how to apply for that grant or program.
For the 2020/2021 financial year up to 30 April 2021, Glen Innes Severn Council has had fifteen (15) grant applications approved for a total of $11,138,693 Ex GST. A further eleven (11) applications currently submitted are pending decision for a total of $16,971,809 Ex GST. There have been four (4) unsuccessful applications for a total of $4,626,548 Ex GST.
This period has also been a busy time for Council in-regards to me completing progress and completion reports to Australian and Federal Government Funding Departments on grants approved to Glen Innes Severn Council. Bushfire Community Resilience and Recovery Fund Council-led Community Grants Program Expressions of Interest received from LGA Community Organisations will also be presented in a Council report to Council for consideration at the 27 May meeting.
For an update on Economic Development including grants please see the February 2021 Council Business Paper, pages 105 to 112 . Click here.
Or you can sign up to receive the Economic Development e-newsletter. Click here.
Richard Quinn, Grants Officer
Glen Innes Severn Council
4. Disaster Recovery Grants and Funding
4.1 Bushfire Assistance
4.1.1 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.
4.1.2 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.
Further information, eligibility and criteria: Click here.
4.2 COVID -19 Assistance
4.2.1 COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program
Closes: 11.59pm, 12 June 2021
Value: $7,500 up to a maximum of $100,000 for each successful applicant.
Run By: Australian Government – Tourism and Business
On 11 March 2021, the Australian Government announced a second round of the COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program. An additional $130 million has been provided under Round Two to help give eligible travel agents breathing space to facilitate customer refunds, and follow up travel credits. Several adjustments will be made to this second round to take into account industry feedback. Round Two is expected to open in late April 2021.
Changes under Round Two of the Program:
The Government will continue to consult with industry to finalise the conditions of Round Two. However key changes include:
1. Simplifying the assessment and payment process for businesses eligible for a second payment under the program.
2. Increasing the payment amounts, from $7,500 up to a maximum of $100,000 (maximum payment amount is unchanged).
3. Reducing the number of turnover tiers used to calculate payments, from 41 in Round One to nine in Round Two.
Eligibility under Round Two:
The objective of Round Two of the Program is to provide travel agents and inbound tour operators and tour wholesalers (tour arrangement service providers, consistent with ANZSIC code 7220) who qualified for Round One of the Program, a second grant payment. This payment will assist these businesses to continue to meet their legal obligations to credit and refund Australian consumers unable to travel due to COVID-19. Eligibility requirements include:
• The business has been operating a business as either a travel agent or inbound tour operator, and tour wholesaler (tour arrangement service
provider, consistent with ANZSIC code 7220), prior to the announcement of the closure of international borders by the Prime Minister on
19 March 2020, and is continuing to operate that business;
• Had a turnover of between $50,000 and $20 million (which can equate to a Total Transaction Value (TTV) of between $500,000 and $200 million) for
the 2019 calendar year;
• Was in receipt of the extension of the JobKeeper payment from 28 September 2020 to 28 March 2021;
• Have qualified and received a payment under Round One of the Program;
• Sign a declaration that your business is solvent as at the opening date of Round Two of the program, that you intend to continue to operate
your business throughout the June quarter 2021, and make best endeavours to retain your staff; and
• Commit to continue to trade and to meet your businesses obligations including to process refunds and travel credits to Australian consumers
and to continue to provide services to your customers.
Additional verification points under Round 2 include:
• Applicants whose appeals are upheld under Round One of the program (including those with TTV greater than $20m but turnover less than $20 million) will be eligible for Round Two. The turnover used to determine the Round One payment will be the basis of any Round Two payment.
• Eligible applicants who recorded and were assessed on a turnover of $500,000 or more under Round One will be subject to an additional assessment by Austrade. Those found to have received a payment based on TTV in Round One that was greater than they would otherwise have received if the payments for Round One and Two were calculated on turnover, will not be eligible for a Round Two payment.
Consideration is also being given to the circumstances of mid-sized agents who operate multiple outlets under a single ABN.
Please refer to the COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program Guidelines in the section below for Round One (available now) and Round Two (available shortly) for the full eligibility criteria.
For further information: Click here.
4.2.2 Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment
Closes: Not Specified
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.
4.3 Storm and Flood Assistance
4.3.1 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.
4.3.2 Joint Commonwealth-State-Territory Governments Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA)
Closes: Not specified
Value: Not specified
Run By: Joint Commonwealth-State-Territory Governments Disaster Recovery
Funding Arrangements (DRFA)
The joint Australian, state and territory governments' Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) provide a range of financial assistance to the natural disaster-declared areas in each state or territory.
For the north coast storms and floods from 10 March 2021 onwards the available assistance measures include:
• Personal hardship and distress assistance
• Counter disaster operations
• Restoration of damaged essential public assets
• Concessional interest rate loans for small businesses, primary producers and non-profit organisations
• Freight subsidies for primary producers
• Grants for non-profit organisations
Assistance may be available for the Glen Innes Severn LGA.
For information on available recovery assistance: Click here.
DiscIaimer: Information for this Bid Blast sourced from www.grants.gov.au, www.business.gov.au, Regional Development Australia Northern Inland, FRRR, NSW Government – Service NSW, NSW Government – Training Services NSW, Australian Government – Australian Trade & Investment Commission, NSW Government – Department of Regional NSW, Australian Government – Department of Education, Skills & Employment, NSW Government – Department of Veterans Affairs, NSW Government – Regional NSW, Australian Government - Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, NSW Government – Office of Responsible Gambling, Foundation for National Parks, NSW Government – Rural Assistance Authority, Australian Government – Tourism and Business, Services Australia, Joint Commonwealth-State-Territory Governments Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
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