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Bid Blast #22 October 2020
Welcome to Glen Innes Severn Council’s newsletter informing committees, community groups, businesses, and not for profits of potential funding opportunities through grants.
Hello to everyone. This is my first Bid Blast as the new Glen Innes Severn Council Grants Officer.
I look forward to meeting you all.
Again, this month there is an enormous amount of funding and assistance available now and potentially coming during this difficult period.
This bid blast focuses on a few of these under the categories of Active Kids Vouchers, Creative Kids Vouchers, Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program, ING Dreamstarter, Drought Assistance, Bushfire Assistance, COVID-19 Assistance and Business Grants.
Links to further information and eligibility are listed in each category which will direct you to the appropriate website for full details on that grant.
For an update on Economic Development and Council’s Grants status please see the latest Council Report – page 136 - https://www.gisc.nsw.gov.au/council/glen-innes-severn-council-ordinary-meetings/minutes-business-paper-and-annexures-0
Or you can sign up to receive the Economic Development e-newsletter here.
We are here to assist the community. If you or your organisation are looking for specific projects, grants or funding then please contact me by email at [email protected]
Have a great month.
Richard Quinn, Grants Officer
For a Commonwealth Government Community Grant:
• Ensure you understand what the grant requirements and timelines are and if you or your organisation can realistically meet them.
• Check you or your organisations’ eligibility.
• Submit a completed Application Form before the application closing date completing
ALL eligibility and/or selection criteria questions.
• Address the selection criteria effectively by clearly and concisely demonstrating you or your organisation’s capabilities to deliver the services that will benefit the community.
Closes: December 2020
Value: $100 per child
Run By: NSW Government Office of Sport
Further information: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-active-kids-voucher
Active Kids is a program to help NSW families meet the cost of getting their kids into sport and active fitness and recreation activities.
If you’re a parent, carer or guardian, the student will be eligible if they are:
• a NSW resident
• aged between 4.5 and 18 years
• enrolled in school (from Kindergarten to Year 12, including those who are home-schooled or enrolled in secondary school education at TAFE NSW)
• a current Medicare card holder.
You can apply for a voucher for each eligible student.
You can use the voucher for registration, participation or membership costs with an approved Active Kids provider.
Run By: Service NSW
Further information: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-creative-kids-voucher
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.
You can use the voucher for registration, participation and tuition costs with approved Creative Kids providers.
Closes: 12 April 2021
Grant assessment dates: 23 November 2020, 22 February 2021
Value: $4 million
Further Information: https://www.sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants/defibrillator
Looking forward to next season, your club could now access funding to assist in the purchase and maintenance of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). With the first assessment date set for 23 November 2020 now is the time to apply. For Glen Innes Severn that falls into the Zone 2 grading this means with up to 50% funding or a maximum of $1300 is available for eligible local sporting clubs.
An AED is a life saving device which delivers a controlled shock to an individual experiencing cardiac arrest, increasing their chances of survival.
The Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program provides NSW sports clubs and councils the opportunity to acquire an AED package for their club or sports facility at a reduced cost.
Who is eligible to apply?
• Incorporated, not-for-profit sports and recreational clubs or other incorporated organisations in NSW that are sport or recreation related
• State or national sporting organisations on behalf of member clubs located in NSW
• Licensed sporting clubs, providing that the project directly benefits sporting activities
• Sport clubs associated with a school, church or university providing they are an incorporated not for profit club in their own right
• Councils, and sport and recreational facilities owners on behalf of sport and recreational clubs
• Service clubs such as Rotary, CWA and Lions, on behalf of sports clubs
Sporting organisations and councils will be able to choose from a panel of approved AED Panel Service Providers and a variety of AED packaged services with the level of customer service that meets their needs. Zone 2 suppliers and approximate overall basic package costs can be found on the link listed above. Currently the overall basic package price from listed Zone 2 suppliers’ range between $2250 to $2900 overall depending on the supplier.
An AED package will include: An AED, AED familiarisation instruction (within 28 days of delivery) and a minimum of six years of essential AED maintenance
Applicants can request more than one AED.
For full details of what an AED package includes, eligibility, application details and a downloadable PDF, visit the Office of Sport website https://www.sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants/defibrillator
Value: Not specified
Run By: ING
Further information: https://campaigns.ing.com.au/Dreamstarter/Apply-scholarships#be for you.
Do you have a business that makes life better for the community? Then Dreamstarter might be for you. Increase your business knowledge and capabilities with educational program training. With the financial support of a Dreamstarter Scholarship, you can focus on up skilling your business know-how to help you better run a successful social business.
Social enterprises are businesses that exist to create a social or environmental impact. While their impact can take many forms; such as donating a portion of profits, creating impactful products or employing disadvantaged members of our community; this impact is core to their business.
• You must be a founder or co-founder of an Australian based social business
• Your social business must trade in goods
• The impact of your business is primarily felt in Australia.
• Have been accepted into the learning program of a recommended provider (or make case for alternate Australia-based provider)
• Agree to the Dreamstarter Scholarships Terms & Conditions
Disclaimer: Please note information sought from ING Dreamstarter website https://campaigns.ing.com.au/Dreamstarter/Apply-scholarships#be for you.
Farm Innovation Fund
Value: $1 million
Run By: NSW Government Rural Assistance Authority
Further Information: https://www.raa.nsw.gov.au/loans/farm-innovation-fund
The Farm Innovation Fund provides low interest loans to helps farmers to:
Improve farm productivity by reducing risks and improve efficiencies by building fodder and grain storage facilities, sheds, fencing, roadworks and solar power conversions.
Manage adverse seasonal conditions by improving water efficiencies with irrigation systems, cap and piping of bores, new dams, install water tanks and desilting of ground tanks.
Ensure long term sustainability by increasing the viability of a farm business and improve pasture and soil health, plant trees for shade and wildlife corridors, eradicate weeds, flood proof property and fence riverbanks.
Drought Assistance Fund
Further Information: https://www.raa.nsw.gov.au/loans/drought-assistance-fund
The NSW Government is offering $50,000 interest-free loans to primary producers to implement systems and management practices that enhance the sustainability of their farm business. The loan term is seven years and there are no repayments required in the first two years. This loan will fund:
• The transport of stock, fodder and water
• Genetic banking of breeding herds
• Installation of on-farm fodder and water infrastructure
• Activities that promote profitability and resilience as a result of the on-farm investment
Special Disaster Grant - Bushfires
Closes: 15 December 2020 for affected Northern Inland LGAs
Further Information: https://www.raa.nsw.gov.au/disaster-assistance/special-disaster-grant-bushfires
The Special Disaster Grant - Bushfire is available to eligible primary producers, following the declaration of a Natural Disaster by the NSW Government, and following the approval of the Australian Government. This assistance measure is only provided in event of Natural Disasters that have severely affected communities, regions or sectors.
In the Northern Inland, businesses in the Armidale, Glen Innes Severn, Inverell, Tenterfield and Walcha LGA's affected by the bushfires may be eligible.
Grants are provided to help pay for the costs of clean up, reinstatement activities and emergency measures associated with the immediate recovery of primary production enterprises.
Small Business Bushfire Recovery Grants
Value: Up to $50,000
Run By: Australian Government's Bushfire Recovery Agency
Further Information: https://www.business.gov.au/news/bushfire-support and https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/register-small-business-bushfire-recovery-grant
If you're a small business or non-profit organisation, and you've suffered direct damage to your premises or equipment as a result of the NSW 2019–2020 bushfire event (beginning in August 2019), you may be eligible for a bushfire recovery grant.
The bushfire recovery grant of up to $50,000 is to help pay for costs associated with the clean-up and reinstatement of a small business or non-profit organisation’s operations.
A Hold on Evictions for Renters
Run By: Australian and NSW Governments
Evictions will be put on hold over the next 6 months for commercial and residential tenancies in financial distress, who are unable to meet their commitments due to the impact of the coronavirus. Commercial tenants, landlords and financial institutions are encouraged to talk about short term agreements.
The Government has also announced a mandatory code of conduct for commercial tenancies to support small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) affected by the coronavirus.
Detailed information for renters in NSW: https://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/resource-library/publications/coronavirus-covid-19/property/moratorium
Assistance for Affected Regions, Communities and Industries
Run By: To be advised
Further Information: https://business.gov.au/risk-management/emergency-management/coronavirus-information-and-support-for-business/assistance-for-severely-affected-regions-communities-and-industries
The Australian Government has set aside an initial $1 billion allocation to support those regions and communities that have been disproportionately affected by the economic impacts of the Coronavirus, including those heavily reliant on industries such as:
The $1 billion will be provided through existing or newly established Government programs.
Provides funding to not-for-profit organisations to deliver services that are separate and additional to the Fair Work Ombudsman’s statutory functions.
Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme
Further Information: https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/entrepreneurs-programme
The Entrepreneurs' Programme is the Australian Government’s flagship initiative for business competitiveness and productivity.
The programme offers support to businesses through four elements:
Accelerating Commercialisation — helps small and medium businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers to commercialise novel products, services and processes.
Business Management — provides access to a national network of experienced business advisers and facilitators to assist you to improve your business practices, become more competitive, and take advantage of growth and collaboration opportunities in order to increase your business’s capability to trade in Australian markets and/or markets in other countries.
Incubator Support — assists new and existing incubators to improve the prospects of Australian start-ups achieving commercial success in international markets, through helping them to develop their business capabilities.
Innovation Connections — experienced Innovation Facilitators work with your business to identify knowledge gaps that are preventing your business growth. The outcome is an Innovation Facilitation Report.
Farm Household Allowance
Closes: Applications are ongoing
Value: Based on individual assessment
Run By: Australian Government Department of Human Services
Further Information: https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/farm-household-allowance-program
Farm Household Allowance (FHA) provides assistance to farming families experiencing financial hardship. The program focuses on helping farmers make important decisions to improve their long-term financial situation.
Advancing Renewables Program
Run By: Australian Government: Australian Renewable Energy Agency
Further Information: https://arena.gov.au/funding/programs/advancing-renewables-program/
ARENA’s Advancing Renewables Program supports a broad range of development, demonstration and pre-commercial deployment projects that can deliver affordable and reliable renewable energy for Australian families and businesses.
The program’s objective is to fund activities that contribute to one or more of the following outcomes:
• reduction in the cost of renewable energy
• increase in the value delivered by renewable energy
• improvement in technology readiness and commercial readiness of renewable energy
• reduction in or removal of barriers to renewable energy uptake
• increased skills, capacity and knowledge relevant to renewable energy
This fund is open to applications for all activities identified in the ARENA Investment Plan, except the competitive rounds. Applications for the competitive activities are accepted during competitive rounds.
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Glen Innes Highlands acknowledges and pays respect to the Ngoorabul people as the traditional custodians of this land, their elders past, present and emerging, and to Torres Strait Islander people and all First Nations people.
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