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Bid Blast #20 August 2020
Grant Funding Opportunities and Resources
Welcome to Glen Innes Severn Council’s newsletter informing committees, community groups, businesses, and not for profits of potential funding opportunities through grants.
There are an enormous amount of funding and assistance opportunities during this difficult time. This bid blast focuses on a few of these under the categories of Drought Assistance, Bushfire Assistance, COVID-19 Assistance, Community Grants and Business Grants.
Links to further opportunities or assistance are under each category which I recommend you explore based on your or your business’s individual needs.
For an update on Economic Development and Council’s Grants status please see the latest Council Report – page 152 - https://www.gisc.nsw.gov.au/council/glen-innes-severn-council-ordinary-meetings/business-paper-and-annexures-ordinary-council
Or you can sign up to receive my Economic Development e-newsletter here: https://gleninneshighlands.com/invest.html
In the meantime, if you or your organisation are looking for specific projects, grants or funding, then don’t be shy in sending me an email at [email protected]
Margot Davis, Economic Development Manager
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.
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
Closes: 15th of 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.
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.
Run By: Australian and NSW Governments
Further Information: https://www.business.gov.au/risk-management/emergency-management/coronavirus-information-and-support-for-business/a-hold-on-evictions-for-renters
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
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.
Closes: 30th of September 2020
Run By: The James Frizelle Charitable Foundation
Further Information: https://jamesfrizelle.smartygrants.com.au/
The James Frizelle Charitable Foundation has been established to support those who have contributed to our great country but may have unfortunately through no fault of their own, fallen on hard times and can no longer speak for themselves. The foundation wishes to assist them to get their life back on track and restore their dignity by working with other eligible charities who have the necessary expertise and human resources but need financial support.
The foundation currently has multiple grant streams open:
• Community Health Grants
• Disadvantaged Grants
• Domestic Violence Grants
• Homelessness Grants
• Housing and Accommodation Grants
• Mental Health Grants
• Natural Disasters Grants
Closes: 25th of September 2020
Value: Up to $15,000
Run By: NSW Department of Education
Further Information: https://education.nsw.gov.au/early-childhood-education/operating-an-early-childhood-education-service/grants-and-funded-programs/quality-learning-environments-program
The QLE program allows not-for-profit community preschools (centre based and mobile) and not-for-profit long day cares to apply for grants of up to $15,000 (ex GST). Grants can be used to purchase resources and activities which improve physical or educational learning environments.
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.
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.
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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