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October 2021 - Welcome to Glen Innes Severn Council’s newsletter informing committees, community groups, businesses, sporting organisations, Council, not-for- profits and individuals of potential funding opportunities through grants and programs.
October 15, 2021
Hello to everyone,
Day Light Saving has arrived and some welcome Spring rain. It is great news that NSW COVID-19 restrictions have been eased this month.
This October newsletter 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: 3 Opportunities
4. COVID -19 Business and Individual Assistance: 3 Opportunities
5. Disaster Recovery Grants: 2 Opportunities
For all grants listed in this newsletter, 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.
New and upcoming opportunities in this newsletter include:
• Local Sport Grant Program – NSW Government. See Community Grants section.
• Dine and Discover Vouchers – NSW Government. Additional 2 x $25 Vouchers See Community Grants section.
• Alfresco Restart Initiative – NSW Government. See Business section.
• Start Strong Capital Works Grants Program. Improving access to preschool and by creating additional community preschool places
– NSW Government. See Infrastructure Section.
• Reduce Social Isolation – NSW Government. Community Grants section.
• Strong and Resilient Communities (SARC) Activity – Inclusive Communities Grant - Australian Government. See Community Grants Section.
• Restart Investment to Sustain and Expend (RISE) Fund - Australian Government. See Community Grants section.
• Community War Memorials Fund – NSW Government. See Community Grants section.
• Community Litter Grants – Round Seven - NSW EPA. See Community Grants Section.
• The Festival of Place – NSW Government – Community Grants section.
In relation to COVID-19 financial assistance, please note the current Business Jobsaver Payment and 2021 Micro-Business Covid-19 Grant schemes both close 11.59pm, 18 October 2021. The Special Disaster Assistance (Storms & Floods) Primary Producer Grant program also closes on 31 October 2021.
For an update on Economic Development including grants please see the 23 September 2021 Council Business Paper, pages 151 to 158 and 188 to 194. Click here. You can also sign up to receive the Economic Development e-newsletter: Click here.
Enjoy your more freedom from the easing of COVID -19 restrictions.
Richard Quinn, Grants Officer
Glen Innes Severn Council
1.1 Alfresco Restart Initiative – NSW Government
Open: To be specified
Closes: To be specified
Value: $5,000 per hospitality business, capped at 500 businesses.
Run By: NSW Government
$5,000 grants will be available for 5,000 hospitality businesses to establish new alfresco outdoor dining settings. More information on this new initiative will be available shortly from the NSW Government.
For updates: Click here.
1.2 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.
1.3 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.
1.4 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.
1.5 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; and
• 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.
2.1 NSW Government - Local Sport Grant Program
Open: 12 October 2021
Closes: 1.00pm, 19 November 2021
Value: Funding of $50,000 per electorate will be allocated to all 93 electorates throughout NSW.
Maximum available amounts per application are:
• Sport Development: $2,000
• Sport Event: $5,000
• Sport Access: $5,000
• Sport Facility: $15,000
Run By: NSW Government – Office of Sport
The key objectives of the Program align to the Office of Sport Strategic Plan with the specific objectives to:
• Increase regular and on-going participation in sport
• Increase participation and access for women, girls and population groups under-represented in participation including,
culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, people with a disability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (ATSI)
• Address barriers to participation in sport or structured physical activity
• Assist sport clubs to provide quality service to their members and meet community needs.
Applications must clearly demonstrate an identified need for the project and articulate how the project outcomes will be achieved.
Specifically, applications should demonstrate how the project will address at least one of the above objectives.
There are four project types within the Program. Each project type with their maximum requested amounts available are:
• Sport Development: $2,000
• Sport Event: $5,000
• Sport Access: $5,000
• Sport Facility: $15,000
The minimum requested amount available is $500 for all project types. The amount organisations request should reflect the scale of the project/s. Applicants may apply for one application per project type but should prioritise their projects as the maximum available to any one organisation under this round of the program is $20,000 in a financial year.
Organisations may only receive State Government funding once for the same project or same component of a project from this Program or any other State Government funded grant program. Organisations may contribute to the project. The greater the contribution the more favourably it will be looked upon. Local Government Authorities are encouraged to contribute.
Sport Development include:
• Training programs that will lead to volunteer coaches, officials and club administrators gaining required education and accreditation,
e.g., a club could apply for funds to allow it to run a coach accreditation course
• Facilitation of programs that will increase the skill level of players/participants
• Projects that improve a club’s community presence, ability to communicate with members or undertake administrative functions,
e.g., a club could develop or upgrade their website or, purchase accounting software to assist it manage its finances
Sport Event include:
• Events that promote participation in sport and physical activity and provide a focal point for community building and engagement,
e.g., a club could host a specificevent/tournament within their electorate. An event must be conducted on a specified day or consecutive
days at a specified location
• Events that primarily involve sporting competition or mass participation in an organised sport, e.g., an exhibition sporting match, hosting a
gala day, regional or state championships
• Regional clubs host a sporting event that attracts tourists and visitors to the region
Note: An event does not include regular ongoing weekly/monthly sporting competition/activities. The event date must be included in the application.
Events must be held within 12 months of funding being announced. Events are not to be scheduled prior to 1 January 2022. Consideration should be
given to travel restrictions and scheduling when preparing for the event.
Sport Access include:
• Costs associated with overcoming a barrier to participation in sport, e.g., training and playing sport equipment
• Subsidised travel costs to assist junior teams (aged under 18 years of age) access to first class coaching, or travel from rural/ remote areas
to participate in competition
• Defibrillators / Automated External Defibrillators
1. Travel interstate will only be considered for clubs close to state borders where access to competition is not available within a reasonable
distance in NSW, e.g. hire of a bus for weekly competition at away ground games.
2. Subsidised registration fees for senior players (this does not apply to juniors who are able to access the Active Kids vouchers).
3. AEDs – Applicants must rely on their own enquiries as to the suitability of any AED Service Provider they engage.
The provision of an AED package must include:
: An AED
: AED familiarisation instruction
: A minimum of six years of essential defibrillator maintenance.
: Medical Emergency Plan
Funding for AED does not include:
: Ongoing maintenance outside of the scope of the maintenance schedule and any extended warranty as specified by the Approved AED
Panel Service Provide
: Accredited CPR, first aid, ongoing or additional face to face AED familiarisation instruction
: Out of warranty repair of equipment
: Replacement costs of consumables including batteries and electrode pads
: Replacement or temporary replacement of the AED if it is damaged or unrecoverable through wear and tear, vandalism, accident, theft or misuse
: General first aid maintenance items or equipment (items requiring cleaning and disinfecting after use)
This is a general guide only. Sport clubs/organisations should refer to the details set out in the particular AED Providers’ packages when making a
choice of provider.
Sport Facility include projects at sporting clubs and facilities used by sports clubs that:
• Enhance existing facilities, e.g., installation of watering systems, safety netting, lighting, installed electronic scoreboards or, upgrade of surfaces.
• Provide ancillary facilities at established facilities, e.g., fixed sun protection shelters, change rooms, shower and toilet blocks
• Are for construction of new facilities and infrastructure
• Have received Development Approval (DA) from the relevant Council, or can demonstrate that such approval is not required, and have evidence of
landowner’s consent. NB: This documentation is required before your club submit an application
Note: This project type does not include capital equipment and/or portable equipment (this would be captured as part of Sport Access above).
2.2 Strong and Resilient Communities (SARC) Activity – Community Grants Hub Inclusive Communities Grant – Australian Government.
Closes: 9.00am, 15 November, 2021
Value: Projects will have a funding cap of $180,000 (GST exclusive) per year.
The maximum grant amount is $360,000 (GST exclusive) for a 2-year project.
Run By: Australian Government – Department of Social Services
The Australian Government is inviting applications in an open process to apply to deliver services under the Families and Communities Program –
Strong and Resilient Communities (SARC) Activity – Inclusive Communities Grants from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2024.
These Grants aim to support vulnerable and disadvantaged people to participate socially and economically through local community-driven solutions
that build self-reliance and empowerment. The Grants will focus on supporting people of working age (15-64 years) in geographic areas of high
socio-economic disadvantage across all states and territories.
This includes addressing barriers to participating in community activities, reducing social isolation, developing soft skills and promoting social and
economic participation through funding projects that support:
• the development of young people aged 12-18 who are, or are at risk of, disengagement, marginalisation and having limited engagement
• people with disabilities and/or mental health issues to participate in their community, and become/remain independent and engaged.
• vulnerable women who are, or at risk of, isolation or discrimination to participate in their community and increase their sense of self agency
• people who are unemployed to address individual barriers to employment and increase their capacity to engage with existing employment/training
services and/or work towards gaining employment
The maximum grant period is 2 years. This grant opportunity seeks applications for projects to be delivered from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2024 (up to 2 years).
You must complete your project by 30 June 2024. Following the SARC Activity - Inclusive Communities Grants period, an evaluation may be undertaken.
This grant stream is open competitive.
Further information and criteria: Click here.
2.3 Reduce Social Isolation for Seniors Grant Program– Round Two
Closes: 15 November 2021
Value: Between $10,000 and $60,000
Run By: NSW Government – Communities & Justice
Following the success of the first round of grants in 2021, Round 2 has now opened. Round Two offers $600,000 in grants ranging
from $10,000 to $60,000 for local government authorities and not-for-profit community organisations to design and implement 12-month programs
that promote social inclusion and reduce seniors’ isolation and loneliness.
The program encourages projects, programs and activities that seek to actively engage new people, particularly harder-to-reach socially isolated
older people. Applications should demonstrate adaptability in the way social connections will be maintained to accommodate potential changes to
social mobility during this period, e.g. moving to online or virtual gatherings should physical gatherings be restricted, to align with any public health orders.
2.4 Community Litter Grants – Round Seven - NSW EPA
Closes: 4.00pm, 8 November 2021
Value: Three Streams:
Stream 1: On-ground projects Streams: Between $4,000 and $40,000 per project
Stream 2: Own it and Act Strategic projects: Between $40,000 and $80,000 per project
Stream 3: Own it and Act strategic implementation: Between $50,000 and $100,000 per project
Run By: NSW EPA
The Community Litter Grant program aims to support litter reduction targets in the NSW Government’s Waste and Materials Strategy 2041, including
a 30% reduction in plastic litter by 2025, and a 60% reduction of all litter items by 2030. All funded projects must include direct community leadership
and participation in the development of litter prevention activities.
Stream 1: On-ground projects:
• Between $4,000 and $40,000 is available per project
• Is for groups that want to act on a locally-identified litter issue at one or more locations
• Projects in this stream will use proven methods of litter prevention to support their local community to reduce litter.
Stream 2: Own it and Act Strategic projects:
• Between $40,000 and $80,000 is available per project
• Projects in this stream will be longer-term strategic state or regional litter prevention initiatives that do not need to be site-specific
• Applicants must demonstrate how projects will build organisational capacity for their community group and/or partner organisations to deliver
future long-term litter prevention outcomes
• Projects in this stream must align with and use the Own it and Act strategic framework (PDF 1.1MB – see link below) developed by the
NSW EPA Litter Prevention Unit.
Stream 3: Own it and Act strategic implementation:
• Between $50,000 and $100,000 is available per project
• Projects in this stream will focus on the dissemination and implementation phase of state-wide or regional litter prevention strategies that
were developed under Community Litter Grants Round 6 Stream 2
• Projects must involve key stakeholders within a state or region, including community-based organisations (e.g. NGOs, local groups) and
land managers (e.g. local councils)
• Organisations applying for funding must have an existing Litter Prevention Strategy that:
: includes an Executive Summary that makes a business case for funding, and
: incorporates learnings from the NSW EPA Own it and Act strategic framework.
• Grantees in this stream will engage proactively with the NSW EPA, both as the grant program manager and as a consulting partner
For more information, contact the EPA Litter Prevention unit. Click here.
2.5 The Festival of Place
Closes: Shared Spaces Program (round 2), 4.00pm, 11 November 2021
Summer Night Fund Program, 4.00pm, 15 November 2021
Value: Shared Spaces Program (round 2), up to $500,000
Summer Night Fund Program, up to $15,000
Run By: NSW Government – Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
The NSW Government is offering funding to all NSW councils to bring their streets to life, supporting local communities and businesses to get back
on their feet, including:
• Streets as Shared Spaces Program (round 2) - offering grants of up to $500,000 for trial projects that test permanent changes that strengthen the
amenity, accessibility and economic vitality of a high street and surrounding area.
• Summer Night Fund Program - offering funding of up to $15,000 for free, COVID-Safe activations or events, in public spaces, in local centres.
Further information and criteria: Click here.
2.6 Dine and Discover Vouchers – Extension & Additional Vouchers
Open: 4 x $25 Vouchers now, 2 x Additional Vouchers from 1 December 2021
Closes: 30 June 2022
Value: 4 x $25 Vouchers now (Two x $25 for eating out or takeaway, two x $25 for entertainment).
From 1 December 2021, additional 2 x $25 Vouchers (One x $25 for eating out or takeaway, One x $25 for entertainment)
Run By: NSW Government – Service NSW
How to use the vouchers:
• Vouchers can be used 7 days a week, including public holidays at participating NSW businesses registered as COVID safe.
• You must redeem your vouchers in person at participating businesses.
• Customers can also redeem their Dine NSW Vouchers for takeaway food services (excludes third-party food delivery services)
• Vouchers are single-use and cannot be used for third-party delivery services, tobacco, alcohol or gambling.
• If you have successfully applied for the vouchers, they will be available in your Service NSW Mobile app on your smartphone and sent to your account email.
• If you use less than the $25 value of the voucher, the remaining value is forfeited and may not be used later nor reimbursed by the business.
Where can you redeem your vouchers:
• takeaway food services (excludes third-party food delivery services)
• cafes and restaurants
• pubs, taverns, bars, wineries and clubs.
• amusement, theme and water parks
• live music operations, performing arts operations, theatres and entertainment centres
• museums, galleries and historic sites
• outdoor adventures
• recreational activities such as go-karting, indoor climbing, mini-golf, billiards, bowling or ice-rinks
• scenic and sightseeing transport
• travel agencies and tours
• zoos, botanic gardens, wildlife parks and nature reserves.
To apply for the vouchers: Click here.
2.7 Restart Investment to Sustain and Expend (RISE) Fund
Closes: 12 midnight, 31 December 2021
Value: Grants between $75,000 to $2 million per project
Run By: Australian Government – Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
The RISE Fund is for Organisations in the arts and entertainment sector, supporting this sector to reactivate. The program is targeting funding
towards the arts and entertainment sector organisations to assist in the presentation of cultural and creative projects, activities and events to rebuild
confidence amongst investors, producers and consumers. Projects that target audiences in outer metropolitan, regional and remote areas will also be
taken into account, as well as projects that in that involve tours and use local regional pre-production and production, services and support acts.
Eligible activities and events include, but are not limited to:
• cultural and creative events or activities, including innovative ways to deliver performances, exhibitions, tours and online delivery;
• cultural and creative programming and promotion;
• purchasing or leasing essential equipment for events, such as sound or lighting equipment;
• development of COVID-safe infrastructure and protocols;
• community outreach activities such as workshops; or
• capacity-building activities that link to the objectives and outcomes of the program, supporting support an organisation to build long-term
To be eligible, your primary purpose must be the arts and entertainment and you must:
• have an Australian business number (ABN);
• be registered for goods and services tax (GST);
• have an account with an Australian institution;
• provide a co-contribution to the activity; and
• comply with all regulatory, industry and legal requirements in relation to copyright, licensing and employment
This grant is competitive based.
2.8 Community War Memorials Fund
Open: Remembrance Day, 11 November 2021
Closes: Round Two, Closes 11 February 2022
Value: Up to $10,000
Run By: NSW Government – Department of Veterans Affairs
Funding to help conserve, repair and protect war memorials across NSW including conservation assessments, honour roll repair, war memorial
cleaning and conservation work, arborist advice for war memorial trees, security measures for memorials, repairs to war memorial halls and
improvements to the accessibility of memorials.
The NSW Government established the Community War Memorials Fund in 2008 to help conserve, repair and protect war memorials across NSW.
Since the establishment of the program, grants have been provided for a wide range of projects across NSW. These include conservation assessments,
honour roll repair, specialist stone cleaning and restoration, arborist advice for war memorial trees and repairs to war memorial halls.
The program is delivered by the NSW Office for Veterans Affairs which sits within the NSW Department of Communities and Justice.
For more information and guidelines: Click Here.
5.1 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.
5.2 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.
Disclaimer: Information for this October 2021 newsletter was sourced from www.grants.gov.au, www.business.gov.au,
Regional Development Australia Northern Inland and/or the following Government departments on grants and funding programs
from NSW Government, SafeWork NSW, NSW Government – Rural Assistance Authority, CSIRO,
Australian Government – Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, NSW Government – Office of Sport,
NSW Government – Communities & Justice,NSW EPA, NSW Government – Department of Planning, Industry and Environment,
Australian Government – Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications,
NSW Government – Department of Veterans Affairs, Australian Government – Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development
and Communications, NSW Government – Office of Responsible Gambling, NSW Government – Office of Responsible Gambling,
NSW Government – Service NSW in coordination with the Commonwealth Government, Commonwealth Government - Services Australia,
NSW Government – Rural Assistance Authority
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