September 2022 Grants & Funding Opportunities

Informing committees, community groups, businesses, sporting organisations, Council, not-for-profits and individuals of potential funding opportunities through grants and programs.

Welcome to Spring! This September newsletter provides information on a selection of Business, Community, Infrastructure and COVID-19 community, business or individual funding and support opportunities that are currently available.

Links are provided at the end of each grant or support listing to direct you to the appropriate website for full details and how to apply for that program.

For details on Glen Innes Severn Council grants for EOFY 2022/2023 currently, see the Annexure A table on page 67 of the Annexures document.

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Enjoy September.

Richard Quinn - Grants Officer
Glen Innes Severn Council
Highlands HUB - Launching Soon!
Glen Innes Severn Council has been funded under the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund to fit out a co-working space at 167 Grey Street, Glen Innes. The funding will also enable subsidised training and workshops for one year following the opening of the Hub later this month. 

People can book a desk or office at the HUB for an hour, a day, a week or months at a time. The facility also has a training room, boardroom, meeting rooms and a community coworking lounge. Prices vary according to the space and time booked. Hot desks in the community co-working lounge can be booked for just $20 per day, including internet, tea & coffee.

Online booking will soon be available. In the meantime, follow the Facebook page for updates or email [email protected] for more information and pre-bookings. 

This local economic recovery project is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and the NSW Government under Disaster Funding Arrangements.
Business Grants

Alfresco Restart Rebate

Open: Now
Closes: 30 September 2022 or if 5,000 registrations are accepted prior.
Value:  Up to $5,000
Run By: NSW Government – Service NSW

If you operate a small or medium food and beverage business wanting to create or expand your outdoor dining area, you may be eligible for a rebate of up to $5,000 under the NSW Government’s Alfresco Restart package. The rebate is available to the first 5,000 eligible small or medium food and beverage businesses that register. Businesses must first register to confirm their eligibility and registrations will close when 5,000 businesses have successfully registered.

Businesses that have successfully registered can claim their rebate from April 2022 for expenses incurred from 14 October 2021 to 30 June 2022.

Further information & eligibility.

Business Connect Small Business Support

Open: Now
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Free support and advice
Run By: NSW Government

Business Connect is a dedicated and personalised NSW Government program. Get independent business advice, practical insights and business skills training on a range of topics for your small business.

One-to-one business advisory sessions are complemented with a range of events and resources providing practical insights and business skills development.

Business Connect advisors are independent professionals. They have experience running their own business, qualifications in a business-related discipline, and advisory experience.

Further information & eligibility.

SafeWork Small Business Rebate

Open: Now
Closes: Ongoing
Value:  Up to $1,000
Run By: NSW Government – SafeWork NSW

If you are a small business owner in NSW, this $1,000 rebate will help you purchase safety items to improve work health and safety for you and your workers. Small business owners and sole traders who have an ABN and less than 50 full-time employees. Charities and not-for-profits can also apply.  

Further information & eligibility.

Get Connected – Tourism Business Support 

Open: Now
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Free promotions on tourism industry website
Run By: Destination NSW

Get Connected is Destination NSW’s website membership program. Simple and easy to use Get Connected membership is free and is open to all tourism operators within New South Wales.
This program gives you the opportunity to showcase your tourism products on Destination NSW’s consumer websites FREE of charge and tap into over 1.5 million potential customers a month, both domestic and international - that’s over 18.5 million people a year who are looking for tourism products.

Further information & eligibility.

Restart – Hiring Mature Age Workers

Open: Now
Closes: Ongoing
Value:  Up to $10,000 per worker
Run By: Australian Government - Department of Education, Skills and Employment

This program provides a financial incentive of up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) to encourage businesses to hire and retain mature age employees who are 50 years of age and over. Payments are made over a six-month period, and you can negotiate how often you get them.

Further information & eligibility.

Business Energy Advice Program

Open: Now
Closes: Ongoing
Value:  Complimentary expert advice
Run By: Australian Government – Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

The Business Energy Advice Program (BEAP) delivers advice to help small businesses and their representatives get better energy deals and reduce their energy usage. A free personalised energy consultation and access to a Small Business Energy Check tool will be provided to you. This funded service is available to Australian businesses with 6 to 20 employees. Or if you've been adversely affected by drought, your business can have between 0 and 20 employees.

Further information & eligibility.

Electric Vehicle Rebate - Business

Open: Now
Closes: Ongoing
Value:  Up to $3,000
Run By: NSW Government - Revenue

The NSW Government will offer $3,000 rebates for the first 25,000 new full battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), purchased for a dutiable value of less than $68,750 that are registered on or after 1 September 2021.

A business or organisation is eligible for the rebate on a new BEV or FCEV that is purchased and registered for business usage in NSW, if that business or organisation operates less than 10 vehicles in NSW at the time of registration. If a business or organisation has claimed a rebate in another state or territory for the same vehicle(s) it will not be eligible for a rebate in NSW.  Rebates will be available for up to two vehicles for eligible businesses and organisations. 

Glen Innes currently has charging stations located behind the Visitor Information Centre and Town Hall.

Further information & eligibility.

Community Grants

Volunteer Museum Grants - Project Development Grants and Small Grants Streams

Open: Now
Closes: 11 September 2022
Value:  Project Development Grants: $2,500 to $7,500; Small Grants: Up to $2,000
Run By: NSW Government – Museums and Galleries of NSW
Project Development Grants empower community museums and keeping places to carry out strategic and innovative projects with mid to long-term outcomes.
Further information & eligibility
Small Grants aim to meet the short-term, collection-based requirements of community museums. There are no set categories for funding, and applications for a broad range of projects will be considered.
Further information & eligibility.

Community Road Safety Grants - Round Eight

Open: Now
Closes: 4pm, 20 September 2022
Value: Two Streams: Up to $5,000 and $30,000
Run By: NSW Government – Transport for NSW
The grants program aims to provide community groups and charity/not-for-profit organisations across NSW with the opportunity to implement small-scale, local projects within their communities that align with the 2026 Road Safety Action Plan. Not eligible for government organisations including Local Councils.

Grants up to $5,000 are available for local community road safety projects. Projects in this category aim to increase road safety awareness in specific community groups or locations and support safer road use through education about safer behaviours that reduce road trauma.

A limited number of $30,000 road safety grants are also available. This category applies to more significant projects that involve a broader reach within the community.

View the 2026 Road Safety Action Plan.
Further information & eligibility.

Stronger Country Communities Fund - Round Five - Community Programs

Open: Now
Closes: 5pm, 23 September 2022
Value: Minimum $100,000. A total of $423,959 is available for eligible Glen Innes Severn community organisations and Local Aboriginal Land Councils. across infrastructure and program streams.
Run By: NSW Government - Regional NSW
The funding is available for community programs that boost the wellbeing of communities in regional areas and have strong local support. This includes project types that improve accessibility and inclusion for people with disability, improve outcomes for Aboriginal people, community programs and local events.

Further information and eligibility.

Regional Events Acceleration Fund – Round Two

Open: Now
Closes: 5pm, 4 October 2022
Value: 3 Streams - Major Event Enhancement: $50,000 to $200,000; Major Event Attraction: Minimum of $100,000; Major Event Accessibility and Inclusion: $15,000 to $100,000
Run By: NSW Government - Regional NSW

The aim of the funding is to help attract new events to the regions, make existing iconic regional NSW events even bigger and better and improve accessibility and inclusion at major events.The types of events eligible for funding include:

  • major sporting and lifestyle events
  • major food and beverage events
  • major music, art, cultural and regionally significant agricultural field day events

Further information and eligibility.

Parents NSW Vouchers

Open: Now
Closes: 9 October 2022
Value: 5 x $50 Parents NSW Vouchers. Total $250.
Run By: NSW Government – Service NSW
The NSW Government has launched Parents NSW Vouchers to reward and thank eligible NSW households for their efforts to support learning from home in 2021. The 5 x $50 Parents NSW vouchers can be used at participating businesses:

  •  7 days a week, including public holidays;
  •  at participating businesses that offer arts, tourism and recreational activities; and
  •  at “Stay NSW” businesses for accommodation bookings.

Further information and eligibility.

National Cultural Heritage Account

Open: Now
Closes: Ongoing
Value: Total annual allocation of $500,000
Run By: Australian Government – Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
This grant program assists Australian cultural organisations to acquire significant cultural heritage objects that they could not otherwise afford. This includes public galleries, libraries, archives and museums as well as historic buildings, local cultural organisations and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander keeping places for sacred/secret material.
You can apply at any time. The Australian Government approves funding on a case-by-case basis.

Further information and eligibility.

FRRR Strengthening Rural Communities – Small & Vital Grants

Open: 31 August 2022
Closes: 29 November 2022
Value: Up to $10,000
Run By: Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal (FRRR)
Grants are available for a broad range of initiatives that strengthen local people, places and climate solutions with a preference for smaller communities (populations under 15,000). Funding is eligible for projects initiated and delivered by local community groups and not-for-profits. Organisations that do not have DGR status.

Further information & eligibility.

Family Home Guarantee (FHG) – Australian Government

Open: Now
Closes: 30 June 2025. Limit of 5,000 places available each financial year to eligible applicants.
Value: Guarantee is for up to a maximum amount of 18% of the value of the property.
Run By: Australian Government – National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation

The FHG aims to support eligible single parents with at least one dependent child in purchasing a family home, regardless of whether that single parent is a first home buyer or a previous homeowner. 

Under the FHG, part of an eligible first home buyer’s home loan from a Participating Lender is guaranteed by NHFIC. This enables an eligible buyer to purchase a home with as little as a 2% deposit without paying Lenders Mortgage Insurance.  

Any Guarantee of a home loan is for up to a maximum amount of 18% of the value of the property (as assessed by your lender). This Guarantee is not a cash payment or a deposit for a home loan. 

From 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2025, 5,000 places are available each financial year to eligible single parents with dependents. 

Further information & eligibility.

Infrastructure Grants

Stronger Country Communities Fund - Round Five - Infrastructure

Open: Now
Closes: 5.00pm, 23 September 2022
Value: Minimum $100,000. A total of $423,959 is available for eligible Glen Innes Severn community organisations and Local Aboriginal Land Councils across infrastructure and program streams.
Run By: NSW Government - Regional NSW

The objective of the Stronger Country Communities Fund is to boost the wellbeing of communities in regional areas
Funding is available for project types including new and upgraded local community and sporting infrastructure, street beautification, projects that improve accessibility and inclusion for people with disability and projects that improve outcomes for Aboriginal people.

Further information & eligibility.

COVID-19 Support for Community, Business & Individuals

COVID-19 Tax Relief Measures NSW - Businesses

Open: Now
Closes: Not specified
Value: Tax relief measures
Run By: NSW Government - Revenue

Tax relief support is available for NSW businesses impacted by COVID-19. 2021 payroll tax deferral and new support payment arrangement for ALL businesses:

  • 50% reduction in 2021/22 payroll tax liability for businesses with grouped Australian wages of $10 million or less who experienced a 30% decline in turnover
  • Payroll tax customers eligible for a 2021 COVID-19 Business Grant or JobSaver payment whose total grouped Australian wages for the 2021/22 financial year are $10 million or less, will have their annual tax liability reduced by 50% when they lodge their  2022 Annual Payroll Tax Reconciliation online.
  • Customers with total grouped wages of $10 million or less, who did not receive a 2021 COVID-19 Business Grant or JobSaver payment, may still be eligible for the 50% reduction if they are able to demonstrate that they have experienced a 30% decline in turnover during a minimum 14-day period during the ‘Greater Sydney lockdown’ (26 June to 30 November 2021) compared to the same period in 2019 or 2020.

Further information & eligibility.

FRRR SRC – Rebuilding Regional Communities – COVID-19 Stream

Open: 31 August 2022
Closes: 29 November 2022
Value: Up to $10,000
Run By: Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), on behalf of the Australian Government.

This stream of the Strengthening Rural Communities grant program is a special funding stream to support communities adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic that is available in partnership with the Australian Government.
Grants are available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that assist communities to recover from and adapt to the impacts of the COVID pandemic. Funds can support community-led, place-based initiatives that:
  • Enhance the process of recovery from the COVID pandemic for remote, rural and regional communities;
  • Reduce social isolation and foster stronger, more resilient remote, rural and regional communities; and/or
  • Sustain local, regional, rural and remote organisations and their work.
The Rebuilding Regional Communities stream received grant funding from the Australian Government.

Further information & eligibility.

Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment – Individual Workers

Open: Now
Closes: Not Specified
Value: Varies on circumstances. 
Run By: Australian Government - Services Australia


If you’re eligible, the Australian Government will pay you for each period you’ve been told to self-isolate or quarantine or are caring for someone who has COVID-19. The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment (PLDP) is taxable income. It won’t be prefilled in your tax return or shown on your Centrelink payment summary.

How much you get depends on the hours of work you lost. For each 7-day period of self-isolation, quarantine or caring, you can be paid:

  • $450 if you lost at least 8 hours or a full day’s work, and less than 20 hours of work
  • $750 if you lost 20 hours or more of work.

If you lost less than 8 hours or a full day’s work during the 7-day period of self-isolation, quarantine or caring, you won’t be eligible for this payment. A full day’s work is the hours you were scheduled to work or would usually work on a given day. This includes not being able to attend a full-time, part-time or casual shift of fewer than 8 hours.

Further information & eligibility.

Energy Accounts Payment Assistance (EAPA) - Households

Open: Now
Closes: Not specified
Value: $50 EAPA vouchers
Run By: NSW Government – Service NSW

If you're having difficulty paying your current household energy bill because of a short-term financial crisis or emergency, such as unexpected medical bills, or reduced income due to COVID-19, you could be eligible for Energy Accounts Payment Assistance (EAPA) $50 vouchers.

Further information & eligibility.

Information sources and disclaimer: Information for this February 2022 newsletter was sourced from,, Regional Development Australia Northern Inland and/or the following Government departments and business organisations on grants and funding programs.
NSW Government – Rural Assistance Authority, NSW Government – Department of Planning, Industry & Environment through Service NSW, NSW Government - Destination NSW, NSW Government – Regional NSW, NSW Government – Department of Veterans Affairs, Australian Government – Department of Health, Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), National Australia Bank, Community Broadcasting Foundation, Australian Government – SportAus, NSW Government – Department of Regional NSW, Australian Government - Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, NSW Government – Office of Sport, NSW Government – Sport NSW, Australian Government - Services Australia, Australian Government – Indigenous Business Australia.


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