Grant Of The Week

Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund

Close Date & Time:31 May 2021
Agency:Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
Primary Category:Arts
The RISE Fund will provide targeted funding assistance for sector organisations seeking to restart, re-imagine or create new activities. The program is intended to assist by providing funding for the presentation of new or re-shaped cultural and creative activities and events including festivals, concerts and tours
Matched funding:Recommended

What we offer

Below are the details of some ongoing and current grants available to the Southern Inland community.

RDA Southern Inland can assist local organisations, Councils, clubs and businesses to identify areas where they may be eligible for grants or funding and assist them in completing applications for submission.

Specifically, we can…

Assist & Identify

RDASI can assist & identify suitable grant and funding opportunities for your business

Provide Application Assistance

RDASI can assist you with the grant application process

Provide Profiling Data

RDASI can provide you with economic and community tools to strengthen your application

Supply a Letter of Support

RDASI can provide Letters of Support to assist your funding application

LESS THAN $10,000

Export Assistance Grant

Amount:Up to $10,000
Close Date & Time:
Agency:NSW Government
Primary Category:Export
Description:An export assistance grant of up to $10,000 is available to eligible NSW businesses impacted by COVID-19, bushfires or drought, to help you access new global markets or re-enter old ones.
Matched funding:Yes

Regional Skills Relocation Grant

Amount:Up to $10,000
Close Date & Time:Always open
Agency:NSW Department of Industry
Primary Category:Relocation
Description: This grant increases the availability of skilled and experienced workers for businesses setting up in, relocating to, or existing in regional NSW in eligible industries. The funding is available to assist with the relocation costs of eligible skilled workers they employ that move from metropolitan areas.
Matched funding:No

Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program

Amount:Up to $4000
Close Date & Time:Always open
Agency:Australia Department of Education, Skills & Employment
Primary Category:Apprenticeships
Description:The Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program provides employers with incentives to employ an apprentice. The incentive payments are based on a skills shortage list of trades as well as a set of high priority occupations.
Matched funding:No

Boosting Apprenticeship Wage Subsidy

Amount:Up to $7,000 per quarter
Close Date & Time:30 September 2021
Agency:Department of Education, Skills and Employment
Primary Category:Apprenticeship
Description:The $1.2 billion Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy will support businesses and Group Training Organisations to take on new apprentices and trainees, to build a pipeline of skilled workers to support sustained economic recovery. Any businesses or Group Training Organisation that engages an Australian Apprentice on or after 5 October 2020 may be eligible for a subsidy of 50% of wages paid to an apprentice between 5 October 2020 and 30 September 2021, to a maximum of $7,000 per quarter.
Matched funding:Yes

NSW Drought Aid

Amount:Up to $3,000
Close Date & Time:Always open
Primary Category:Drought
Description:Assistance to help meet household expenses for drought affected families, up to a maximum of $3,000 per family/household, is available to eligible applicants. Household expenses can include grocery bills, vehicle maintenance, school, electricity, rates (up to $1000 per installment), telephone, dental and medical (gap payments or cost of travel to access treatment) etc. for expenses that are current – both paid and unpaid.
Matched funding:No

Refresh and Renew Fund

Amount:Up to $10,000
Close Date & Time:31 March 2021
Agency:Destination NSW
Primary Category:Tourism
Description:The Refresh and Renew Fund offers unmatched grants of $10,000 to assist tourism operators to update their product or experience to better meet consumer expectations. Work could include fresh paint, new curtains, new carpet, new furniture, bedspreads, TVs, beds, upgrades to facilities such as a new reception area, bar, display cabinets, etc.
Matched funding:No

MORE THAN $10,000

Regional Events Acceleration Fund

Close Date & Time:17th December 2021
Agency:NSW Government
Primary Category:Events
Description:Stream One: Major Event Operations and Infrastructure

Grants between $50,000 and $200,000 are available to support temporary event infrastructure and operational improvements at existing regional events to help increase visitation.

Stream Two: Major Event Attraction and Enhancement 

Grants for a minimum of $100,000 for the attraction, delivery and retention of major international and domestic events to regional areas across regional NSW, with a focus on major sporting events providing national or international exposure.

Matched funding:Recommended

Bin Trim Rebates Program

Close Date & Time:
Agency:Environment Protection Authority (Delivered by SRBEC)
Primary Category:Waste Management

The Bin Trim program is here to provide free help and support to NSW businesses to maximise their recycling and minimise their waste to landfill and may also help save time and money, while caring for the environment. The Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre offers local businesses a free waste audit, report and review. Rebates of between $1000 and $50,000 are available covering up to 50% of the capital cost of recycling equipment.

Matched funding:Yes

Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund

Amount:$75,000 – $2,000,000
Close Date & Time:31st May 2021
Agency:Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
Primary Category:Arts
Description:The RISE Fund will provide targeted funding assistance for sector organisations seeking to restart, re-imagine or create new activities. The program is intended to assist by providing funding for the presentation of new or re-shaped cultural and creative activities and events including festivals, concerts and tours.
Matched funding: A co-contribution recommended

Accelerating Commercialisation

Amount:Up to $1,000,000
Close Date & Time:Always open
Agency:Federal Government
Primary Category:Entrepreneurs

Accelerating Commercialisation provides small and medium businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers with access to expert advice and funding to help get a novel product, process or service to market. Accelerating Commercialisation Grants provide up to 50% of eligible expenditure to support your commercialisation project..

Matched funding:Yes

Regional Job Creation Fund

Close Date & Time:When funds are allocated

or the 14th May 2021

Agency:Department of Regional NSW
Primary Category:Regional business

The Regional Job Creation Fund supports regional investment and job creation by offering up to $10 million in co-funding to activate or bring forward regional projects in engine, enabling or emerging engine industries. The Regional Job Creation Fund’s focus is to co-fund projects creating at least five sustainable regional jobs.

Matched funding:Yes

Coles Nurture Fund

Amount:Up to $500,000
Close Date & Time:19th March 2021
Primary Category:Agriculture
Description:The Coles Nurture Fund helps small to medium Australian producers, farmers and manufacturers to innovate and grow their business. This grant of up to $500,000 provides small and medium sized businesses with assistance to help them develop new market-leading products, technologies and processes. Farmers and producers affected by bushfires or drought can also apply for a grant to help renew their business.
Matched funding:No

Business Events Program

Close Date & Time:30th March 2021
Primary Category:Events

The Business Events Grant program will provide Australian businesses funding between $10,000 and $250,000. If an event is listed on the Schedule of Approved Business Events, businesses will be able to apply for funding to cover up to 50% of eligible costs of attending the event under the Business Events Grants program. Businesses will need to contribute the remaining 50% of funding, equal to the grant amount awarded.

Matched funding:Yes; 50%

Wine Export Grants

Amount:Up to $25,000
Close Date & Time:1 May 2021 or until funds exhausted
Agency:Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Primary Category:Agriculture

Wine producers may be eligible for up to $25,000 towards reimbursement for the cost of promotional activities in any export market. Only expenses incurred on or after 1 July 2020 will be eligible for claiming under the grant.

Matched funding:Yes

Building Better Regions Fund Round 5

Amount:Up to $10 million
Close Date & Time:5 March 2021
Agency:Dept of Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development & Communications

Primary Category:Regional

The Australian Government announced $200 million in the 2020-21 Budget for a fifth round of the BBRF. Round Five includes:

  • $100 million to support tourism-related infrastructure projects which are focussed on mitigating the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on a region’s tourism industry.
  • The other $100 million will support regional remote Australia more broadly, by funding general infrastructure projects and community investment projects.
Matched funding:Co contribution required

Tourism Grants for Indigenous Business

Amount:Up to $50,000 (businesses) and $100,000 (community organisations)
Close Date & Time:22 March 2021
Agency:National Indigenous Australians Agency
Primary Category:Tourism

The Tourism Grants for Indigenous Business Program will provide up to $12 million over four years in small grants to help individual businesses and community organisations invest in developing new products, equipment, business planning and marketing in the tourism sector. Grants are capped at $50,000 for a privately owned business and $100,000 for community organisations.

Matched funding:Recommended

Experience Enhancement Fund

Close Date & Time:31 March 2021
Agency:Destination NSW
Primary Category:Tourism
Description:The Experience Enhancement Fund offers grants between $50,000 and $150,000 on a matched dollar-for-dollar basis and is available for:

  • Upgrading existing accommodation to 4 – 5-star
  • Upgrading existing business and leisure event venues/facilities to meet client requirements
  • Repurposing existing infrastructure to provide new visitor economy facilities, services or experiences not currently available within the destination
  • Creating new tourism attractions or experiences

Local Councils, Industry Associations and tourism businesses based and operating in regional NSW can apply.

Matched funding:Yes

Regional Business Event Development Fund

Amount:Up to $30,000
Close Date & Time:31 March 2021
Agency:Destination NSW
Primary Category:Tourism
Description:The NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund is designed to help stakeholders create, attract and support exciting business events for regional NSW and to support new business event initiatives aimed at enriching the events with opportunities offered by iconic towns and regions while helping secure successful conferences and events for their future.

An Applicant may apply for funding based on the following scale:

  • Up to $15,000 (ex GST) for a business event with up to 150 delegates (projected attendance)
  • Up to $30,000 (ex GST) for a business event with over 150 delegates (projected attendance)
Matched funding:Yes

Jobs Plus Program

Close Date & Time:30 June 2022
Agency:Service NSW
Primary Category:New business
Description:The Jobs Plus program offers support from the NSW Government to Australian and international companies who are looking to start or expand business operations in New South Wales. Jobs Plus is open to businesses who create at least a net growth of 30 new full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs as part of a business project in NSW before 30 June 2024. Support may include:

  • Payroll tax relief
  • Subsidised training packages rebates
  • Infrastructure rebates
  • Assistance with planning approvals
Matched funding:No

Hotel Energy Uplift Program

Close Date & Time:1 April 2021
Agency:Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Primary Category:Energy
Description:The program provides grants to support small and medium hotels to reduce their energy use, improve energy productivity and deliver carbon abatement.

The program aims to assist hotels to upgrade equipment to reduce energy consumption, upgrade the building fabric to save energy such as improving windows, drapes or insulation, undertake energy management activities and assessments – energy audits and engineering feasibility studies for energy efficiency upgrades or invest in energy monitoring and management systems.

Matched funding:No

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