Grants

RDA Tropical North collates information on upcoming grants from government, corporate, philanthropic and private sectors.

COVID-19
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Australian Communities Foundation Australian Communities Foundation and Philanthropy Australia have partnered to provide a national funding platform to coordinate the philanthropic response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Not-for-profit organisations are encouraged to register their COVID-19-related funding needs so that philanthropic funders can understand the granting opportunities available and respond to the critical needs of the sector. Various Ongoing
Australian Trade and Investment Commission – COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program

The COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program (the program) will provide a one-off payment in financial year 2020-21 to assist travel agents and tour arrangement service providers who have been disproportionately impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The objective of the program is to:

assist travel agents, and tour arrangement service providers, that qualify for the Jobkeeper scheme, by providing immediate, short term financial support, including for the purpose of ensuring that they can continue to trade and meet their legal obligations to process refunds and credits to Australian consumers.

$1,500 to $100,000 13 Mar 2021
Dept of Agriculture, Water and the Environment – Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days

The Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program will provide operational support for agricultural shows societies and organisers of agricultural field days that cancel their scheduled show or agricultural field days in 2020 because of COVID-19.

The program will help relieve cash flow pressures. It will provide one-off payments to eligible agricultural show societies and agricultural field day organisers to reimburse their 2020 fixed expenses for cancelled shows and field day events.

Agricultural shows and field days contribute more than $1 billion to the economy each year. They attract more than 6 million patrons and are supported by more than 50,000 volunteers. This program will help to ensure the sustainability of:

  • agricultural show societies and the agricultural shows they conduct
  • the organisers of agricultural field days and the agricultural field days they conduct.

Funding is being provided under the $1 billion Relief and Recovery Fund. This fund supports regions, communities and industry sectors disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

Various Opening in Sept 2020
Australian Government – Dept of Home Affairs – Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment The purpose of the grant is to provide lump sum financial assistance to limit the financial hardship for eligible individuals who are unable to earn an income having been informed by a health official in the state they live and/or work to self-isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19. Various Ongoing
Australian Government – Dept of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications – COVID-19 Arts Sustainability Fund To provide ‘last resort’ funding assistance to significant Australian Government-funded arts organisations that are assessed to be at imminent risk of insolvency as a direct result of COVID-19, having taken all reasonable action to maintain their financial position. Various 31 May 2021
Dept of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications – Show Starter Loan Scheme The Show Starter Loan Scheme is supporting up to $90 million of lending to eligible existing arts and entertainment entities that have been adversely affected by COVID-19. Under the Scheme, the Government is guaranteeing 100% of new loans taken out by eligible arts and entertainment businesses to deliver new productions or events for a live audience. Loans are provided by participating lenders. Various Loan Amounts Ongoing
Australian Government – International Freight Assistance Mechanism

The IFAM program is a temporary, emergency measure in response to an extraordinary situation. The Tranche 2 of IFAM gives Australian businesses more time to re-engineer their business models and adjust to a new and more challenging environment created by COVID-19.

The intended outcomes of the IFAM grants are to:

• increase the volume of Australian outbound freight (and inbound medical supplies) to encourage the return of international freight providers;

• reduce the impact on exporters of Australian high-value and time-sensitive perishable products, of freight cost increases caused by the COVID-19 impact; and

• enable Australian exporters of high-value and time-sensitive perishable products to keep exporting and thereby keep Australian employees in jobs during the economic crisis caused by COVID-19.

Various

Tranche 2

14 Feb 2021

Australian Government – Airline Financial Relief Package The objective of the program is to assist airlines operating services to regional and remote locations to continue to provide essential air links by providing financial cashflow assistance where required according to the criteria in the Grant Guidelines. The funding is a ‘last resort’ option when a range of other strategies to manage an airline’s financial position have been undertaken. Various Ongoing
Australian Government – Regional Arts Fund RAF Boost Immediate, medium, and long-term funding for individuals and organisations. Provided by the Australian Government. The funding recognises that the creative industries are central to thriving and healthy communities across regional, rural and remote Australia and that arts and culture activities are vital in the recovery and renewal process.  The Recovery Boost grant program will be implemented in three stages moving from Relief to Recovery and Renewal. Various Ongoing
Australian Government – The Treasury JOBKEEPER

The JobKeeper Payment, which was originally due to run until 27 September 2020, will continue to be available to eligible businesses (including the self-employed) and not-for-profits until 28 March 2021.

In addition, from 3 August 2020 the relevant date of employment will move from 1 March to 1 July 2020, increasing employee eligibility for the scheme.

The payment rate of $1,500 per fortnight for eligible employees and business participants was reduced to $1,200 per fortnight from 28 September 2020 and will be reduced further to $1,000 per fortnight from 4 January 2021.

From 28 September 2020, lower payment rates will apply for employees and business participants that worked fewer than 20 hours per week in the relevant reference period.

Australian Government – The Treasury HOMEBUILDER

HomeBuilder provides eligible owner-occupiers (including first home buyers) with a grant to build a new home or substantially renovate an existing home. HomeBuilder assists the residential construction sector by encouraging the commencement of new home builds and renovations.

On 29 November 2020, the Government announced an extension to the HomeBuilder program to 31 March 2021.

Various 31 March 2021

 

Screen Australia – Temporary Interruption Fund

Temporary Interruption Fund is a $50 million fund made available by the Australian Government and administered by Screen Australia. The fund provides assistance for new local productions that have been unable to start production due to production insurance exclusions relating to COVID-19. This fund will provide coverage to productions for specific events relating to COVID-19 that occur during the last two weeks of pre-production and the period of principal photography. Various 28 May 2021
Australian Government – Support for Business

Several packages and initiatives have already been launched by the Government.   This will continue to change and evolve as the impacts change and evolve.  To date the following has been implemented.  Follow the link for further information and resources during this fast-changing environment.

  • Increasing the Instant Asset Write-Off;  Threshold has been increased from $30,000 to $150,000
  • BBI – Backing Investment (BBI);  A time limited 15 month investment incentive support business investment over the short term
  • Boosting cash flow for employers; providing up to $25,000 to small and medium size businesses
  • Supporting apprentices and trainees; you may be eligible for a 50% wages subsidy
  • Assistance to affected regions, communities and industries;  $1 billion has been set aside in support
Various Ongoing
Australian Government – SME Guarantee Scheme; Supporting the flow of credit

Under the Scheme, the Government is guaranteeing 50 per cent of new loans issued by eligible lenders to SMEs. The Scheme has enhanced lenders’ willingness and ability to provide credit, supporting many otherwise viable SMEs to access vital additional funding to get through the impact of Coronavirus.

The initial phase of the Scheme remains available for new loans made by participating lenders until 30 September 2020. The second phase of the Scheme will start on 1 October 2020 and will be available for loans made until 30 June 2021.

Various Ongoing
Australian Government – Age Care Support Program The COVID-19 Aged Care Support Program will reimburse eligible aged care providers for eligible expenditure incurred on managing direct impacts of COVID-19. The Program will run over 2 years from 2019-20 to 2020-21. The Program will assist Residential Aged Care, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program and Home Care Package providers that are subject to direct COVID-19 impacts, to deliver continuity of safe quality care for consumers. Various Ongoing
IBA – Indigenous Business Australia IBA has a new Indigenous Business Relief Package for all Indigenous businesses who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, including non-IBA customers.  Package includes Business Impact Analysis or Working capital assistance. Various Ongoing
Judith Neilson Institute – Funding for Freelancers Two early casualties of media cost-cutting caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have been freelancers and casual contributors. To address this the Judith Neilson Institute has created a fund to support these journalists and provide some cost-relief to media organisations.  Media organisations are invited to apply for financial support for freelancers and casual contributors to undertake specific projects. This might be one story, or a series of stories, or it might be editorial support, or a photography assignment. There is no limitation on topics. All media organisations, including independent and regional media are encouraged to apply. Not disclosed Ongoing
Queensland Government – COVID-19 Response Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs – Queesland Government Economic Recovery Strategy (Stage Two)
Queensland Government – Adaption Grant Program The objective of this program is to support small businesses subject to closure or highly impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) shutdown restrictions announced by the Queensland Government, to adapt and sustain their operations, and build resilience. $10,000 Round Two Open 1st July
Queensland Government – Office of State Revenue – Payroll Tax Relief 

You may be eligible for one or more of a range of payroll tax relief measures as a result of the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Small and Medium Business:  (Payroll up to $6.5m) will be eligible for:-

  • A two-month refund of payroll tax, giving an average of nearly $9,000 cash;
  • A three-month payroll tax holiday, saving an average of $13,360;
  • In addition, they will be eligible to defer all payroll tax payments for the rest of 2020.

Large Business:  (Payroll over $6.5 million) will be eligible for:-

  • A two-month payroll tax refund and have their deferral extended for all of 2020.

This means no Queensland business impacted by COVID-19 will have to make a payroll tax payment this year.

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Queensland Government Industry Support Package – Large Business This will assist large businesses through this period to ensure they will be able to scale up and servcie the community when economic activity improves.  For further details on the Industry Support Package, email COVID19ISP@treasury.gov.au n/a n/a
Queensland Government – $2.5 billion for Workers and Industry The worker and industry support package includes: Up to $500 million to assist workers who lose their job or income with retraining, job-matching and other help to transition into jobs in the industries that are vital to get Queensland through this crisis – such as health care, agriculture, food production, transport, cleaning and mining. Various Ongoing
Queensland Government – Immediate Industry Recovery Package

A $27.25 million package has been announced to provide immediate assistance to help Queensland manage the impacts of the COVID-19 (coronavirus). 

A broad range of initiatives are available to assist and support business.  It also promotes Queensland through marketing and media activities; and provides counselling and support to businesses and students.  Follow the link for further information and resources during this fast-changing environment.

  • Jobs Support Loans;  The loan facility will comprise of low interest loans of up to $250K for carry on finance with an initial 12 month interest free period.
  • Support for small and medium business;  financial workshops, mentoring and a dedicated business a hotline to build resilience, grow and succeed.
  • Payroll Tax Support; you may be able to apply for a relief package to defer lodging.
  • Tourism and Hospitality providers:  waiving of some application fees, renewal fees, daily fees, rebates and deferral of tourism rent payments.
  • Support for fisheries including tropical rock lobster industry.
  • Support for exporters;  $1.1 million ‘Market Ready’ initiative will provide tailored export advice to SMEs on leveraging opportunities in the Chinese online market.
Various Ongoing
Queensland Government – Electricity Relief Household Utility Assistance Package and power bill relief for small business. $500 n/a
Queensland Government – COVID-19 Rental Grant
This grant is only available to Queenslanders who need it the most and have exhausted all other options.  The COVID-19 Rental Grant is a one-off payment of up to 4 weeks rent (maximum of $2000) available to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic who do not have access to other financial assistance. The grant is paid directly to your lessor. $2,000 n/a
Queensland Government – COVID-19 Relief for the Exploration Sector Temporary relief packages and recovery measures for the exploration sector have been put in place in response to COVID-19.  Assistance measures include rent waiver for holders of exploration permits, removal of some application fees and several industry development initiatives have been fast-tracked.  Full details are available via the website. Various Various
Queensland Government – Live Music Venue Support

The Live Music Venue Support program supports Queensland-based live music venues with a track record in presenting original live music that have been significantly impacted by COVID-19.

The program is part of the Queensland Government’s Arts and Cultural Recovery Package of $22.5 million over two years to stabilise Queensland’s arts companies, secure employment for artists and arts workers and deliver COVID-safe cultural experiences for Queensland audiences.

$15,000 to $25,000 When exhausted
Queensland Government – COVID Works for Queensland program

As part of the Queensland Government’s Economic Recovery Strategy: Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs, on 19 May 2020 the Premier announced $200 million for a COVID Works for Queensland (2020–21 COVID W4Q) program, to be delivered during 2020–21.

The $200 million 2020–21 COVID W4Q program is available to all Queensland councils and is to be used to support the delivery of job creating new infrastructure, maintenance or minor works projects, including the bring-forward of planned/budgeted maintenance or capital works, that are focused on essential services, economic development and community wellbeing outcomes.

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2020 Federal Budget Highlights, Programs and Initiatives
BACKING OUR REGIONS

The 2020-21 Budget continues to build a strong regional Australia and includes a number of measures that respond to the unique way regions have been impacted by the events of 2020.

This Budget ensures regions which are seeing strong population growth have the services and jobs they need, that regions in transition are supported to adapt to new circumstances and build resilience, and investments for all communities to make sure they continue to be great places to work and live.
Funding will flow directly to support stronger, more resilient regions through the following initiatives:

• An additional $200 million to extend the successful Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) for a fifth round, including:o $100 million available across regional Australia for community prioritieso $100 million dedicated for tourism infrastructure  in regions significantly affected by the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism industry.

• $100 million to fund Regional Recovery Partnerships, which will coordinate investments in ten identified priority regions with other levels of government to support recovery and growth.

• $41 million for a Research and Development Program to continue the Government’s regional decentralisation agenda, by funding research and development activities that will benefit regional industries.

• An additional $30.3 million for the Regional Connectivity Program to support telecommunications projects developed by local communities and providers to benefit regions. This will boost overall funding to $83 million, to support faster internet speeds outside the National Broadband Network fixed-line footprint.

• An additional $28.1 million to extend the Stronger Communities Program, which provides grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 across the country to community organisations and local governments for small capital projects that deliver social benefits for local communities.

• $5.7 million in a new Building Stronger, Resilient Regional Leaders initiative

• $5 million for the Regional Australia Institute’s research program and promotion of regional living.

 

BUILDING WATER INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

The Government is building on its existing investment in water infrastructure projects with an additional $2 billion in funding for new projects through the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund. This more than doubles the funding to a total of $3.5 billion and will deliver increased water security, build resilience in our regions, deliver jobs and grow the countries critical agriculture sectors.

This additional commitment will help identify and build the dams, weirs, pipelines, water recycling plants and other projects that will deliver the National Water Grid – a series of region-specific systems that will help secure reliable supplies of water for rural and regional Australia now and into the future.

 

SECURING A STRONG, SUSTAINABLE AND COMPETITIVE AVIATION INDUSTRY

Following the sudden and drastic capacity cuts by airlines in the initial response to COVID-19, the Australian Government moved quickly to re-establish minimum levels of aviation connectivity. This connectivity has allowed repatriated Australians to get to their homes and ensured critical workers, health supplies and freight continue to move to support the health pandemic needs across the country.
Measures funded include:• $165 million Domestic Aviation Network Support Program• $198 million over two years from 2019-20 for the  Regional Airline Network Support Program• $100 million Regional Airlines Funding Assistance Program• $66 million in 2020-21 for the Regional Airports Screening Infrastructure Program.

 

TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The Government’s $110 billion transport infrastructure program will support local jobs and businesses at the time it is needed most. These investments will deliver the Government’s economic plan for a stronger more resilient Australia, meeting the national freight challenge and getting Australians home sooner and safer.Funding is being delivered to critical transport infrastructure projects in every state and territory, including:• an additional $490.6 million for the Coffs Harbour Bypass in New South Wales• $528 million for upgrades to the Shepparton and Warrnambool rail lines in Victoria• $750 million for Stage 1 of the Coomera Connector in Queensland• an additional $80 million for the Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network in Western Australia• $136 million to progress the Main South Road Duplication in South Australia• $65 million for the Tasman Bridge Upgrade in Tasmania• $46.6 million for National Network Highway Upgrades in the Northern Territory• $87.5 million for the Molonglo River Bridge in the Australian Capital Territory.

Other Initiatives•

$2 billion towards road safety initiatives, continuing efforts to reduce road trauma in Australia. This investment will deliver an estimated 3,000 kilometres of lifesaving road improvements and support around 9,000 jobs across the country. This additional investment builds on the $500 million we are already delivering for Targeted Road Safety Works.• An additional $1 billion over two years for local governments for the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program which builds on the initial $500 million announced in May 2020. • $91.8 million over four years from 1 January 2021, with $23.4 million available in 2020-21 to provide assistance under the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme for the shipment of imported goods to Tasmania via the Australian mainland.

 

COMMUNICATIONS AND ARTS

The Morrison Government is strengthening the economy, creating jobs and supporting households and businesses through COVID-19 by investing in our critically important telecommunications, media and creative arts sectors as part of our Economic Recovery Plan for Australia.
With more Australians than ever working, learning and socialising on the internet, the Government is also investing additional resources in the eSafety Commissioner to better protect and support Australians online. The key measures for the communications, cyber safety and arts portfolio include:
• $4.5 billion for NBN Co to bring ultra-fast broadband to millions of families and businesses

• $37.1 million Strengthening Telecommunications Against Natural Disasters Package to prevent, mitigate and manage telecommunications outages during emergencies.

• $1.8 million in grant funding for Wireless Internet Service Providers to improve connectivity in the Western Australian Grainbelt.

 

AGRICULTURE

Busting Congestion for Agricultural Exporters The Australian Government is providing $328.4 million over four years from 2020-21 to reform export systems and regulation and contribute to the goal of $100 billion in farmgate production by 2030. The suite of reforms is aimed to accelerate trade growth as agriculture recovers from drought, bushfires and COVID-19.

The package includes:

• $222.2 million for Digital Services to Take Farmers to Markets, which will modernise Australia’s agricultural export system

• $14.3 million for improving regulation including Targeted Interventions for Seafood and Live Animal Exporters

• $10.9 million for Building a More Competitive Export Meat Industry to  reform the export meat regulatory system

• $10 million for Harmonised and Streamlined Plant Export Regulation to simplify processes to support plant production exports

Other initiatives

• $190 million over four years from 2020-21 to a new Recycling Modernisation Fund.

• An additional $2 billion in loan funding to the Regional Investment Corporation in July 2020 for the 2020-21 financial year to double the farm and small business loan funds.

• $233.4 million over three years from 2020-21 for Australia’s Commonwealth National Parks including, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Kakadu National Park, Booderee National Park, Christmas Island National Park.

 

DEFENCE

Defence Economic Stimulus PackageOn 26 August 2020, the Australian Government announced a $1 billion investment package to boost Australia’s defence industry and support jobs across Australia. Included in this package is:

• $300 million for a national estate works program that will help support the construction industry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on regional areas

• $190 million to bring forward investment in approved infrastructure projects in the Northern Territory.

New Facilities and Infrastructure Projects delivered in Regional areas in 2020-21 package incorporating:

• $293.6 million for AIR555 Airborne Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance Warfare Capability Facilities Works in South Australia, Darwin, Townsville and Cocos Islands.

 

EDUCATION

Higher Education ReformFunding to support increased higher education access and attainment for regional Australians and to support higher education providers in regional Australia grow their local economies including:

• $21 million over four years from 2020-21 (and $79.4 million over 10 years to 2030-31) to strengthen the Regional University Centres program by establishing a central support network, evaluation program and additional centres throughout regional Australia.

• $48.8 million over four years from 2020-21 (and $195.4 million by 2030-31) to establish new partnerships between regional universities and other higher education providers or local industry to undertake innovation research projects.

Supporting Apprentices and Trainees

• The $1.2 billion Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy is a 50 per cent wage subsidy to all businesses who take on new apprentices from 5 October 2020 and will support 100,000 new apprentices and is available until 30 September 2021.

• $2.8 billion Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy to help businesses keep apprentices and trainees employed.

Other Initiatives

• $62.8 million to 30 June 2022, for the Local Jobs Program which will be rolled out in 25 regions across Australia, including regional areas.

• $30 million over three years from 2020-21 to the new School of Mines and Manufacturing at Central Queensland University with construction expected to create more than 300 jobs in the Gladstone and Rockhampton regions.

 

FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE

Measures under the $1 billion Relief and Recovery Fund• $50 million over two years from 2020-21 through the Recovery for Regional Tourism package to assist Australian regions that are most reliant on international visitors.• $317 million to extend the International Freight Assistance Mechanism until 30 June 2021. This is in addition to over $350 million already invested since 1 April 2020.
Tourism Australia FundingIn 2020-21 the Australian Government will deliver funding of $191.9 million to Tourism Australia. An additional $39.7 million has been authorised, bringing Tourism Australia’s total available funding to $231.6 million. Of this funding, $29.5 million has been specifically allocated to support those regions both directly and indirectly impacted by last summer’s bushfires.

 

HEALTH

New Initiatives

• $50.3 million over four years from 2020-21 on the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program to build the rural training pipeline for allied health students and graduates to deliver health, aged care and disability services in rural communities.

• $125 million from 2020-21 to 2024-25 for the Rural, Regional and Remote Clinical Trial Enabling, Infrastructure Program to improve the health of Australians in rural, remote and regional areas through access to innovative clinical trials.

 

HOME AFFAIRS

Migration and Humanitarian Programs 2020-21The Migration Program will benefit regional communities through focussing on job-creating migrants and those who fill critical needs and contribute to economic recovery. The planning ceiling of 160,000 places will be retained in 2020-21 with increased flexibility to shift skilled places to adapt to changing labour market and economic needs and will continue to include both regional components and state and territory nominated positions, which are frequently located in regional areas.

 

INDUSTRY, SCIENCE, ENERGY AND RESOURCES

Modern Manufacturing StrategyManufacturing is critical to a modern Australian economy and to economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic. It has an important role in many supply chains and adds significant value to all sectors. New initiatives in the 2020-21 budget include:

• $1.3 billion over four years from 2020-21 to establish the Modern Manufacturing Imitative

• $107.2 million over four years from 2020-21 for the Supply Chain Resilience Initiative

• $52.8 million over three years from 2020-21 for the expansion of the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund

Other New Initiatives

• $124.5 million over four years from 2020-21 to continue and expand the Exploring for the Future program (Exploring for the Future 2)

• $15 million in 2020-21 to Ferretti International to upgrade the steel processing and galvanising plant in Whyalla

• $35.9 million over five years from 2020-21 for the expansion of the Boosting Female Founders Initiative

• $200 million for Implementing Australia’s Fuel Storage Program which will be a competitive grant program to help industry to transition to holding higher diesel stock levels.

• $74.5 million for the Future Fuels Package with one of the measures enabling businesses to integrate new vehicle technologies using electricity, hydrogen or biofuels into their fleets.

• $70.2 million over five years from 2020-21 for a grants program to boost Australia’s hydrogen industry through creation of a regional hydrogen export hub.

• $50 million for the Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) Development Fund. Deployment of CCUS has the potential to create not only jobs for regional Australian but also support innovative business opportunities in regional areas.

• To support the Western Australia State Deal, $13.5 million will fund a WA-based microgrid program for remote communities, supporting the WA Government to extend an existing program to deliver solutions across remote Aboriginal communities and regional towns.

• $53.6 million over six years from 2020-21 to extend the Regional and Remote communities Reliability Fund to support pilot studies for microgrids in regional and remote areas.

 

PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET

New Initiatives

• $100 million one-off payment to the Queensland Government in 2020-21 for remote Indigenous housing in QLD. The funds will go to 17 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Councils and is in addition to the $5 million provided in 2019-20.• $150 million over three years from 2020-21 to Indigenous Business Australia for Regional Construction Stimulus towards new construction home loans in regional Australia.

 

SOCIAL SERVICES

New Initiatives

• $150 million for the Domestic Violence Support Package which was announced on 29 March 2020.

• $256.6 million over two years from 2020-21 to deliver the expansion of Digital Identity which is a single secure, trusted and consistent way to verify identity online, through the digital equivalent of a 100-point ID check.• $16.3 million over two years from 2020-21 to create temporary incentives in the income support system to encourage recent school leavers to undertake seasonal horticultural work and help address the expected critical workforce shortages across the industry for the upcoming harvest season.

Agriculture / Farming / Forestry / Fishing
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Dept of Agriculture, Water and the Environment – Traceability Grants

The program was announced as part of the Modernising Agricultural Trade initiative. This program provides opportunities for successful applicants to conduct projects that will enhance the supply chain traceability systems and arrangements that support the export of our agricultural commodities.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • Support industry projects that will enhance our agricultural supply chain traceability systems, including developing and trialling technologies that digitise information flow.
  • Provide an advantage for our exporters in overseas markets to assist them in maintaining their competitive edge.
  • Increase opportunities to export Australian commodities.
Undisclosed 21 Jan 2021
Wine Australia Wine Export Grants are offered for specific wine export promotion activities aimed at supporting small and medium wine businesses to secure new distribution channels in export markets. Up to $25,000 1 May 2021
Farmers2Founders Ideas Program The Farmers2Founders Ideas Program is designed for primary producers with fresh ideas. Over 12 weeks, the program provides funding, coaching, and more to support producers to work out if your business idea is worth pursuing.
Program Benefits including a structured training program, world class mentors and business idea funding.
$3,000 Date TBC
Harvest Trail

From 1 November 2020 to 31 December 2021, relocation assistance will be available for people to move and take up jobs in agriculture, including harvest work. You may be eligible for financial assistance to help with the costs of travel and accommodation when you relocate to take up a short-term agricultural work opportunity.

Jobs advertised on the Harvest Trail Jobs Board, with a Harvest Trail Services logo will link to the relevant Harvest Trail Services provider who will be able to help you apply for relocation assistance.

$6,000 30 June 2021
Dept of Agriculture and Fisheries Drought Relief Assistance Scheme Up to $40,000 Ongoing
Arts and Events
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Australian Council for the Arts Various grants with the Australian Council for the Arts Various Ongoing
Arts Queensland – Creative to Go Provides Queensland-based artists and arts organisations with support to deliver live performances and engagement activities in regional Queensland. Max. $20,000 Ongoing
Arts Queensland Playing Queensland Fund Up to $250,000 Ongoing
Arts Queensland Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP) Up to $100,000 Ongoing
Australian Trade and Investment Commission – Business Events Grants

Australian Government announced it would provide $50 million to create the Business Events Grants program. This assistance is part of the $1 billion Relief and Recovery Fund which is providing assistance to sectors, regions and communities disproportionately affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19.

The program will be administered through the Australian Government’s Business Grants Hub, with guidelines developed in consultation with the government and industry stakeholders.

It will empower not only the business events sector, where the required cancellation of events due to COVID-19 has seen a near 100 per cent loss of revenue, but also the broader business community by stimulating high value, multi-day business to business events across multiple sectors of the economy.

Various Opening Soon
Cairns Regional Council Art and Cultural In-Kind Assistance Grant Up to $5,000 in-kind Ongoing
Dept of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications – Live Music Australia The Live Music Australia program will provide support to the live music sector, with a focus on small to medium venues that support high quality original Australian live music that is professionally staged. It aims to revive business ventures in local suburbs, towns and regions across the country, building capacity for a sustainable live music scene with strong community roots, in all parts of Australia. The first year of funding is aimed at preparing live music venues to become operational following the impacts of COVID-19 on the industry. $2.5 m available

18 Feb 2021

Round Two

Dept of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications – RISE Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand

The objectives of the program are to:

  • assist companies in the arts and entertainment sector to present new or re-imagined activities which have been disrupted by the COVID-19 restrictions
  • deliver new activities, opportunities and structural adjustments that have been developed in response to the COVID-19 restrictions, including innovative ways to deliver content and productions
  • provide increased employment opportunities in the arts and entertainment sector and allied industries
    generate increased economic activity in the arts and entertainment sector and allied industries
  • help build the longer-term financial sustainability of cultural and creative companies, including increased revenue-earning capacity
  • provide creative and cultural experiences to audiences across Australia.
From $75,000 31 May 2021
Ministry for the Arts Various Australian Government funding opportunties from Dept of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications Various Various
Phonographic Performance Company of Australia  Performer’s Trust Foundation Grants Up to $5,000 Ongoing
Qld Government  Arts Business Innovation Fund (ABIF) – Various Various Various
Screen Australia Enterprise Business & Ideas funding $200,000 Ongoing
Screen Australia Enterprise People funding Up to $140,000 Ongoing
Screen Australia Generate Development funding Undisclosed Ongoing
Screen Australia  Premium Development funding Undisclosed Ongoing
Screen Australia Screen Story Development Fund Undisclosed Ongoing
Screen Queensland Marketing and Travel Fund $1,000 – $7,500 Ongoing
Screen Queensland Screen Development Investment Up to $25,000 Ongoing
Screen Queensland Production Attraction Program Undisclosed Ongoing
Tourism and Events QLD – Queensland Destination Events Program

The Queensland Destination Events Program (QDEP), formerly the Regional Development Program (RDP), seeks to leverage the crucial link between events and the destinations in which they are staged, extending the flow of the economic, marketing and social benefits of events throughout metropolitan and regional Queensland.

Within this context, the aims and objectives of the QDEP are as follows:

  • Generate local economic activity and development in the host destination
  • Attract external visitation to the destination
  • Drive social and community outcomes for the host destination, noting the important link between community outcomes and economic benefits
  • Enhance the profile and appeal of the host destination
Undisclosed

Ongoing

Round 17 Now Open and Closing 7 Oct 2021

Business / Industry Development / Start Up / Employment / Social Enterprise
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Dept of Employment, Skills and Employment – JobActive

Your business may be able to get up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) when you hire an eligible new employee who is either:

  • 15 – 24 years of age
  • an Indigenous Australian
  • 50 years of age and over

Your business may be able to get up to $6,500 (GST inclusive) when you hire an eligible new employee who is either:

  • 25 – 29 years of age
  • a principal carer parent
  • a person registered with an employment services provider for 12 months or more

Wage subsidies are paid by your employment services provider to your business over six months. You can set the payment schedule to suit your needs.

$6,500 to $10,000
Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Australia-India Council 2020

The objectives of the AIC 2020 Grant Program are:

  • support continuity in people-to-people and institutional engagement between Australia and India during and following the COVID-19 pandemic, when restrictions on travel and social distancing will limit opportunities for face-to-face engagement and inward and outbound visits. In this context, the round will target online and other activities or forms of engagement that help bring people together through virtual means and build cross-cultural linkages, but do not require travel and are consistent with government restrictions in response to COVID-19. The round will also prioritise applications that directly contribute to the priority needs of India during and immediately following the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • raise awareness of Australia in India, and of India in Australia, in a way that encourages further growth in relations between the two countries, including in the trade and investment relationship;
  • promote exchange and collaboration between Australian and Indian organisations in fields of relevance to the bilateral economic partnership;
  • deliver high quality programs that demonstrate Australia’s economic credentials and technical excellence to influential audiences in India;
  • seek community involvement in, and private sector support for Australian engagement with India including by encouraging corporate investment in collaborations that advance Australia-India relations; and
  • promote examples of a successful bilateral relationship.
$700,000 18 Jan 2021
Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade – COALAR Special Grant 2020/2021

The objectives of the program are to promote people-to-people links and a contemporary and positive image of Australia and support of the Australian government’s international policy goals.

COALAR will conduct a Special Grant Round for 2020-2021 for projects that can be conducted between 1 April and 30 September 2021

$10,000 to $50,000 23 Dec 2020
Dept of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources – Moon to Mars Supply Chain Capability Improvement Grants

The Australian Moon to Mars Initiative forms an important element of the Advancing Space: Australian Civil Space Strategy 2019-2028 and supports Australian businesses and researchers to join NASA’s inspirational endeavour to go forward to the Moon and then go on to Mars.

The objectives of the Moon to Mars Supply Chain Capability Improvement Grants are to:
grow Australian industry’s capability and capacity to support NASA’s endeavour to go forward to the Moon and then on to Mars grow the participation of Australian companies in domestic and/or international space supply chains that could support Moon to Mars activities grow the skills, capabilities and capacity of the Australian space industry.

$250k-$1 million 30 Apr 2023
Business Queensland

The Queensland Government is delivering a range of programs to support Queenslanders and businesses whose employment has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Information about the support for jobseekers can be found on the Queensland Government website, with information for businesses available on the Business Queensland website.

  • $20,000 Youth Boost;  Supporting your decision to hire an eligible young unemployed Queenslander
  • $20,000 Apprentice and Trainee Boost; Supporting your decision to employ an eligible apprentice or trainee
  • $15,000 Employer Support;  Supporting your decision to employ an eligible unemployed jobseeker.
Various Undisclosed
Queensland Government – Immediate Industry Recovery Package – COVID-19 The package includes targeted financial support and advice; promotes Queensland locally and abroad through marketing and media activities; and provides counselling and support to businesses and students.  It will assist local government, business and industry with resilience and recovery strategies to deal with and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 (coronavirus) Undisclosed Undisclosed
Tablelands Regional Council Economic Development Fund (2019/2020)
For eligible organisations, groups or individuals to conduct projects, activities and events that will help grow business, investment and employment in the Tablelands region.
Up to $5,000   (Total Fund pool:  $35,000) Undisclosed
Advance Queensland Business Development Fund
Helps to turn ideas into reality with co-investment in Queensland businesses at the forefront of commercialising ground-breaking research or innovations.
Up to $2,500,000 Ongoing
Advance Queensland Life Sciences Catalyst.    Help to accelerate the development of start-ups and SMEs. It provides them with opportunities at all stages of the innovation spectrum and aims to create a unique roadmap with a customised solution for each new idea.  The program, funded by the Government’s Advance Queensland initiative, is open to regional and south-east Queensland start-ups and SMEs in the life sciences sectors that aim to help feed, fuel and heal the world. Undisclosed Ongoing
Business Queensland Small Business Grants Schedule Various Ongoing
Business Queensland Business Growth Fund $50,000 Round Two
Now Open
Dept of Employment, Small Business and Training – Travel Subsidy Providing travel and accommodation subsidy to eligible apprentices and trainees, who are required to travel at least 100 kmss return to attend off-the-job training for their apprenticeship or traineeship. Various Ongoing
Dept of Jobs and Small Business New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) Various Ongoing
Dept of Industry, Innovation and Science 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. Matched to $1 million Ongoing
Dept of Industry, Innovation and Science Cyber-security Small Business Grants Up to $2,100 – 2019/2020 Current round open – close date undisclosed
Dept of Industry, Innovation and Science Entrepreneurs’ Programme
Accelerating Commercialization / Business Management / Incubator Support / Innovation Connections
Various Ongoing
Dept of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources – Incubator Support Initiative Incubator Support – Expert in Residence supports incubators to increase their capabilities and improve the chance of commercial success for start-ups in international markets by organising and providing access to top quality research, managerial and technical talent through incoming and outgoing secondments of national or international experts. Undisclosed Ongoing
Dept of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources – Incubator Support Initiative Incubator Support – New and Existing Incubators gives incubators the help they need to assist start-ups, through:  delivering high quality services to start-ups to improve their chances of commercial success in international markets including partnering with first-generation migrant and refugee support organisations to assist migrant and refugee founders to establish their business both nationally and internationally assisting start-ups with a regional focus to expand and scale their business. Undisclosed Ongoing
Dept of Trade, Business and Innovation NT Welcome to the Territory Incentives Undisclosed Ongoing
English Family Foundation Igniter Fund – Supporting Social Enterprise Changemakers Up to $100,000 Ongoing
Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority First Start Loan – Commercial Fisher Up to $2 million Ongoing
Westpac – Grants for Social Enterprises Future social enterprise grants will be by invitation only as Westpac currently have multi-year commitments to over 17 employment based social enterprises. We welcome potential funders and organisations who are interested in helping these social enterprises scale to create more employment and training opportunities for vulnerable Australians. Undisclosed Ongoing
Community Service & Development
Organisation
Details
Amount
 
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Attorney-General’s Dept – Legal assistance for people engaging with the National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention

The National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention (National Commissioner) has been established to inquire into suicides of serving and former Australian Defence Force members.

The Australian Government is funding legal financial assistance to individuals and entities to assist with meeting the costs of legal representation and disbursements associated with engaging with the National Commissioner.

$2,188,000 available Ongoing
 Attorney-General’s Dept Grants to Australian Organisations Program (GAOP)
The objectives of the Grants is to fund suitable activities that relate to, or assist with, the pursuit of an equitable and accessible system of federal civil justice.
$20,00 to $900,000 Ongoing
Attorney-General’s Dept Financial Legal Assistance Schemes Undisclosed Ongoing
Attorney-General’s Dept Native Title Respondent Funding Scheme Undisclosed Ongoing
Australian Communities Foundation Funding Various Various Ongoing
BankWest Foundation Easy Grants – Various Up to $1,000 Ongoing
Cairns Regional Council Community Grants – Various Various Ongoing
Cook Shire Council Community, Sponsorship, In-Kind Support program Up to $3,000 Ongoing
Coopers Brewery Foundation General Giving Grants Up to $30,000 Ongoing
Cowboys Leagues Club Donations and Community Requests Undisclosed Ongoing
Dept of Communities, Disability, Services and Seniors (QLD) Financial assistance is available for people in disaster declared areas to help repair their homes and make them secure and safe to live in. Up to $14,685 Ongoing
Dept of Health – Aged Care Workforce Retention To provide eligible aged care providers and agencies with funding to make retention bonus payments to Eligible Aged Care Workers in the residential aged care and Home Care Packages Program. Undisclosed On Demand
Dept of Health – Youth Mental Health: headspace Demand Management and Enhancement Program The purpose of this grant opportunity is to address demand and wait list management at headspace services identified as highest need and enhance the quality of service and to improve access to services at headspace sites identified as highest need. Undisclosed 5 Feb 2021
Dept of Housing and Public Works Household Resilience Program.    You may be eligible to apply to make specific improvements covered under the program, including: external solid core doors;  external structures; garage doors; over-batten system; roof replacement; window protection. $11,250 Ongoing
Dept of Veterans’ Affairs Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Programme Up to $20,000 Ongoing
Dept of Veterans’ Affairs Veteran and Community Grants Up to $50,000 Ongoing
Ecstra Financial Capability Open Grants
Ecstra’s purpose is “to equip Australians with the support and access to resources they need to make confident money decisions now, and for their financial future.
Up to $3,000 Ongoing
Glencore Community Investment Program Ongoing
Google Advertising Grants Up to $10,000 Ongoing
IGA – Independent Grocers of Australia Community Chest Undisclosed Ongoing
Mareeba Shire Council Community Partnership Program Undisclosed Ongoing
National Australia Bank Pledge of $5 million to support bushfire recovery efforts and provide immediate relief to business and agriculture customers and support longer-term recovery and rebuilding efforts. Up to $2,000 Ongoing
National Australia Bank The NAB Foundation is currently seeking applications for Community Grants. Grants are for projects that help communities prepare for natural disasters, support long-term recovery and build resilience to future disasters. Up to $10,000

Two Rounds

31 Mar 2021

30 July 2021

Queensland Government Essential Services Safety and Reconnection Grant Up to $4,200 Ongoing
Queensland Council of Social Services (QCOSS) – Thriving Qld Communities Grants

Neighbourhood and Community Centres across Queensland will share in $1,000,000 under the Thriving Queensland Communities Grants program – Round three 2020. Successful recipients of the one-off grants will run events, deliver projects or purchase equipment to help Queensland communities thrive.

The Queensland Government created the Thriving Queensland Communities Grants, which will award Neighbourhood and Community Centres between $2,000 and $25,000 to help them continue to be vital places where people come together, and where people go when they need support.

$2,000 to $25,000

Ongoing

Round Three

RACQ Drought relief Up to $200,000 Ongoing
Rio Tinto – Western Cape Development Fund The Western Cape Community Development Fund is a formalised partnership program that allows us to partner with our communities of interest to address key social,  environmental and economic challenges and opportunities that result in long-term, sustainable benefits. Undisclosed 2020/2021 Round One Open
Tim Fairfax Family Foundation Rural & Regional Development Grant Over $10,000 Ongoing
Torres Strait Island Regional Council Community Grants $2,000 – $10,000 Ongoing
Universal Charitable Fund (UCF) Small grants with ‘IMPACT’ Up to $2,000 Ongoing
Education / Training / Professional Development
Organisation
Details
Amount
 
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Country Education Foundation (CEF) Rural and Regional – Supports youth in your area through financial grants for education and employment expenses. Our grants contribute towards apprenticeships, traineeships, cadetships, diplomas, certificate level studies, university qualifications or employment. Undisclosed Ongoing
Dept of Education Future Teachers Bursary
To provide financial assistance and fast-track the careers of eligible Year 11 or 12 students who are interested in becoming teachers.
Undisclosed Ongoing
Dept of Education (Qld) Student hostels assistance: Capital and Recurrent grants Undisclosed Ongoing
Dept of Education, Training and the Arts School Subsidy Scheme $50,000 – undisclosed Ongoing
Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry

Providing grants to businesses over three years to help develop defence sector skills and human resources practices and training plans.

The program aims to:

  • reduce barriers faced by Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the defence sector when upskilling or retraining staff
  • develop skills within SMEs in the defence sector
  • support SMEs in the defence sector to establish human resources practices and training plans that will build lifelong learning activities into their business.
From $5,000 to $500,000 Ongoing
Dept of Industry, Innovation and Science Grant opportunity is to support Australian students under the age of 18 to attend or participate in STEM related events, activities and competitions in Australia and overseas. $600,000 Ongoing
Dept of Jobs and Small Business Get your business growing Up to $20,000 Ongoing
Dept of Social Services – National Disability Strategy Conference Initiative 2021-2022

There are two categories of grants available under NDCI in 2021-22:

Activity Stream 1: Disability Conference Activity (DCA)

The DCA will be a continuation of the existing NDCI program, providing grants of up to $10,000 (GST exclusive) to enable disability conference organisers to maximise the inclusion and participation of people with disability at their conferences.

Activity Stream 2: Mainstream Conference Inclusion Activity (MCIA)

This is a new activity stream to provide grants of up to $10,000 (GST exclusive) to Disabled People’s Organisations or Families Organisations (DPO/FOs) to collaborate with a mainstream conference organiser.

Undisclosed 20 Jan 2021
Institute of Technology for Australia and New Zealand Mentorship from a Philanthropist Undisclosed Ongoing
Sidney Myer Fund / The Myer Foundation Poverty and Disadvantage Small Grants Program Up to $10,000 Ongoing
Emergency / Safety
Organisation
Details
Amount
 
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Dept of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors (Qld) Essential household contents grant Up to $5,3000 Ongoing
Dept of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors (Qld) Essential services safety and reconnection grant Up to $4,200 Ongoing
Dept of Housing and Public Works (Qld) Rental grants Undisclosed Ongoing
Dept of Housing and Public Works (Qld) Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery Program Up to $20,000 Ongoing
Dept of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities Black Spot Program Undisclosed Ongoing
Queensland Government Essential services hardship assistance grant Up to $750 Ongoing
Qld Rural and Industry Development Authority Special Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants – NFP Up to $25,000 Ongoing
Qld Rural and Industry Development Authority Special Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants – Small Business Up to $25,000 Ongoing
Environment / Energy / Water
Organisation
Details
Amount
 
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Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

From research to large-scale deployment, ARENA funding spans the entire innovation chain. We accelerate the affordability of new technologies and build investor confidence in renewable energy projects now and into the future.

Funding streams are currently available for :-

  • Advancing Renewables Program (ARP)  – Ongoing
  • Research and Development  – Subject to Availabilty
  • Clean Energy Innovation Fund – Ongoing

 

Various Various
Dept of Agriculture, Water and the Environment – Environment Restoration Fund – Safe Havens Grant

The Environment Restoration Fund has been established to support the creation of safe havens for threatened species.   Safe havens are areas where invasive predators such as feral cats and foxes have been permanently removed from fenced areas and islands to provide long term protection for native wildlife.

The objective of this program is to reduce extinction risk to nationally listed threatened species through strategic expansion of the safe haven network.

$500,000 11 Jan 2021
Dept of Industry, Innovation and Science  Advancing Renewables Program $100,000 – $50m Ongoing
Dept of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning – Resource Recovery Industry Development Program Supports the Government’s goal to make Queensland a world leader in recovery projects. It provides funding to Queensland’s resource recovery industries through support for projects and initiatives that divert waste from landfill, reduce stockpiling and create jobs.
Funding is available to local governments, established businesses and not-for-profits looking to use proven resource recovery technologies to improve existing operations or bring significant new facilities to Queensland. Applications are also welcome from consortia offering integrated supply chain solutions.
Various Various
The Norman Wettenhall Foundation Small Environment Grants Scheme $1,000 – $10,000 Various
Roddenberry Foundation Catalyst Fund $2,500 – $15,000 Ongoing
Export / Manufacturing
Organisation
Details
Amount
 
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Dept of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources – Manufacturing Modernisation Fund

The program aims to support small to medium manufacturing enterprises (SMEs) through:

  • investment in transformative manufacturing technology and processes
  • jobs growth and a more highly skilled workforce in the manufacturing sector.

Round 2 will run over 3 years (2020-21 to 2022-23) and supports transformative investments in technologies and processes

$100,000 to $1 mil

21 Jan 2021

Round Two

Export Market Development Grant (EMDG)

The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme is a key Australian Government financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters. Administered by Austrade, the scheme supports a wide range of industries.

On 1 April 2020, the Federal Government announced an increase in funding for the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme. Funding for the scheme will increase by $49.8 million in the 2019-20 financial year, allowing exporters and tourism businesses to get additional reimbursements for costs incurred in marketing their products and services around the world.

Various 30 Nov 2020
Health & Wellbeing
Organisation
Details
Amount
 
Closing
Dept of Health – Heart Disease and Stroke Support for Recovery The purpose of the grant opportunity is to provide support for Australians with heart disease or stroke to make the best recovery possible, to be well and participate in the community. $1,700,000 available 17 Dec 2020
Dept of Health – Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) – Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Respite Services 2020-2022 The purpose of this grant opportunity is to support providers to deliver centre-based respite services for multicultural communities by providing tailored activities for CALD clients and respite for their carers. To strengthen the provision of specialised aged care services for CALD clients, the allocation of $10m per year in 2020-21 and 2021-22 would fund centre-based respite services for multicultural communities by providing tailored activities for CALD clients and respite for their carers. $20 m

22 

Dec 2020 

Dept of Health – Perinatal Mental Health and Wellbeing Program – Emerging Priorities

This program’s aim is to strengthen national access to perinatal mental health and wellbeing support services to improve health outcomes for expectant and new parents experiencing, or at risk of, perinatal mental health issues.

The purpose of the Emerging Priorities grant opportunity is to address national gaps in perinatal mental health and wellbeing service delivery through the delivery of new initiatives that complement and enhance existing services.

$18,500,000 available 11 Jan  2021
Heritage / History
Organisation
Details
Amount
Closing
Dept of Communications and the Arts National Cultural Heritage Account Undisclosed Ongoing
Dept of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources – Australian Heritage Grants 2020/2021 Aims to improve recognition, conservation, preservation and access to the heritage values of National Heritage Listed places. The program also aims to increase community engagement and raise awareness of listed sites. $25,000 to $400,000 7 Jan 2020
Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander
Organisation
Details
Amount
 
Closing
Advance Queensland – Deadly Deals Supports targeted Indigenous businesses and innovators to undertake the next step in the development of a product, process or service to market. Up to $100,000 Ongoing
Aboriginal Benefits Foundation Grants $500 – $5,000 Ongoing
Australian Research Council

Provides grant funding to support research projects led by an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researcher.  The Discovery Indigenous scheme objectives are to:

• support excellent basic and applied research and research training by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers as individuals and as teams;

• support national and international research collaboration;

• enhance the scale and focus of research in Australian Government priority areas; and

• support and retain established Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers in higher education institutions.

$30,000 to $2,500,000 17 Mar 2021
Round One
CAGES Foundation  Community grants for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children Undisclosed Ongoing
Dept of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications – Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support 2020/21

Funding will be provided to organisations for activities that best contribute to delivery of the following Program outcomes:

  • a professional, viable and ethical Indigenous visual arts industry that features strong participation and provides economic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • the continued production, exhibition, critique, purchase and collection of Indigenous visual art.
$5,000 to $80,000 19 Feb 2021
Dept of Science, Information Technology and Innovation Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander PhD Scholarships Up to $120,000 Ongoing
Dept of Industry, Innovation and Science Indigenous Advancement Strategy Undisclosed Ongoing
Dept of the Prime Minister & Cabinet Community led Grants for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people, communities and service providers Various Ongoing
Dept of the Prime Minister & Cabinet PBC Capacity Building Funding for Native Title Corporations Undisclosed Ongoing
Dept of the Prime Minister & Cabinet  Tailored assistance Employment Grants Undisclosed Ongoing
Indigenous Native Food Program

Native foods, the staple of Indigenous people’s diets for more than 80,000 years, are gaining popularity in the commercial food sector, nationally and globally.

The Indigenous Native Food Program (INFP) program is a partnership between the Department of State Development, Tourism and Innovation (DSDTI) and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) to explore commercial opportunities for scalable Indigenous native foods businesses.

New opportunities will be created, allowing innovative businesses to be led and managed by Indigenous people.

The program is a pilot project that aims to:

  • support growth in the native food industry in Queensland
  • help diversify the Queensland economy
  • engage and benefit regional Queensland
  • create new jobs or career pathways for Indigenous people and communities
  • create marketable outcomes for Queensland Indigenous businesses.

If you think you meet the eligibility criteria, you can register your interest by completing the INFP application form by emailing to infp@daf.qld.gov.au

Pilot Program Undisclosed
National Indigenous Australians Agency

The 1,000 Jobs Package increases employment opportunities in remote Australia for Community Development Program (CDP) participants. An eligible employer could receive financial support of up to $56,000 (GST exclusive) over two years, including retention bonuses, to help them hire a CDP participant in a new, ongoing job located in a CDP region.

The 1,000 Jobs Package is a demand drive, eligibility based grant opportunity being delivered in two tranches.

Up to $56,000

April 2021

Tranche Two

Screen Australia Indigenous Travel Grants Up to $6,000 Ongoing
Screen Australia Indigenous Internships – This program is designed to assist the career development of talented filmmakers who can demonstrate a strong commitment to a career in the film industry. This is not an entry-level scheme. Up to $10,000 Ongoing
International
Organisation
Details
Amount
Closing
Global Innovation Fund

The Global Innovation Fund (GIF) invests in the development, rigorous testing, and scaling of innovations targeted at improving the lives of the world’s poorest people.    Through grants, loans (including convertible debt) and equity investments ranging from $50,000 to $15 million, GIF back innovations with the potential for social impact at a large scale such as new technologies, business models, policy practices, technologies or behavioural insights.

GIF support innovators at all stages of their life cycle, from start-up and pilot-testing through to larger scale implementation. The innovations can be located in any developing country and can focus on any sector relevant to international development, provided they improve the lives of those living on less than $5 a day.

Undisclosed Ongoing
Wallace Global Fund Grants Undisclosed Ongoing
Media / Communications
Organisation
Details
Amount
Closing
Community Broadcasting Foundation Ltd Emergency Grants Up to $10,000 Ongoing
Community Broadcasting Foundation Ltd Quick Response Grants Up to $10,000 Ongoing
Dept of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications – Mobile Black Spot Program

RESTRICTED AND COMPETITIVE
The Mobile Black Spot Program (the Program) is the Australian Government’s initiative to extend and improve mobile phone coverage and competition in regional and remote areas of Australia.

Round 5A will prioritise solutions that will provide new and improved mobile coverage to natural disaster prone areas and designated major regional and remote transport corridors.

Round 5A may also support projects that trial/pilot new technologies and delivery models that provide proof of concept for new ways to extend and improve mobile coverage and competition in less populated and traditionally higher-cost regional and remote areas.

$34,500,000 10 Feb 2021
Regional Development / Rural
Organisation
Details
Amount
Closing
Dept of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning – Jobs and Regional Growth Fund Between $100,000 – over $10m 2019 or until funds fully allocated
Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) – Community Investments Stream  (Round Five)

The $1.04 billion Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) supports the Australian Government’s commitment to:

  • drive economic growth
  • build stronger regional communities into the future.

The Community Investments Stream will fund new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, or leadership and capability strengthening activities that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas. 

$5,000 to $1 m

Opening 12 Jan 2021

Closing 5 Mar 2021

Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) – Infrastructure Projects Stream (Found Five)

The $1.04 billion Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) supports the Australian Government’s commitment to:

  • drive economic growth
  • build stronger regional communities into the future.

For Round Five a total of $200 million is available, with $100 million dedicated to tourism-related infrastructure projects.

$20,000 to $10 m

Opening 12 Jan 2021

Closing 5 Mar 2021

Business Queensland Back on Track Roadshow
Our Back on Track roadshow is travelling across North and Far North Queensland to help small businesses recover, rebuild and prosper.
Various Various
Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) – Strengthening Rural Communities The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program aims to give the thousands of small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia an opportunity to access funding to support broad community needs. Given the events of summer 2019/20, it has also been expanded to offer funding to support recovery in bushfire-affected communities. Various

Round Seven

Closing 23 Feb 2021

RACQ Drought Relief Up to $200,000 Ongoing
Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority Providing low interest loans to assist you into primary production. Up to $2,000,000 Ongoing
Dept of State Development – Regional Manufacturing Hubs Grant Program To support the growth of regional manufacturers, $30 million has been invested into regional Manufacturing Hubs in Cairns, Townsville and Rockhampton. Each hub will provide a place for local manufacturing businesses to receive expert advice and support to transition to advanced manufacturing through world-leading technologies.  The hubs have strong links with local universities, schools and TAFE Queensland to develop a workforce with strong skills in science, technology, engineering and maths.  Advice and assistance available at the hubs include:  Business development programs;  Skills development and training programs;  Awareness of advanced manufacturing. Up to $4.5 million Ongoing to June 2022
Medical / Science / Research & Technology
Organisation
Details
Amount
Closing
Advancing Women in STEM

This program was announced under the National Innovation and Science Agenda and is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to Advancing Women in STEM.

The program supports investment in gender equity initiatives that aim for lasting systemic change by eliminating barriers for women’s participation in STEM education and careers, and entrepreneurship.

This program was announced under the National Innovation and Science Agenda and is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to Advancing Women in STEM.

The program supports investment in gender equity initiatives that aim for lasting systemic change by eliminating barriers for women’s participation in STEM education and careers, and entrepreneurship.

For this round, up to $2 million is available from 2020-21 to 2021-22 for grants between $5,000 to $250,000 to:

• increase awareness and participation of girls and women in STEM education and careers

• increase awareness and participation of girls and women in other parts of the innovation ecosystem including innovative businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurial activities and careers

• stimulate an increase in the number of women in senior leadership and decision making positions in government, research organisations, industry and businesses.

Australian Research Council – Discovery Projects 2022

The Discovery Projects scheme provides grant funding to support research projects that may be undertaken by individual researchers or research teams.  The Discovery Project scheme objectives are to:

  • support excellent basic and applied research and research training by individuals and teams;
  • support national and international research collaboration; and
  • enhance the scale and focus of research in Australian Government priority areas
$30,000 to $2,500,000 24 Feb 2021
Dept of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources – Cyber Security Business

Cyber Security Business Connect and Protect will provide funding to trusted organisations that give business advice to SMEs to:

  • raise the awareness of cyber security risks
  • promote action to address these risks
  • support and uplift the capability of SMEs to meet best practice in cyber security.
From $100,000 to $750,000 30 Nov 2020
Dept of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources – Space Infrastructure Fund – Space Payload Qualification Facilities

The objectives of the grant opportunity are to:

  • increase space qualification capability and capacity in Australia
  • improve the availability and coordination of space payload qualification in Australia
  • increase accreditation and international recognition of space payload qualification in Australia
  • meet the needs of the emerging space sector into the future.
$2,500,000 available 23 Dec 2020
Dept of Industry, Innovation & Science  CSIRO Kick-Start $10,000 – $50,000 Ongoing
Institute of Technology for Australia and New Zealand Data Science Strategy Undisclosed Ongoing
Institute of Technology for Australia and New Zealand Match Funds and Website Grants Undisclosed to $1,000 Ongoing
Life Sciences Qld / Advance Qld  Life Sciences Catalyst Program Undisclosed Ongoing
MRFF 2021 – Frontier Health and Medical Research Initiative The MRFF 2021 Frontier Health and Medical Research Initiative provides multi-disciplinary teams with up to $1 million to develop, and up to $50 million to implement their innovative research projects. Between $250,000 to $1M 11 Dec 2020
Science Engagement Programme – Citizen Science Grants

The Citizen Science Grants – Round 2 provides eligible entities with competitive grants from $150,000 to $500,000 for research projects in a field of science that has a national impact and supports community participation.

Eligible organisations with a scientifically valid citizen scientific research project that contributes to areas of national significance.

$150,000 to $500,000 17 Dec 2020
Sports & Recreation
Organisation
Details
Amount
Closing
Australian Sports Commission Local Sporting Champions program Up to $500 Ongoing
Dept of National Parks, Sport and Racing Get in the Game Various 2018 – 2020
Queensland Government Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery Program Up to $20,000 Ongoing
Tourism & Travel
Organisation
Details
Amount
Closing
Australian Trade and Investment Commission – COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program

The COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program (the program) will provide a one-off payment in financial year 2020-21 to assist travel agents and tour arrangement service providers who have been disproportionately impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The objective of the program is to:

  • assist travel agents, and tour arrangement service providers, that qualify for the Jobkeeper scheme, by providing immediate, short term financial support, including for the purpose of ensuring that they can continue to trade and meet their legal obligations to process refunds and credits to Australian consumers.
$1,500 to $100,000 13 Mar 2021
Queensland Government – State Development, Tourism and Innovation – COVID-19 Tourism Adaption Grant

Queensland’s tourism businesses will be supported to pivot to a domestic market or hibernate until international markets reopen.

The $5 million COVID-19 International Tourism Adaptation Grant program is a key element of the Queensland Economic Recovery Strategy: Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs to help accelerate the State’s recovery from COVID-19.

This funding boost aims to support regional Queensland tourism businesses that have suffered losses of income because of the international travel restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tourism business headquarters must be located in Queensland and primarily operate outside the Greater Brisbane Area of Brisbane City Council, Redlands City Council, Logan City Council, Ipswich City Council and Moreton Bay Regional Council boundaries.

Grants from a minimum of $2,000 to a maximum of $10,000 (excluding GST) are available to tourism businesses in regional Queensland who can demonstrate they have suffered losses of income because of the international travel restrictions.

The key objectives of the COVID-19 International Tourism Adaptation Grant program are to assist tourism businesses to:

  • pivot their product, service and/or marketing to a domestic tourism market
  • meet operating costs while the business hibernates until international markets reopen.
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