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Grants and Opportunities


RDA Northern Rivers seeks to support the Northern Rivers business community by featuring available grants and opportunities for the benefit of our local economy and community. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of the grants that are available, instead, it is a list of featured grants, primarily for organisations.

There are many more grants available and we have provided some useful links below to help you find them. RDA Northern Rivers can support your application through access to regional data, application assistance and support letters. Needs some guidance to help write your application? RDA Northern Rivers Successful Grant Writing Toolkit provides a step by step guide to help you write winning grants.

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Featured Grants
Grants closing April 2021
Grants closing May 2021
More grant opportunities
Awards, Scholarships and more
Where to find grants

Grants closing in April 2021

Covid-19 Sexual, Domestic and Family Violence Infrastructure Grant Program – Tranche 3
The $8 million COVID-19 Sexual, Domestic and Family Violence Infrastructure Grant Program aims to support sexual, domestic and family violence services, including organisations working with perpetrators to respond to the challenges posed by COVID-19 – Closes 23 April 2021

Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions 2021
Provides organisations, such as schools and community groups, funds to help young Australians to take part in STEM activities and events – Closes 29 April 2021

Volunteer Grants
The Australian Government is inviting organisations via a restricted non-competitive process to apply for a Volunteer Grant under the Families and Communities Program – Volunteer Grants Activity in 2021 – Closes 29 April 2021

Clarence Valley Council Community Initiatives Program
The Clarence Valley Council’s Community Initiatives Program supports not for profit organisations to produce new or continuing projects – Closes 30 April 2021

Regional Business Event Development Fund
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 – Closes 30 April 2021


Grants closing in May 2021

The Harcourts Foundation
Provides grants to reputable community-based charitable organisations which need funding for projects and initiatives designed to benefit as many people as possible – Closes 3 May 2021

Community Heritage Grants 2021
The Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program provides grants of up to $15,000 (GST inclusive) to community organisations such as museums, galleries, libraries, archives, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups – Closes 10 May 2021

​Regional Job Creation Fund
The A$100 million Regional Job Creation Fund supports existing businesses in regional NSW to grow and encourages interstate or overseas businesses to invest in regional NSW – Closes 14 May 2021 or when program funding has been fully allocated

Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme 
The Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme offers funding to regional museums and organisations to help preserve or display objects of national and historical maritime significance – Closes 15 May 2021

Feed Appeal – Rural Grassroots and Rural Major Projects
Rural Grassroots supports minor infrastructure, quality kitchen equipment, capacity building training and access to food staples that will help organisations meet the demand efficiently and effectively. Rural Major Projects Supports charities with a major infrastructure, capital investment, transportation and/or logistics project to directly impact and improve your food relief program and help build the organisations capacity – Closes 22 May 2021

Strengthening Rural Communities – Small & Vital
Provides small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia the opportunity to access funds that can benefit and help secure their future prosperity – Closes: 25 May 2021


More grant opportunities

Quick Response Grants

Made available under the Regional Arts Fund allocation for NSW, Quick Response Grants are intended to assist regional artists, arts organisations and communities to take up professional or skills development or small project opportunities – Closes 30 June 2021

Damien Greer Lawyers Community Grant
The Damien Greer Lawyers Community Grant program recognises and celebrates organisations that strive to make a positive impact within their local community. There are two grants of $2500 available in round one for 2021 – Closes 30 June 2021

Audience Development Fund
The Audience Development Fund offers public galleries in NSW assistance in targeting and developing new audiences. It encourages galleries to create innovative public programs that engage artists and the community – Closes 2 August 2021

Dobell Exhibition Grant
The Dobell Exhibition Grant, supported by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, offers $40,000 in funding to one regional NSW gallery per annum – Closes 1 September 2021

Skills Development Grants
Skills Development Grants provide funding to volunteer museums and museum networks for regional or state-focused skill development training and networking events – Closes 24 October or when funds are exhausted

Bushfire Legal Aid Scheme
Funding to support legal assistance for small business and primary producers affected by the 2019/2020 bushfires – Closes Ongoing

Strategic Opportunities Program
The Strategic Opportunities Program supports individual initiatives and events that demonstrate long-term benefits to the NSW screen industry – Ongoing

Australian Government’s Youth Job PaTH
Trial and hire a young person and get help with wage and training costs – Ongoing

Performers Trust Foundation
The PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation provides grants to promote and encourage music and the music-related performing arts – Ongoing

Indigenous Travel Grants
The Travel Grants program is designed to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander filmmakers in travelling to key international and Australian events. Professional development is a key objective – Applications can generally be made at any time at least five weeks before the event

NSW Emergency Drought Relief Package 2019-20
On 11 June 2019 the NSW Government announced additional drought assistance measures for farmers including a $350 million increase in the Farm Innovation Fund and $70 million to continue rebates on the Drought Transport Subsidy – Ongoing or until funds exhausted

Employer Incentives for Apprentices
The Australian Government offers a range of incentives to employers who hire apprentices, ranging from additional support for identified skill shortages, adult Australian apprentices, Australian apprentices with a disability and wage subsidies – Ongoing

Regional Filming Fund
The Regional Filming Fund offsets costs associated with shooting in regional areas of NSW. Regional NSW is defined as all areas in NSW outside the Sydney Metro area (excluding the ACT) – Ongoing with applications being accepted up to 4 weeks prior to the start of filming in regional NSW

Support for Startups
An initiative under the NSW Government’s Jobs for NSW program to provides capital funding through investment to support growing businesses – Ongoing

NSW Trade Missions & Exhibitions
Provides export ready NSW companies with industry exhibitions, specialist advice and networking opportunities to help them succeed in the export market – Ongoing

Export Capability Building Program NSW
Provides NSW businesses exporting or looking to export with access to workshops to improve their export readiness – Ongoing

Early Development NSW
Provides key creatives for NSW based screen projects with funding of up to $50,000 to support screen content in the early stage of development with pre-draft and early draft costs – Ongoing

Advanced Development NSW
Provides NSW-based key creatives with funding of up to $50,000 to support screen content in an advanced stage of development including feature films, documentaries, adult and children?s TV drama – Ongoing


Awards and scholarships

NSW Premier’s History Awards
Held annually, the NSW Premier’s Histroy Awards assist in establishing values and standards in historical research and publication and encourage everyone to appreciate and learn from the work of our historians – Closes 12 April 2021

NFP Tech Awards
The  Australian Not-For-Proit Technology Awards recognize the best in technology innovation and excellence in the not-for-profit sector – Closes 18 April 2021

The Australian Business Awards
Recognises organisations that demonstrate the core values of business innovation, employee engagement, customer satisfaction, experience management, business sustainability, product and technology innovation – Closes 29 April 2021

Australian Museum Eureka Prizes
Rewards excellence in the fields of research & innovation, leadership, science engagement and school science – Closes 28 May 2021

Resilient Australia Awards
Celebrates and promotes initiatives that build whole of community resilience to disasters and emergencies as well as images capturing resilience in action – Closes 3 June 2021

Where To Find Grants

Government Grants

Australian Government

Grants & Programs is the assistance portal on the Australian Government’s business.gov.au site. The search feature provides access to over 600 grants that support business, local government and community. It includes incentives for research and development, support for small businesses, tax and duty concessions, and assistance for industries in transition.

GrantConnect provides centralised publication of forecast and current Australian Government grants and opportunities and grants awarded

Community Grants Hub is the Australian Government’s site for community-related grants. This can include grants for health, agriculture and landcare. Other sources of Australian Government grants

Indigenous Advancement Strategy Department of Social Services Department of Environment and Energy Australia Council for the Arts Screen Australia Community Grants Hub

NSW Government

The NSW Small Business Grant supports small business to hire new employees and expand their business.

Community Builders NSW is a program which provides funding for a range of services to strengthen communities and build their capacity and is provided by NSW Family and Community Services.

Other sources of NSW Government grants

Multicultural NSW
Screen NSW
Create NSW
Arts NSW
Smarty Grants
Museums & Galleries NSW
Infrastructure Grants


Northern Rivers Regional Councils

Funding for a range of community projects is available through Northern Rivers local councils. Information about community funding programs can be found on council websites.

Ballina Shire Council
Byron Shire Council
Clarence Valley Council
Lismore City Council
Richmond Valley Council
Tweed Shire Council
Kyogle Council


Other Grant Opportunities

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
Australian Communities Foundation
Club Grants
Northern Rivers Community Foundation
Community Broadcasting Foundation
Business Australia – Guide to NSW Small Business Grants


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