Federal Grants

Boosting Female Founders Initiative Round 2Department of Industry, Science, Energy & Resources

Closing Date 22/04/2021

The BFF Initiative (or program) commenced in 2020 to support women entrepreneurs to help grow and scale their startups into domestic and global markets by providing access to early stage capital.

The BFF Initiative was recently expanded, providing additional funding for grants and introducing a new mentoring element to further support women entrepreneurs grow their startups. Approximately $11.6 million in grant funding is available for Round 2.

The program provides grants of between $25,000 and $400,000 on a co-contribution basis to successful applicants and is open to startups that are majority owned and led by women. Additional support is available to underrepresented groups such as women founders who:
– are from regional or remote locations
– identify as an Indigenous Australian
– migrated to Australia as a refugee or humanitarian entrant
– are a person with a disability


Business Events Grant OpportunityAustralian Trade & Investment Commission

Closing Date 30/03/2021

Grants from $10,000 to $250,000 are available to Australian businesses, to ease the financial pressures faced by business event organisers.

The Business Events Grant aims to support the event industry including the tourism sector to fund Australian businesses to participate as buyers or sellers at pre-approved business events.

The objective of the program is to:
– support delegates that are buying or selling to participate in ‘business events’. Business events includes exhibitions, conferences, and conventions
– promote Australian businesses, including to a domestic audience.

The focus of the program is to support the promotion of Australian business capability, including to a domestic audience, bolster supply chain resilience, enhance industry match making opportunities and Australian product and service value add. Events will need to have a trade element that brings together buyers and sellers.


Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International CompetitionsDepartment of Industry, Innovation & Science

Closing Date 29/04/2021

This grant opportunity provides organisations, such as schools and community groups, funds to help young Australians to take part in:
– in-person and virtual STEM engagement events, activities and competitions in Australia and New Zealand (where permitted by COVID-19 restrictions)
– virtual STEM engagement events, activities and competitions activities and competitions overseas (student/s to participate remotely from Australia).


NIAA Indigenous Tourism FundNational Indigenous Australians Agency

Closing Date 22/03/2021

The Indigenous Tourism Fund was developed in consultation with the Indigenous tourism sector and includes business support and grants for Indigenous owned tourism businesses.

The Indigenous Tourism Fund will also be used to invest in activities and initiatives to boost the Indigenous Tourism sector as a whole. Up to $17 million will be co-invested with the states and territories for Strategic Indigenous Tourism Projects that generate supply chain opportunities for Indigenous owned tourism businesses. This investment will be in partnership with state and territory governments.


Business Events Australia Bid Fund ProgramBusiness Events Australia

Closing Date 30/06/2021

Managed by Tourism Australia’s specialist unit, Business Events Australia, the Business Events Bid Fund Program (BFP) is designed to increase the conversion of bids for new international business events for Australia through the offer of financial support at the critical bidding stage.

The BFP is designed to deliver conversion of new business in situations where Australia is in consideration against international competitors for the right to host the business event.

The BFP supports expenditure on goods and services within Australia for the purposes of delivering confirmed, qualified business events.


Stronger Communities Programme – Round 6Australian Government

Closing Date 22/03/2021

The Stronger Communities Programme supports the Australian Government’s commitment to deliver social benefits in communities across Australia. Round 6 of the program will provide $22.65 million to fund small capital projects in each of the 151 federal electorates.

The program intends to encourage and support participation in local projects, improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant and viable communities. Round 6 of the program will continue to support Australia’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. For this special round, grant funding will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs except for local governing bodies where grant funding will be up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs.

Community consultation is a critical element of the program. In consultation with their community, each MP must identify potential applicants and projects in their electorate and invite them to apply for a grant. Invited applications will be assessed against the program’s eligibility criteria through a closed non-competitive process.

To request an EOI form or to find out more about this grant contact Lucy Wicks MP lucy.wicks.mp@aph.gov.au


Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young AustraliansDepartment of Education, Skills and Employment

Closing Date 12/03/2021

The Commonwealth Scholarships Program is awarding Young Australians and ex Australian Defence Force personnel up to $13,000 to undertake an eligible VET qualification at the following levels:

– Certificate III
– Certificate IV
– Diploma
– Advanced Diploma

If eligible for a scholarship, you can receive up to $5,000 per year for up to two years of study. You can also receive up to an additional $3,000 for completing a 20 day paid internship.

If you receive a scholarship you can choose to study part-time or full-time.

The Commonwealth Scholarships Program is an Australian Government Initiative delivered by BUSY At Work.

You are eligible to apply for the Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians if you are:

– Aged 15 to 24 years old, or exited the Australian Defence Force in the last two years;
– Not in full-time work or school at the time of applying;
– Living in one of the nominated regional areas;
– Intending to enrol for an eligible VET qualification at the Certificate III to Advanced Diploma level which will lead to an occupation in demand.


Australian Apprenticeships Incentives ProgramAustralian Apprenticeships

Closing Date Ongoing

The Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program provides:
– a range of financial incentives to Australian employers to offer apprenticeship opportunities
– a living away from home allowance (LAFHA) to apprentices who need to move away from their parent’s home to take up or retain an Australian apprenticeship

The incentive payments are based on a skills shortage list of trades as well as a set of high priority occupations.

The incentive payments to employers are based on the apprenticeship certificate level completed. The majority of incentive payments are one-off and paid annually at the end of the year. Payments range from $750 to $4000, depending on the incentive. Payments to offer apprenticeship opportunities to apprentices with a disability are paid weekly.


Business Events Exhibitor Grants programAustralian Trade & Investment Commission

Closing Date 30/06/2021

On 11 September 2020 the Australian Government announced it would provide $50 million to create the Business events exhibitor 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.

This initiative will support Australian businesses showcasing their products to the domestic market, by providing grants to meet up to 50 per cent of costs incurred in exhibiting at a pre-approved business event in Australia during 2021.


Landing Pads Program for Start UpsAustrade

Closing Date 30/09/2020

The Landing Pads program provides market-ready startups and scaleups the opportunity to land and expand in global innovation hubs.

Landing Pads provide market-ready startups and scaleups with:

– a ninety day residency in a co-working space to help them grow their business by facilitating in-market business development, introductions to investors and mentor networks and strategic partnership opportunities
– business services and in-market learnings from local and international experts
access to a curated community that supports Australian entrepreneurs who want to go global via shared insights and collaboration opportunities, and
– assistance post residency with business advice to help them continue to grow their business.


State Grants

NSW Regional Business Event Development FundDestination NSW

Closing Date 30/04/2021

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.

The four streams of the program are:

Creation of a New Business Event – To encourage towns and regions to create their own new conferences and business events.

Attraction of an Existing Business Event – To assist rural and regional NSW to secure conferences, business events and major expos. The business event should have previously been held in a capital city, interstate or overseas and funding is being sought to bring the event to a regional NSW location.

Support for an Existing Business Event – To support events that are held in regional NSW and may rotate between locations. Funds must be used to drive increased visitation for the event.

Support for a Business Event Project – To assist rural and regional NSW implement business event projects or initiatives aimed at driving growth in the visitor economy of regional NSW. This may take the form of a business event series or roadshow; a specific element of a business event where the main event is being held in a capital city or interstate; or a small-scale infrastructure project specifically designed to support growth in business events.


Tourism Product Development FundDestination NSW

Closing Date 31/03/2021

The NSW Government has announced that $3 million will be available through the 2020/21 Tourism Product Development Fund.

$1 million is available under a Refresh and Renew Fund.

$2 million is available through an Experience Enhancement Fund.

Refresh and Renew Fund
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.Tourism businesses based and operating in regional NSW can apply.

Experience Enhancement Fund
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.


Regional Events Acceleration FundDepartment of Regional NSW

Closing Date 17/12/2021

To support the social and economic recovery of our regions, the NSW Government’s $20 million Regional Events Acceleration Fund helps organisations to attract new major international and domestic events to regional areas and supports existing regional events to grow even bigger and better.

To support the social and economic recovery of our regions, the NSW Government’s $20 million Regional Events Acceleration Fund helps organisations to:
– attract new major international and domestic events to regional areas
– make existing regional events even bigger and better.

Funding will help meet the costs of attracting or retaining major events, such as premier sporting fixtures or competitions, and helps fund the operational and infrastructure improvements existing events need to increase visitation and length of stay.

The types of events eligible for funding include:
– major sporting and lifestyle events
– major food and beverage events
– major music, art and culture festivals.

The funding is for events hosted in regional NSW between March 2021 and June 2022.

The Regional Events Acceleration Fund offers two streams:

Major Event Operations and Infrastructure grants

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.

Examples of the types of event infrastructure and operational improvements that are eligible for funding include:
– securing a major artist/performance to increase an event’s appeal
– additional temporary seating areas to increase capacity
– additional staging for a music festival
– establishing a pop-up camping and caravan site to support more overnight stays.

Major Event Attraction and Enhancement grants

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.


NAIDOC GrantsAboriginal Affairs

Closing Date 23/04/2021

NAIDOC Grants funding is provided by Aboriginal Affairs NSW to support activities and events in NSW held during NAIDOC Week (4 – 11 July 2021) that celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements.

The theme for NAIDOC Week in 2021 is Heal Country! Your can find more information about this theme at naidoc.org.au

The NAIDOC Grants funding program aims to:
– Celebrate Aboriginal history, culture and achievements and meet the broader objectives of NAIDOC Week
– Support events and activities that align with the theme of NAIDOC Week in 2021, which is Heal Country.
– Promote a greater awareness and understanding of Aboriginal history and culture within the broader local or regional community.


Organisation Funding – Arts and Cultural Funding Program 2020/21Create NSW

Closing Date 01/03/2021

Annual Organisation funding is provided on an annual basis to support arts and cultural organisations (including service organisations) to deliver arts and cultural activities that benefit NSW. Arts and cultural activities should increase access by and engagement with diverse audiences and artists, improve the quality and excellence of arts and culture and ensure best practice and the sustainability of arts and cultural organisations. Funding can contribute to any aspect of an organisation’s program throughout a single calendar or financial year.

Funding is available for a wide range of activities, including:

– creation of new arts and cultural work, practice-based research or experimentation, and professional development
– production, exhibition, presenting, publishing or recording, touring and festivals
– promotion and marketing
– audience growth and development
– conservation and/or development of collections and archives (including Aboriginal Keeping Places)
– business development activities including new responses to environmental changes
– partnerships, capacity building and sustainability.


Regional Job Creation FundRegional NSW

Closing Date 14/05/2021

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.

Regional NSW is Australia’s largest and most diverse regional economy and is home to thriving agribusiness, energy and resources industries and strong manufacturing, tourism and service sectors.

It has all the key ingredients for businesses to thrive and has direct road and rail access to major domestic markets and highly efficient transport linkages to some of the world’s fastest growing markets across Asia and beyond.

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. Examples of eligible projects could include the:

– replacement, upgrade or adaptation of plant and equipment at an existing regional NSW business
– establishment of an additional production line for an existing regional NSW business
– onshoring of activity currently done overseas to a regional NSW location
– development of new regional tourism experiences and visitor attractions
relocation of a business operation from out of state to regional NSW.

The Regional Job Creation Fund’s focus is to co-fund projects creating at least five sustainable regional jobs.


Local Sport Defibrillator Grant ProgramNSW Office of Sport

Closing Date 12/04/2021

The Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program allocates $4 million over four years to assist sporting clubs across NSW in the purchase and maintenance of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).

An AED is a life saving device which delivers a controlled shock to an individual experiencing cardiac arrest, increasing their chances of survival.

The Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program provides NSW sports clubs and councils the opportunity to acquire an AED package for their club or sports facility at a reduced cost.

Sporting organisations and councils will be able to choose from a panel of approved AED Panel Service Providers and a variety of AED packaged services with the level of customer service that meets their needs.


Export Support MeasuresNSW Government

Closing Date Ongoing

The NSW Government is launching a range of support measures for NSW businesses at each stage of their export journey. The package includes a range of financial and non-financial assistance, export capability-building and tailored engagement with our trade professionals in NSW and overseas.


Recreational Fishing Trusts GrantsDepartment of Primary Industries

Closing Date Ongoing

To provide funding that will enhance recreational fishing. Anyone can apply for funding from the Recreational Fishing Trusts, including fishing organisations, universities, councils, community groups, individuals etc. Organisations applying for funding should be incorporated. Joint applications are also encouraged.

What types of projects are funded?
– Recreational fishing enhancement – fish aggregating devices, artificial reefs and fish stocking
– Fishing facilities and access – fishing platforms, fish cleaning tables, enhancing access
– Fishing education – fishing workshops, Fishcare volunteers, schools education
– Aquatic habitat rehabilitation – community grants to remove barriers to fish migration, replanting & protecting river bank vegetation, restoring water flows etc.
– Research on fish and recreational fishing – fishing surveys, biology of popular recreational species, angler catch projects
– Enforcement of fishing rules – Fisheries officers
– Gone Fishing NSW Day fishing club grants


Women in Business – Inspiring Women EntrepreneursTAFE NSW

Closing Date Ongoing

Women in Business is a NSW Government and TAFE NSW initiative that offers a fully subsidised (eligibility criteria apply) online program for women who are looking to establish a micro business, a small business, or who are already operating a business.


Local Council Grants

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Community Grants

Damien Greer Lawyers Community GrantDamien Greer Lawyers

Closing Date 30/06/2021

Damien Greer Lawyers is inviting organisations via a non-competitive process to apply for a $2,500 Community Grant in 2021.

The Damien Greer Lawyers Community Grant program recognises and celebrates organisations that strive to make a positive impact within their local community.

If your organisation is eligible, you can apply for a Community Grant of $2,500. There are 2 grants available in the first round for 2021.

The Community Grant program aims to support organisations that work within their local community and encourage the following values:
– Helping the community in times of need
– Building community togetherness and sense of belonging
– Promoting positive health and wellbeing
– Supporting community services and groups
– Nurturing the local environment

Your organisation is eligible to apply if you meet at least one of the below criteria:
– Promote sustainable environmentally friendly practices within the community
– Support health and wellbeing initiatives
– Provide services in the local community
– Facilitate community awareness and education programs
– Support at-risk and/or in need individuals in the local community


Lendlease Foundation GrantsLendlease

Closing Date 01/04/2021

Grants to support projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for the community, contributing to its development in building social capital, community welfare, environmental, health, education or cultural areas.

Organisations must address a community need in one or more of the following Lendlease Sustainability Framework areas:

Community Development
Diversity & Inclusion
Skilling, training and employment
Community Health and Wellbeing
Natural Environment
Pollution Control
Climate Resiliency & Adaptation

Applications open 1 March 2021


Coles Nurture FundColes

Closing Date 19/03/2021

Through the Nurture Fund, existing small to medium businesses may apply for funding to enable them to take the next step in creating value for business and customers.

Small and medium sized businesses can apply for a grant of up to $500,000 to help them develop new market-leading products, technologies and processes.

To be eligible, businesses must have less than $25 million in annual revenue and 50 or fewer full-time employers. Businesses don’t need to be a supplier to Coles to apply.


CARE Grants ProgramStockland

Closing Date Ongoing

The Stockland CARE Grants program provides an opportunity for local community groups to apply for grant funding to support local community infrastructure, programs and opportunities.

Multiple grants of up to $1,000 are available to support local health, leisure and recreation clubs or programs, local employment, education and skills development initiatives and social engagement clubs and programs from participating Stockland retail centres, residential communities and retirement living villages.

Focus Areas

Health & Wellbeing
Waste and Materials
Carbon and Energy
Water Management and Quality


AdviceCo and Count Charitable Foundation Community Grants ProgramAdviceCo

Closing Date 22/03/2021

AdviceCo has partnered with the Count Charitable Foundation (CCF) to launch a Community Grants Program in which charitable organisations are invited to apply for a $20,000 cash grant.

AdviceCo and CCF will each contribute $10,000 to one charitable organisation. Applications are open from now until 22 March 2021 and involve a brief 500-word proposal of how they would put the $20,000 towards a current or future project for the Central Coast community.

AdviceCo Managing Director, David Evers, initiated the program off the back of an extraordinary 2020 filled with challenges and adversities that have impacted the living conditions of members within our community.

Charitable organisations are encouraged to apply now. In order to be successful, they must possess Deductible Gift Recipient Status 1.


Budget Direct SponsorshipsBudget Direct

Amount: $1000-$5000

Closing Date 30/06/2021

Budget Direct will consider your sponsorship request whether you’re a leader in your field or a grassroots organisation, as long as you want to make meaningful improvements to the lives of Australians.

Budget Direct are open to sponsoring registered organisations or associations that:

– provide local or statewide community services
– run community awareness and education programs
– promote health and wellbeing (e.g. sports clubs)
– advocate for road safety
– provide emergency services
– support in need or at-risk Australians
– help build strong, vibrant communities.