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Investing in Women funding program – Applications close 30 August.

Posted on 12 Aug 2013 in Grants and Funding, News

Back in Spring 2012 we put together a special edition of The Country Web titled ‘Women Crossing Boundaries‘. It featured rural, regional and remote women who were working in a non-traditional field. By sharing their stories we hope to inspire other women to consider a career in these non-traditional industries, so we are excited to share this news of a new funding program from Women NSW. Applications close 30 August so you’ll need to get started if you would like to submit an application. Women NSW is offering an exciting new funding opportunity for projects that lead to economic empowerment of women through training and employment in non-traditional trades. Non-traditional trades are those with 25 per cent or less participation of women. The Investing in Women funding program will support key stakeholders to encourage women into the trades and to improve opportunities and outcomes for women in the priority area of economic participation. Eligible stakeholders include: local councils and shires, including regional organisations of councils and consortia of councils; peak organisations representing women’s stakeholder groups; not-for-profit organisations, including community organisations; and industry bodies and the private sector working in partnership with the government on initiatives directly supporting women and girls entering non-traditional trades. Funding up to $25,000 is available for partnership projects. For more information see the Funding Guidelines. Applications close 30 August 2013. To apply, click here. For inquiries contact Women NSW via email at:...

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Media Release: Draft digital economy strategy highlights opportunities for a bright regional future

Posted on 7 Aug 2013 in ICT/Digital economy, Media Releases, News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 7 August 2013 Public comments are welcome on the draft Northern Rivers Digital Economy Strategy, which is available at The project, co-ordinated by Regional Development Australia – Northern Rivers, is overseen by a working group comprising representatives from the NOROC Councils, NSW Trade and Investment, Southern Cross University and the North Coast Institute of TAFE. RDA-NR Chairman Dr Ian Tiley welcomed the draft. “The digital economy provides enormous opportunities for our diverse communities; from helping businesses be more competitive in the global market and ensuring their long term future, to grasping new opportunities in education, health and aged care.  “We issue a challenge to everyone in the Northern Rivers: embrace digital technologies, communicate the benefits to others and together we will deliver a better, digitally-enabled future for everyone in the region.” The draft was compiled by Melbourne-based consultants Symphony3, based on extensive desk research, 14 consultation meetings with householders, businesses and government representatives and interviews with local business leaders and members of the public. It also features case studies of local businesses who posted to the Digital Northern Rivers website and the results from the 80 or so companies who completed the digital-readiness diagnostic tool online. The Northern Rivers Digital Economy Strategy proposes a vision and sets out the digital opportunities for future success. Based on six key principles including leadership, collaboration and communication, it makes recommendations for action under six headings:  householder uptake of high speed broadband, business engagement, government services, lifelong learning, health and aged care, and the environment. The strategy can be viewed online or downloaded from Comments and suggestions, including offers to assist in its implementation, are welcome via the online form at until 30 August. – ends –  Media enquiries: Katrina Luckie | t: 02 6622 4011 | e: Notes to editors RDA-NR is a non-profit community-based organisation that connects people and businesses in our region to opportunities through partnerships focusing on community, environment and economy. As a conduit between government and local communities, we are both a source and a provider of information; and we play a pivotal role in the sustainability of the Northern Rivers region through community engagement, regional planning and leadership in regional development. The Northern Rivers Digital Working Group comprises representatives from RDA-NR, the seven local councils in the region, Rous County Council, NOROC, Southern Cross University, the North Coast Institute of TAFE and NSW Trade and Investment. Symphony3 Pty Ltd is a Melbourne-based strategic IT consultancy firm. It works with local government and other public bodies and private companies to help them prepare for the digital economy and optimise their use of web 2.0 technologies. Symphony3 has previously developed digital economy strategies for RDA Far West...

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Accessible Arts – Grants for artists with disabilities

Posted on 5 Aug 2013 in Grants and Funding, News

Delineate is a small arts grant program designed to foster increased engagement for programs with a focus on sustainable outcomes. Applicants from within the six ADHC regions and Local Planning Areas are eligible to apply. Six successful recipients will receive $3000 towards an arts project and/or program to be developed throughout the Don’t DIS my ABILITY campaign. These projects will contribute to the range of events and initiatives taking place throughout the campaign. One recipient will be chosen from each NSW region. More information:

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