RDA Northern Rivers seeks to support the Northern Rivers business community by featuring available grants and opportunities for the benefit 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.


Closing in September

Safer Communities Fund Round 3 – Early Intervention Grants
Provides state and territory peak Police Citizen’s Youth Clubs, Bluelight organisations and Youth Off the Streets with grants of up to $2 million to deliver local crime prevention activities that address anti-social behaviour and/or racial or religious intolerance by at-risk marginalised youth – Closing 25 September 2018

Small Grants for Regional Communities
The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal’s (FRRR) Small Grants for Rural Communities is the longest running and broadest program FRRR offers, opening twice per year. Closing 26 September 2018

Try, Test and Learn Fund: Tranche 2
The Try, Test and Learn Fund (the Fund) was announced in the 2016-17 Federal Budget as an initial response to the Australian Priority Investment Approach to Welfare. Tranche 2 of the Fund will finance small-scale trials of new or innovative approaches to support people at risk of long term welfare dependence – Closing 28 September 2018

Mazda Foundation Grants
The Mazda Foundation supports a broad range of charitable projects with assistance and funding. It aims to provide financial aid for community advancement. Current two priorities: children with physical and/or mental disabilities and elderly people suffering mental disabilities. Organisations must have DGR status to apply. Closing 30 September 2018

Museum & Galleries NSW Volunteer Grants – Small Grants and Project Development Grants
Museum & Galleries NSW are now accepting applications for two grants from the Volunteer Museum Grant Program. These grants provide assistance to volunteer community museums and Aboriginal Keeping Places in NSW. Up to $2,000 per project is available from Small Grants and  $2,500 – $7,500 from Project Development – Closing 30 September 2018

Myer Innovation Fellowship program
The Myer Innovation Fellowship program provides support to individuals – it seeks exceptional leaders across all sectors (private, public and non-profit) and from all types of professional backgrounds. The Fellowship consists of $120,000 for the program plus $30,000 for approved expenses – Closing 30 September 2018


Closing in October

Cultural Fund Grants for Organisations – Round 2
The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund Grants for Organisations provides support to organisations for projects that deliver opportunities for authors, journalists, artists and key industry stakeholders in the writing, publishing, education, and visual arts sectors – Closing 5 October 2018

Protecting Our Places grants
The Protecting Our Places Program is a contestable grants program for Aboriginal community groups and organisations, seeking to achieve long-term beneficial outcomes for the NSW environment. Funded by the NSW Environmental Trust, the program encourages and empowers Aboriginal communities to protect, conserve and restore cultural landscapes and waterways that are of importance to local Aboriginal communities – Closing 8 October 2018

Landing Pads
The Landing Pads program provides market-ready startups and scaleups with potential for rapid growth a cost effective option to land and expand into major global innovations hubs around the world – Closing 8 October 2018

2019 Science and Innovation Awards
Grant applications are now open for the 2019 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. If you’re 18-35, this is your chance to apply for a grant of up to $22,000 to fund your project on an innovative or emerging scientific issue that will benefit Australia’s primary industries – Closing 12 October 2018

Rural, Remote and Regional (RRR) Women’s Canberra Muster Sponsorship
Sponsorship opportunities are available for the National Rural Women’s Coalition’s three day RRR Canberra Muster for rural, remote and regional women aged 25 – 40 years. Successful participants will complete a project  that benefits women in their local community – closing 26 October 2018

Later and ongoing grants

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

Supply Chain Facilitation
Supply Chain Facilitation offers eligible businesses practical ways to connect with and supply new and existing markets, and project opportunities – Ongoing

Go NSW Equity Fund
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

Building Partnerships NSW
Provides NSW technology startups with up to 35% of approved project costs to a maximum of $100,000 to create marketing opportunities for an enabling technology which addresses a compelling industry need or market gap – 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


Government Grants

Australian Government

Grants & Assistance 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

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