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 October

Aged Care Regional, Rural and Remote Infrastructure
This Australian Government Department of Health grant opportunity is designed to assist existing approved residential and home care providers in regional, rural and remote areas to invest in infrastructure. Commonwealth Home Support Programme services will also be considered, where there is exceptional need. – Closing 24 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

Move it Aus – Better Aging
The Better Ageing Grant Program aims to increase levels of physical activity of Australians aged 65+, particularly those least active, to improve their overall health and wellbeing – Closing 31 October 2018


Closing in November

Start Strong Capital Works Grants
The $6 Million NSW Start Strong Capital Works Grants program aims to increase the number of 600 hour community preschool places available in areas of high need and demand – Closing 2 November 2018

Regional Flagship 2019 Incubator Event Fund
The Incubator Event Fund supports innovative events that demonstrate sound organisational planning, have a unique alignment with the character and culture of the local region and which can demonstrate a broad appeal likely to promote tourism and attract overnight visitation to the region – Closing 4 November 2018

Fostering Integration Grants
The Australian Government is inviting organisations via an open process to apply to deliver services under the Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Program – Fostering Integration Grants from 2018-19 to 2019-2020 – Closing 9 November 2018

Global Innovation Linkages Program – Round 2
Provides matched funding to assist Australian businesses and researchers to collaborate with global partners on strategically focused, leading-edge research and development projects – Closing 14 November 2018

Building Better Regions Fund
The $641.6 million Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) supports the Australian Government’s commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future. $200 million is available for Round 3, for infrastructure projects and community investment streams – Closing 15 November 2018

Organics Market Development Grant
These grants support market development activities that will improve the demand for compost processed from source separated organics by increasing knowledge and awareness, improving product quality and demonstrating its benefits in new and innovative markets – Closing 22 November 2018


Later and ongoing grants

Regional Investment Attraction Fund
A range of funding and opportunities are available under the NSW Government’s REgional Investment Attraction Fund, including financial incentives, relocation assistance for workers and special activation precincts.

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