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 July 2018

Resources for Regions
Resources for Regions is for projects that promote the development of economic and social infrastructure. Economic infrastructure includes roads, rail, facilities that improve the movement of freight, airports, and local water and sewerage projects and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment and businesses – Closing 23 July 2018


Closing in August 2018

NSW Country Arts Support Program
CASP is an annual small grants program administered by Regional Arts NSW (RANSW) on behalf of Create NSW, providing up to $5,000 per grant to support community arts and cultural development in regional NSW – Closing 3 August 2018

Business Partnership Platform – Round 3
The Business Partnerships Platform (BPP) contributes directly to accelerating Australia’s collaboration with business to address development challenges in our region. The BPP matches funding from business for projects that support commercial objectives – Closing 10 August 2018

Saving Our Species Contestable Grants
Funding is available to organisations / groups to support long term projects that will secure threatened landscape managed species and threatened ecological communities in the wild, in line with the objectives of the NSW Government’s Saving our Species (SoS) program – Closing 13 August 2018

Connecting Country Communities Fund
The $50 million Connecting Country Communities Fund incorporates the Mobile Black Spots Program and the Regional Digital Connectivity Program. This fund will build and upgrade mobile base stations, connect businesses to global markets and schools with innovative learning resources – Closing 15 August 2018


Closing in September

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


Later and ongoing grants

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

Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation
Provides businesses with funding between $55,000 and $1.65 million to run research and development projects, training programs, conferences or workshops, international delegation visits or other projects to help open improve access to overseas markets for Australian agricultural products – Closing 31 December 2018

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


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


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