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.

Featured Grants

Regional Growth Fund
The $272 million Regional Growth Fund will provide grants of $10 million or more (with matched contribution) for major transformational projects which support long-term economic growth and create jobs in regions undergoing structural adjustment – Closing 27 April 2018

Stronger Regional Communities – Round 2 (Byron Shire)
$1.7 million from the NSW Government fund has been allocated to community infrastructure projects that will improve the quality of life for residents in the Byron Shire – Closing 30 April 2018

Solar Communities Program – Round 2
Provides community organisations in eligible regions with grants from $2,500 to $12,500 to install small-scale renewable energy systems including solar photovoltaic panels, storage batteries and solar hot water systems – Closing 31 May 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

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

Information about the NSW Government’s policy and framework for grants and funding is available through the Department of Premier & Cabinet

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