Grants, funding and scholarships
The following websites have information about many grant and funding opportunities:
- Community builders: www.communitybuilders.nsw.gov.au
- Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal: www.frrr.org.au
- Grants Link: www.grantslink.gov.au
- Regional Arts NSW: http://regionalartsnsw.com.au/grants
- Community grants: A quick guide to key Internet links - provides links to selected sources of financial assistance to community groups. More
|Name of Grant||Details|
Austalian Society of Agronomy Conference Bursaries
Provides bursaries for young farmers (35 years and under) to cover free registration plus up to $800 for travel and accommodation expenses to attend the 2012 Australian Agronomy Conference.
The Society is also offering bursaries to support students undertaking tertiary studies in agriculture or a related field, with these awards covering free conference registration and up to $500 for travel and accommodation expenses to attend the conference. Preference will be given to students who present a paper at the conference.
Commonwealth Learning Scholarships
Assist rural, regional, and Indigenous students with the costs of high education. The scholarships are merit-based, non-repayable and are available through individual higher education institutes. There are two new scholarships: The Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship which provides $2000 per year for up to four years; and The Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship which provides undergraduate students from rural and regional areas with $4000 per year for up to four years.
Global fund for women
Supports women's groups that advance the human rights of women and girls by providing small, flexible, and timely grants ranging from $500 to $20 000 for operating and project expenses. Groups applying must: be based in a country outside the United States; demonstrate a strong commitment to women's equality and human rights; and be governed, directed, and led by women. Priority is given to groups that: are just beginning or need initial funding, and which do not have access to funds from larger donor agencies; are working on issues that are difficult or controversial for women to raise in their communities, yet are critical to the realisation of women's human rights; are organized and led by women from particularly marginalised populations, including but not limited to: refugees, rural women, lesbians, sex workers, women with disabilities, and women from ethnic, religious, and cultural minorities; are located in a region or country that has extremely limited funding resources; and actively seek to include the perspectives of those served by or benefiting from its activities.
|Greening Australia - Whole of paddock rehabilitation|
Landholders that have areas of 10ha or more of degraded box gum woodland can apply under this program. Greening Australia will carry out a 5 year restoration program of revegetation involving stewardship payments for loss of income during rehabilitation. EOIs open now, assessed on a first come first served basis.
Ph: 02 6253 3035
|Ian Potter Foundation|
Provides grants up to $100 000 for Australian urban and regional communities to live sustainably and preserve biodiversity. Expressions of interest are ongoing.
Phone: 03 9650 3188
|Irrigation Modernisation Planning Assistance|
As part of Water for the Future, this program provides up to $350 000 to help irrigation water providers to develop modernisation plans for their districts that identify ways to upgrade irrigation infrastructure and assess options to adapt to a future with less water. Closes 29 October 2012 (unless available funds are committed earlier).
James N Kirby Foundation Grants
Provides grants to charitable, educational and technical bodies throughout Australia in the areas of health, education, technology and science, art, literature, and the conservation, management and development of Australia's natural resources. Grants range from $500 to $100 000 and the average grant is around $4 000.
Ph: 02 9212 2711
|Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Grant|
Provides grants to Australian females aged 12–26 years to achieve goals in their sporting, academic, community, business, environmental or cultural pursuits. Grants are provided to hard-working females who are committed to pursuing their passion and who need financial support. 2014 grants close 15 November 2013.
Leg-Up Grants for Volunteer-Run Museums
Provides $100 to $500 dollar-for-dollar matched grants for things such as attending a workshop, visiting another museum to gather information, hosting an event, travel assistance, attendance fees and speaker fees. Available any time throughout the year until funds are expended.
Ph: 1800 114 311 or 02 9358 1760
|Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarships|
These scholarships are awarded each year to Australian farmers, with the objective of increasing practical farming knowledge and management skills and techniques generally. The scholarships give Australian citizens the opportunity to study farming practices in New Zealand, Europe, Asia and the Americas and those countries best suited to each scholar. They also promote a closer understanding between farmers in the countries visited. Upon returning to Australia it is expected that scholars will be able to actively spread the knowledge and understanding they have gained among their fellow farmers and others.
Peter Brock Foundation
Provides funding under three categories: 1) Welfare, eg. preventative programs that help young disadvantaged people; 2) Social Issues, eg. programs that deal with drug addicts and their families; and 3) Community Programs, eg. particularly those that emphasise a growing understanding of self-reliance and responsibility.
Ph: 03 9714 8263
Regional Arts NSW
Offers a range of grants including: Country Arts Support Program, Regional Arts Fund, Quick Response Arts Grants, Quick Response Performing Arts Grants - Prop Ups. Also includes a list of grants from other sources.
Ph: 02 9247 8577
The Spark Fund
Provides funding support for young people aged 12-25 years to ignite an innovative idea which makes a positive contribution to the community and enhances their skills and experience.
|Women in Tourism & Hospitality Scholarship|
Gives a young woman from regional NSW the opportunity to achieve her career goals through a $20 000 scholarship grant from the AHA (NSW)'s Charitable Foundation. The recipient will undertake a three-year Bachelor of Business Degree (International Hotel & Resorts Management) at the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School.
Ph: 02 8218 1815