GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Various grant and assistance programs are available from time-to time and this listing is constantly being updated. It is in no way a comprehensive summary of all grants and funding available. Please refer to this list to find one that is relevant to your organisation. For more information, refer to the particular grant you are interested in.

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FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF)

The BBRF will invest $297.7 million over four years in infrastructure projects and community investments to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future. It replaces the National Stronger Regions Fund. Grants are available through two funding streams; Infrastructure Projects and Community Investments.

  • Infrastructure Projects Stream will support projects which involve the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas. NOW CLOSED
  • The Community Investments Stream will fund community building activities including, but not limited to, new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability building activities. These projects will deliver economic and social benefits to regional and remote communities. APPLICATIONS CLOSE 31st MARCH 2017

 

The Dept of Industry, Innovation and Science's Business Grants Hub is responsible for administering the program on behalf of the Dept of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

Program guidelines, application form, contact details and other programme information is available on www.business.gov.au/bbrf

You can watch the BBRF presentation or read the transcript here.

Check your area's eligibility to apply for BBRF funding. The Gold Coast is designated as either 'Included Area - Major Cities' or 'Included Area - Inner Regional'. A mapping tool to confirm your area's eligibility can be found here.

 

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (DIRD) Funding Programmes

There are a number of programmes which are funded under the Infrastructure Investment Programme as well as the Grants Programmes for regions. Refer to these links for further information.

Other Federal grants and funding available:

Business Growth Grants

Financial help for businesses that want to improve their business operations (as a result of receiving a Business Evaluation).

Export Market Development Grants (EMDG)

The EMDG scheme is a key Australian Government financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters. Administered by Austrade, the scheme supports a wide range of industry sectors and products, including inbound tourism and the export of intellectual property and know-how outside Australia. The EMDG scheme:

  • Encourages small and medium sized Australian businesses to develop export markets
  • Reimburses up to 50% of eligible export promotion expenses (conditions apply)
  • Provides up to eight grants to each eligible applicants.

 

Incubator Support

This initiative provides funding to incubators to improve the prospects of Australian start-ups in international markets. 

Indigenous Business Australia (IBA)

The Business Development and Assistance Program assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to access the skills, knowledge and resources required to start and grow a viable, sustainable business. They also offer finance to eligible customers to support business start-up and growth.

Inspiring Australia - Science Engagement Programme

This programme supports a range of science communication and engagement activities to inspire, motivate and cultivate a scientifically engaged community across Australia.

Maker Projects

The Maker Projects is an element of the Inspiring Australia - Science Engagement Programme. It offers grants to support the establishment of maker spaces in schools and the delivery of industry-partnered STEM events and activities to young people in their communities. 

New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)

Eligible job seekers interested in starting and running a small business may be able to access assistance through this scheme.

Research & Development (R&D) Tax Incentive

The R&D Tax Incentive offsets some of the costs of doing eligible R&D activities. Companies must lodge an application to register within ten months after the end of their income year.

Restart Wage Subsidy

Offers up to $10,000 support to employers who employ and retain eligible job seekers who are 50 years of age or older, and who have been unemployed and on income support for six months or more.

Smart Cities and Suburbs Program

National four-year program designed to improve the “liveability” of Australian cities and suburbs using technology and open data.

The government is looking to fund “ambitious and transformational proposals which move local government services beyond business as usual”. Proposals must involve at least one local government organisation.

The first round of grants will be aimed at grabbing some quick wins, with eligible projects required to be able to start within two months of receiving the funding green light.

At least $10 million is set to be handed out in the initial round. Individual grants will range from $100,000 to $5 million, but in order to prove their “commitment to the project” applicants are being asked to find at least half of their project funding from other sources.

Applications now open and will close 30th June 2017.

Veteran and Community Grants

Aims to maintain and improve the independence and quality of life for members of the veteran community by providing funding for projects that support activities and services to sustain or enhance health and well-being.

 

 

 

Queensland Government

Accelerate Small Business Grants Program

$3 million in grant funding over three years to establish Queensland-based small businesses to engage business mentors, coaches, or an advisory board, for 6 to 12 months. This program provides targeted assistance to small businesses that demonstrate high-growth and employment aspirations, to engage high-level expertise for their business.

Advance Queensland

Various Funding and support programs.

Advancing Small Business Queensland

Apply for up to $10,000 in matched funding to help your business embrace digital technologies. NOW CLOSED

Business Development Fund

Focused on the growth of innovative Queensland businesses, particularly in the emerging industries of tomorrow. It will create high value, knowledge-based and skilled jobs now and into the future. Helps to turn ideas into reality with co-investment in Queensland businesses at the forefront of commercialising ground-breaking research or innovations.

Commercialisation Partnership Program

Places Qld innovators in Chinese incubators to collaborate with global expertise, access top facilities and accelerate commercial outcomes. Applications are now closed.

Community benefit funding programs

Supports various NFP community groups throughout Queensland.

ecoBiz Queensland

CCIQ ecoBiz is a fully-subsidised program that helps businesses save thousands of dollars across their power, water and waste bills. The program provides Queensland businesses and organisations access to complimentary tools and events including one-to-one coaching, site survey, online benchmarking, workshops and webinars.

Engaging Science Grants

These grants are designed to support scientists, researchers, science communicators, journalists, teachers, organisations and community groups to develop and deliver science engagement and communication projects, events and activities that align with this vision.

Gambling Community Benefit Fund

Provides grants up to $35,000 to NFP community groups throughout Queensland.

Hot DesQ

Invites startups to move to Qld. Up to $100,000 available to discover the perfect place for big ideas. Available to emerging entrepreneurs and startups; Aussie expats; established startups looking to expand into Asia-Pacific. Round 2 opens early 2017.

Ignite Ideas Fund

Support the development of new or improved products, processes or services to secure investment, launch into global markets and grow business.

Industry Accelerator Program

Offers programs to develop and market-test new products and services, positioning participants to seek investment and customers.

Jobs and Regional Growth Fund

Targeted at growing regional economies and jobs for Queenslanders (businesses located in the Gold Coast/Logan and Redlands areas are not eligible for this program).

Made in Queensland

Supporting the manufacturing sector to become more internationally competitive and adopt innovative processes and technologies. Grants of between $50,000 and $2.5 million. 

PhD Scholarships

Supporting scholars in gaining a research PhD degree to lay the foundation for a future research career. Applications now closed for 2017.

Platform Technologies Program

Encourages the development and use of platform technologies.

Queensland Destination Events Program

Seeks to leverage the crucial link between events and the destinations in which they are staged, extending the flow of the economic, marketing and social benefits of events throughout metropolitan and regional Queensland.

Research Fellowships

Supporting PhD qualified researchers in undertaking original research that will benefit Queensland. Applications are now closed for 2017.

Small Business Digital Grants Program

The Small Business Digital Grants Program provides small businesses with access to digital technologies and services to enable them to work smarter, engage with the global economy and make the most of online business opportunities arising from digital disruption. Matching funds of up to $10,000. Future rounds open 8th March and June 2017.

Small Business Entrepreneur Grants Program

Eligible businesses can apply for matched funding up to $5000 to engage a consultant, advisor or business coach to assist in their initial planning stages. Round 1 closes 3rd March 2017. There will be further rounds in July and December 2017.

Startup Events and Activities Fund

Builds capability within Qld's startup community with funding of up to 50% of total activity costs.

Skilling Queenslanders for Work

$240 million over four years to support up to 32,000 Queenslanders into work. Applications for the next round will open early 2017.

Testing Within Government

Supports small to medium enterprises (SMEs) to improve the positioning of their ICT products to address business problems, while collaborating with the Queensland Government. Funding of $25,000 - 12 week program starts early June 2017 - applications open 20th March and will close 18th April 2017.

Women's Academic Fund

Supporting more women in STEM with funding for female researchers within Qld based universities and other publicly funded research organisations.

Young Starters' Fund

Funds eligible organisations to deliver events and activities that build entrepreneurial and startup skills in young Queenslanders.

 

 

 

GENERAL

Aim for the Stars Layne Beachley Foundation

Enabling girls and women to invest in their future and fulfill their potential.

Aurizon Community Giving Fund

The Fund is focused on the broad areas of health and well-being, community safety, the environment and education. Opens April 2017.

Australian Communities Foundation Funding (ACF)

ACF supports a range of charitable organisations and projects each year. Grants are make through Australian registered charitable organisations for specific projects or for purposes that support the ongoing activities of those organisations. 

Australian Council for the Arts Grant Programs

Supports a diverse range of artists, organisations, artistic practice and arts activity.

Australian Sports Commission (ASC)

 

Coopers Brewery Foundation

The Coopers Brewery Foundation was established to provide additional focus on their social commitment. They aim to improve and protect the quality of life of Australians by providing support to charitable organisations with recognised strengths in medical research and health care, in youth education and aged care and in fostering family and community support, based on Christian values. Only Australian charities with DGR status can apply.

Caltex Australia – Sponsorship and Social Investment

Supports a variety of organisations, events and programs in local communities – from schools to sporting clubs, environmental projects to emergency services and surf lifesaving.

Capital Grants Programme

Provides funding to assist non-government primary and secondary school communities to improve capital infrastructure where they otherwise may not have access to sufficient capital resources.

City of Gold Coast Initiatives and Funding

The City of Gold Coast is committed to supporting the diverse community organisations that operate across the Gold Coast. The City also provides a number of funding programs and initiatives to assist incorporated NFP community organisations that support the Gold Coast community. These include:

  • Community Grants Program
  • Community Divisional Donations Program
  • Mayoral and Divisional Donations Programs
  • Other funding sources and assistance
  • Nature Conservation Assistance Program

 

Coca-Cola Australia Foundation (CCAF)

Flagship grants to charities with DGR status who have a clear and measurable program addressing an issue aligned with the CCAF mission, up to $200,000 per annum of up to 3 consecutive years. Employee Connected grants to charities with DGR status who are connected to Coca-Cola employees, up to $25,000 as a one-off grant.

CSIRO Innovation Fund

Supports the early stage commercialisation of innovations from CSIRO, universities and other publicly funded research bodies.

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Available for charitable purposes that benefit the residents of Australia’s rural, regional or remote communities.

Google Ad Grants

Empower NFP organisations, through $10,000 per month in in-kind AdWords™ advertising, to promote their missions and initiatives on Google search result pages. Open to NFP’s which hold current and valid DGR status.

Impact Investment Readiness Fund

Provides mission-driven organisations with targeted advice and support to help them secure investment for scaling up their social or environmental impact. Offers grants of up to $100,000 for enterprises to purchase specialised capacity building support from providers such as advisory, financial, intermediary or legal services.

Myer Foundation and the Sidney Myer Fund

Make grants across Australia in accordance with their vision to improve peoples’ lives in lasting and positive ways.

SunSuper Dreams for a Better World

Offers a $150,000 annual grant pool in community funding.

The Courier-Mail Children’s Fund

Provides financial support to charitable organisations throughout Queensland to help children with special needs.

Tim Fairfax Family Foundation

Supports Australian charitable organisations and initiatives aimed at addressing the particular needs of communities in rural, remote and regional areas within Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Westpac Foundation

Has social enterprise start-up grants of up to $100,000. For more information contact Lisa Waldron on 0402 797 654 or lwaldron@westpac.com.au

 

Other Programs and Helpful Business Information

Business.gov.au

The Australian Govt website offers simple and convenient access to all the govt information, forms and services you need. It’s a whole-of-govt service providing essential information on planning, starting and growing your own business.

Business Queensland

The Queensland Govt website provides information on starting a business, running a business and a range of resources and information to support different industry sectors.

Gold Coast Business

The City of Gold Coast provides a range of services and programs to support the development of Australia’s sixth largest city and one of its fastest growing regions. They are helping to build a business environment that is strong and globally recognised. Their Economic Development strategy provides a clear framework for the Gold Coast’s long-term prosperity and growth.

They are encouraging business growth, new investment and business relocation and can provide assistance in a range of areas including:

  • Industry engagement
  • Starting a business
  • Growing a business (Competitive Business Program)
  • International trade and export
  • Investing on the Gold Coast
  • Gold Coast CBD
  • Gold Coast industry
  • Major projects and infrastructure
  • Research and statistics

 

Our Community

Provides advice, connections, training and easy-to-use tech tools for people and organisations working to build stronger communities.

Partners in that work are NFP’s and social enterprises; government, philanthropic and corporate grant makers; donors and volunteers; enlightened businesses; and other community builders. Offerings include:

 

They also host webinars such as ‘How to win grants’, which provides an introduction to the answers to all your grant seeking questions. Find out how to increase the number of grants you can apply for. You will be taken through a grant process that will allow you to save time and be proactive with grant funding.

Australian Scholarship Foundation – NFP Scholarships

The Australian Scholarships Foundation is the only Australian organisation solely focused on funding and facilitating scholarships for Australian NFP directors and staff to undertake education, training and mentoring programs that improve their ability to lead and manage their organisations.

 
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