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Grants

Do you own a business, or have a community project that you need funding for?

There are many funding opportunities available, across a broad range of areas, and we know that the search for grants can be daunting.

The Victorian and Australian Government, and occasionally corporations, provide grant opportunities that align with their vision for society and associated policies.

Strathbogie, Shepparton and Moira Councils have joined forces with Australia’s most powerful grant search engine, Grant Guru, to deliver a free one-stop-shop website for business and community grants.

You can simply use the search engine to find available grants and filter grants by specifying location, industry and type of project.

The website also assists with advice and top tips for finding and applying for grants to maximise your chances of receiving the funding you need.

Visit Goulburn Valley Funding Finder to find available grants for your project and register to receive alerts!

 

Some grants that recently became available, are as follows:

 

Agriculture Energy Investment Plan grants

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Victorian farmers to invest in new equipment and technology to improve sustainability and reduce energy costs with the rollout of Agriculture Energy Investment Plan grants.

Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes recently visited a recipient in Serpentine, one of 36 farm businesses around the state who are benefitting from over $1 million in the latest round of grants.

The grants will support farm businesses complete projects to improve their energy efficiency, reduce on-farm costs and maintain their competitiveness. Grants have been awarded to farms across the agricultural sector – including dairy, sheep, horticulture and viticulture producers.

The grants awarded so far will be used for projects including solar energy systems, sustainable solar-powered dairy systems and irrigation and electricity upgrades. Some farms are expected to save over 40 per cent on their annual energy costs.

Farms from across the state, including those in the Wangaratta, Moira, Wellington, Alpine, Gannawarra, South Gippsland, and Campaspe shires have been successful.

For more information on grants through Agriculture Victoria, go to www.agriculture.vic.gov.au

For an application form, click on the link below: 

http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/word_doc/0020/438311/On-farm-energy-tier-3-grants-EOI.DOCX?v=2

  


  

Building Better Regions Fund

Round 4, Drought Round

  • $200 million pool of money for available to all drought-affected areas (supporting documentation is required to evidence that the area is drought-affected).

  • The objective of this round is to drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities in areas that have been affected by the current drought.

  • There are two streams of funding available, and a co-investment of up to 50% will be required for most projects.

    • Infrastructure Project Stream is for shovel-ready projects for new infrastructure or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure that provides economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas. The minimum grant amount is $20,000 and the maximum grant amount is $10 million.

    • Community Investments Stream is for projects involving community activities including, new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, or leadership and capability strengthening activities that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas. The minimum grant amount is $5,000 and the maximum grant amount is $1 million, with the majority of grants expected to be under $100,000.

Applications close Thursday 19th December, 2019. For more information visit https://www.business.gov.au/Grants-and-Programs/Building-Better-Regions-Fund-Infrastructure-Projects-Stream

 


 

Drought Assistance

 

Click here to access Strathbogie Shire Council's Drought Assistance webpage.

 


 

 First Peoples Investment Program

The program is for emerging through to established creative practitioners and people working in the arts and creative industries, as well as individuals who do not formally identify as creative practitioners. First Peoples organisations in Victoria are also encouraged to apply for creative and cultural support activities.

First-time applicants are able to be supported through the whole project process from the application through to the final reporting on how the funds were spent (acquittal report). This support may be through a community-based or sector-based mentor (paid for by Creative Victoria) and can be organised with Creative Victoria staff.

The First Peoples Investment Program (Pilot) Guidelines can be downloaded here.

Funding available

Funding is available in three different streams:

  • Stream 1: Connect to Country

  • Stream 2: Develop your skills

  • Stream 3: Create something new

Please note, in 2019 individuals and groups will only be able to receive one grant per stream.  Organisations may apply on behalf of multiple applicants.

The program is currently open on an ongoing basis, with no closing dates, and applicants can apply anytime up to 31 December 2019 or until the funding pool is exhausted. The program will run as a pilot in 2019 laying the foundation for future Creative Victoria programs to support First Peoples projects and activities.

Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application within 6 weeks of applying.

Who to talk to

For more information contact Eliza Mango, a Taungurung woman and the Senior Officer for the First Peoples programs at Creative Victoria. Eliza can be reached on 03 8683 3128 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Key dates

Round opens:   Now open, via the Creative Victoria Grants Portal
Round closes:  5pm, 31 December 2019 or until funding has been exhausted

 


 

Inspiring Australia Science Engagement Programme Grants

The Morrison Government is offering grants of up to $20,000 for schools and organisations to give our kids science opportunities in Australia and abroad.

The Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions program

is now open for applications.

This programme seeks to support Australian students under the age of 18 to attend or participate in STEM related events, activities and competitions in Australia and overseas.

Grants between $1,000 and $20,000 per application are available. The maximum grant amount per student is:
- $1,500 for STEM events or activities occurring within Australia
- $5,000 for international STEM events or activities.

Eligible applicants include sponsor organisations who must apply on behalf of a student or group of students and:
- Have an Australian Business Number (ABN).
- Be one of the following entities:
a) Primary or secondary school, registered with a State or Territory authority
b) Incorporated not-for-profit organisation
c) Entity incorporated in Australia

Eligible project must:
- Involve the participation of a student or a group of students at an eligible event.
- Have a minimum of $1,000 in eligible expenditure.
- Be related to the pursuit of a field of STEM and one that promotes student engagement in STEM-related disciplines, or participation in STEM-based competitions both in Australia and overseas.Examples of events are:
- INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair
- Google Science Fair
- World Science Festival
- International and domestic Makers Fairs
- Australian National Space Camp
- International Youth Science Forums
- STEM-based camps

For more information inclduing application guidelines and forms click here.

For the Australian Government media release click here

This grant programme is open on an ongoing basis until all funds are allocated for the financial year. 

 


 

Local History Grants Program

The Local History Grants Program (LHGP) encourages and fosters community activities that preserve, record and share the local, social and community history of Victoria and Victorians.

The Program supports the efforts of the many community groups and organisations that collect and preserve the materials and memories from Victoria’s past. It aims to encourage collaboration and partnerships between volunteer groups to undertake projects (e.g. oral history, digitising, and interpretation) as well as to develop skills and resources to support community collections.

Small grants of up to $15,000 are made for the preservation and sharing of Victorian history by a variety of local community based organisations interested in telling the stories from their own communities, preserving their collections and increasing opportunities for the public to engage with the past.

Grants are required to be fully expended, and the project completed and acquitted, within a three year period.

The Program is administered by Public Record Office Victoria on behalf of the State Government of Victoria

Who can apply?

To apply for a grant through the Local History Grants Program your organisation will need to meet the following criteria. The organisation applying must be:

a) Based in Victoria

b) Not-for-profit

In addition your organisation will also need to be:

c) Registered with the Office of Consumer Affairs Victoria as either an Incorporated body or Association, Co-operative,

OR be auspiced by a group with this status and

d) Have an Australian Business Number (ABN)

OR be auspiced by a group with an ABN (e.g. Council, Library etc.)

Applications from organisations affiliated with, or funded through, State or Federal Government will be considered provided the project is undertaken in partnership with a community based organisation that fits the aforementioned criteria AND the project demonstrates strong community involvement and lasting benefit. Partnership organisations might include:

• Statutory authorities

• Local councils

• Universities

• Libraries

• State Schools

If you are not sure about your organisation’s legal entity status, consult your Treasurer or Financial Officer.

 

Applications close at midnight 8 January 2020.

For further information or to apply, visit: https://prov.vic.gov.au/community/grants-and-awards/local-history-grants-program.

 


 

Sports and Recreation Victoria- Significant Sporting Events Program

There are three funding streams available:
1. Event Assistance
- For event organisers seeking funding support to assist with the general operational costs associated with hosting events.
- Grants of up to $20,000 are available.

2. Event Development Grants
- For developing or expanding events, or for events seeking funding to assist with high operational costs (typically more than $200,000).
- Grants of up to $150,000 are available.

3. Strategic Event Planning Grants
- Aims to develop strategic event plans that seek to identify future events that could be hosted in Victoria and the requirements for doing so.
- Grants of up to $20,000 are available.

Higher grant amounts may be available and will be considered on a case by case basis.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
- Sport development benefits
- Strategic alignment/government priorities
- Participation, visitation and economic benefit

For more information on guidelines, click here or go to the Goulburn Valley Finder: Grant Guru page here.

 


 

 Stronger Communities Programme (SCP)

Round 5 of this funding program opened on Monday 5 August, 2019. This programme aims to support the Australian Government’s commitment to deliver social benefits in communities across Australia by funding small capital projects in each of the 151 Federal electorates. The intended outcomes of the program are to improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant and viable communities


Funding between $2,500 and $20,000, or up to 50% of eligible project costs, is available. Each Federal electorate has total funding of up to $150,000 that can be allocated to successful applications. A maximum of 20 projects will be funded in each electorate. A total funding pool of $22.65 million is available for Round 5, 2019-20.

Eligible applicants must:
- Be invited to apply by their Member of Parliament.
- Have an Australian Business Number (ABN).
- Be one of the following incorporated entities:
a) An incorporated not-for-profit organisation.
b) A local governing body as defined by the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995.
c) An incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust with responsibility for a community asset or property.

Examples of projects:

  • Modifications, upgrade, fit out, construction, refurbishment, or alterations to premises (including leased premises providing permission has been given by the owner) such as air-conditioning, kitchen, canteen, change room or toilet installation or upgrade, TVs, furniture, fixtures and fittings, painting, inclusive access, drinking fountains, drainage, water systems, and lighting.

  • Purchase of equipment that would remain the property of the organisation including ICT hardware, BBQs, shade, specialist equipment (including medical and emergency services), musical instruments, uniforms, seating, and sporting equipment including gymnasiums, scoreboards, and goals.

  • Vehicles and trailers and/or modifications to vehicles and trailers for community transport/services or medical transport.

  • Development or upgrade of public areas or amenities such as bike paths, streetscapes, skate parks or community gardens.

For more information, go to: https://www.regional.gov.au/regional/programs/stronger-communities.aspx

For the Nicholls Electorate details, go to: www.damiandrum.com.au/20190820-2

For Indi Electorate details, call (02) 6024 6284 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 


 

Veteran and Community Grants

This is an Australian Government grant. Veteran and Community Grants are for activities and services which improve the health and wellbeing of members of the veteran community.

Who can apply? Ex-service organisations, veterans' groups, community organisations and private companies are all eligible to apply for Veteran and Community Grants.

For example, the grant can provide seed funding for projects which promote a healthy lifestyle or help veterans to remain living independently in their own homes. They can also fund programs to reduce social isolation, support carers and improve access to community services.

All the details about:

  • What can be funded through Veteran and Community Grants
  • Who is eligible to apply
  • What you need to include in your application is in the Veteran and Community Grants Opportunity Guidelines (the guidelines).

Read the guidelines carefully before you start your application. You can find these guidelines and additional information about how to apply, on the Community Grants Hub.

Now open for applications. Closing 27 February 2020.

For more information, go to www.dva.gov.au/grants 

 


 

 



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