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Growing Local Economies

Funding body: NSW Government - DPC


Growing Local Economies provides funding to entities to undertake infrastructure projects of economic significance in regional NSW. Projects must demonstrate improved outcomes for regional communities, and where possible support local procurement, job creation and skills development.

It is expected that the smallest projects will be valued at approximately $1 million.

The Growing Local Economies fund targets public and common use infrastructure – for example, multiple electricity or gas connections on council land that can be used by businesses. Projects that are on private land and have no clear public benefit will be considered ineligible.

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Funding applications invited to deliver the Indigenous Girls STEM Academy

Funding body: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet


Eligible applicants are invited to submit applications for Indigenous Girls’ STEM Academy grant funding under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy.

Grant funding may be awarded as a one off payment or on a single year or multi-year basis depending on the final design and delivery of the Academy.

Grant funding is open to applicants that can demonstrate strong credibility in the areas of:

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
  • Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, including developing strong relationships with students, families, schools and communities.
  • Corporate and philanthropic engagement and partnership.
  • Processional and academic support.
  • Cultural competency – Indigenous Businesses are encouraged to apply and/or form a role within partnerships/consortia for this process.

The Government has committed $25 million for the Academy, with an initial investment of $20 million in the 2017-18 financial year.

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Community Heritage Grant

Funding body: National Library of Australia

Closing date: 07/05/2018


The Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program from the National Library of Australia provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups. The grants are provided to assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant, collections of materials that are publicly accessible including artefacts, letters, diaries, maps, photographs and audio-visual material.

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Scale Investors – a national network of 100 mainly female angel investors

Funding body: Scale Investors


THE VISION

To equip women to become successful investors whose wealth is enhanced through connection with, investment in, and support of women entrepreneurs in early stage businesses.

Scale is a female focused angel investor network. We were founded in Melbourne in March 2013 inspired by the US based organisation Golden Seeds.

Our founding members are women, but we welcome and include men who share our vision of maximising returns by supporting early stage businesses that value gender diverse leadership.

INVESTMENT CRITERIA

We require companies to fulfil the following qualifying criteria to be considered by Scale Angels:

  • Female founder or woman at the executive level with significant equity and influence. We believe businesses that value gender diverse leadership teams achieve higher returns.
  • Raising $100,000 to $700,000 capital from Scale Angels. Typically we will lead early stage rounds with valuations of less than $2m. We will consider joining syndicates for later, larger rounds.
    • A scaleable product with proprietary features or channels to market that provide barriers to entry for competition and a business model with potential to generate $20m revenues in 5 years. If the business is pre revenue, a product roadmap reflecting identified client input.
    • A commitment to achieving an exit for Scale Angels via a trade sale, MBO or PE exit within 5 years and the potential to realise 10x returns for Scale Angels.

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National Disability Advocacy Program

Funding body: Australian Federal Government

Start date: 12/04/2018

Closing date: 10/05/2018


The Australian Government is inviting organisations via a restricted process to apply to deliver services under the Disability and Carer Support Program: National Disability Advocacy Program – Improving coverage of disability advocacy support.

A total of $4,209,060 (GST exclusive) is available over 2 years for this grant opportunity, from September 2018 until 30 June 2020.

Funding provided under this grant opportunity must be used to assist all people with disability (no specialisation) residing within defined coverage areas – with ninety per cent to be used to support individuals and the remaining ten per cent to address systemic issues.

 

 

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Emerging Businesses – Various Funding Opportunities

Funding body: NSW Government - Jobs for NSW


Emerging and fast-growth small to medium enterprises (SMEs) that have strong growth are the powerhouses of the NSW economy. While many new businesses start up each year in NSW, relatively few scale up to become key economic players. This is why we’re creating an ecosystem where high-potential SMEs can get the support and funding they need to reach their potential.

Accelerating Growth Loans are direct loans from Jobs for NSW for emerging fast-growth SMEs that are scaling quickly and creating jobs in NSW, but face barriers in accessing finance from traditional lenders.

Funding available

Direct loans ranging from $200,000 to $500,000 are available to eligible businesses at a fixed interest rate of 9.2% for the term of the loan.

Jobs for NSW does not require the loan to be secured by personal assets such as residential property. As part of the standard terms and conditions, Jobs for NSW will place a general security over the current and future assets of the business.

Regional Growth Loans are direct, interest-free loans for emerging and fast-growth SMEs in regional NSW that are scaling quickly and creating jobs, but face barriers in accessing finance from traditional lenders.

Regional Growth Loans are for businesses who are creating jobs specifically in areas outside of Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong.

Funding available

Direct loans ranging from $200,000 to $500,000 are available to businesses with no interest payable. Jobs for NSW does not require the loan to be secured by personal assets such as residential property. As part of the standard terms and conditions, Jobs for NSW will place a general security over the current and future assets of the business.

Strategic Growth Loans are flexible, direct loans for emerging and fast-growth SMEs that are scaling quickly and creating jobs, but face barriers in accessing finance from traditional lenders.

Funding available

Direct loans ranging from over $500,000 to $1,200,000 are available to businesses with flexibility in payment terms including the flexibility of multiple advances.

Loans are offered over a term of four (4) years and at an interest rate of 9.2%. Jobs for NSW does not require the loan to be secured by personal assets such as residential property. As part of the standard terms and conditions, Jobs for NSW will place a general security over the current and future assets of the business.

Loan Guarantees are offered in partnership with an Australian authorised financial institution. Jobs for NSW will act as a Guarantor for up to 50% of the loan (up to $5 million of the loan amount), for businesses who are unable to access the full quantum needed to enable business expansion.

Businesses must have revenue of $3 million or more to apply, and can be located in both regional and metropolitan NSW.

 

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Veteran and Community Grants

Funding body: Australian Federal Government

Start date: 20/02/2018

Closing date: 28/02/2019


 The Australian Government is inviting organisations through an open non-competitive process to apply for grant funding under the Veteran and Community Grants Program from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.

The objective of the Program is 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 wellbeing.

The expected outcomes of the Program are to:

  • Deliver projects that are sustainable, financially viable and have an ongoing benefit for members of the veteran community;
  • Deliver projects that increase opportunities for members of the veteran community, associated with social activity and community participation and/or improve health behaviours and support healthy places

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teach.Rural scholarship program

Funding body: NSW Department of Education

Closing date: 18/06/2018


The NSW Government has introduced a new teach.Rural scholarship program aimed at attracting more teachers to rural and remote areas across NSW.

The program is intended to allow more regional students to have access to top quality educators, and give teachers from metropolitan areas the opportunity to experience regional NSW and the benefits of rural living.

The grants will offer university students in teacher education courses a subsidy to study and a full-time job after graduation on the condition that they teach in a regional NSW public school for at least three years. In addition to the grants, recipients who achieve a credit average or above will have their HECS debt of up to $50,000 paid.

Benefits, for both new and existing teachers, vary from school to school but may include:

  • rental subsidies of 50-90%
  • annual retention benefits of $5,000 gross for a maximum of five years
  • additional personal leave
  • additional professional development days
  • locality allowances
  • transfer points

There are a number of destinations across Central West NSW offering special incentives for teachers, including:

The full range of Benefits and Incentives for Teachers and Executives in rural and remote NSW public schools can be found here.

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Small Business Grant

Funding body: NSW Government

Start date: 01/07/2015

Closing date: 01/07/2019


The Small Business Grant is a key priority of the New South Wales Government.

The grant is designed to encourage the nearly 650,000 small businesses in New South Wales that do not pay payroll tax to hire new employees and expand their business.

The grant amount is $2,000 payable per full time equivalent position as at the anniversary date.

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Minimum Viable Product NSW

Funding body: NSW Government


Minimum Viable Product (MVP) grants support promising pre-revenue startups to progress from proof of concept to a minimum viable product stage. The grants can help startups to engage with a potential business customer or channel to market and create innovative solutions that address industry needs or market gaps.

Grants of up to $25,000 is available to cover up to 50% of approved project costs.

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