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Stronger Communities Program

Funding body: Federal Government

Start date: 06/08/2018

Closing date: 11/10/2018


The Stronger Communities Programme (the program) supports the Australian Government’s commitment to deliver social benefits in communities across Australia. Round 4 of the program will provide $22.5 million to fund small capital projects in each of the 150 federal electorates.

The program’s intended outcomes are to improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant and viable communities.

Community consultation is a critical element of the program. In consultation with their community, each MP must identify potential applicants and projects in their electorate and invite them to apply for a grant. Invited applications will be assessed against the program’s eligibility criteria through a closed non-competitive process.

Each 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. The Minister has the discretion to allow additional projects in each electorate subject to the availability of program funds.

For further information, please visit: https://www.business.gov.au/Assistance/Stronger-Communities-Programme

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Apprentices and Trainees Payroll Tax Rebate NSW

Funding body: NSW Government


A payroll tax rebate is available for employers in NSW who employ apprentices and new entrant trainees.

The rebate works as a payroll tax offset based on the wages you’ve paid to apprentices and new entrant trainees. The rebate can be claimed monthly or annually as part of the monthly returns and annual reconciliation.

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Youth Jobs PaTH

Funding body: Australia Government


Provide businesses with assistance and funding of up to $1000, plus insurance, to trial a young person aged between 17-24 to make sure they’re suitable for employment within the business, and up to $10,000 for businesses that hire an eligible young person.

 

 

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Growing Local Economies

Funding body: NSW Government - DPC


Updated program guidelines from 20 August

The $500 million Growing Local Economies Fund is part of the $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund and is available to support projects of economic significance in regional NSW. The program will invest in projects that draw on the economic strengths of areas in regional NSW.

Updated program guidelines will apply from Monday 20 August 2018. Under these guidelines, the minimum grant amount is set at $1 million and projects require a co-contribution of 25 per cent of the total grant amount. An exemption may be granted where a project is located in a disadvantaged area of NSW.

More than 100 projects have been submitted for consideration so far. All project submissions received on or after 20 August will be assessed under the updated guidelines. The fund will remain open for applications until funding has been fully allocated.

The new guidelines will be published on the Growing Local Economies Fund web page on Monday 20 August, together with an updated program fact sheet and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Applicants should read and familiarise themselves with the program guidelines before submitting their project application for Growing Local Economies funding.

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NSW Trade Missions and Exhibitions

Funding body: NSW Government


Provides export ready NSW companies with industry exhibitions, specialist advice and networking opportunities to help them succeed in the export market.

For further information: https://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/export-from-nsw/export-assistance/trade-missions-and-exhibitions

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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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Volunteer Grants 2018

Funding body: Australian Government - Department of Social Services


The Australian Government is inviting applications via an open process to apply for funding to support volunteers under the Volunteer Grants Activity.

Volunteer Grants aim to support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers. The grants provide small amounts of money that organisations and community groups can use to help their volunteers. The grants form part of the Government’s work to support the volunteers who help disadvantaged Australian communities and encourage inclusion of vulnerable people in community life.

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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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Go Viral!

Funding body: Screenworks - NSW Government

Start date: 31/08/2018

Closing date: 02/10/2018


GO VIRAL! is a new Screenworks initiative delivered in partnership with and funded by Create NSW. It is open to short microfilm proposals of a 5 min maximum duration with a focus on current social issues.

Create NSW and Screenworks will fund up to 5 online creators/teams who are based in Regional NSW or Sydney and Western Sydney.

Three of the opportunities will be provided to Regional NSW content creators and two to Sydney/Western Sydney content creators.

On approval, the successful applicants will receive $4,000 in production funding to realise their ambition.

Production Company Co-Curious has been appointed by Create NSW and Screenworks as the Executive Producer who will brief and liaise with the successful teams living in Sydney and Western Sydney. Screenworks will support selected creators/teams living in regional NSW.

For further information visit: https://screenworks.com.au/event/go-viral/

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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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