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Country Arts Support Program

Closing date: 29/07/2019

CASP is an annual small grants program administered by Regional Arts NSW (RANSW) on behalf of Create NSW and is guided by the ACDP’s three major objectives:

  • A creative and vibrant NSW arts and cultural sector renowned for excellence and innovation (Quality).
  • State-wide engagement with diverse audiences and communities (Reach).
  • A resilient NSW arts and cultural sector (Health) and cultural activities.

The aim of the Country Arts Support Program is to support community arts and cultural development in regional NSW through small grants that:

  • Assist locally determined community arts and cultural activities.
  • Increase opportunities for regionally-based groups to access a diverse range of arts programs.
  • Enable communities to explore and express their cultural identities.
  • Bring social and economic benefits to the community through training, employment and promotional opportunities.
  • Lead to greater awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity.
  • Increase the sustainability and resilience of regionally based community arts organisations.

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Entrepreneurs Program

The Entrepreneurs’ Programme is the Australian Government’s flagship initiative for business competitiveness and productivity.

The programme offers support to businesses through four elements:

  • Accelerating Commercialisation — helps small and medium businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers to commercialise novel products, services and processes.
  • Business Management — provides access to a national network of experienced business advisers and facilitators to assist you to improve your business practices, become more competitive, and take advantage of growth and collaboration opportunities in order to increase your business’s capability to trade in Australian markets and/or markets in other countries.
  • Incubator Support — assists new and existing incubators to improve the prospects of Australian start-ups achieving commercial success in international markets, through helping them to develop their business capabilities.
  • Innovation Connections — experienced Innovation Facilitators work with your business to identify knowledge gaps that are preventing your business growth. The outcome is an Innovation Facilitation Report.

Practical support for businesses includes:

  • advice from people with relevant private sector experience
  • co-funded grants to commercialise new products, processes and services
  • funding to take advantage of business improvement and growth opportunities
  • connection and collaboration opportunities.

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Stronger Country Communities Fund – Round Three

Funding body: NSW Government

Closing date: 27/09/2019

Stronger Country Communities Fund Round Three is now open, and will be delivering $100 million for community projects in regional NSW, with at least $50 million for youth-related projects. The third round of the Stronger Country Communities Fund increases the total value of the Regional Growth Fund to $1.7 billion.

For more information, and details on how to apply please visit:


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R & D Tax Incentive

Provides a tax offset for some of a company’s cost of doing eligible research and development (R&D) activities by reducing a company’s income tax liability. Tax offsets of 43.5% or 38.5% are available for costs incurred on eligible activities depending on a company’s annual aggregated turnover. The 43.5% benefit is a refundable offset.

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Jetstar’s Flying Start Program

Funding body: Jetstar

Closing date: 30/09/2019

Jetstar’s Flying Start Program invites community groups and organisations across Australia to apply for a grant to fund a project that will enrich the lives of people in their local community. Entry is open to not-for-profit community groups and organisations of any size, who can be classified into one of the following categories:

  • Charity
  • Educational & Health Organisation
  • Arts Group or Organisation
  • Sporting Group or Organisation

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$500 My Place is Ace Grant

Funding body: Port Macquarie Hastings Council

The $500 My Place is Ace grant has been created to give community members an opportunity to come up with a place making idea and develop the idea into reality.  All you have to do is come up with a cool idea to make your community a better place for all, and tell us about it. Each month we will be giving away $500 to kick start a great idea.  Please note this is for the Port Macquarie Hastings area.

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Cyber Security Small Business Program

Funding body: Australian Government - Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

The Cyber Security Small Business Program assists eligible small businesses access cyber security advice and services from trusted industry providers.

Under the program individual grants of up to $2100 will be available to eligible small businesses to cover 50 per cent of the cost of having their cyber security tested by approved service providers, from the Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers Australia New Zealand (CREST ANZ). Support from CREST ANZ will allow small businesses to understand their cyber security risk, and take proactive action to secure their digital assets, allowing them to take full advantage of the economic opportunities of Australia’s digital economy.

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Automotive Transformation Scheme

Funding body: Australian Government

The Automotive Transformation Scheme (ATS) commenced on 1 January 2011 and will run until 31 December 2020. It aims to encourage competitive investment, innovation and economic sustainability in the Australian automotive industry.

The ATS will achieve this in a way that:

  • improves environmental outcomes and
  • promotes the development of workforce skills.

Through the scheme, participants can claim assistance for:

  • 50% of the value of eligible investment in research and development
  • 15% of the value of eligible investment in plant and equipment, and
  • allowable production of motor vehicles, engines and engine components for local and export markets (Motor Vehicle Producers only).

Applications for registration in the ATS is open to:

  • Australian Motor Vehicle Producers (MVPs)
  • Australian Automotive Component Producers (ACPs)
  • Australian Automotive Machine Tool and Automotive Tooling Producers (AMTPs)
  • Australian Automotive Service Providers (ASPs).

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Local Schools Community Fund

Funding body: Australian Government

Closing date: 30/09/2019

The Australian Government is providing $30.2 million in 2019–20 for the Local Schools Community Fund (the Fund), with up to $200,000 available for each federal electorate. The Fund will benefit students and assist schools to meet their priorities through the contribution of funding for small scale projects and their associated costs.

For more information on how to apply for funding:

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Biomedical Translation Fund (BTF)

Funding body: Australian Government

The Australian Government has established a $501.25 million Biomedical Translation Fund (BTF) with $250 million of Commonwealth capital and $251.25 million private sector capital.

The BTF is an equity co-investment venture capital program announced in the National Innovation and Science Agenda that:

  • supports commercialisation of biomedical discoveries in Australia; and
  • helps translate biomedical discoveries into high growth potential companies to deliver long term health benefits and national economic outcomes.

Funding is available through three private sector venture capital fund managers, which are investing in companies with promising biomedical innovations with commercial potential.

AusIndustry is delivering the BTF on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Health.

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