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Quick Response Grants (QUICKS)

Funding body: Regional Arts NSW

Made available under the Regional Arts Fund allocation for NSW, Quick Response Grants offer funding of up to $1,500 for regional artists, arts organisations and communities to respond to unique arts opportunities that present themselves at very short notice and could not be planned for. Opportunities that have been organised by the applicant or have involved an application process will not be accepted. The program is intended to:

  • support professional development opportunities for artists and arts workers involved in community programs that will increase their knowledge, skills and experience
  • support skills and or arts development for individuals and groups in regional communities through the employment of arts and cultural workers to conduct workshops, seminars and forums.

Quick Response Grants are offered on a quarterly basis. There is no deadline for applications, which may be made as required, although applications are processed on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Applicants MUST speak to the Funding Manager at Regional Arts NSW before applying (see contact details below). Decisions will be advised within 5 working days of receipt.

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Business Growth Grants

Funding body: Australian Federal Government

Provides businesses with matched funding of up to $20,000 for the cost of hiring an expert to help with implementing the advice and strategies recommended through the Business Evaluation, Growth Services, Supply Chain Facilitation or Tourism Partnerships programmes.

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Fee-Free Apprenticeships

Funding body: NSW Government - VET

Start date: 01/07/2018

There’s never been a better time to start an apprenticeship in NSW. From 1 July 2018, the NSW Government is paying the course cost for 100,000 new apprenticeships – meaning students no longer face a qualification fee of up to $2000.

Apprenticeships are a great career pathway. They combine on-the-job training with classroom study to give you the skills and experience employers are looking for. Apprenticeships generally take around 3-4 years to complete, and apprentices earn a salary while they learn.

There are more than 120 different apprenticeship courses available in NSW, in a range of industries including construction, cooking, aviation and automotive. Learning a trade is a smart way to secure your future – in the next 12 months alone, experts predict NSW will need another 50,000 skilled construction workers and 19,000 chefs.

Find all NSW apprenticeship courses here.

Our fee-free apprenticeship training brochure has more information.

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Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme

Funding body: Australian Federal Government

The Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme provides:

  • a range of financial incentives to Australian employers to offer apprenticeship opportunities
  • a living away from home allowance (LAFHA) to apprentices who need to move away from their parent’s home to take up or retain an Australian apprenticeship.

The incentive payments are based on a skills shortage list of trades as well as a set of high priority occupations.

The incentive payments to employers are based on the apprenticeship certificate level completed. The majority of incentive payments are one-off and paid annually at the end of the year. Payments range from $750 to $4,000, depending on the incentive. Payments to offer apprenticeship opportunities to apprentices with a disability are paid weekly.

The Living Away From Home Allowance (LAFHA) is a weekly payment to the apprentice that starts at $77.17 each week in the first year of the apprenticeship and reduces to $25 each week in the third year.

Free advice and support is available to both employers and apprentices through the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Providers.

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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.

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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.

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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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