Bellingen Chamber of Commerce

Grants Update

3 Jun

Funding tends to slow down a little at this time of year as the funding bodies get their finances and budgets in order for the next financial year. This is a great opportunity to get your project planning in place ready for the next release of funding that will start to happen towards the mid/end of July and August.


On saying that, there are a few smaller grant opportunities around at the moment. The following grants and funding are currently available with most closing in the next 2 – 4 weeks.


-The Healthy Communities Innovation Fund Mid North Coast – The Innovation Fund supports preventive health projects that help people maintain good health by living a healthy lifestyle. In round two, they are looking for projects that focus on either healthy eating, active living, or both. For info go to – Grants of $3,000 are available. Applications close 14 June.

-Artist Support Grant – The MusicNSW Artist Support Grant is a new pilot grant in place of the Opportunity Development Grant. It’s designed to give support to and develop emerging NSW artists and industry through a wider range of opportunities. You can apply for funding of up to $5,000 to access opportunities for projects –…/funding/artist-support-grant-2019/. Applications close 12 noon on 17 June.

-RAHS Cultural Grants Program – Assists historical research and publication of local, community and regional history projects – Applications close 6 June.

-Growing Good Gardens Grants –…/yates-garde…/gardengrants. Any school (primary, secondary or pre-school), kindergarten, childcare centre, or youth/community group (e.g. Scouts, sports clubs etc) seeking to educate young Australians about gardening and healthy living can apply. The application process is simple but make sure you look at the Guidelines as there are some specifics that will assist you in being successful. Applications close 17 June.


Also a quick note to advise that the latest round of the Country Arts Support Program (CASP) grants are now open along with the Community Resilience Innovation Program (CRIP).


CASP supports art programs up to $5,000. 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.


More information can be found at Applications close at 5pm on 29 July.


The CRIP supports a broad range of community-led projects designed to increase all-hazard disaster preparedness and build community capacity and resilience. CRIP projects are based on collaboration and partnership between local community organisations and emergency management agencies.


The CRIP Program Guide is attached. Applications must be in before midday Tuesday 23 July.


Good luck!


Maxine Compton
Grants and Business Development Officer
Ph: 02 6655 7379

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