NSW Seniors Festival event grants

Applications for 2017 NSW Seniors Festival event grants are now open.

Applications close on Friday 2 September 2016 at 11pm.

The NSW Seniors Festival grants program funds events and activities across NSW that help seniors live active, healthy and socially connected lives.

Run by the Department of Family and Community Services, the program provides $200,000 in seed-funding for organisations to hold events for seniors during the annual NSW Seniors Festival.

How do I apply for a grant?

All applications must be submitted online via SmartyGrants.

Before you submit an application, please read the Grants Program objectives and the 2017 Program Terms and Conditions.

Funding TiersEach year, two funding categories are offered to ensure the program is both accessible and relevant to future applicants.

  • Tier 1 – up to $1,000 for small-scale community events
  • Tier 2 – $1001 – $5,000 for large-scale activities.

Tier 2 grants must be matched by at least 50% of your organisation’s own resources. This matched amount can include sponsorship, cash or in-kind contributions such as venue hire, catering and administration costs, and money spent by your own organisation.

If you have any questions about the NSW Seniors Festival grants program email the NSW Seniors Festival team or call the Seniors Information Service on 13 77 88 (cost of a local call within Australia).

Commonwealth Bank Community Grant Scheme

Applications for the Commonwealth Bank Community Grant scheme for 2016 open today, 29th February 2016.

This year we will be awarding $2 million in grants of up to $10,000 each to youth-focused charities nationally, as well as continuing the Bank’s ongoing support of Midnight Basketball and Clown Doctors.

With a mission to support the health and wellbeing of Australian youth, the CBA Staff Community Fund commenced in 1917 and is Australia’s largest workplace giving program, with more than 13,000 staff donating each fortnightly pay.

Applications close at 5pm 28th March 2016.

You may care to share this email with Community Groups which you consider would benefit from a grant.

Further information and registration details can be found at:


You may like to also review some of the past winners’ applications which can be found at :


We suggest that applicants:

  • keep the application impactful, in terms of getting across the concept of the program for which support is sought;
  • comment on the ongoing sustainability of the program beyond the initial funding; and
  • provide some comment what greater benefit the broader community would receive.

The Grants Guy | Get a spot before its gone

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  • learn how to attract philanthropic funding from trusts and foundations in Australia
  • learn how to approach a corporate giver
  • learn how to build a grants plan
  • design a grants calendar for your organisation

You wont get this information at any other grants workshop in the Illawarra

This workshop is for the not for profit, community and local government sectors

Date | Thursday, 10 March 2016
Time | 9am – 12pm
Venue | Shellharbour Council Chambers
Cost | $30pp
Booking Link Here

Grants Writing Workshop

Opportunity as a free service for local groups, so reserve your place now as spaces are limited.

Groups that have a presence in the electorate of Throsby (Whitlam) will be given priority.

The Stronger Communities Program asks Members of Parliament to engage with their communities to recommend capital investment projects that strengthen their communities.

Up to $150,000 of funding will be available in Throsby for small capital projects which improve community participation and contribute to the vibrancy and viability of local communities. Here are the dates for round 2, SCGP:

  • Monday, 11 April – last day for grant applications to be submitted to the Electorate Committee.
  • Saturday, 30 April – last day for Stephen Jones to submit grant applications to the Department.

More details can be found here.

Grants Writing Workshop

Not For Profit and Community Sector


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Thursday 5 November 2015
Warilla Bowls & Rec Club
1.30pm – 4.30pm | $50

Have you heard of The Grants Guy? Keith is a sought-after recognized Grants Writing educator in this sector. Take this rare opportunity to learn from an expert in this field with this one-off grant writing workshop and your EXCLUSIVE member discount by being subscribed to this Interagency news.

Who Should Attend? This workshop is the ideal, practical guide to grant writing for community organisations interested in applying for public and private sector grants. It will provide valuable knowledge on a range of Grants related topics:

  • Public and Private Sector Grants – what is out there?
  • Visioning, Strategy, Methodology Project Planning & Project Rationale
  • Community Capacity Building & Sustainability
  • Practical Grant Writing Tips, Budgets & Grant Jargon
  • Acquittal of Funding & Evaluation
  • Practical Project Management Activity
  • Grants Calendars
  • Grants Websites
  • What to write and when to write it
  • Top Ten Grant Tips


Food waste grants for the community sector

The NSW EPA and Environmental Trust are encouraging not for profits and other community organisations to apply for funding for food waste grants.

Two grant programs are available to the community sector to help avoid food waste under the multi-million dollar Waste Less, Recycle More:

  • Food donation grants providing up to $500,000 for fridges, freezers, vans and other equipment needed to collect, store and distribute rescued food to people in need.
  • Love Food Hate Waste education grants, providing up to $70,000 for education projects to help households and  businesses waste less food

An info session “Loving Food” is being held on Tuesday, June 23 at the UNSW CBD Campus, Level 6 1 O’Connell Street, Sydney, from 9.00am until 4pm. Travel costs may be covered for people travelling long distances.

The event will include everything not for profit organisations might want to know about applying for a grant, including eligibility, selection criteria and the application process. There will also be an opportunity to workshop proposals to give projects the best chance of success when it comes to applying.

Full details and link to register at www.epa.nsw.gov.au/foodwaste

Also call Matteo Balatti at the EPA’s Organics Unit (02) 9995 6960 or email matteo.balatti@epa.nsw.gov.au for more information.


Hepatitis Awareness Week NSW 2015

Hepatitis Awareness Week NSW 2015 runs from 27 August to 2 July 2015.  This year’s theme is Time to Act because with new treatments soon to become available we want to encourage people to see that now is the Time to Act on viral hepatitis. Final date for applications is 5pm, Friday 1st May 2015.

Now is also the Time to Act on applying for community grants.  Hepatitis NSW is providing grants of up to $2500 to NSW community organisations and health agencies to run activities that aim to raise awareness of viral hepatitis and hepatitis issues.  This includes prevention of transmission, treatment, stigma and discrimination.

All grant applications will be considered and Hepatitis NSW especially encourages creative local approaches for activities that:

  • Are held or launched between 27 July and 2 August
  • Target: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Culturally and Linguistically
  • Diverse communities, young people, people who inject drugs and people who are or have been in prison
  • Respond to an identified local need
  • Increase awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis issues

Hepatitis NSW has helped dozens of groups with events over the years including:

  • Awards events for local hepatitis champions and advocates
  • Community forums to identify service and education gaps in the local area
  • Poster competitions, art workshops, t –shirt printing
  • Starting a support group for people living with hepatitis B or hepatitis C
  • Running a campaign on local or social media

For a grant application pack or to discuss your ideas, activities, options and available support please contact Kerry Walker 02 9332 1853 or kwalker@hep.org.au


Nabo.com.au launches NSW & ACT community grant program

A New South Wales (NSW) or Australian Capital Territory (ACT) community group or charity will receive up to $10,000 to fund their project in a search for initiatives that build stronger and safer suburbs.

Nabo.com.au – Australia’s first major social network for local communities – launches its community grant program today. The network will call on its partnerships with local Councils and community groups to spread the word of its search.

The Nabo Community Grant Program will provide up to $10,000 in funding to a local project or group on nabo.com.au which best demonstrates the way in which it connects to its local community, works for the inclusion of marginalised Australians, or helps the community prepare or respond to a disaster. Examples of eligible concepts may include health education classes for locals, flood response projects or even support programs for the elderly or disabled.

“Nabo.com.au’s key aim is to connect more people and organisations in their local communities. Local projects and groups are a major part of this interaction. By launching a community grant program, we hope to encourage more local groups to thrive,” said Adam Rigby, Nabo.com.au Founder and CEO.

“The project or group that will receive the $10,000 will be unique, innovative and have a forward-thinking approach to meeting a local need.”

NSW and ACT local residents and community groups can enter by signing up to nabo.com.au and creating an online ‘group’ for their project or organisation. They will then be asked to complete an online community grant application form to ensure their eligibility for the funding.

There will then be a judging process where five finalists will be shortlisted for the grant.

Nabo.com.au members will then be invited to vote for their favourite project. The project with the most votes will be awarded the community grant.

The NSW and ACT grant applications close 26 April 2015 and the grant recipient will be announced in June.

Nabo Community Grant_Detailed guide