External Grant Opportunities


Protecting our Places program (closing 25 March 2023)

The Protecting our Places program encourages and empowers Aboriginal communities to protect, conserve and restore landscapes and waterways important to them.

This program empowers and provides opportunities for Aboriginal organisations to undertake projects that:

  • contribute to ongoing sustainable management of significant Aboriginal cultural landscapes in New South Wales
  • contribute to healthier environments and communities
  • develop project management capabilities of Aboriginal groups
  • encourage new collaborations and positive relationships with other organisations, government, and stakeholders.


Grants of up to $80,000 are available over the 2 stages:

  • Stage 1 Planning – up to $12,000 for project planning.
  • Stage 2 Implementation – up to $67,000 to complete the project on-ground works, plus $1,000 quarantined for the mandatory financial audit, totalling $68,000.

For each grant recipient, we will coordinate and deliver face-to-face workshops for 2 key staff/participants in your project at the beginning of Stage 1. In addition, proposed grantees are strongly encouraged to invite an Elder to participate in these workshops to act as a community representative, knowledge holder and relevant cultural authority.

These workshops will provide you with:

  • support and guidance to develop a plan specific to your project
  • mentoring, advice, and networking opportunities
  • an understanding of the Trust's reporting requirements.


Closing date: 5 pm, Friday 24 March 2023

Read more and apply via the below link:
Protecting our Places | NSW Environment and Heritage



Small grants program for regional NSW (closing 31 March 2023)

This small grants program supports the recovery and wellbeing of children and young people living in regional NSW. 

The program will help eligible applicants deliver projects to promote social inclusion and build community connections for regional children and youth aged 0-24 years.

Key information:
- Grant amount: From $500 to $10,000
- Application closes: 31 March 2023

For more information, and to apply, visit the link below:
Small grants program for regional NSW | NSW Government

Community University Partnerships Grant Program (closing 5 April 2023)

The Community University Partnerships Grant Program is a small grants program designed to support the development of the region through contributions to educational, cultural, economic, sporting and related activities.

The categories include:
- Arts and Culture
- Sports Development
- Education Development
- Health and Wellbeing
- Environmental Sustainability

Applications close: 11:59PM Wednesday, 5 April 2023

Read more and apply here: Community University Partnerships Grant Program - About (csu.edu.au)



Volunteer Management Activity Project Partnerships Program (closing 6 April 2023)

The Centre for Volunteering is pleased to announce another round of the project partnerships program for 2023-24.  

The Centre will, through an open application process, partner with external organisation on projects that will deliver advice, support and resources to help enable volunteering by members of identified groups.  The projects will build the capacity of volunteer managers and VIOs to better engage these volunteers in a meaningful and respectful manner.  

The project can take many different forms – from resources, social media content, videos or training to case studies – but must be grounded in supporting volunteer managers and volunteer-involving organisations in building their capacity to engage these key communities.      

The identified groups included in this round are: 

  • First Nations Peoples   
  • Newly Arrived Migrants1
  • People with Disability2
  • Vulnerable Women  
  • Young People3
  • People who are unemployed; and  
  • Older persons4

Projects must be online/digital (online refers to using services such as telephony and broadband networks). No face-to-face projects will be funded this round. Projects which can be provided across regional, rural and remote areas will be preferred.   

A funding pool of $400,000 is available to organisations who undertake projects that seek to achieve these aims.  

Closes Thursday, 6 April 2023

Read more and apply via the link below
Volunteer Management Activity - The Centre for Volunteering



Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment (ongoing)

This program provides workers with a payment if they cannot earn an income because they have to self-isolate, quarantine or care for someone with COVID-19.

Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is a lump sum payment to help you during the time you can't work and earn income because you have to:

  • self-isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19
  • you're caring for someone who has to self-isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19.

What are the eligibility criteria?

You may be eligible for this payment if you have to self-isolate or quarantine for one of the following reasons:

  • you have coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • you’re a close contact of a person who has COVID-19
  • a child you care for who is 16 years or under, is a close contact of a person who has COVID-19
  • you’re caring for someone who has COVID-19
  • you’re caring for someone with disability or a severe medical condition who must self-isolate or quarantine because they’re a close contact of a person with COVID-19.

You must be living in the same household as the person with disability or a severe medical condition.

Key dates:
Ongoing, apply at any time

To read more and apply, visit the link below:

Tackling Tough Times Together (ongoing)

The Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) grant program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought.

Grants are available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly.

Key dates

Applications close:  5pm AEST 24 August 2021, however further rounds will be available.

NOTE: The $150K tier grants involve a two-stage process. A full application is due by 5pm AEST, Thursday 12 August 2021. Additional information may be requested, which is due by 5pm AEST, Tuesday 24 August 2021.

Click here for more information and to apply.

IGA Community Chest (ongoing)

Every day across the country* IGA Community Chest raises funds to support local communities, charities and other worthwhile causes. It could be in response to a major event like floods or bush fires or something as simple as new soccer balls for the local under 8’s.

The money is raised in a number of ways but predominately through the purchase of products with an IGA Community Chest logo on the label or ticket.

When you purchase a product with the IGA Community Chest logo printed on the label a percentage is credited to that store’s IGA Community Chest account.

Key dates

Applications close:  Ongoing round.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Grants for Regional and Rural Students (ongoing)

Your local Country Education Foundation (CEF) supports youth in your area through financial grants for education and employment expenses. Our grants contribute towards apprenticeships, traineeships, cadetships, diplomas, certificate level studies, university qualifications or employment.

Key dates

Applications close: These rounds are ongoing however generally open in the second half of the year.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Quick Response Small Projects - Create NSW (ongoing)

Small Project Grants funding which aims to support artists and arts and cultural workers in the pursuits of creation, development and presentation of new work. Funding is between $500 and $5000.

Key Dates 

Applications close: ongoing round

Click here for more information and to apply

On-Farm Emergency Water Structure Rebate - NSW (ongoing)

This grant is for eligible primary producers for the cost associated with the purchase and installation of on-farm water infrastructure that addresses animal welfare needs, permanent planting needs and improves resilience to drought. 

Key Dates 

Applications close: ongoing round

Click here for more information and to apply