External Grant Opportunities


Supporting Spontaneous Volunteers Program - closes 19 July 2024

The Supporting Spontaneous Volunteers Program grant round opened on 1 June 2024 and will close on 19 July 2024 12:00PM AEST. 

Program Guidelines and information on how to apply are available on the NSW Grants Finder website.


Who is eligible to apply?

Eligible Applicants under this program include:

  • NSW Local Councils.
  • Not-for-Profit Entity Registered with Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).
  • Not-for-Profit Entity Registered with Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC).
  • Social Enterprise with certification through Social Traders.


If you do not meet one of the above options: Auspiced Entities can apply but must be auspiced by one of the other above Eligible Applicants.


Information briefings

Information briefings will be held on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 11 June 2024
  • Thursday 13 June 2024
  • Tuesday 18 June 2024


You can register now for an information briefing by the NSW Reconstruction Authority (RA) on how to complete an application. Registrations close two hours prior to a session.

The presentation slides will be published on the Authority’s website and an email notification will be distributed to all participants.


How to apply

Eligible Applicants are required to submit Applications using the NSW Government’s SmartyGrants system.


Newcrest Regional Event Tourism Fund (Applications Close: 30 June 2024)

NOW OPEN  O360 Newcrest Regional Event Tourism Fund 

 The fund provides a total of $150,000 to help bolster the tourism industry within the region. The aim of this fund is to help build on the success of the region's festivals to stimulate the visitor economy and diversify the events across the calendar, positioning the Orange region as a leading destination.

Applications are open until 30 June 2024 and successful applicants must schedule the approved event by 30 December 2024.

Click on the link for further details. Orange 360 > Members > Newcrest Orange360 Regional Tourism Event Fund


NSW Govt Destination Charging Grant - closes 2 August 2024

An EV charger can get your business on the map. Literally. 

More and more drivers are switching to electric vehicles (EVs) and they’re planning their trips around EV charging locations.  

We’re investing $20 million to assist eligible regional NSW businesses and councils by co-funding the purchase and installation of EV chargers at your site. This funding is available through our Drive electric NSW EV destination charging grant. 

Join the growing number of businesses that are already plugged in 

Businesses across regional NSW have already taken advantage of the grant. With up to 75% of their costs covered, they now have chargers in the ground and the stories to show for it.

Key Information

  • Applications now open 

  • Grant amounts: up to 75% of costs covered

  • Applications close: Friday 2 August 2024, AEST 5 pm

Click here to read more information.


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.

Regional Event Fund - Event Development stream (Ongoing)

The Regional Event Fund identifies and supports events in regional NSW that have the potential to act as a ‘cornerstone’ or flagship tourism event for their area by attracting overnight visitation and delivering long term benefits to the region.

The Regional Event Fund comprises 3 individual funding streams providing a development pipeline for events from inception, through emergence, to their establishment as tourism events in Regional NSW.

This page provides information on the Event Development stream. Guidelines for the Incubator Event stream and the Flagship Event stream are available separately. 

The Event Development stream supports mature events that have previously received and completed Triennial funding through the Flagship Event stream and can present a comprehensive strategy for future growth, that includes the continued development of its tourism potential to drive overnight visitation to the event and surrounding region.

The Event Development stream will offer one-off grants of up to $50,000 (ex GST) to support key strategic growth initiatives that will have a direct impact on increasing overnight visitation to the event.


Australia Post - Community Grants Program

Australia Post Community Grants support projects that connect people and improve mental wellbeing in local communities.

Local community groups create positive change in countless people’s lives. To help them deliver for their communities, we award Community Grants of up to $10,000 each year to fund community led, local projects. Projects are eligible where:

  • the primary purpose of the project is to improve mental health and mental wellbeing outcomes of a community.
  • the project will help people meaningfully connect in their local community for improved mental health and mental wellbeing outcomes.
  • the project is locally led and delivered and aims to improve mental health and wellbeing outcomes of a community.




Harcourts Foundation Grants

Provides support for a specific event, project, item, or initiative that helps, grows, and enriches our communities.

For more information go to Harcourts Foundation – To provide support that helps, grows and enriches our communities.


Kitchen Garden Kickstart Grants (EOI)

These grants are designed to enable schools to kickstart a successful and sustainable Kitchen Garden Program. Schools receive a $5000 grant, membership to the Kitchen Garden Program, which includes support from our experienced team who are available for personalised advice and expertise to bring each kitchen garden dream to life.

Grant funds support the purchase of key infrastructure and are often spent on items such as garden beds, ovens, accessible work top benches, greenhouses and outdoor learning spaces.