There is an abundance of Federal Government funding currently on offer for individuals, communities and industry groups, and Member for Parkes Mark Coulton is encouraging those in his electorate to apply now.
The $20 million Volunteer Grants round is just one of many grant programs offering financial assistance, with applications closing soon.
“I strongly encourage all community organisations across the Parkes electorate to apply for a share of $20 million in grants to support the work of their volunteers,” Mr Coulton said.
“Volunteers make vital contributions to the Parkes electorate every day, and volunteering is a proven pathway to get people into jobs and increase community participation.
“Across Australia, volunteer efforts make an estimated annual economic and social contribution of $290 billion.”
Mr Coulton said the Volunteer Grants program will provide funding of between $1000 and $5000 to help community organisations buy equipment like laptops, pay fuel costs, train volunteers and improve their fundraising.
“I’d like to see all volunteer organisations in the Parkes electorate apply for the grants to help make their work easier and more rewarding.”
Applications for the Volunteer Grants round close on 18 September 2018. For more information or to apply, visit the Australian Government’s GrantConnect website at www.grants.gov.au.
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Federal Government Grant Opportunities
Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) grants
CRC-P grants of between $100,000 and $3 million are available to support short term industry-led collaborations to develop important new technologies, products and services. This program is designed to help deliver tangible outcomes and solve problems for industry. Applications close 13 September 2018. To apply, visit www.grants.gov.au.
Community Sport Infrastructure grants
The Community Sport Infrastructure grant program enables sport and community organisations to apply for grants up to $500,000 for 2018-19 to boost community sport infrastructure. The program will be managed by Sport Australia, the Australian Government’s agency for sport and physical activity. Applications close 14 September 2018. To apply, visit www.sportaus.gov.au.
Safer Communities – Round Three grants
A share in $1 million of funding is on offer for local councils and community organisations in the Parkes electorate, under round three of the Coalition Government’s Safer Communities Fund – Infrastructure Grants. The Parkes electorate has benefited greatly from recent funding rounds of the program, which helps to address crime and antisocial behaviour. Early Intervention Grants are also available. Applications close 25 September 2018. Apply at www.grants.gov.au.
Vocational Education and Training
High-quality training providers that wish to be involved in the Australian Government’s VET Student Loans (VSL) program are invited to apply for the third formal application round, open now. Applications close 22 October 2018. Information about how to apply to become a VET Student Loans provider can be found at www.education.gov.au.
Local Sporting Champions – Round Two grants
Applications are now open to help young sportsmen and women fulfil their sporting dreams, through a second round of the Coalition Government’s Local Sporting Champions grants. Applications for round two will close 31 October 2018. For more information about Local Sporting Champions grants and to apply, visit www.sportaus.gov.au.
STEM Student Sponsorship grants
The latest round of Sponsorship Grants is now open to primary and high school students to participate in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) events. Applications can be submitted online by a primary or secondary school, or an incorporated not for profit organisation. These grants start at $1000. Applications will be assessed against the eligibility criteria in the order in which they are received. Apply at www.business.gov.au.
Be Connected – Digital skills for seniors
The Coalition Government is providing grants of up to $50,000 to local organisations to help get seniors online by delivering free digital skills training to people over 50. For more information go to www.beconnected.esafety.gov.au/network-partners and click ‘Join the Network’ or call 1300 795 897.
Note: Applications for the $641.6 million Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) are expected to open later in the year.