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Byron Shire Council’s Community Initiatives Program grant round is now open!

Byron Shire Council’s Community Initiatives Program grant round is now open!

Byron Shire Council’s Community Initiatives Program offers grants of up to $5,000 to:

  • Incorporated not-for-profit community organisations
  • Community groups auspiced by an incorporated organisation

Applications for the 2022 to 2023 round are now open.

Apply now for funding

Funding of up to $5,000 (excl. GST) is available for Community Projects that address a specific need, build a sense of community and align with Council priorities.

Examples of types of projects we support:

  • Bringing people and community organisations together to foster stronger more resilient communities.
  • Celebrating a sense of identity, diversity and cultural connection within the community.
  • Improving community health and social wellbeing.
  • Enabling people to develop skills, knowledge and confidence to lead and contribute to community life.
  • Enhancing places where communities gather.
  • Increasing access and inclusion for communities experiencing vulnerability or disadvantage.

Applications close 30 June 2022

Visit the Byron Shire Council website to learn more or to apply

Aboriginal Home Buyer Saver

Aboriginal Home Buyer Saver

Starting out on the home ownership journey can be both exciting and daunting. You might even be unsure about whether it is something you can achieve right now. For others, you might have already purchased land and be looking to finance your build. No matter where you are on your home ownership journey, our friendly team is here to help simplify the process and help you access our financial grants.

The Aboriginal Home Buyer Saver offers financial support for Aboriginal people who are ready to take the next step towards home ownership. The scheme consists of 3 grants that eligible Aboriginal people can apply for to access a one-off financial boost.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO The Aboriginal Home Buyer Saver website.

Available Grants

Home Buyer Booster Grant

A financial grant to help with home ownership expenses such as legal & administrative costs

Funding available

The maximum available is $2,500.

This grant can be used toward:

  • Legal fees including the administrative costs of buying a property, and preparing a will
  • Property valuations
  • Home and contents insurance
  • Surveying costs
  • Pest control
  • Stamp duty (for non-housing tenants. The Aboriginal people living in social housing are exempt from Stamp Duty as per Section 278 of the Duties Act 1997 (NSW).

Who can apply for this grant?

This grant is open to Aboriginal people who are social housing tenants or private tenants and who have saved up at least $1,000 towards their deposit and are in the process of purchasing a home to assist with some of the expenses in buying a property.

Deadly Deposit Grant

A financial grant that can match people’s savings towards their deposit

Funding available

This grant matches people’s existing deposit savings on a dollar-for-dollar ($1:$1) basis up to a maximum of $10,000.
Deposit savings may be made up of money in the bank, cash, and other sources including inheritance.

Who can apply for this grant?

This grant is open to Aboriginal people who have saved up at least $1,000 towards their deposit and that are in the process of building or buying their home.

AHO Tenancy Plus Grant

A financial grant that rewards eligible long-term AHO tenants with a higher rate of co-contribution

Funding available

Up to a maximum of $20,000. The grant provides higher rates of co-contribution against AHO tenants’ existing savings deposit.
Deposit savings may be made up of money in the bank, cash, and other sources including inheritance.

The higher rates of co-contribution are:

  • Over   5 years tenancy – $1 : $1.25
  • Over 10 years tenancy – $1 : $1.50
  • Over 15 years tenancy – $1 : $1.75
  • Over 20 years tenancy – $1 : $2.00

The grant considers the number of years spent in an AHO property matched against your tenancy history for a higher rate of Deposit Co-contribution.

Who can apply for this grant?

This grant is open to AHO tenants who have at least five years of strong tenancy history and who have saved up $1,000 towards their deposit and are in the process of buying their AHO home.

The AHO tenant must also have:

  • Been listed as head tenant for five years or more
  • Not had rental or water arrears over $500 within the last five years
  • Taken care of the property
  • Not had a negative result from the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT)
  • Not been responsible for any confirmed anti-social behaviour incidents.

Grant Combinations

You may also be eligible for a combination of grants, as per the below:

  • Home Buyer Booster Grant and Deadly Deposit Grant; Or
  • Home Buyer Booster Grant and the AHO Tenancy Plus Grant.

Your eligibility for all combinations will be assessed in your application.

Eligibility Criteria:

All Applicants:

  • Are currently living in NSW
  • The property being considered for purchase is a residential property in NSW
  • Do not currently own a residential property
  • Individual or combined incomes must not exceed $200,000
  • Applicant(s) saved at least $1,000 (combined) towards your deposit
  • Have not qualified for Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) Remote Indigenous Home Loan package

Main Applicant:

  • Must own at least 25% of the property being purchased
  • Is of Aboriginal descent, Torres Strait Islander descent or both.

How does the grant payment work?

If your application is successful, the AHO will pay the grant to your Solicitor’s or Conveyancer’s trust account prior to settlement of the property. The money will be held in trust until settlement when it can then be used toward the expenses. The final amount of the deposit will be confirmed on exchange and may be adjusted if the final deposit saved is lower than the amount quoted on the application form.

How do I apply?

Register your interest in applying by completing the short eligibility tool – CLICK HERE TO GO TO The Aboriginal Home Buyer Saver website.

Flood-recovery grants open to support community wellbeing

Flood-recovery grants open to support community wellbeing

Healthy North Coast invites proposals from non-government providers to apply for funding available through the three-year, $5 million Community Wellbeing and Resilience Flood Recovery Grants program.

Grants will be awarded to organisations helping the community from the ground up, by providing community-based trauma and healing programs that support local recovery and build community resilience following the recent flood events.

Funded by the NSW Government as part of the Northern NSW flood recovery package, the grants will be delivered by Healthy North Coast to aid community recovery efforts.

Healthy North Coast Chief Executive Officer, Julie Sturgess, said the program would support vulnerable communities to recover from flood impacts and strengthen their capacity to meet future challenges.

‘We know many people are focussing on the basics right now – a roof over their heads, settling kids at school, getting businesses up and running again.

‘Alongside these practical considerations, we also need to address rebuilding community connections that are so vital for a positive outlook when times are tough. This is about supporting hearts and minds to get the North Coast back on its feet,’ said Ms Sturgess.

The grants program has a key focus on young people, older people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the NSW local government areas of Lismore, Richmond Valley, Tweed, Ballina, Byron, Kyogle and Clarence Valley.

‘We’re looking for innovative proposals that get people connecting, communicating, learning and supporting each other – all the activities that tap into the social support networks that our region is already known for.

“Trauma-based education programs are also important to give our community the tools to support recovery from the recent natural disasters.

‘We know community leaders are already working to respond to local needs, which is why development of grant proposals and delivery of programs will be coordinated locally to enable tailored, community-led solutions, ’ Ms Sturgess said.

Funding will be allocated to selected proposals with a budget of $100,000 – $200,000 per year, and multi-year projects will be considered.

Community Wellbeing and Resilience Flood Recovery Grants program

Healthy North Coast is inviting proposals for the following eligible community-led activities or services:

  • Trauma-based education programs: Training and education programs such as trauma education or personal resilience programs, that promote trauma-informed principles and practices.
  • Social and emotional wellbeing: Clinical or psychosocial trauma-informed interventions that improve wellbeing and increase emotional resilience.
  • Cultural connection: Activities that strengthen cultural connection
  • Social and community connection: Initiatives that build individual or community connections to support recovery. Examples include, but are not limited to, neighbourhood networks and peer support groups.

Applicants are invited to submit proposals via Tenderlink. Please register to download tender documents and submit your proposal.

Applications close at 8am on Thursday 26 May 2022.

The Office of RegionalThe Office of Youth announces $10m in grants, apply now d-1

The Office of RegionalThe Office of Youth announces $10m in grants, apply now d-1

The Office of Regional Youth has announced $10.3m in funding for the Children and Young People Wellbeing Recovery Initiative to support recovery from the impacts of bushfires, floods and covid-19.

The Initiative will improve access to programs and resources to help children and young people recover, build resilience, strengthen community networks and improve mental health and wellbeing.

The funding can be used to deliver a range of activities to promote social inclusion for regional children and youth aged 0-24 years including community events, peer support programs, mental health training and more.

Small grants (under $10,000) and large grants (between $10,000-$50,000) are available for eligible applicants.

This initiative has been funded through the NSW COVID-19 Economic Recovery Initiative and the NSW and Commonwealth governments flood and storm Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

Small grants will remain open until 31 March 2023 or until funds are fully expended and large grants until 31 December 2022 or until funds are fully expended.

To check your eligibility or for more information click here.

CHSP assistance with increased fuel costs for CHSP transport providers

CHSP assistance with increased fuel costs for CHSP transport providers

Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) Transport service providers and CHSP providers where Transport costs are more than 5 per cent of their organisation’s annual grant funding may apply for additional one-off funding under the CHSP Ad Hoc Proposals Grant Opportunity (GO4265).

This recognises that for some CHSP providers, their transport costs have risen significantly in recent time, due to the fuel price increases or longer trip times due to road closures from recent flooding events. These costs are an unforeseen cost associated with the delivery of CHSP services, and therefore fall in scope for applications under GO4265.

Combined with the Government’s announcement in March 2022 to temporarily reduce the fuel excise, funding under GO4265 will assist to maintain the service delivery of CHSP services.

This payment is a one-off payment and will take into account the increased fuel costs for the period 1 March 2020 to 30 June 2022. The one-off payment equivalent to 30 cents per litre will be made in May/June 2022 to eligible providers via a variation to their existing grant agreement.

For further details contact your Funding Arrangement Manager.

The grant details can be found in the link below or at Grant Connect: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=64c68525-fdd8-bbb7-1826-7ff80a0f88ca

Lismore Centrelink temporarily relocated to Goonellabah Library

Lismore Centrelink temporarily relocated to Goonellabah Library

Lismore Centrelink office now has a temporary office located at the Goonellabah Library, 27 Oliver Avenue.

Opening Hours

Today 19 Apr 8:30am – 4:30pm
Tomorrow 20 Apr 8:30am – 4:30pm
Thu 21 Apr 8:30am – 4:30pm
Fri 22 Apr 8:30am – 4:30pm
Sat 23 Apr Closed
Sun 24 Apr Closed
Mon 25 Apr Closed Anzac Day

Services

For Centrelink services, you can now call ahead to book an appointment at a service centre. Call your regular payment line.

Services our staff can help you with include:

  • Centrelink
  • Medicare
  • My Aged Care

Services you can access using our self-service terminals:

  • Medicare
  • Centrelink
  • Child Support
  • My Aged Care
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA)
Stone & Wood’s $200k funding pool for northern NSW not-for-profits

Stone & Wood’s $200k funding pool for northern NSW not-for-profits

Applications are now open for the inGrained Foundation – Stone & Wood’s charity arm – 2022 Northern Rivers Large Grants Program. There is a $200,000 pool of funding.

Not-for-profits with DGR status from the Northern Rivers and the Clarence Valley can apply for grants worth $5,000 – $30,000 to help bring their amazing hard work with the environment or the community to life.

Undoubtedly, our local region is facing one of the most challenging times we’ve seen in recent history. It is the hope of everyone at the inGrained Foundation and at Stone & Wood that these grants go some way towards helping navigate these challenges and come through the other side stronger.

Be sure to share this opportunity with a not-for-profit, or for more info and to apply, visit the inGrained website: https://lnkd.in/gFD7Musa

Commonwealth Bank Grants of up to $10,000 for flood impacted services

Commonwealth Bank Grants of up to $10,000 for flood impacted services

The Commonwealth Bank says it is aware the floods have been devastating to many regions across the east coast of Australia. These floods have had a significant impact on communities and businesses, and resources have been stretched.

The bank has announced the CommBank Flood Grants program to assist the relief, recovery and longer term resilience efforts to support these communities.

 

  • Grant applications now open

    Grants of up to $10,000 are available to not-for-profit and community organisations directly impacted by the floods or directly supporting relief, recovery and resilience efforts.

Grant applications now open – Grants of up to $10,000 are available to not-for-profit and community organisations directly impacted by the floods or directly supporting relief, recovery and resilience efforts. Details in the link.

https://www.commbank.com.au/support/natural-disasters/floods.html 

Transport Grants available for NAIDOC activities

Transport Grants available for NAIDOC activities

Transport for NSW would like to support communities to come together to celebrate NAIDOC week.

Grants of up to $3000 are available to support the transport costs to attend NAIDOC celebrations in large towns or between communities.

The grant can cover the cost of hiring a bus, the costs of running an existing bus or taxi vouchers (if you have a town taxi service).

If you would like further information please contact Lee from the Community Partnering Team on 0436 376 784 or alternatively email [email protected]

Rapid Response Flood Support Funding for Creatives

Rapid Response Flood Support Funding for Creatives

The Arts Northern Rivers team have been dedicating their time to advocate and fundraise for flood relief and recovery funding to directly assist individuals impacted by the devastating floods in the Northern Rivers.

With overwhelming community and national support, Arts Northern Rivers has so far raised over $70k for flood relief. Coupled with an additional generous $70k from Create NSW, Arts Northern Rivers has $140k available to directly assist flood affected individual creatives in the Northern Rivers region.

Applications are now open for this funding for individual creatives who have had their practice directly impacted by the 2022 floods, whether by loss of equipment or future income opportunities (exhibitions, recording, gigs, workshops, etc.). This funding is available to provide immediate assistance with flood recovery, clean-up, replacement of lost or damaged equipment and to assist in the immediate resumption of practice.

Individual creatives can apply for direct payments of $1000. Applications will be accepted by professional practising artists, musicians, performers and creatives who have been affected and suffered significant loss to their livelihoods to assist with the immediate recovery process. We will be accepting applications from creatives residing in all areas of the Northern Rivers including Lismore, Tweed, Byron Bay, Ballina, Richmond Valley, Kyogle and Clarence Valley local Government areas. Applications will be assessed within two weeks of being lodged.

Larger flood relief funding packages for groups and organisations will be announced very shortly through Create NSW. Other flood relief funding is available through Service NSW.

The Arts Northern Rivers fundraising campaign remains open for contributions until the end of March at pozible.com/project/flood-recovery <https://artsnorthernrivers.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a493f879bbe5ef29b8b1ca2db&id=73dab59068&e=4433a86e3f> .

APPLY NOW <https://artsnorthernrivers.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a493f879bbe5ef29b8b1ca2db&id=8638e87640&e=4433a86e3f

Office for Regional Youth – Holiday Break Applications now open

Office for Regional Youth – Holiday Break Applications now open

Applications are now open for funding under the Office for Regional Youth’s Holiday Break program. The funding is for activities being held during Youth Week and the upcoming Autumn school holidays, between 2 April and 25 April .

The Holiday Break program provides young people in regional NSW with the opportunity to connect, socialise, learn new skills and have fun during the school holidays. It supports the delivery of free and subsidised activities, including sport and recreation camps, training courses, creative, artistic or science activities, and more.

Eligible regional NSW councils and not-for-profit organisations are encouraged to apply for funding to deliver events as part of the Holiday Break program.

How to apply

Please visit the Holiday Break webpage for information and resources, including the program guidelines, FAQs and link to apply through the online SmartyGrants portal.

Key dates

Applications open – Monday 7 March 2022

Applications close – Friday 1 April 2022

Activities delivered – Saturday 2 April to Monday 25 April 2022

For information or support with your application, visit the Holiday Break webpage or contact the Office for Regional Youth at [email protected]

Applications are open for flood disaster recovery small business grant

Applications are open for flood disaster recovery small business grant

If you’re a small business or a not-for-profit organisation in NSW and you’ve been directly impacted by storms and floods in February and March 2022, you may be eligible for a storm and flood disaster recovery small business grant.

This disaster recovery grant of up to $50,000 is to help pay for the costs of clean-up and reinstatement of a small business or not-for-profit organisation’s operations.

Covered costs could include, but are not limited to:

• payment for tradespeople to conduct safety inspections

• equipment and materials required for cleaning up

• equipment and materials essential for immediately resuming operations

• payment for a cleaner if the service would not have been needed, or exceeds ordinary cleaning costs, in the absence of the disaster

• the removal and disposal of debris, damaged materials or damaged stock

• repairing premises and internal fittings

• leasing temporary premises, replacing or repair of motor vehicles, or replacing lost or damaged stock, if it’s essential for resuming operations.

Information and application is available through the Services NSW website.

If you’re a primary producer, you may be eligible for financial assistance tailored to your industry. Up to $75,000 is available through Special Disaster Grants – NSW Severe Weather and Flooding February 2022 Onwards.

Please visit the Rural Assistance Authority for information on the financial assistance available to primary producers.

Extension to Social Cohesion Grants for Local Government extended to March 18

Extension to Social Cohesion Grants for Local Government extended to March 18

Due to circumstances resulting from the current flooding event being experienced across NSW, the Expression of Interest (EOI) deadline for the Social Cohesion Grants for Local Government has been extended to Friday 18 March 2022. A further one-week extension will also be applied to the final application due date for shortlisted applicants.

Updated Guidelines can be found here.

Financial support available for general practices, AMSs and pharmacies

Financial support available for general practices, AMSs and pharmacies

Healthy North Coast is providing financial support to general practices, Aboriginal medical services and pharmacies that open outside regular business hours in flood-affected areas at short notice.

The ‘We Are Open’ Primary Care Impact activity ensures that primary health care services do not run at a loss for providing much-needed services to the community during an emergency.

If your service is able to participate in this initiative, please complete the Enrolment Form via the link above.