Grants and Funding

Main Street Improvement Fund

Council has recently completed Stage 1 of the updated Main Street Study, which focuses on William and George Streets, part of Howick Street and Church Street. To support the study, Council is inviting applications for small grants to assist local property owners to undertake the recommendations of the study and repair buildings within the Bathurst CBD. It is intended to run this fund annually.

Eligible projects are to be offered grants of between $300 to $5,000 (not exceeding 50% of the value of the project).

This program is fully funded by Bathurst Regional Council.

Projects which involve an improvement or the repair, maintenance and reinstatement of missing detail in accordance with the recommendations of the Main Street Study within the Bathurst CBD (B3 zoned land) are eligible for funding:

The types of projects that are eligible for funding include:

  • Reinstatement or instatement of an appropriate verandah sympathetic to the original building,
  • Repairing, cleaning or maintenance of brickwork or stonework,
  • Repainting of the façade in recommended colour scheme or similar,
  • Removal of obtrusive additions or inappropriate signage.
  • Rationalising services such as removal of air conditioning units or other service s from public view.

Applications are available at Council’s website or from Council’s Environmental Planning and Building Services Department. For more information phone 6333 6130.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 26 May 2017.

Interpretation Fund

Each year, Bathurst Regional Council offers a small grant to assist local property owners, local heritage trusts/organisations or community groups to undertake projects to interpret and promote the region’s history and to support the ongoing management of heritage properties.

Eligible projects are usually offered grants of between $500 to $5,000 (not exceeding 50% of the value of the project). If you wish to be placed on Council’s mailing list to receive an application form for the next round of grants please contact Council’s Environmental Planning & Building Services Department and leave your name, postal details or email address.

This program is fully funded by Bathurst Regional Council.

The types of projects that are eligible for funding include:

  1. Preparation of a Conservation Management Plan or Conservation Management Strategy
  2. Prepare or publish local history publications and books
  3. Prepare or publish a local history project
  4. Preparation of a Heritage Interpretation Strategy and Implementation Plan
  5. Implementation of Heritage Interpretation Signage, Brochures and Projects in accordance with a Heritage Interpretation Strategy/Plan
  6. Prepare and present an exhibition promoting the heritage and history of the Bathurst Region.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 30 June 2017.

Local Heritage Fund

Each year, Bathurst Regional Council, with the support of the NSW Heritage Division, offers small grants to property owners for maintenance works on older buildings in the local government area.

Eligible projects are usually offered grants of between $300 to $2,000 (not exceeding 50% of the value of the project). If you wish to be placed on Council’s mailing list to receive an application form for the next round of heritage grants please contact Council’s Environmental Planning & Building Services Department on 02 6333 6211 or and leave your name, postal details or email address.

This local heritage fund has proven to be a popular and very successful grant program offered by Council. Since the grant program commenced in 1996, Council has jointly funded over 500 projects with a value of works completed of nearly $5 Million.

The types of projects that are eligible for funding include external works such as:

  • Repainting older buildings, including houses.
  • Repairing walls, verandahs, windows or roof plumbing on older buildings.
  • Repairing historic fences (note other fencing projects will not be funded).
  • Repairing rising/falling damp by proven restoration methods.
  • Repairing and conserving older buildings, historic remnants or grave sites.
  • Repairing structural components eg underpinning/repointing brickwork.

NOTE: Before you lodge an application for repairs relating to rising/falling damp you must arrange an onsite meeting with Council’s Heritage Advisor to discuss the method proposed. Council will not fund chemical treatment methods.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 26 May 2017.

Business Growth Grant

Business Growth Grants are one of the services of the Entrepreneurs’ Program administered by AusIndustry. A Business Growth Grant reimburses businesses for up to half of the cost of engaging a service provider, to a maximum if $20,000 (excluding GST).  The grant may be used to engage external expertise to help your business implement improvements through a:

  • business evaluation
  • supply chain facilitation
  • growth service
  • tourism partnership service

You may be eligible for a Business Growth Grant if you meet all of the following conditions:

  • you are applying for a Business Growth grant within 6 months of receipt of a Business Evaluation Report or Action Plan, Supplier Improvement Plan or Tourism Partnership Plan, or within 24 months of receipt of a Growth Plan
  • you are implementing strategies identified in a Business Evaluation Report or action Plan, Supplier Improvement Plan. Growth Plan or Tourism Partnership Plane, and
  • you are able to fund the total value of project costs to engage the service provider before receiving the Grant

APPLY HERE.

Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF)

On 23 November 2016 the Australian Government announced the release of the program guidelines for the new Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).

The BBRF will invest $297.7 million over four years in infrastructure projects and community investments to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.

Grants are available through two funding streams; Infrastructure Projects and Community Investments.

  • Infrastructure Projects Stream will support projects which involve the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas.
  • The Community Investments Stream will fund community building activities including, but not limited to, new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability building activities.

Program Guidelines, the application form, contact details for inquiries, and other program information, are available at www.business.gov.au/bbrf.

Both streams are now open. The Infrastructure Projects Stream will close at on 28 February 2017 and the Community Investments Stream will close on 31 March 2017.

Small Business Grant

The Small Business Grant is a key priority of the New South Wales Government. The grant is designed to encourage the nearly 650,000 small businesses in New South Wales that do not pay payroll tax to hire new employees and expand their business.
http://www.osr.nsw.gov.au/grants/sbg

Central West Jobs Action Plan

NSW’s central-west region has encountered a number of challenges in recent years, including the announced closure of the Electrolux plant in Orange to take place in 2016 and the downsizing of Simplot in Bathurst. To help support the region through these major structural changes, the NSW Government launched the Central West Jobs Action Plan (CWJAP).
For more details, contact the Department of Industry Office in Orange, NSW, on +61 2 6360 8400.
http://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/business-and-industry-in-nsw/assistance-and-support/central-west-growth-program

Jobs for NSW – Startups

NSW is Australia’s startup capital, with nearly half of our nation’s startup businesses calling Sydney home.

Jobs for NSW is focused on building a strong and supportive ecosystem for startups. We want to help them thrive and prosper, and become the job-creating power-houses of the future.

To achieve this, Jobs for NSW are offering grants to promising startups, as well as support for accelerators and incubators that help NSW startups find their feet.

http://www.jobsfornsw.com.au/how-we-help/start-ups

 

The Incubator Support Initiative

The Incubator Support Initiative is now open for applications from new and existing incubators to improve the prospects of Australian start-ups in international markets and to develop Australia’s innovation ecosystem including in regional areas.

Two kinds of funding are available:

  1. Matching grants between $10,000 and $500,000 for the creation of new incubators in regions with strong links to international trade or the expansion of existing incubators offering services.
  2. Matched funding up to $25,000 to support experts-in-residence to provide support through incubators (can be domestic or international experts).

To apply and for further information visit business.gov.au