Indi Grants newsletters

Welcome to Indi Grants. These are regular newsletters about grant opportunities available to Indi communities and organisations.

These grants can help your group to carry on work, keep volunteers empowered, and maintain and extend the crucial role you make to community well-being and vibrancy.

Bushfire support and recovery initiatives are key features of many current opportunities yet grants in other fields are also available.

I’m keen to make sure this newsletter reaches all people and organisations that can benefit from grants. You can sign up to my mailing list here.

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Indi Grants: March Edition 2 2020

Welcome to Indi Grants March 2020 (edition #2) , a newsletter about grant opportunities available to Indi communities and organisations.

I hope it will help save you time searching for available grants. I’m also keen to make sure this newsletter reaches all people and organisations that can benefit from grants.

Need help?

You can direct any questions about grants to one of my two community engagement officers:

You can sign up to my mailing list here.

Support letter

I can also write a letter of support for your grant application, but you are encouraged to make this request early if you think one will help.


Finally, thank you for all the work that you do. I wish you every success with your grant seeking and I look forward to showcasing successful grant applications in coming editions of Indi Grants.

Best wishes


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Additional Small Business Grants

The help available for bushfire affected small businesses has been boosted.

A new $10,000 grant for small business is now available. The grant is for small businesses in selected fire-affected Local Government Areas, as determined by state governments.

The grant is designed to assist with the costs of maintaining businesses, including – but not limited to – covering salaries, rents and utilities.

To be eligible, businesses in Towong, Alpine and East Gippsland shires must have experienced a 40 per cent drop in revenue over a three-month period, compared to the previous year, as a result of the bushfires. Further eligibility criteria will apply.

You can apply through your state government by calling your state hotline:

Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants

The Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants program will have two funding streams which, together, will support events, concerts, festivals and visitor attractions in fire affected regions to assist with recovery efforts and encourage international and domestic visitors to come back to the regions.

Stream 1 applicants will be local government authorities and regional tourism organisations operating in local government areas with activated state government Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) for the 2019-2020 fire season. These entities are listed in Annexure A in the guidelines. Closing date: November 20, 2020 

Stream 2 applicants are local government authorities and regional tourism organisations in local government areas activated by state or territory governments for DFRA assistance during the 2019-20 fire season and which are declared Category D. The eligible entities for this stream are listed in Annexure B to the guidelines. Closing date: March 20, 2020

Bushfire Recovery Round of Regional Events Fund

The Victorian Government Bushfire Recovery Round of Regional Events Fund is targeted towards helping kick-start the recovery of regions affected by the summer’s bushfires.

Events must take place within the following local government areas: Ararat, Alpine, Ballarat, East Gippsland, Glenelg, Golden Plains, Greater Bendigo, Indigo, Mansfield, Moyne, Northern Grampians, Pyrenees, Southern Grampians, Strathbogie, Towong, Wangaratta, Wellington and Wodonga and the Alpine Resorts of Mount Buller, Mount Hotham, Mount Stirling and Falls Creek.

Netball Bushfire Relief Efforts

The Confident Girls Foundation is coordinating a variety of ways to support netball communities impacted by the 2019-2020 bushfire crisis. Together with other key industry leaders, the Netball Bushfire Relief efforts are effective in rebuilding sporting opportunities for women and girls.

The Confident Girls Foundation Bushfire Relief Fund will go towards supporting those netball associations, clubs, teams and individuals who have been affected by the bushfires. This could mean directing funds towards infrastructure, purchasing equipment, covering the cost of registrations and fees, holding clinics and special community events, supplying uniforms.

Closing date: 3 April 2020

Wildlife Rehabilitator Bushfire Grants 

The Department of Land, Environment, Water and Planning (DELWP) Victoria is offering a one-off payment of up to $1,000 is available to assist authorised wildlife rehabilitators in their capacity to care for bushfire-affected wildlife.

These grants are for the most immediate and basic supplies and services to support your wildlife emergency response. Feed, consumables and veterinary consultations are eligible items.

Closing date: 5:00 pm 30 April 2020

Bushfire Assistance Grants  – St George Foundation

To assist with the recovery of communities, St.George Foundation, Bank of Melbourne Foundation and BankSA Foundation will provide funding of a total value of up to $500,000 to eligible organisations in Australia to invest in projects that aid in long-term recovery efforts for bushfire-affected community organisations..

Projects to help rebuild communities that have suffered losses during the bushfires, including:

  • Physical repairs to properties affected by fires.
  • Assistance packages to bushfire impacted families.
  • Continuation of community services where they have been prevented from operating or relocated due to fires.
  • Recreational and respite programs to bushfire-affected communities.
  • Counselling and therapy to communities due to experiences of fires.
  • Medical equipment to aid in recovery for injuries sustained during bushfires; and
  • Other applications deemed suitable by Governors at their discretion, to assist in bushfire recovery.

Applications will be open until either the total funding pool is awarded; or 31st December 2020; whichever occurs first.


Individual Capacity Building Program 2020-2021

The NDIA is inviting applications in an open competitive process to apply to deliver services under the Individual Capacity Building Program from 2020-21 to 2021-22.

The Program aims to ensure that people with disability have the skills and confidence to participate and contribute to the community and protect their rights through an increase in:

  • skills and capacity
  • motivation, confidence and empowerment to act
  • participation and contribution to community.

Closing date: 2:00 pm 22 Apr 2020

Indigenous Languages and Arts, Grant Round 2020

The Indigenous Languages and Arts Program supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to express, preserve and maintain their cultures through Indigenous languages and arts activities.

Closing date: April 6, 2020


Local Sporting Champions

The Local Sporting Champions program provides financial assistance for coaches, officials and competitors aged 12-18 participating in state, national or international championships.

If successful, applicants will receive $500-$750 towards the cost of attending their championships

  • Base Grant: $500
  • Applicants travelling 800km – 1999km to their nominated championships: + $100
  • Applicants travelling internationally or greater than 2000km to their nominated championships: + $200
  • Applicants residing in a rural electorate: + $50

 Closing date: 11:59pm 31 March 2020 – Round 4.


Djakitjuk Djanga

Djakitjuk Djanga (Country’s food) is being delivered by the Federation in collaboration with Agriculture Victoria.

Under Djakitjuk Djanga, grants of up to $200,000 (excl GST) will be available to eligible Aboriginal businesses and organisations to help overcome key resource related barriers to commercially producing native plants for use as food and botanicals.

Djakitjuk Djanga will open for applications on Wednesday 4 March 2020. 

Boosting Female Founders Initiative – Round 1

The Boosting Female Founders Initiative is part of the Women’s Economic Security Package, which helps to support more Australian women into work and supports Australia’s international obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

The $25,000.00 to $480,000.00 grants will provide targeted support on a co-contribution basis to female founders of startup businesses to launch and scale their businesses into domestic and global markets.

Closing date: 5:00 pm, 14 Apr 2020

Wine Export Grants (Re-released)

Wine Export Grants program is  part of the Australian Government’s $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package (the $50m Package) offered for specific wine export promotion activities aimed at supporting small and medium wine businesses to secure new distribution channels in China, Hong Kong, Macau and/or the USA.

Closing date: May 1, 2020


The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) Hume Region is delivering a youth grants (up to $5000) to support youth-led climate change activities and action in the community.

The Youth Mini-grants Program is part of a wider initiative Climate Ready Hume – a regional response to climate change. DELWP is working with local communities to develop a Hume Regional Climate Change Adaptation Strategy.  The strategy will highlight priorities for climate change adaptation activities in Hume.

The purpose of the Youth Mini-grants Program is to:

  • empower youth in the Hume region to participate and lead adaptation opportunities in their communities
  • build skills and capacity to promote positive climate adaptation actions.

For more information email:

Closing date: 5pm Friday 29 May 2020


Tackling Tough Times Together

The Tackling Tough Times Together 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.

Three tiers of grants are available:

  • Up to $20,000– projects to be finalised within 18 months of approval;
  • Up to $60,000– projects to be finalised within 18 months of approval;
  • Up to $150,000– applications for this tier are by Expression of Interest, and multi-year projects (up to three years) are welcomed.

 Closing date: EOIs (for the $150K tier) 5pm 16 April 2020

 Inland Rail

Inland Rail makes voluntary financial contributions, between $1,000 and $4,000, to eligible community groups running events, projects and activities which contribute to local and regional prosperity, well-being and sustainability.

Please refer to the Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations Program Guidelines for information about the Program, eligibility requirements, application and assessment processes and terms and conditions of funding.

All applications must be made using the Program’s Application Form.

Communities in Indi have a strong track record of success in the Program.  Some past successful applicants include:

  • Wangaratta Community Toy Library Purchasing new, multicultural toys to reflect the diverse community in Wangaratta
  • Rotary Club of Euroa Community garden project
  • Tomorrow Today Education Foundation ‘Steaming Up Benalla Future Work Program’, a new education program focused on STEM fields

Closing date: 6:00pm (AEST) 30 April 2020.


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