I encourage all Cook community groups, individuals and businesses to be aware of the Government grants available to assist you in your endeavours.Whether it is starting a business, providing a service to the community or participating in sport there are many opportunities to gain Government funding. The following links may help you find which grants are open and suitable for your needs:
Grants and assistance programs
Find grants, funding and support programs from across government to help your business grow and succeed! When searching for funding, keep in mind that you’ll generally need to meet certain criteria to be eligible, and that aside from funding assistance, many programs can help your business by building your skills and knowledge.
This site has a wealth of information for all types of community organisations. Not only does it list grants and keep you up to date if you subscribe to their newsletter but it also can assist with policies and procedures, www.ourcommunity.org.au/
Fundraising in the electorate of Cook
In 2008 the IMB Bank Cook Community Classic was established to help grass roots community groups raise funds and awareness for their cause. For more information go to www.cookcommunityclassic.com.au/
Local Sporting Champions
The Local Sporting Champions program is an Australian Government initiative designed to provide financial assistance for juniors towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at an official national sporting organisation (NSO) endorsed state or national sporting competition or a School Sport Australia national championships.
New South Wales Grants
Department of Sport and Recreation www.dsr.nsw.gov.au/grants/
The Department of Sport and Recreation grant outlines the financial assistance and grants are available to sport and recreation organisations.
Department of Trade and Investment www.trade.nsw.gov.au/business-and-industry-in-nsw/assistance-and-support
The Department of Trade and Investment has a selection of grants and funding from Business to Science and Research.
Clubgrants provide grants for three categories. Category one supports community welfare and social services; Category two provides funding for general community development and Category three is state wide fund that supports large-scale community infrastructure projects, such as hospitals and sporting facilities.
Commercial sources of information on grants
A number of commercial enterprises provide assistance and advice via subscription services to databases and printed materials. These include:
- Grantsearch who publish the GrantSearch Register.
- Easygrants newsletter published by ourcommunity.com.au.
- Fund Base provides a database of government, philanthropic and corporate grants and funding programs.
- Pathways Australia provides a database of corporate and government fundraising opportunities for not-for-profit organisations.
- Philanthropy Australia publishes the Australian Directory of Philanthropy.