Connecting local businesses with grant funding
Businesses, community groups, start-ups and not-for-profit organisations often do not have the time, funds and/or access to the skills, knowledge and resources required to submit competitive government grant applications.
Yet for many local businesses and community groups, grants are a lifeblood for them to keep operating and grow, to improve their facilities and services and to fulfil their goals and purpose.
In addition, grants are an integral component of the Australian economy. The Grants in Australia 2018 research report estimated that up to $80 billion is given away each year, the bulk of it from government, with that figure rising each year.
And it’s been said that about a fifth of state and federal government expenditure is in the form of grants to welfare agencies, community and not-for-profit groups, businesses, research grants and miscellaneous grants.
There is an array of grants assistance resources right across the Sunshine Coast and the RDASC proudly plays a vital role in connecting local businesses and community groups with government grants and private investment. We are not a cash cow, but rather we know where to point you to apply to get funding.
We have access to a national database of grants and grant information which we promote across our social networks and also at times in this newsletter. We can also assist businesses and community groups to become grant-application ready, through one of our Grants for Growth workshops, exemplary grant-writing assistance and tips and access to economy.id and profil.id, a uniquely comprehensive database of information you can use to enhance your grant application.
There are some key federal and state government grants coming in the latter half of this year, most notably Round 4 of the Federal Government Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).
This month, RDASC is excited to introduce Ariane Luff as our new Research and Grants Coordinator (see story below). With extensive experience in non-profit strategy and project development overseas, as well as grant-writing and fundraising, Ariane is a great asset to RDASC. She will play an integral role in our grants business and project management for 2019. Please join us in welcoming Ariane and making her feel at home.
Lastly, I will be sleeping rough on the night of August 8 as part of the Sunshine Coast Business Council Team to raise much-needed funds for the homeless as part of the Vinnies Community Sleepout Sunshine Coast 2019 (see main story). If you would like to get behind this great cause, you can find more information and/or donate here: https://vinniesqld.grassrootz.com/2019-vinnies-community-sleepout-sunshine-coast/paul-fisher.
Thank you for your valued input and support.
Chief Executive Officer
Regional Development Australia Sunshine Coast (RDASC)