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Innovation Fund

Councils in rural and regional areas of NSW face unique challenges in sustaining their communities and maintaining local services.

The NSW Government is providing up to $4 million in Innovation grants to help rural councils with populations of less than 10,000 explore new ways of working.

There will be two rounds of funding up to $2 million each in 2016.


Round 1

Round 1 has been completed with 13 projects receiving a grant. There was considerable interest in Round One and applications were very competitive.

The projects funded under this round varied in focus from developing and implementing more efficient processes to sharing resources with other councils to using technology to help overcome the challenge of distance.

A list of funded projects is available here.


Round 2

The Minister for Local Government will call for applications for Round 2 later in 2016.

This round is available to councils that meet the guidelines including those:

  • That are no longer involved in a merger process

  • That were unsuccessful in Round 1


How to apply

Councils are encouraged to read the guidelines before applying. The guidelines provide details about who can apply for funding, the types of projects that may receive a grant, how to apply for a grant and how applications will be assessed.

An on-line application form will be accessible when Round 2 is open.


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