Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Appeal ‘Help Aussie Farmers' Fund
The Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Appeal ‘Help Aussie Farmers’ has raised more than $10 million and the Queensland Country Women’s Association is now distributing funds to help affected farmers.
If you’re a farmer in drought-affected areas, such as Balonne Shire, you are urged to apply for assistance of up to $5000 from the Queensland Country Women’s Association.
Funds are available in the form of store vouchers/store credit or unpaid bills/accounts such as vehicle maintenance, school expenses, electricity, gas or rates, phone expenses, dental or medical expenses. The one-page application process is easy.
Due to tax laws, funds raised by the Red Cross appeal cannot be used to cover farm business expenses, such as machinery, fertiliser and feed. However, you can still apply to the Queensland Country Women’s Association to have these expenses supported via other funding sources.
Here's what to do:
Download and complete the below application; or
Go online at qcwa.org.au/what-we-do/public-rural-crisis-fund; or
Call the Queensland Country Women’s Association for support - (07) 3026 1220
Drought assistance for Ergon Energy customers
If a property is in a drought declared area, or individually drought declared, and the declaration made under a Queensland Government administrative process the landholder may be eligible for drought relief.
Customers can make application for drought relief if:
- They are a customer of Ergon Energy Retail
- They are a farmer of a property that has been individually drought declared or is within a drought declared area
- They have no water to pump or severely restricted access to water
- They complete and submit a Drought Relief application form.
Drought relief assistance available to customers whose application is successful include:
For customers who are mainly using electricity to pump water for farm or irrigation purposes, we will waive the fixed charges on their account. These include annual fixed charges under Tariff 66, service fees and minimum payments. They don't include minimum demand charges. The waiver will continue until the drought declaration has been revoked.
If customers are experiencing financial difficulty as a result of the drought, they can defer payments on electricity accounts that are used for farming purposes. The option to defer will continue until the drought declaration has been revoked. When that happens, repayment terms will be arranged on a case-by-case basis.
Please note, non-Ergon Energy Retail customers can apply for drought relief online at the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.
A range of tariff options and more information can be found online at https://www.ergon.com.au/retail/business/tariffs-and-prices.
It is recommended customers who are eligible for drought relief review their tariff options or contact Ergon Energy to discuss.
There are also a range of payment options (https://www.ergon.com.au/retail/business/billing-and-payments/payment-options) and business tips (https://www.ergon.com.au/retail/business/business-resources/tips-for-businesses) online.
The Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy have more information about drought resistance schemes available for primary producers at https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/farms-fishing-forestry/agriculture/rural-disaster-recovery/drought/assistance which include:
- Drought Relief Assistance Scheme (DRAS) freight subsidies and water infrastructure rebate;
- Land rent rebates;
- Water license waivers.
Queensland Government Drought Relief Assistance Scheme Guidelines and Forms
This is your one-stop site for all Queensland Government Drought Relief schemes including fodder freight subusidies, water freight subsidies, livestock transport subsidies, drought management plans and more.
Rural Financial Counselling Service
Eligible client groups include farmers, fishing enterprises, forestry growers and harvesters, and small related businesses. Rural financial counsellors can:
- help identify your financial and business options
- help negotiate with your lenders
- help you develop an action plan
- help support you to access the Farm Household Allowance (FHA)
- give you information about government and other assistance schemes
- refer you to accountants, agricultural advisers and educational services
- refer you to Department of Human Services
Farm Household Allowance
To help your household bills while you improve your financial circumstances.
Dependent on individual circumstances.
QCWA Public Rural Crisis Fund
Supports families suffering from drought, flood or fire as well as families experiencing any type of crisis.
The support is in the form of grocery vouchers, store credit or being able to pay some overdue accounts (e.g. electricity, phone, doctor etc.)
Various amounts available.
Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation
The grants support four themes: Education – to provide opportunities for disadvantaged young people, Agriculture – to support the viability of the Australian agriculture sector, Christianity – to encourage interest and participation in Christianity, Community Wellbeing – to contribute to a stronger and brighter future for Australians, particularly those experiencing significant disadvantage.
Funding available: $20,000 plus
Tim Fairfax Family Foundation
Support the particular needs of communities in rural, remote and regional areas, involve the following themes: Arts, Education and Community.
Grants: $10,000 plus
The Courier-Mail Children's Fund
To help registered charities and not for profit organisations meet the needs of children with special needs.
Farm Management Deposit Scheme
The farm management deposits (FMD) scheme is a risk-management tool to help primary producers deal with uneven cash flows. Uneven income is common in primary production businesses because of things such as natural disasters, climate and market variability. The FMD scheme allows primary producers to set aside pre-tax income from primary production in years of good cash flow to draw on in years of lesser cash flow.
Farm Investment Loans
Prepare for, manage through or recover from drought. You must sell (or want to sell) into supply chains outside your State or Territory.
Amount - up to $1,000,000 (3.58% variable interest rate)
For farm business owners affected by drought, or who want to prepare for drought.
Amounts up to $1, 000, 000 (3.58% variable interest rate)
Rotary Drought Relief Assistance Scheme
The Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS) provides assistance to primary producers and small rural businesses within Southern Queensland in financial duress.
The service is funded by the Federal Government Department of Agriculture to provide this support with part of the Southern Queensland area serviced by the Roma and St George offices.
RFCS has worked very closely with clients during the drought conditions that have affected our region over the last five years and has strong networks within the region. They have worked with the Rotary Club of Queensland since 2014 to assist with the distribution of the clubs drought appeal funds to producers in need.
These funds are issued in the form of vouchers which can be spent in local businesses in St George, Surat and surrounds.
The system has provided a mutual benefit for the producers as well as the regions small business that experience the effects of the drought conditions on their business trade as well.
Please do not contact Council for further information on this scheme.
For more details contact:
Rural Financial Counselling Service
PO BOX 433, Roma, Qld.4455
P 07 46224858
M 0447 760743
F 07 46223699
Community Drought Support Program
Applications for this program have now closed.
The Community Drought Support program, provided by the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors, has been operating successfully for several years in the South West Region, providing support to communities that are affected by ongoing drought. Balonne Shire Council is again participating in this program.
The program aims to support local communities within the Balonne Shire by allocating funds to organisations who demonstrate the ability to deliver events and activities which support connectedness, social wellbeing and increased access to support services for drought-affected community members.
Council invites community organisation/school/sporting clubs to submit a proposal for an activity or event, which meets the objectives of the grant.
Further information regarding the grant objectives can be found in the Community Drought Support guidelines. Events or activities must be completed by 31 December 2018.
Fundraise 4 Sport - Australian Sport Foundation
This is a great way to fundraise for individual athletes, sporting clubs and organisations.
Available funding - support
Closing date - continuously open
Catalyst Fund - Roddenberry Foundation
The goal of the Catalyst is to help those of you who have an innovative idea for real change to take the first step in doing so. We are looking for individuals or teams who are unbound by convention; whose projects challenge our thinking; who compel us to see a problem in a new light; and whose creativity and imagination redefine notions of what can be done and how.
Skilling Queenslanders for Work - Queensland Government
Are you a Queenslander aged 15 years or older, no longer at school and need help to secure a job?
Skilling Queenslanders for Work training projects help job seekers gain the skills, qualifications and experience they need to enter and stay in the workforce.
Grants available: various
Get in the Game - Young Athletes Travel Subsidy
This Queensland Government fund aims to foster the development of young athletes and support elite athlete pathways by providing financial assistance to help alleviate the costs associated with attending championship events. Officials (such as coaches, referees and scorers) officiating at eligible events can also apply for assistance if they meet the eligibility criteria.
Grants available: up to $1200
New Enterprise Incentive Scheme
NEIS is a Federal Government initiative which provides accredited small business training, business advice and mentoring for eligible job seekers, as well as ongoing income support.
Community Led Grants
This Federal Government program is to deliver a range of programs specifically for Indigenous Australians.
Grants available: $1000 - no limit
Playing Queensland Fund
The objectives of this State Government fund is to maximise opportunities for regional Queensland communities to experience high quality arts events; increase the number and reach of touring activities; and support tours with a strong demonstration of demand.
Available funding: Net Touring Costs - negotiable
Australian Communities Foundation
Suitable for charitable organisations and projects. It is recommended proposals are between 1-4 pages and include an overview of your organisation; the issue being addressed; the project; the impact or expected outcomes of the project; and the amount of funding you are seeking.
Funding available: Negotiable
Coopers Brewery Foundation
Supports charities that aim to improve and protect the quality of life of Australians in the areas of medical research and health care; educational development for the young; aged care; and promotion of family and community support based on Christian values.
Available funding: Up to $30,000
Closing date: Quarterly
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts – Australia Council
Its aim is to strengthen the financial and organisational capacity of arts organisations, by responding to innovative business ideas that will achieve an organisation's mission into the future.
Available funding: Various amounts
Closing date: Continuously open
Ignitor Fund - English Family Foundation
The EFF will consider applications where it is clear that the objective of the social enterprise is to make a transformational, tangible and measureable difference to the quality of life and welfare of the individuals and communities involved.
Available Funding: up to $50,000
Closing date: Quarterly
RACQ Sponsorship Application - Veteran Groups
If you’re looking for sponsorship support from RACQ, and you believe your initiative (event, program or activity) aligns with one or more of our corporate responsibility categories, make sure you read the criteria to see if your initiative meets the requirements.
Available funding: up to $3000
Closing date: 15 November 2018; 15 May 2019.
Veteran and Community Grants
These Federal Government grants are for activities and services which improve the health and wellbeing of members of the veteran community - the grant can provide seed funding for project which promote a healthy lifestyle or help veterans to remain living independently. Also to fund programs to reduce isolation, support carers and improve access to community services.
Available funding: up to $50,000
Closing date: 30 November 2018; 28 February 2019.
Connellan Airways Trust - Outback Grants - Individual Grant
To assist people of all ages in Outback Australia through financial support for educational, health, communication and transport needs. Available Funding - Various
Closing Dates - 15 November 2018; 15 February 2019; 15 May 2019; 15 August 2019.
Saluting their Service Community Commemorative Grants
Designed to preserve Australia’s wartime heritage and to involve people throughout the nation in a wide range of projects and activities that highlight the service and sacrifice of Australia’s servicemen and women in wars, conflicts and peace operations, and promote appreciation and understanding of the role that those who served have played in shaping the nation
Available funding - up to $4000
Closing Date - 27 November 2018 / 26 March 2019
Community Benefits Fund
To enhance your capacity to provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities. Funding Priorities - drought declared areas.
Available Funding - $500-$35,000
Closing Date - 30 November 2018
Tackling Tough Times Together
Helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought.
Available funding - up to $20,000 / a small number of up to $150,000
Closing Dates - 27 November 2018; 5 February 2019; 30 April 2019; 30 August 2019.