What’s in the New South Wales 2024-25 budget for your grantseeking organisation?

Posted on 25 Jun 2024

By Funding Centre team

New South Wales Treasurer Daniel Mookhey handed down the state budget on June 18.

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Funding highlights for community groups and social sector services included:

  • $1 billion for school maintenance and minor upgrades
  • $303.5 million to repair and rebuild water, sewerage and community infrastructure, to improve resilience for future disasters
  • $245.6 million to support domestic, family and sexual violence victim-survivors and expand programs that reduce violence against women and children
  • $200 million for the Faster Local Assessment Grant program which directly funds councils to expedite housing supply through accelerated local development application (DA) and planning proposal (PP) assessments
  • $88.8 million to the NSW Office of Sport to support grassroots sports in new communities and deliver women’s sport initiatives
  • $87.5 million for the Environmental Trust to provide grants focusing on restoration, rehabilitation, education and waste activities
  • $73 million in a permanent boost in funding to support social cohesion and community harmony through Multicultural NSW
  • $66.9 million to divert young people away from police and courts through investment in community programs
  • $50 million for the Regional Development Trust
  • $48 million to roll out the Staying Home Leaving Violence (SHLV) program
  • $43 million for the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to boost the transformation of the waste and recycling industry
  • $26.9 million for the Office of the 24-hour Economy Commissioner to empower the night-time economy and local councils through regulatory reform, grants programs, precinct-based initiatives, digital tools and other support to create diverse, safe and vibrant communities across NSW
  • $18.5 million for Sound NSW to deliver programs that drive audience and international market development, strengthen live music and champion NSW artists and stories
  • $10 million to continue gambling harm minimisation programs
  • $10 million for men’s behaviour change programs that focus on violence prevention
  • $6.5 million for the Spontaneous Volunteers Support Program to support community efforts to save lives and property during disasters
  • $6 million over two years to continue the Learn to Swim program aimed at CALD and low socioeconomic communities
  • $5 million to deliver community-based initiatives to strengthen youth resistance to violent extremism
  • $2 million for the Return to Work Pathways Program to reduce barriers for women entering or re-entering the workforce
  • a National Energy Bill Relief Package, a one-off bill relief payment of up to $325 for small businesses
  • Bert Evans Scholarships for apprentices who are facing hardship
  • continuation of the $100 Active and Creative Kids vouchers to enable kids to participate in sports, recreation, cultural or creative activities.

Other highlights:

  • funding for building new public schools and for school upgrades and maintenance
  • record funding for disaster recovery, including $5.7 billion for disaster relief and recovery programs and $3.3 billion for disaster-affected regional roads.

It's still unclear when or how this money will trickle down to not-for-profits and community groups, but we'll be keeping our eyes peeled for grant updates relevant to Funding Centre members.

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