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Investing into our communities is the bedrock of government. Check out the number of ways Mid North Coast locals can benefit from these grants and programs.

The new RISEUP program assists young people into the workforce. It’s run in partnership with Police Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) and is designed to help 15 to 18-year-olds move into meaningful employment. RISEUP program links young people with employers to receive real-life, on-the-job training. It includes workshops on leadership, relationship-building, and practical education to boost numeracy and literacy. RISEUP builds on this success, developing teenagers’ vocational skills, connecting them with business and increasing their self-esteem to take their life in a positive direction. Government knows that investing in preventative strategies with young people forestalls crime, and importantly, employment gives our youth a sense of achievement, pride and structure. For more information, please visit

Sporting clubs can apply for life-saving technology for people in a cardiac emergency – defibrillators. The Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program provides grants to community sport clubs for half the cost of purchase and maintenance of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). Having defibrillators at sporting clubs, grounds and events can increase the chance of survival by up to 75 per cent for people experiencing a cardiac arrest, be they sporting participants or spectators. Applications close 14 September 2018. Details about applications and eligibility can be found at

The 2019 NSW Women of the Year Awards recognise women who have demonstrated excellence in business and society or made outstanding contributions, both personally and professionally. So many women pour their heart and soul into their careers, families and volunteer work, strengthening and enriching our community. These Awards are our chance to recognise exceptional women across the Mid North Coast, particularly those who have excelled despite adversity or made contributions that improve the lives of others. Women from all walks of life make outstanding contributions to our communities while overcoming gender inequity to pursue their personal and professional goals. 

  • The 2019 NSW Women of the Year Award categories include:
  • NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year Award
  • NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year
  • Community Hero
  • Harvey Norman Young Woman of the Year
  • Rex Airlines Regional Woman of the Year
  • NSW Business Woman of the Year
  • First State Super Lifetime Achievement

Nominations for 2019 close on Sunday, 11 November 2018.For more information or to nominate visit winners will be announced at an Awards ceremony on Thursday March 7, the day before International Women’s Day.


Arts and culture organisations should apply for a share of a new $47 million round of the NSW Government’s Regional Cultural Fund (RCF). With the potential to totally transform the arts and culture scene in the Mid North Coast, funding is available for infrastructure and redevelopment projects ranging from major new exhibition and performing arts spaces, through to refurbishment of libraries, theatres and museums and smaller, grass-roots community projects. The culture in our region ensures recreational and educational benefits, as well as increased cultural tourism. As such, the government is committed to driving growth in arts, screen, culture and heritage. Applicants can applying for funding at