RDAWEP has access to many grant programs and funding opportunities and can help your business, organisation or community group find relevant funding sources.
Assistance with the preparation of business cases and grant applications may also be provided. The level of assistance is determined on a case-by-case basis.
Projects which deliver regional economic development and new employment outcomes have priority and receive greater levels of support.
The conditions and guidelines for government grant funding programs are consistently changing. This is monitored by RDAWEP.


Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grant

Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grants provide eligible SMEs with matched funding grants of up to $1 million to invest in projects that build capabilities aligned with Defence’s Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities.  VIEW THE FACTSHEET
AusIndustry is delivering this program on behalf of the Department of Defence through the Business Grants Hub.  

For more information visit:  www.business.gov.au/sicp


Tackling Tough Times Together

This program is designed to help communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought.
Round 12 is now open for grants of up to $20,000, as well as a smaller number of grants valued up to $60,000 and 150,000 for larger-scale multi year projects which will have broader impact.
Information Sessions will be held in Cowell, Wudinna and Ceduna on 12 December, 2018.

Applications close 5 February, 2019.
For more information visit www.frrr.org.au


Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy

The Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy will support apprenticeships in skills need occupations in rural and regional areas from 1 January 2019. By signing up and employing an Australian Apprentice from 1 January  2019 (and until 1630 sign-ups have occurred) the program will provide employers with the following support in the first three years of an Australian Apprenticeship:

  • 75% of the first year award wage;
  • 50% of the second year award wage;
  • 25% of the third year award wage.

For more information visit www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au


National Landcare Program – Smart Farms Small Grants

Round 2 of the Smart Farms Small Grants program is now open. It is a $55 million competitive small grants program over several rounds to support the adoption of best practices that improves the management and quality of our natural resources and increases on-farm productivity.

Applications close 11 January, 2018. 
For more information and to apply visit www.communitygrants.gov.au


Ageing well community grants

A number of community grants are available for local organisations to help improve the lives of older South Australians. 

  • Grants for Seniors fund opportunities for older South Australians to participate in group and/or community activities – Closes 14 December, 2018. 
  • Positive Ageing Fellowship Grants support projects that promote and progress the development of more positive community attitudes towards ageing and older people and increase the participation of older South Australians – Closes 14 January, 2019.
  • The Age Friendly SA Grant is available for local government entities with projects which align to the State Government’s Age Friendly SA Strategy key priorities: home, community & environment; making a contribution; making it easier to get around; inter-generational connectedness; and age friendly services – Closes 18 February, 2019. 

For more information visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au


Small Environment Grant Scheme

Grants of up to $10,000 are available to provide support for people undertaking projects that will make a positive difference to the natural living environment, in land, sea or air, rural or urban.

Grants are awarded 4 times a year – February, May, August and November. There are no fixed closing dates for applications, it is instead based on when they have received a suitable number of applications, so it’s best to apply as soon as possible once the round opens.

The current round opens 3 December, 2018.
For more information and to apply visit www.wettenhall.org.au


Women’s Leadership Development Scholarship

All women currently employed in the Australian farming and agricultural sectors are invited to apply for scholarship funding for participation in a range of leadership courses.  The grants are allocated with the specific intent of providing powerful and effective development opportunities for women within the farming and agricultural sector.

Expressions of Interest close Friday, 7 December, 2018.
For more information and to apply visit www.wla.edu.au


The Ian Potter Foundation – Health and Disability Funding

Targets programs that help improve quality of life for those in our community living with disability or illness and support programs that focus on the prevention of diseases.  The main priorities are to promote good health for all Australians and improve outcomes for people living with disability.  Research and development in public health and preventative medicine initiatives are an important part of this program.

For more information and to apply visit www.ianpotter.org.au
Expressions of interest open Monday 5 November and close Friday 7 December, 2018


Top five Government grants for start-ups:

  • Entrepreneurs’ Programme – aims to help businesses increase productivity and competitiveness with funding and access to a national network of private sector advisers and facilitators.
  • CSIRO Kick-Start – Start-ups and SMEs keen to partner with Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in research activities can get up to $50,000 in matched funding to help them further develop and grow their business.
  • Biomedical Translation Fund (BTF) – If you’re a start-up operating in the space of health and wellbeing, there’s a chance you could go one better than a grant and instead receive a line of venture capital straight from the government.
  • Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) – has been set up for aspiring and current exporters across a wide range of industries and products to help drive new outbound markets from Australia and encourage inbound tourism.
  • Research and Development Tax Incentive – aims to help all businesses stay ahead of the curve through a tax offset that encourages innovation in even the smallest ventures.

Community Grants Hub

The Community Grants Hub offers a simplified grant experience by improving how grants are administered across Government for the benefit of stakeholders and the community.
Further information about open grants and how to apply are available on the Community Grants Hub website.


Grant Connect

GrantConnect provides centralised publication of forecast and current Australian Government grant opportunities and grants awarded.
To find current grant opportunities visit www.grants.gov.au