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.

For information and advice about grant programs please contact RDAWEP offices in Port Lincoln or Whyalla.

Export Partnership Program

The Export Partnership Program provides funding assistance for small and medium-sized businesses to access new global markets through marketing and export development opportunities.
Success applicants may receive up to a maximum of $50,000 to assist with export activities.  Companies can apply multiple times until they reach the full $50,000 allocation.
Grants of up to $5,000 are also available to aspiring exporters for coaching and mentoring expenses.
Funding is available to South Australian owned and based businesses that have been operational for at least two years and have an annual turnover of more than $100,000.
Current funding round closes 25th August at 5pm CST.
For more information visit http://statedevelopment.sa.gov.au/investment/export-partnership-program

Regional Jobs and Investment Package – Upper Spencer Gulf

The Regional Jobs and Investment Package for the Upper Spencer Gulf region is a $20 million investment by the Australian Government to help diversify the regional economy, stimulate economic growth and deliver sustainable employment in the region.
Strategic Priorities from the plan include:
1) Manufacturing and Mining
– Retain and grow regional businesses capacity and workforce capability to support the manufacturing and mining sector’s development through investment in plant and equipment upgrades, sustainable education and training pathways to increase workforce participation and skills.
2) Energy
– Increase business competitiveness and efficiency through introduction of new technology and reducing risk where energy supply is cost prohibitive or unreliable.
– Retain and grow regional workforce capability and business capacity to support energy sectors development.
3) Tourism
– Increase the regions visual appeal and other aspects that encourage increased visitation and total overnight stays.
4) Regional Services and Infrastructure
– Support the development/improvement of supply chain networks to value add, consolidate and move goods and services from producers to consumers.
-Enabling infrastructure including community focused projects and transport, freight and logistics projects which increase the liveability of the three cities and ensure essential access to the region for industry development.
Applications close 19 October 2017 at 5:00pm AEDT
For further information visit www.business.gov.au
An information session will be held at RDAWEP in Whyalla on Monday 28th August, 5:30 – 7:30pm

Stronger Communities Programme

The Stronger Communities Programme (SCP) provides grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 to community organisations and local government for capital projects.
Applicants are required to match the SCP grant in cash or in-kind on at least a dollar for dollar basis.
Applications for round three close on 28 September, 2017.
For more information visit  www.business.gov.au

Community Grants Round 2, 2017

The Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation (EPCF) is partnering with BP Australia and Statoil to award grants to charitable incorporated organisations and community groups on the Eyre Peninsula.
The EPCF, BP and Statoil believe that local charitable organisations, community groups and proactive and visionary individuals can make a real difference to the development of our communities, and want to provide grants to assist these groups to deliver even better services in the future.  The funding partners are keen to respond to new issues and initiatives as they arise and will listen to unusual requests – particularly ideas for community projects that are normally not eligible for assistance from traditional funding programs.
Grants of between $500 and $2,000 are available.
In assessing applications for a grant the EPCF Grants Committee will give priority to projects which are locally run and led; use volunteers for most tasks; involve minority or disadvantaged groups; are innovative and demonstrate community collaboration; are focused on sustainable long term community development and capacity building; and demonstrate good operational and management practices.  If your project satisfies at least some of those criteria, the EPCF, BP and Statoil encourage you to apply.
Full details and application forms can be obtained on the Foundation’s website at www.epcf.com.au, via email to admin@epcf.com.au, or by phoning 0400 685 520.

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) is a not-for-profit organisation that harnesses the power of collective investment between government, business and philanthropy to improve the lives of those living in rural, regional and remote Australia. As the only Australian organisation offering small, discretionary grants, they are an important conduit for philanthropy to rural and regional communities.


Small Grants for Rural Communities

The Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC) is the longest running and broadest program FRRR offers, opening twice per year.
Grants of up to $5,000 are available for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities in rural, regional or remote Australia. Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or fewer.
The program funds a wide range of projects such as:

  • Repair and maintenance of small to mid-scale community infrastructure, such as public halls, preschools and recreation reserves.
  • Providing communications equipment and enhancing infrastructure and systems, especially for emergency services organisations.
  • Community events and capacity building, such as volunteer training, support and development.
  • Support for collaborative, community based arts and cultural activities that provide broad community benefit.
  • Community heritage projects such as infrastructure and equipment.
  • Community based tourism and economic development activities to support the vitality and economic sustainability for small rural communities.

Applications close 27 September 2017.
For more information visit www.frrr.org.au

Grants SA – Simplifying funding for community organisations

The Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) has simplified access to four of its grant programs. The Charitable and Social Welfare Fund, Multicultural Celebrating Diversity one-off grants, Volunteer Training grants and Volunteer Support Fund will provide $3 million of one-off funding to community organisations to support local projects that strengthen communities across South Australia.
Funds will be distributed through major, medium and minor funding rounds. Major grants of $20,001 to $50,000 will be open twice a year, medium grants of $5,001 to $20,000 will be open four times a year and minor grants of up to $5,000 will be open all year round and applications close 5pm on the last working day of every month.
For more information visit http://www.dcsi.sa.gov.au/services/grants-for-organisations/grants-sa

Office for Recreation and Sport Grants Now Open!

Applications now available for:
* Round 44 of the Active Club Program (closes 25th September 2017)
* Round 1 of the Sporting Surfaces Program (closes 9th October 2017)
* Round 3 of the Female Facilities Program (closes 9th October 2017)

For more information, including closing dates, eligibility requirements, guidelines, and application forms, please click on the above links.

Community Grants Hub

Open Grants
ILC National Readiness Grants Round 2 – Information Linkages and Referrals  
– Creating the foundations for a consistent approach to inclusion of people with disability across Australia.  The objective is to support projects aligned to the ILC Policy that will build the capacity and readiness of organisations and the community to operate within a nationally consistent approach to ILC; and build the foundations required to deliver ILC activities on a national scale.  
Closes at 2pm AEST Friday 29 September  2017

Further information about eligibility and how to apply are available on GrantConnect and the Community Grants Hub websites.



Office for the Ageing Community Grants

If you’re part of an incorporated, non-profit organisation working collaboratively with older people, consider applying for Grants for Seniors or Positive Ageing Grants.

Grants for Seniors provides up to $5,000 to purchase goods that promote activity and social engagement for older people as well as up to $10,000 for projects that create or extend opportunities for older South Australians to engage with the community.

While Positive Ageing Grants of between $10,000 and $30,000 are on offer for projects promoting positive ageing and encouraging the participation of older South Australian.

Applications for Grants for Seniors are due by 5.00pm Friday 15 September 2017.

Applications for Positive Ageing Grants are due by 5.00pm Friday 13 October 2017.


Further information, including guidelines, eligibility and how to apply is available on the SA Health website.

Contact the Office for the Ageing by email at oftacommunitygrants@sa.gov.au or phone 8204 2420.


The Heywire competition gives young people in regional Australia an opportunity to tell their stories through a number of ABC media platforms.

Three massive opportunities are available.

Storytelling Competition – If you’re aged 16-22, and live outside the big cities, enter your story in the Heywire competition and be part of something big. Entries close 16 September 2017.

Trailblazers – Up to something great? Trailblazers is a new opportunity for young, regional change makers to have their stories on the ABC. Applications will open in June 2018.

FRRR ABC HEYWIRE Youth Innovation Grants – Each year, the Heywire Competition winners attend the Heywire Regional Youth Summit to develop ideas to improve regional Australia for young people. Community organisations are invited to apply for grants of up to $10,000 from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) to make these ideas a reality.

Jetstar Flying Start Programme

Jetstar’s Flying Start Program invites community groups and organisations across Australia to apply for a grant to fund a
project that will enrich the lives of people in their local community.

Projects should seek to enhance the lives of people in their local community in the areas of charity, health, sport, education or the arts, celebrate and highlight the work of the community group or organisation and help boost the profile and strength of the group for the future.

Each grant will be worth $30,000, comprising $15,000 cash and $15,000 worth of Jetstar travel.
Applications close 30 September 2017.

Dreams for a Better World

For Australian-based charities, community groups or NFP to make a difference in the community.

Sunsuper’s Dreams for a Better world is all about giving back to the community with a $150,000 annual grant pool to make it happen.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a care giving community group or look out for wildlife and furry friends, as long as you have a dream to help make the world a better place (and meet guidelines) Sunsuper want to hear from you.

There are four rounds, and each quarter there’s a different theme. So if you have a dream that fits the criteria, tell us about it and you could be in the running to receive up to $50,000 in grants to help a cause close to your heart.  Round 4: Animals and Community is currently open and closes 6 October 2017. 

For more visit the Dreams for a Better World website.