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 Market Development Grants (EMDG)

The Export Market Development Grants scheme is a key Australian Government financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters.  Administered by Austrade, the scheme supports a wide range of industries and encourages small and medium sized Australian businesses to develop export markets.
Applications for the current round close 30 November 2017.
For more information and to apply visit www.austrade.gov.au


Festivals and Venues:  Contemporary Music grants

Provides festival and music venue organisers in SA with funding of up to $10,000 to cover 50% of the costs for activities that support live performance opportunities for South Australian artists, and audience development for contemporary music in South Australia.
Applications close 8 December 2017.
Find out more at Festivals and Venues – Contemporary Music

Project Seed Funding: Public Art and Design

Provides commissioners of art projects in SA with funding of up to $15,000 to go towards fees for professional practicing South Australian artists to participate in the concept development stage of a public art project.
Applications close 8 December 2017.
Find out more at Project Seed funding

Commission Support Funding: Public Art and Design

Provides SA-based groups who are willing to commission an artist with funding of up to $15,000 to cover up to 50% of costs to create publicly accessible artwork at high profile locations.  The art work can be temporary or permanent by a professional South Australian artist.
Applications close 8 December 2017.
Find out more at Commission Support Funding – Public Art and Design


RAA Regional Safety Grants 2017/18

RAA Regional Safety Grants enhance the safety and security of South Australia’s regional areas and communities.  They also provide opportunities for the local community to implement a project, program or activity targeting local safety and/or security issues.
RAA will consider applications from $500 to $10,000.
Not-for-profit organisations, schools and South Australian community groups are eligible to apply.

Applications close Thursday, 30 November 2017.
For more information visit www.raa.com.au


South Australia Early Commercialisation Funding

The South Australian Early Commercialisation Fund (SAECF) is a new SA State Government grant program established to assist South Australia’s entrepreneurs and innovative organisations looking to commercialise novel products and services. The SAECF will provide eligible companies and organisations with grants of up to a maximum of $500,000 + GST with matched funding required in most cases.
Further information on the SAECF is set out in the SAECF Guidelines, available here:
Download the SAECF Guidelines


Resource Productivity Assessment Funding

A Resource Productivity Assessment aims to identify opportunities for improving your business operations by making it more efficient, saving resources (materials, water, energy), preventing waste and increasing productivity, all of which can help reduce operating costs and improve business performance and profitability.

To be eligible for grant funding, a Resource Productivity Assessment must:

  • Identify opportunities for improving the way trade waste (commercial and industrial wastewater) is managed to reduce volume and/or improve the quality discharged to sewer or by other means
  • Relate trade waste improvements to other aspects of your businesses such as operational and materials efficiency, energy and water efficiency, and solid waste management
  • Prioritise improvement recommendations giving consideration to your business’ economic and environmental sustainability, considering payback and return on investment, and impacts to the trade waste discharge environment
  • Be delivered by a member of the Preferred Supplier List, and in accordance with the Resource Productivity Assessment Guidelines.

You may seek quotes from one or more members of the Preferred Supplier List, and your selected quote will form the basis of a grant application.

Funding now open. Applications close 5pm, Friday 17 November 2017
Detailed eligibility criteria are available in the Application Guidelines.
Resource Productivity Assessment Guideline
Trade Waste Application Guidelines
Resource Productivity Assessment Application Form
For more information on eligibility visit the website


 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


Community Grants Hub

Open Grants
Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) – Jurisdictional Based grants NSW, SA and ACT – ILC is all about inclusion of people with disability.  Organisations are invited to apply to deliver activities under the Community Inclusion and Capacity Development (CICD) from July 2018 to June 2020. Applications close 30 November 2017.
National Landcare Program – Smart Farms Small Grants – Grants are available to support local on-ground projects across Australia that increase the knowledge and capacity of farmers and fishers and facilitate the adoption of tools, technologies and improved land management practices to effectively, sustainably and productively manage Australia’s natural resources and adapt to significant changes in climate, weather and markets. Applications close 7 December 2017.
Smart Farming Partnerships – Provides multi-year grants of between $250,000 and $4 million to put in place new and innovative sustainable land management practices, which protect and improve the condition of soils, vegetation and biodiversity.
Further information about eligibility and how to apply are available on the GrantConnect and Community Grants Hub websites.