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.


Move It Aus – Participation Grant Program

The Move It – Participation Grant Program has grants of up to $1 million available to help organisations get Australians moving and to support the goal to make Australia the world’s most active and healthy nation.

Two grant streams of funding are available to get Australians moving:

  • Stream 1 – Grants between $25,000 and $250,000 to fund local sport and physical activity organisations.
  • Stream 2 – Grants between $100,000 and $1 million to fund the delivery of large scale initiatives through National Sport Organisations.

Applications close 18 February, 2019. 
For more information visit www.sportaus.gov.au


Regional South Australia Business Events Bid Fund

The Convention Bid Fund has been extended to regional South Australia to attract business events which will increase spending in the regional economy.

Priority will be given to business events that meet the following criteria:

  • The Business Event opportunity is a competitive bid process against national and/or international destinations.
  • The Business Event delivers a healthy return on investment to the State of South Australia.
  • The Business Event should provide exceptional publicity, business or trade opportunities to the State of South Australia.

For more information visit: www.tourism.sa.gov.au


SA Heritage Grants Program

The SA Heritage Grants Program has been established to help conserve and activate heritage places and areas, and to support heritage trades.
If you own a State Heritage Place or a place in a State Heritage Area you may be eligible.

For more information and to apply visit www.environment.sa.gov.au


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


Age Friendly SA Grant


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


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