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.

Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) Pilot Round 2

The BRII is a program for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) announced under the ‘Government as an Exemplar’ pillar of the National Innovation and Science Agenda. The BRII’s objective is to drive innovation within SMEs and Australian Government agencies by encouraging SMEs to develop innovative solutions to important public policy and service delivery challenges.
BRII Round 2 has had the following five challenges approved:

  • Fast and secure digital identity verification for people experiencing family and domestic violence
  • Intelligent data to transform tourism service delivery
  • Uplifting government capability to help deliver world-leading digital services
  • Managing the risks of hitchhiking pests and contaminants on shipping
  • Automating complex determinations for Australian Government information

For this grant opportunity, $2 million is available this financial year, with a maximum grant amount of $100,000.
After completing a feasibility study, customers can apply for a competitive grant for the development of a proof of concept addressing the same challenge. The maximum grant amount is $1 million with a maximum grant period of 18 months. There is a total allocation of $10 million for the proof of concept grant opportunity across the five challenges.

Information about the BRII Round 2 Grant Opportunity and the challenges are available on business.gov.au.  Applications close 17 April 2019.

Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-Ps) Round 7

CRC-P grants support short term (up to three years) industry-led collaborations between industry, researchers and the community to develop a product, service or process that will solve problems for industry and deliver tangible outcomes. CRC-P grants are open to all industry sectors and research disciplines and funding is available to organisations from all industry, research and community sectors. Grants from $100,000 to $3 million are available.

This round also includes an additional $20 million for CRC-Ps with a specific focus on critical minerals. Critical minerals are a group of minerals considered essential for a nation’s economic and strategic security and which are vulnerable to disruptions in supply. They are necessary in manufacturing high-tech and high-value products including electric vehicles, battery storage, electronics, mobile devices, defence technologies and other industrial applications.

Information about CRC-P Round 7, including the grant opportunity guidelines and facts sheets are available on business.gov.au/crc-p.
Deadline for applications: 28 March 2019.

2019 Export Ready Program

Developed for South Australian businesses who are new to export, or who want to take a more strategic approach to exporting, Business SA’s Export Ready Program is the most comprehensive series of export training ever presented in South Australia.
Comprising six full-day workshop sessions followed by individual mentoring sessions with an Export Adviser, the Export Ready Program is packed with practical information and useful tools to ensure success in your export endeavours.
At the end of the program you will be able to apply a strategic approach to export, armed with plans, tools and advice that will lessen the risks associated with export and increase your chance of success in global markets.
For more information, visit the website

Research, Commercialisation and Startup Fund (RCSF)

With a focus on launching early-stage startups and scaling up established businesses, the Research, Commercialisation and Startup Fund has been designed to help South Australian entrepreneurs take their innovative products and solutions to global markets.
The RCSF comprises three competitive funding streams: Strategic Research Initiatives; Startup and Early Stage Company Incentive and; Entrepreneurship and Innovation Ecosystem Initiatives.
For more information and to determine your eligibility visit www.industryandskills.sa.gov.au

Arts Projects – Organisations

Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Projects program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences.  Organisations that undertake arts programs, projects or that provide services to artists are welcome to apply.  Grants are available from $10,000 to $100,000.  
In 2019, grant rounds 2 and 3 close on 4 June and 1 October.
For more information visit www.australiacouncil.gov.au

Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing Grants

Active Club Program

The Active Club Program helps active recreations and sports clubs with:  facility upgrade requests up to $25,000 and program and equipment up to and including $5,000.
Round 47 is now open and closes 17 April 2019
For more information visit www.ors.sa.gov.au

Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program

The Community Recreation and Sports Facilities Program helps eligible organisations to establish or improve sport and active recreation facilities that meet the needs of the community in South Australia.
Applications close 17 April 2019
For more information visit www.ors.sa.gov.au

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) Grants

Strengthening Rural Communities

Do you have a small community project you would like to fund?  This program aims to give small rural, regional and remote communities an opportunity to apply for funding that can support broad community needs.
Applications must be received by 26 March.
For more information visit www.frrr.org.au

In a Good Place

In a Good Place is a national grants program that provides support for community-driven initiatives that reduce social isolation, increase social participation and connectedness, and encourage people in rural, regional and remote communities who are at risk of, or are experiencing, mental health issues to seek help.
Applications close Thursday, 14 March 2019.
For more information visit www.frrr.org.au

Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT)

The Tackling Tough Times Together grant program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing affects of the drought. This program is designed to provide flexible funding to support community-based activities that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms, and most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future.
Round 13 applications close 30 April 2019
For more information visit www.frrr.org.au

Food SA Business Growth Program

The Food South Australia Business Growth Program is designed to assist SA food and beverage manufacturers and producers to identify potential markets and respond to business management challenges through a flexible program of support services.  

For more information visit www.foodsouthaustralia.com.au

On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme

The Australian and SA Governments are offering a rebate to drought affected farmers who invest in urgently needed on-farm water infrastructure.
Eligible farmers can access a 25% rebate – up to $25,000 – on new purchases and installation costs for on-farm water infrastructure to help them in the current drought and be better prepared for future dry conditions.
For more information visit www.pir.sa.gov.au

SA Healthy Towns Challenge

Rural and Regional communities from across SA are encouraged to apply for a grant of up to $50,000 to develop preventative health programs within their community.
The focus of the grants will be on initiatives that have measurable results and benefits to the community.
Read about possible project ideas and more in the MEDIA RELEASE
For more information and to apply visit the SA Health website
Applications close Monday 15 April 2019, and successful projects will run from July 2019 to June 2020.

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.
Applications can be submitted online until 15 March 2019.
There will be a second round called in April 2019 for commencement from July 2019.

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

Cyber Security Small Business Program

The $10 million Cyber Small Business Program provides small businesses with 19 or fewer employees with grants of up to 50% of the cost of a certified small business health check. The program aims to help small business understand their cyber security vulnerabilities and make considered investments to protect their business.
Applications are open to June 2020.
For more information visit www.business.gov.au

Defence Global Competitiveness Grant Program

Defence Global Competitiveness Grants support eligible SMEs with matched funding of up to $150,000 to overcome barriers in accessing export opportunities.
The grants will help to invest in projects that build export capability to build a stronger, more sustainable and globally competitive Australian defence industry.
Grant opportunity guidelines are available at www.business.gov.au

Australian Business Advisory Services Digital Solutions

Adelaide Business Hub is delivering the Commonwealth funded Digital Solutions Program to small businesses operating in South Australia.
Businesses with an active ABN and employing less than 20 people are invited to participate in the program.
Support is provided to 75% regional and rural SA participants and 25% within metropolitan Adelaide.
Enquiries can be made at RDAWEP or visit www.adelaidebusinessbub.com.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

Top Government grants for start-ups:

  • Entrepreneurs’ Programme – offers support to businesses through four elements:
    Accelerating Commercialisation — helps small and medium businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers to commercialise novel products, services and processes.
    Business Management — provides access to a national network of experienced business advisers and facilitators to assist you to improve your business practices, become more competitive, and take advantage of growth and collaboration opportunities in order to increase your business’s capability to trade in Australian markets and/or markets in other countries.
    Incubator Support — assists new and existing incubators to improve the prospects of Australian start-ups achieving commercial success in international markets, through helping them to develop their business capabilities.
    Innovation Connections — experienced Innovation Facilitators work with your business to identify knowledge gaps that are preventing your business growth. The outcome is an Innovation Facilitation Report.
  • 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.
  • 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