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.

DeviantArt Creative Grants Program – modest grants to artists for projects related to making and displaying art. Ongoing.

Performers Trust Foundation – to promote and encourage music and music-related performing arts. Ongoing

Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Projects – Organisations – funds activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public.  Round two closes 4 June.

Cultural Fund Organisations Grants – for projects that deliver opportunities for authors, journalists, artists and key industry stakeholders in the writing, publishing, education, and visual arts sectors. Round One closes 13 May

South Australian Venture Capital Fund – to secure funding and accelerate growth into national and global markets, stimulating economic activity and job creation. 

Cyber Security Small Business Program – provides businesses with 19 or fewer employees with a grant of up to $2,100 for a certified small business cyber security health check to determine business risk and areas that need attention.  Closes 30 June 2019.

Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy – will support apprenticeships in skills needs occupations in rural and regional areas. Ongoing

Australian Business Advisory Services Digital Solutions – support for: websites and selling online; social media and digital marketing; using small business software; online privacy and security.  Enquire at RDAWEP or visit www.adelaidebusinesshub.com.au

New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) – personalised support to help you become a self-employed business owner.  Ongoing

Business.gov.au – Find grants, funding and support programs from across government to help your business grow and succeed.

AMP’s Tomorrow Fund – to create a better tomorrow for all, with a special focus on supporting charities that provide life-changing learning and work opportunities for disadvantaged Australians. Closing 27 May 2019

Ignitor Fund – to support Australian social enterprise changemakers who are finding new and innovative solutions to tackle the most pressing issues within their local communities. Ongoing

Australian Communities Foundation – represents around 300 subfunds, each with their own priorities and interests. Ongoing

Creativity Australia Choir Start-Ups – for people or groups who are wanting to start their own With One Voice choir. Round 10 closes 30 June 2019.

Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program – to preserve Australia’s wartime heritage and to involve people in projects and activities that highlight the service and sacrifice of Australia’s servicemen and women.  Ongoing

Independent Grocers of Australia – IGA Community Chest – to support local communities, charities and other worthwhile causes.  Ongoing

National Library of Australia – Community Heritage Grants – to assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant collections of materials that are publicly accessible. Closing 6 May

The Institute of Technology in Australia and New Zealand – Website Grant – to help charities turn their website from a brochure site to a data-driven website, marketing and fundraising tool.  Ongoing

Multicultural Grants Program 2019-20 – features four streams of funding to support our multicultural communities.  Close 17 May, 31 May and 14 June

On-Farm Emergency Infrastructure Rebate Scheme – a rebate to drought affected farmers who invest in urgently needed on-farm water infrastructure. Closes 31 March 2021

Drought Communities Programme – Extension – to deliver benefits to targeted drought-affected regions of Australia.  Closing 30 June (for Eligible Councils announced in 2018) or 1 December (for Eligible Councils announced in March 2019).

The Norman Wettenhall Foundation – Small Environment Grants Scheme – for projects that will make a positive difference to the natural living environment.  Four rounds per year.

Advancing Renewables Program – to develop renewable energy technologies. Ongoing

SA Water Partnerships Program – focussed on community events and programs that have a clear link to water use and SA Water’s vision of delivering world class water services. Closes 19 May

Young Pink Sisters – providing immediate financial assistance up to $600 to those who are struggling to meet the financial demands of breast cancer treatment. Ongoing

SA’s Industry Leaders Fund – to study or obtain experience that will help applicants achieve their leadership capability more quickly and effectively. Closes 31 May.

Heywire Youth Innovation Grants – to bring one of seven youth-developed ideas to life.  Applications close 14 May 2019.


  • 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.

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.

National Landcare Program: Smart Farming Partnerships Round 2 – to support substantial, complex projects that are to be delivered in consortium partnerships to trial, develop and implement innovative tools and practices. Closing 17 May

Veteran and Community Grants – will deliver the Veteran and Community Grants Program, which aims to maintain and improve the independence and quality of life for members of the Australian Veteran community.  Closing 27 February 2020

More open grants are available at www.communitygrants.gov.au

GrantConnect provides centralised publication of forecast and current Australian Government grant opportunities and grants awarded.

Junior Doctor Training Program – Private Hospital Stream: to increase the number of junior doctor postgraduate year 1-3 training places in private provider settings in rural, regional and remote areas. Closes 31 May 2019

Managing Farm Risk Program: provides rebates for advice and assessments to help farmers involved within the agricultural, horticultural, pastoral, apicultural or aquacultural industries prepare and apply for a new insurance policy that assists with the management of drought and other production and market risks. Closes 31 May 2019

For more current grant opportunities visit www.grants.gov.au