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.


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.


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


Active Club Program

The Active Club Program has two funding rounds per year, and helps active recreation and sports club with:  Facility upgrade requests up to $25,000 (Round 47 only) and Program and equipment up to and including $5,000 (Round 47 and Round 48).
Eligible organisations – Incorporated sport or active recreation clubs that do not have a gaming machine licence.

Round 47 is anticipated to open 13 February and closes 17 April 2019.
For further information, please click here.


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


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


SA Export Accelerator Grant

The South Australia Export Accelerator (SAEA) provides funding support to SA businesses at each stage of their export journey.
The SAEA will assist businesses to participate in international trade shows and business missions, produce marketing collateral, conduct market research, e-commerce development, export training and consultation and contribute to travel and accommodation costs.
The program has three components aimed at helping South Australian export-ready companies to enter new international markets and to create jobs for South Australians:

  • Emerging Exporter – Grants up to $5,000 are available to South Australian businesses that are exporting for the first time;
  • Export Accelerator – Grants up to $30,000 (cumulative across rounds) are available to help fund business expansion that will create multiple direct ongoing jobs;
  • New Market Entry – Grants up to $15,000 are available to help fund business entry into new international markets ($15,000 per new export market).

This round of funding closes on Saturday, 16th of February 2019
To learn more and to apply visit www.dtti.sa.gov.au/saea


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 – 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.
  • 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