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.

Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP e-grants newsletter seeks to provide individuals and community groups with an update on open grants. 
Egrants Newsletter February 2020

Multicultural Celebrate Together Grant – the Celebrate Together grants are to assist multicultural organisations to host festivals and events, which showcase their rich diverse culture and customs with the wider South Australian community. 

  • Large Grants from $5001 to $30 000 are available to eligible multicultural organisations for festivals and events to be delivered within 12 months, commencing in July 2020. There are matched funding requirements for applicants requesting Large Grants. Large Grants applications that are not successful may also be considered for Small Grants.
  • Small Grants are valued up to $5000. The first round will be for events held between 1 July 2020 and 31 December 2020 and the second round will be for events held between 1 January 2021 and 30 June 2021.

Applications for Large Grants and Small Grants (Round 1) are now open and close on 31 March 2020 at 5pm.
Applications for Small Grants (Round 2) will open on 3 August 2020 and close on 30 September 2020 at 5pm.

Dept of the Premier and Cabinet Grant Opportunities – 2019/20 programs available includes public art and design, independent makers and presenters, artists and organisations for the deaf, people with disability, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts. Ongoing. 

Country Arts SA Grants – grants are available to support arts and cultural activities in regional South Australia that are sustainable, have long term cultural, economic and social benefits, develop partnerships and cultural networks and provide skills development opportunities.  Ongoing. 

Australia–China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement 2020The Australian Government is inviting applications through an open competitive process to deliver projects and trade missions. The program operates under a treaty-level agreement between the Australian and Chinese governments. The beneficiaries of the ACACA grant opportunity are Australian agriculture, fisheries, meat, forestry, regulatory, biosecurity and food safety industries, organisations, businesses and individuals, including their respective industry or sectors, who are seeking to enhance cooperation between Australia and China. Applications close 12 February 2020.

There are two funding streams available:
Stream 1 – must be for an eligible project activity undertaken in Australia and/or China.
Stream 2 – must be for a trade mission to China only.

Traceability Grants Program – Round 1  – The Australian Government is inviting applications through an open competitive process to apply to deliver services under this Program. Applications close 21 February 2020. The objectives of the program are:

  • to support industry projects that will enhance our agricultural supply chain traceability systems, including developing and trialling technologies that digitise information flow
  • to provide an advantage for our exporters in overseas markets to assist them in maintaining their competitive edge
  • to increase opportunities to export Australian commodities.

Package Assisting Small Exporters program – The Australian Government is inviting applications to apply to deliver activities under the Package Assisting Small Exporters program. Under the program, grants are available to organisations and individuals for projects that support small exporters in the dairy, fish, eggs, grain, plant, horticulture, meat and animal products industries to overcome barriers to market access. The intended outcome of the program is for small exporters (and potential small exporters) to increase their participation in the export sector. Closes 28 February 2020. 

Fishing for Tourism – Charter Boat Diversification Program – has been established to:

  • expand and strengthen the charter boat sector by co-investing in projects to enhance charter boat operators’ offering as a tourism experience
  • broaden tourism offerings that will be attractive to the domestic and international tourism and visitor market
  • position the sector for strong future growth in the nature-based tourism sector.

Through the ‘Fishing for Tourism’ program, the State Government is committing $500,000 to support diversification in the charter boat sector. Closes 28 February 2020.

Export Market Development Grants (EMDG)Provides exporters who are aiming to increase their international sales with reimbursements of up to 50% of promotional expenses. Ongoing. 

SA Export Accelerator – Financial assistance for South Australian businesses looking to grow into international markets. Ongoing. 

Research, Commercialisation and Startup Fund – supports researchers, entrepreneurs and businesses to accelerate their progress with funding from the SA Government. Ongoing. 

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

New Business Assistance – 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. Ongoing. 

RAA Grassroots Giving – designed to support members, their communities and the causes they’re passionate about – all right here in SA. You can only apply online for funding up to $5,000 (GST included) per year. Areas of focus include: helping disadvantaged and vulnerable South Australians; supporting youth in need; shining a light on cultural diversity and the environment; encouraging innovation and wellbeing; and assisting local community groups and events. Round 2 Funding opens on 17 February and closes on 16 March 2020. 

Strengthening Rural Communities – The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program aims to give the thousands of small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia an opportunity to apply for funding that can support broad community needs. The program criteria are deliberately flexible, and with applications being accepted all year round, communities have increased access to funds that can be used where and when a community knows it’s needed.

Grants SA – Minor Round – a one-off project funding program that provides grants to not-for-profit community organisations to improve community participation, wellbeing and quality of life for people living and working in South Australia. The Minor Round grants of between $100 – $10,000 are available for:
Community activities | One-off programs or services | Volunteer development. Minor Round 2 opens on 1 December 2019 and closes on 31 January 2020.

DPTI – Boat Launching Facilities – Boat owners who would like improvements made to the facilities they regularly use should approach their local council, which has the expertise to prepare a detailed funding assistance application. Stage One applications are open now and are for developments over $1million and high risk. Stage Two applications are for low cost and low risk applications and will open again in Early 2020.

Dept of Veteran Affairs Veteran and Community Grants – to maintain and improve the independence and quality of life for members of the veteran community by funding projects that sustain or enhance health and wellbeing. Closes 27 February 2020.

Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program – the program aims to preserve Australian’s  wartime heritage and involve people around the nation in a wide range of projects and activities that highlight the service and sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel in wars, conflicts and peace operations. Closes 31 March 2020. 

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.

Farm Hub –The Farm Hub was built by the National Farmers Federation as an online portal for information and resources for Farmers (both for business and individuals).

Buy a Bale – helping support Australia’s rural communities and Aussie farmers by providing tangible resources to drought, flood or fire affected communities. Stock feed, water, financial assistance, volunteers and a 24/7 helpline and on the ground counselling services.

PIRSA – Drought SupportA number of services and avenues for assistance are available to support farm families, farm businesses and rural communities prepare for and manage drought conditions. 

Tackling Tough Times TogetherThe Tackling Tough Times Together grant program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought. Grants are available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities. Ongoing.

Landcare – Landcare and community groups can submit a project summary using our online Expression of Interest (EoI) form. Each project summary will be reviewed and kept on file by Landcare Australia, and if a suitable funding partner of funding stream identified, groups may be invited to submit a more detailed application. Ongoing.

Coast Participation Grants – The Coast Protection Board’s Coastal Participation Grants support volunteer groups to partner with local government to undertake small-scale coastal management initiatives. Grants of up to $10,000 are available.  Ongoing.

Energy Efficient Communities Program – the Energy Efficient Communities Program will deliver grants to assist businesses and community organisations to improve energy efficiency practices and technologies and better manage energy consumption to reduce their power bills.

Advancing Renewables Program – to develop renewable energy technologies. Ongoing

Our Town – Fay Fuller Foundation – a new multi-million dollar funding initiative that will work towards solutions to mental health challenges identified by SA rural and regional towns. Funding could be received over 10 years to work towards creating sustainable change.  

Commonwealth Bank Domestic and Family Violence Assistance Program – to support you and your family experiencing a domestic or family violence situation including situations of financial abuse. 

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

Sporting Schools – Funding is available for schools to deliver Sporting Schools programs before, during or after school hours using one of our NSO partners.
Sporting Schools offers funding programs for both Primary and Secondary Schools.

$100 Sport Vouchers Program – *** Now includes swimming lessons at recognised Swim Schools ***
The program is open for parents and carers who are now able to claim $100 sport vouchers for their primary school aged children (from Reception to Year 7), to use towards the cost of sport or dance club fees or memberships.

Caravan Parks Defib Subsidy – dollar for dollar up to $1,000 per unit to encourage operators to install defibrillators in caravan parks.  Closes 30 June 2021.

Maker Projects: Community Stem Engagement Grants (these grants are part of the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Program) – 
The Makers 2020 program supports STEM-related organisations such as businesses or universities to partner with experts, schools and community organisations to deliver STEM initiatives. The program delivers competitive grants of between $20,000 and $100,000 for up to two years for eligible organisations to deliver projects enabling young Australians (aged 18 and under) to experiment, tinker and design in the areas of science, technology and innovation. Closes 19 February 2020. 

Carclew – is South Australia’s only multi-art form and cultural organisation dedicated to artistic outcomes by and for people aged 26 and under. It provides young people with opportunities to try different art forms, supports emerging artists to develop their craft and advocates for youth arts practice. A range of grants, fellowships and support are on offer each year.
Carclew also host a Creative Producer Regional Youth. This role is to be a listener, cheer squad, connector, collaborator, facilitator, champion and ally for creative people aged 12 – 26 living across regional South Australia. For young people and those working with young people in the regions, this is the first port of call to connect to the range of opportunities provided by both Carclew and Country Arts SA. 

Music Innovation Fund – More than $500,000 is being made available for government schools, preschools, and music and creative industries and organisations to invest in innovative practices and programs that will increase access to quality music education across South Australia. Round 3 funding will open in early 2020.

Matana Foundation for Young People – to improve the welfare and wellbeing of young people from severely disadvantaged or marginalised backgrounds. Ongoing


  • Entrepreneurs’ Programme – offers support to businesses through four elements:
    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.
    Accelerating Commercialisation — helps small and medium businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers to commercialise novel products, services and processes.
    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.

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

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

A one-off project funding program that provides grants to not-for-profit community organisations to improve community participation, wellbeing and quality of life for people living and working in South Australia.

Strengthens rural, regional and remote communities, working in partnership with philanthropy, government and business.

To support projects and initiatives that commemorate the involvement of all men and women who have service Australia in wars, conflicts and peace-keeping operations.