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. 
CLICK HERE to view the e-grants newsletter for October 2019.

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.

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. 

Remote Airstrip Funding Program – Round 7
On 27th September 2019, the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, the Hon Michael McCormack MP announced the seventh round of the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program. The program provides funding to enhance the safety and accessibility of aerodromes in remote and very remote areas of Australia. Safe, operational aerodromes are vital in the delivery of essential goods and services in remote and very remote communities, particularly where road access is unavailable, unreliable or disrupted for extended periods due to seasonal weather conditions. The maximum grant amount is $3 million, however it is expected that most grants will not exceed $1.5 million. There is no minimum. The maximum project period is two years.  AusIndustry is delivering this program on behalf of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Cities. Applications open on Tuesday 1 October 2019 and will close at 5.00pm AEDT on 12 November 2019.

Manufacturing Modernisation Fund – The Minister for Industry, Science and Technology has announced applications are now open for the $50 million Manufacturing Modernisation Fund (MMF). The MMF will support small and medium size manufacturers to modernise, adopt new technologies, become more productive and create more jobs by co-funding capital investments and associated reskilling.  Modernisation can include technology upgrades, efficiency upgrades, such as energy or process optimisation, or more transformative changes to a business, which will allow production of new products or diversify into new markets.  The program will run over 3 years and will be delivered through two streams of funding:

  • an estimated $20 million for matched grants of between $50,000 to $100,000 for small scale technology and efficiency investments; and
  • an estimated $30 million for larger grants between $100,000 to $1 million, on a three to one funding basis, to support transformative investments in technologies and processes

Australian Small Business Advisory Services-Digital Solutions – support for: websites and selling online; social media and digital marketing; using small business software; online privacy and security.   

Dept of  Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business – initiatives to help you start, grow or manage your small business.  Ongoing

Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grants – provides 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.  Ongoing

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

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

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

H&R Block Grants for Growth – 2 winners each month will receive $5,000 in cash and $5,000 to use towards H&R Block’s business and bookkeeping services.

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 small businesses with 19 or fewer employees with up to $2,100 for up to 50 percent of the cost of a certified small business health check to help small business understand their cyber security vulnerabilities and then make considered investments to protect their business.  The program runs to 30 June 2020

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.


Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants Program – funding will be available to eligible regional show societies for the maintenance and upgrade of existing infrastructure and the building, purchase, rent or construction of new infrastructure related to the running of an agricultural show. Closes 12 December 2019. 

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

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

FRRR Tackling Tough Times Together – helps communities with a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities.  Ongoing, assessed quarterly.

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

The Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES) – provides incentives for SA households and businesses to save energy through establishing energy efficiency and audit targets to be met by electricity and gas retailers.  Ongoing

Advancing Renewables Program – to develop renewable energy technologies. Ongoing


Ageing Well Community Grants – if you’re part of an incorporated, non-profit organisation working together with older people, you are invited to apply for Grants for Seniors and Positive Fellowship Grants. Local Governments are invited to apply for Age Friendly SA Grants. Applications for all grants close Friday 17 January 2020, 5.00 pm.

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


Grassroots Football, Cricket and Netball Facility Program – aimed at increasing participation and improving gender equity in Australian Rules Football, Cricket and Netball.  To develop core infrastructure that directly impacts participation.  Closes 13 November 2019

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

Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions – The Minister for Industry, Science and Technology announced applications are now open for Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions, a program element under the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme. These grants support organisations, such as schools and community groups, to sponsor eligible Australian students under the age of 18 to attend or participate in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) events and competitions in Australia and overseas.  The funding is provided in two streams for grants between $1,000 to $20,000:

  • up to $1 million per year for student participation in STEM engagement activities and events that take place in Australia or overseas
  • up to $600,000 per year for student participation in international STEM competitions taking place outside Australia.

Funding is capped at $1,500 per student for domestic activities, and $5,000 per student for overseas activities. Applications will close once funding for the year runs out.

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:
    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.

GrantConnect provides centralised publication of forecast and current Australian Government grant opportunities and grants awarded.
For current grant opportunities visit www.grants.gov.au 

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.