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 December 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. 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. 


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.

Regional Airports Programprovides regional airports or aerodrome owners/operators with grants of up to $5 million to enhance aviation safety and accessibility. 

  • improve the safety of aircraft, operators and passengers using regional airports or aerodromes
  • facilitate improved delivery of essential goods and services such as food supplies, health care and passenger air services
  • improve the connectivity of Australia’s regions to domestic and global market opportunities
  • meet the operational requirements of aeromedical and other emergency services in the region.  Closes 12 December 2019.

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. 

H&R Block Grants for Growth2 winners each month will receive $5,000 in cash and $5,000 to use towards H&R Block’s business and bookkeeping services. 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. 


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. 

Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants – Agricultural shows provide an authentic and accessible showcase of Australian farming. They are at the very heart of regional communities, bring rural and urban communities together, showcase new technology, and promote competition and improvement in agricultural sectors.
Shows that collect less than $20,000 in gate receipts from each annual show will be considered to be a small show. Shows that collect $20,000 or more in gate receipts from each annual show will considered a large show. Closes 13 December 2019.
The small grant stream will be used for projects seeking up to $124,999 ex GST in grant funding and includes:
Category 1 – Small grants for small shows
Category 2 – Small grants for large shows
The large grant stream will be used for projects seeking between $125,000 and $500,000 ex GST of grant funding and includes:
Category 3 – Large grants for small shows
Category 4 – Large grants for large shows

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.

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. 


Drought Communities Program – Extension – On 7 November the Australian Government committed to provide an additional $1 million each to 122 drought-affected councils under the Drought Communities Program. The government also committed $1 million each to 6 new drought-affected councils. The Drought Communities Programme – Extension is now open for applications.

The extension of the Drought Communities Programme will provide total funding of $250 million over three years from 2018-19 to Eligible Councils to deliver immediate economic stimulus and other benefits to targeted drought-affected regions of Australia. The program will support local community infrastructure and other drought relief projects for communities who have been impacted by drought.

Funding will target infrastructure and other projects that:

  • provide employment for people whose work opportunities have been impacted by drought
  • stimulate local community spending
  • use local resources, businesses and suppliers
  • provide a long-lasting benefit to communities and the agricultural industries on which they depend.

Each Eligible Council can receive funding for projects up to $1 million. Eligible Councils are listed on business.gov.au/dcp. The minimum grant amount per application is $25,000. Eligible Councils announced for funding up to and including September 2019 may submit more than one application. Eligible Councils announced for funding from November 2019 may only submit one application. The grant amount will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs. Projects must be completed by 31 December 2020. Projects must be in addition to the normal planned activities of the Council.

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. 

FRRR Tackling Tough Times Togetherhelps 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.


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


Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) – On the 29 November, the Minister for Health the Hon Greg Hunt MP released the guidelines for the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) – National Critical Infrastructure Initiative: 2019 Rural, Regional and Remote Clinical Trial Enabling Infrastructure Grant Opportunity.

The objective of this competitive, national grant opportunity is to support new and innovative approaches to enhancing and improving clinical trial infrastructure (including facilities, research equipment, systems and services), and to extend existing or provide new clinical trials into rural, regional and remote areas.

Activities based outside of rural, regional and remote areas will be considered, provided the proposal can demonstrate the benefit to patients in rural, regional and remote areas. However, preference will be given to trial activities provided in rural, regional and remote areas.

Up to $100 million is available over five years from 2020-21 to 2024-25. The minimum grant amount is $5 million and the maximum grant amount is $100 million.

Applications for the 2019 Rural, Regional and Remote Clinical Trial Enabling Infrastructure Grant Opportunity will open on 10 December 2019 and close at 5.00pm AEDT on 3 March 2020.

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. Closes 17 January 2020.

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

Sport and Recreation Development and Inclusion Program (SRDIP) – assists eligible organisations to develop and implement projects that will grow the sport or activity, improve services and/or address barriers to inclusion.  Closes 11 December 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.


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.
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.