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. 
Grants Newsletter May 2020

ARTS and CULTURAL
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.
Small Grants are valued up to $5000. 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. 

BUSINESS
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. 

COMMUNITY
Connecting Drought Communities – Events Grant – local government, community or industry groups and clubs or associations can apply
for funding for one or more events, up to a maximum of $10,000 for each event. The total funding available is $330,000. Applications close 31 March 2021. 

SA Healthy Towns Challenge – for regional and rural towns to develop preventitive health programs within their community. Closes 5.00pm 12 June 2020. 

Strengthening Rural Communities – The Strengthening Rural Communities program is currently closed and undergoing a review to ensure it is meeting the needs of community groups, and donors. Applications will re-open for Round 6 in July 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.

DROUGHT SUPPORT
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). Ongoing.

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. Ongoing.

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.

ENVIRONMENT
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.

Coastal Community 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. Ongoing. 

Advancing Renewables Program – to develop renewable energy technologies. Ongoing

HEALTH
Youngcare’s At Home Care Grants – keeping young people at home with their families providing funding for equipment, home modifications and essential support/respite. Closes 24 June 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.  Ongoing.

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. Ongoing. 

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
Sporting Schools – funding is available for both Primary and Secondary Schools to deliver Sporting Schools programs before, during or after school hours. Ongoing

$100 Sport Vouchers Program – 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.

TOURISM
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.

YOUTH 
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. 
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. 

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 will be announced in the second half of 2020.

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


TOP GOVERNMENT GRANTS FOR START-UPS

  • 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.

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT 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.

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT GRANT CONNECT
GrantConnect provides centralised publication of forecast and current Australian Government grant opportunities and grants awarded.

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT BUSINESS GRANTS HUB
Find grants, funding and support programs from across government to help your business grow and succeed.

GRANTS SA
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. Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the normal Grants SA program is ceasing operations until further notice and has been replaced with the COVID-19 Support Grant. The Covid-19 Support Grant closed on 20 October 2020.

FOUNDATION FOR RURAL AND REGIONAL RENEWAL
Strengthens rural, regional and remote communities, working in partnership with philanthropy, government and business.

VETERANS SA
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.