Agriculture / Farming Grants

> Smart Farming Small Grants Round 2

Australia’s soils, water, vegetation and biodiversity underpin the productivity and sustainability of agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries. But these natural resources are under threat. Pressures on Australia’s natural resources can limit the viability and productivity of food and fibre businesses. The Australian Government’s National Landcare Program aims to protect, conserve and provide for the productive use of Australia’s water, soil, plants and animals and the ecosystems in which they live and interact, in partnership with industry, communities and other governments. Grants between $5000 and $200,000 available
Closing Date for applications: 11th January 2019
For more info click on the link: 


> Managing Farm Risk Program

Managing Farm Risk Program provides rebates for advice and assessments to help farmers prepare and apply for a new insurance policy that assists with the management of drought, adverse weather and other production and market risks. Closes 19th May 2019. Funding $2,500.

Further information:


Arts & Heritage Grants

> Australian Heritage Grants

Owners and managers of Australia’s National Heritage List sites, as well other organisations, can now apply for funding to help protect, conserve and raise awareness of Australia’s national heritage.

A total of $21.4 million will be available under the Australian Heritage Grants program over four years from 2018-19 to 2021-22. From 2022-23 onwards this funding will increase to $5.7 million annually. For the first time, the funding round includes Indigenous and natural heritage places as well as those with historic heritage values.
Applications are open until 19 December 2018 for a share of up to $5.347 million, which will be administered over two years. Grants will be available to successful projects ranging from a minimum $25,000 to a maximum of $400,000 (ex GST).

Further information here


> Saluting Their Service Commemorations Program

The objectives of the Saluting Their Service Commemorations Program is to preserve Australia’s wartime heritage. It aims to involve people throughout 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, and to promote appreciation and understanding of the role that those who served have played in shaping the nation. Funding will be provided for state/territory or nationally significant commemorative activities which commemorate the involvement, service and sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel in wars, conflicts and peace operations. Applications close at 2:00 pm AEDT on 10 January 2019.
For further information about eligibility and how to apply, go to the Grant Round Application page. Information about applying for this funding round can also be found on GrantConnect.

> Country Arts SA – Quick Response Grant

Regional artists can access professional arts development and training opportunities, or organisations/communities with small project opportunities that arise at short notice.

Individual—up to $1,500 which provides support for professional development opportunities for individual artist and arts workers in regional South Australia. Community—up to $3,000 which provides support for small-scale arts development initiatives for community groups and organisations in regional South Australia. For further information visit:


Community Grants

> Drought Communities Program

Provides Eligible Councils with up to $1 million for local community infrastructure and other drought relief projects for communities impacted by drought. The extension of the Drought Communities Programme provides funding of $81 million in 2018-19 to Eligible Councils to deliver benefits to targeted drought-affected regions of Australia. The program will support local community infrastructure and other drought relief projects for communities impacted by drought.
Applications close: 30 June 2019 5:00 pm AEST
Further information:


> Dreams for a Better World

There are thousands of change-makers in Australia with the dreams and energy to bring positive change to the lives of others and make a difference in their community.  However, sometimes you need a helping hand, and Sunsuper has a way to help make it happen. Sunsuper‘s Dreams for a Better World partners with the visions of Australians and local initiatives to dream big and do good. Grassroots community groups, not-for-profit organisations and now small businesses can apply to win a share of $150,000 in grants to help make the world a better place. For more information visit:


> Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT)

The Tackling Tough Times Together grant program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought.

This program is designed to provide flexible funding to support community-based activities that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms, and most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future. Funds could also support activities that engage your local community in being proactive, exploring options and creating something that will stand the test of tough times.
More information can be found on:


> SA Community Grants Program

SA Community Grants program is open. Grants of up to $50,000 are available to not-for-profit community organisations to strengthen South Australian communities through either; working directly with community members, or by strengthening organisational capacity.

The priority groups for funding are:

• People and/or communities experiencing disadvantage, meaning those with less access to social and economic opportunities;
• Culturally and linguistically diverse groups and communities; and
• Volunteers

For more information click here.


> Ageing Well Community Grants

If you’re part on an incorporated, non-profit organisation working together with older people, you are invited to apply for Grants for Seniors and Positive Ageing Fellowship Grants. Local Governments are invited to apply for Age Friendly SA Grants.

Grants for Seniors
Applications due by 5.00pm Friday 14 December 2018
Grants of up to $5,000 to purchase goods that stimulate activity and social engagement for older people/
Grants of up to $10,000 for projects encouraging older South Australians to engage with the community.

Positive Ageing Fellowship Grants
Applications due by 5.00pm on Monday 14 January 2019
One-off community capacity building grants of $20,000 – $40,000 for projects encouraging older South Australian to contribute to an age friendly state.

Age Friendly SA Grants
Applications due by 5.00pm Monday 18 February 2019
One-off grants of up to $25,000 for local governments. Regional partnerships of three or more local governments may be eligible for up to $45,000. Projects must align to the Age Friendly SA Strategy key priorities.

For further information, including guidelines, eligibility and how to apply visit: or contact Office for the Ageing at or call 8204 2420.


> Maker Projects – Stream B

The objective of Maker Projects is to encourage practical skills, creativity and entrepreneurial thinking through the development of maker spaces and activities in schools and communities. This is with the view to reaching as many students as possible, including those in regional and disadvantaged areas. Stream B provides organisations with a one-off matched funding grant from $5,000 to $20,000 to support the delivery of industry-partnered STEM events and activities to youth under 18 years of age.

Applications open 8 November 2018 12:00 pm AEDT
Deadline to apply: Applications will close when funding for 2018/19 is exhausted


> Round Two of the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program announced

In November, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population announced that 32 projects will be funded under Round Two of the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.A copy of Minister Tudge’s media release can be found here: The total list of approved projects is available at


> ILC Readiness Grant Round

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is now accepting applications for Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Disabled Peoples and Families Organisations (DPFO) – ILC Readiness Grant Round. Applications for this round open on Tuesday 27 November 2018 and close on Friday 21 December 2018 at 2.00pm (AEDT).

For further information visit the ILC Current and Future Grant Rounds page on the NDIS website.
To submit an application or get further detail for the DPFO grant round, visit the DSS Community Grants Hub website.


> Youngcare’s at Home Care Grants

Youngcare’s At Home Care Grants program is critical in keeping young people at home with their families, and preventing new admissions to inappropriate housing. Youngcare’s At Home Care Grants (AHCG) provide funding for equipment, home modifications and essential support/respite to enhance the quality of life for young people with high care needs and their carers. The grants provide one-off funding between $2,000 and $10,000 to help those aged 18-65 with high care needs who are living at home, and are at risk of entering inappropriate housing. Full details available here.

Employment, Education, Training and Skills Grants

> Service Skills SA

Service Skills SA is offering one off Grants of $10,000 – $35,000 (GST inclusive) to Industry Associations or similar industry representative organisations with a purpose of supporting industry sector skills development within our industry sectors. Consortium applications will also be accepted. (Grants will not be directly available to individual businesses or RTOs).

Service Skills SA’s sectors and subsectors are: Sport, Fitness, Recreation, Retail, Wholesale, Community Pharmacy, Floristry, Funeral Services, Hairdressing, Beauty and Cultural & Arts (Music, Visual Arts, Craft and Design, Entertainment & Events, Dance, Film, Television and Radio, Multimedia, Live Production, Theatre, Museums, Galleries and Cultural Heritage Site, Performing Arts, Writing).

Grants must facilitate projects (or components of projects) that support industry skills development and the employment needs of individuals within Service Skills SA sectors. Preference will be given to applications that leverage funding support from the Government, employers and/or individuals.

Grants will be paid by January 2019 and spread equitably, where possible, across Service Skills SA’s sectors subject to viable applications. A project progress report will be required in June 2019.

Further information here


> Regional Employment Trials

The Regional Employment Trials program provides local stakeholders in selected regions, including businesses, not-for-profits and local government agencies, with grants to trial local approaches to delivering employment related projects.
The program provides local stakeholders in ten selected regions, including businesses, not-for-profits and local government agencies, with grants between $7,500 and $200,000 to trial local approaches to delivering employment related projects.
Visit for more information.


> Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships Program

QTAC is delighted to be the Scholarship Support Organisation for the Australian Government Department of Education and Training to deliver the Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships Program.

The Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships Program improves access to and completion of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) tertiary education courses, including in the fields of health and agricultural science.

The scholarships are open to students from regional and remote areas in Australia.
If you have any questions about the Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships program, call us on 1800 290 979 or visit


> Jobs and Market Fund (JMF) 

The Australian Government is inviting applications in an open process to apply to deliver projects under the NDIS Jobs and Market Fund.  The objective of the JMF is to support the growth of the NDIS provider market and workforce in capacity and capability to meet the needs of NDIS participants. Round 1 is only the first of several opportunities to apply for funding under the JMF. Applications are now open and close on the 17th of January 2019.

For further information and to apply for a JMF grant visit

> CSIRO Kick-start Program

CSIRO Kick-Start is a new initiative for innovative Australian start-ups and small SMEs, providing funding support and access to CSIRO’s research expertise and capabilities to help grow and develop their business.
Eligible companies are able to apply for a second Kick-Start project, after completion of their first, providing the total funding provided by SME Connect under CSIRO Kick-Start does not exceed $50,000.
More information can be found at:


> CSIRO STEM+ Business

STEM+ Business enables SMEs to build on existing successful collaborative projects by providing funding support for the placement of early career researchers from Australia’s research organisations into their business to develop and implement new ideas with commercial potential. The research project can be carried out in conjunction with any publicly-funded Australian research organisation and has no industry sector-restrictions – the project must simply be research involving science, technology, engineering or mathematics.
More information can be found at:


> Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy

From 1 January 2019, the Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy will support apprenticeships in skills need occupations in rural and regional areas and encourage participation in apprenticeships by employers who have not previously engaged apprentices, as well as re-engaging employers who may have disengaged from the system.
The Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy is available to employers who sign-up and commence a new worker Australian Apprentice from 1 January 2019 and until 1630 sign-ups have occurred.
The Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy provides support in the first three years of an Australian Apprenticeship as follows:

  • 75 per cent of the first year award wage;
  • 50 per cent of the second year award wage;
  • 25 per cent of the third year award wage.

More information can be found here:


The Australian Government is inviting applications in an open process to apply to deliver services under the Integrated Carer Support Services from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2024. This grant process will select a new network of Carer Gateway regional delivery partners (RDPs) across Australia to help carers access new and improved local and targeted services.

Full details available here.


Food and Wine Grants

> Funds for Red Meat Projects

Red meat industry projects targeting business issues can receive matching funding from MLA Partners in Innovation. Potential applicants can include producers, lotfeeders, live exporters, meat processing companies, retail butchers, value adding companies, supermarkets, and food services operators in the red meat industry any projects can cover aspect of the production, processing, storage, transport, retailing and marketing of meat and livestock. Ongoing.
More information can be found at


Trade / Export Grants

>SA Export Accelerator
An ongoing competitive grant program that provides South Australian SMEs with up to $30,000  to assist businesses grow international markets and create jobs. Grants are offered under three funding categories for businesses to progress through: Emerging Exporter, Export Accelerator, and, New Market entry.

Emerging Exporter Grants
Provide up to $5,000 to businesses that are new to export and are attending their first business connection, trade show or business mission on a competitive 1:1 matched funding basis.
A new exporter is one that has had no direct international sales in the last five years.
More information can be found at:

Export Accelerator Grants
Grants up to $30,000 to help fund business expansion through marketing and export development opportunities on a competitive 1:1 matched funding basis. Multiple grants can be offered up to the $30,000 cap.
More information can be found at:

New Market Entry Grants
New Market Entry Grants provide up to $15,000 per new international market to small and medium-sized businesses on a competitive 1:1 matched funding basis.
A new market is one that has had no direct sales into in the proceeding five years.
More information can be found at:

Deadline to apply
Applications open: 3 December 2018
Applications close: 16 February 2019
More information can be found at:


>Small to Medium Enterprises (SME) Export Hubs

Stage 2 of the SME Export Hubs grant opportunity opened to invited applicants on Wednesday 28 November 2018.
The $20 million SME Export Hubs grant opportunity will provide grants from $150,000 to $1.5 million over four years to help establish and/or operate Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) export hubs in the six Growth Centre sectors. The export hubs will work with Growth Centres to facilitate SME export opportunities.
Invited Stage 2 applicants were selected from the Stage 1 Expressions of Interest.
Stage 2 applications will close 21 January 2019 5:00 pm AEDT
For further information visit




Sport and Recreation Grants

> Northern Areas Council

Northern Areas Council Community Project Grant Program now open. Sporting clubs and associations can apply for up to $3,000 of funding. Applications close Wednesday 19th December 2018.


> 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 45 only)
• Program and equipment up to and including $5,000 (Round 45 and Round 46)
• Annual budget
• $2,950,000

• Eligible organisations – Incorporated sport or active recreation clubs that do not have a gaming machine licence.

Round 47

The next round is anticipated to;
Open: 6 February 2019
Closes: 10 April 2019
Expected Notification: After 31 July 2019

For further information, please click here.

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