If you are looking at applying for a grant, get in touch with us for assistance by calling 1300 742 414 or sending an email to

Agriculture Grants

2020 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Grant applications are now open for the 2020 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. If you’re 18-35 and want to make a difference in agriculture, this is your chance to apply for a grant of up to $22,000 to fund your project that will benefit Australia’s primary industries.

Further information here.

Arts, Tourism, Events & Heritage Grants

Heritage Restoration Fund 2019-2020

The Clare & Gilbert Valleys Council is pleased to announce funding of $25,000 is available for distribution to owners of State & Local Heritage Places who are undertaking restoration or conservation work to their property.

Applications close 5pm, 10th October 2019.

Further information here: 


Podcast and Audio project Funding

The South Australian Film Corporation is pushing the boundaries of storytelling beyond the screen, partnering with Audible to launch an exciting new funding initiative supporting podcasts and audio projects.

Applications are open now for the Audio Drama and Audio Documentary Development Initiative.

Further information can be found here.

Submissions close midnight 14 October 2019 


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:

Close: 12 December 2019 – Re-open: 20 January 2020

Business Grants

Remote Airstrip Upgrade – 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.

Applications open on Tuesday 1 October 2019 and will close at 5.00pm AEDT on 12 November 2019.

AusIndustry is delivering this program on behalf of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Cities.

For more information visit:


Manufacturing Modernisation Fund (MMF) – $50 million

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.

The closing date for the fund is 31 October 2019 5:00 pm AEDT.

Further information here:


Accelerating Commercialisation Grants

Accelerating Commercialisation provides access to expert guidance and grants to help businesses commercialise their novel products, processes and services.  Accelerating Commercialisation offers Commercialisation Guidance, Accelerating Commercialisation Grants and Portfolio Services to successful applicants.

Commercialisation Guidance

If you’re successful, this support will connect you to an AusIndustry Customer Service Manager or a Commercialisation Adviser.  The Commercialisation Adviser will offer initial guidance on the commercialisation project or strategy and provide feedback if you want to progress to a Grant or Portfolio Services application.

Accelerating Commercialisation Grant

This grant provides projects up to 50% of the expenditure to a maximum of $250,000 for commercialisation offices and eligible partner entities and $1M for all other applicants.  Accelerating Commercialisation Grant recipients will also receive Portfolio Services for the duration of the project.

Portfolio Services

Portfolio Services provides a connection to a range of services that may include:

  • guidance from Commercialisation Advisers
  • access to the expert network
  • access to promotional opportunities.

Further information can also be found here:

Contact Abbie Arbon 0427 607 751 or


Cyber Security Small Business Program

Cyber Security Small Business Program is open for applications. The $10 million Cyber Security Small Business Program provides small businesses with 19 or fewer employees with grants of up to $2,100 for up to 50 per cent of the cost of a certified small business health check. The program aims to help small business understand their cybersecurity vulnerabilities and then make considered investments to protect their business. The program will run for the remainder of 2018/19 and 2019/20.  Information about the Cyber Security Small Business Program, including the grant opportunity guidelines, is available at


Defence Global Competitiveness Grants

Defence-related businesses may be eligible for a grant to invest in projects that overcome barriers to accessing export opportunities. To be eligible for this grant, you must be an Australian small-to-medium sized business and the proposed project must help your business to access export opportunities. Grants may be used to fund capital equipment (including specialist software and security infrastructure), design and engineering, or workforce training and accreditations. Grants range from $15,000 to $150,000 and are provided on a 50:50 matched funding basis.

Visit for more information.


Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grant program

In November 2018, the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon. Steven Ciobo MP, announced that the Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grant program is open for applications. Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grants provide 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.

AusIndustry is delivering this program on behalf of the Department of Defence through the Business Grants Hub.

Up to $17 million is available each year from 2018-19 to 2021-22. Information about the Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grants, including the grant opportunity guidelines, are available here:

Applications are ongoing.


Biomedical Translation Fund investment announcements

On the 21st March, significant investments made in Australian biomedical discoveries by the Biomedical Translation Fund (BTF) were announced.

The BTF is a joint Australian Government and private sector fund worth $500 million. It supports commercialisation of biomedical discoveries in Australia and helps translate biomedical discoveries into high growth potential companies for the nation’s long term health and economic benefit. Companies with promising biomedical innovations that have commercial potential can seek funding through three private-sector venture capital fund managers to develop and commercialise these discoveries in Australia.

Information about the BTF, including how potential companies can apply, is available on


Export Market Development Grants (EMDG)

Provides exporters who are aiming to increase their international sales with reimbursements of up to 50% of promotional expenses. Promotional expenses must be over $15,000 to a maximum of $150,000. Applications open on 1 July of each year.

If you are doing the application yourself, you need to lodge your application by 2 December.

If you are using an approved EMDG consultant, they need to lodge your application by 3 March.


Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Export Hubs – Round 2

On 23 August 2019, the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews, launched the second round of the SME Export Hubs Initiative (the program).

The program will allow SMEs to access opportunities to co-operate and collaborate with businesses in their region, develop collective branding, leverage infrastructure, utilise existing knowledge to improve local export capacity, access global supply chains, encourage business growth and create local jobs. New and existing export hubs will be funded in the Growth Centre sectors. The export hubs will work with Growth Centres to facilitate SME export opportunities.

There is $11.9 million in funding available under Round 2. Grant funds must be matched with cash and projects must conclude by 30 June 2022.

The program will be delivered through a two-stage competitive selection process. Stage 2 applications are expected to open in mid-November 2019 and will close at 5pm AEDT Tuesday 17 December 2019.

Information about the program, including the grant opportunity guidelines and a link to the online application form is available at

Community Grants

Grants SA – Funding for Community Organisations

2019-20 Funding Guidelines
Minor Round $100 to $10,000

Grants SA is a one-off-project funding program that provides approximately $3 million in grants annually to not-for-profit community organisations to improve community participation, wellbeing and quality of life for people living and working in South Australia.

Key Priorities
The priority groups for Grants SA funding are:
• people and/or communities experiencing disadvantage, meaning those with less access to social and economic opportunities

The majority of total funding is committed to the ‘disadvantage’ priority group. Refer to the Glossary of Terms for more detailed definitions of priority groups.

Further information is available online.

Download Guidelines Here

Minor Round 2 opens 1st December 2019

Major Round 2 opens 10th October 2019


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 at


Strengthening Rural Communities – Small & Vital

Rural, regional and remote Australia is home to nine million Australians. Many of those communities are small, and all are vital.

Our donors share our commitment to small rural, regional and remote communities and the premise that local leaders are best placed to know what will make their community stronger.

That is why they collaborate to fund this grants program, which facilitates continued investment and access to funds that can contribute to securing the future prosperity of small communities across Australia.

For smaller communities, regular access to funds can be a challenge, which is why we have created the Strengthening Rural Communities(SRC) program. It has two tiers and the Small and Vital program is now open all year, with applications assessed quarterly.

More information here:


Australian Government – Drought Communities Programme

Australian Government – Drought Communities Programme 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.
Contact Flinders Ranges Council or DC of Peterborough for more information.

Applications close 31 December 2019 for Flinders Ranges Council & District Council of Peterborough only

For more information visit


Caravan Parks Defib Subsidy

Caravan Parks Defib Subsidy
In 2019, the Federal Government in partnership with Caravan Industry Association of Australia, launched a Caravan Park Defibrillator Subsidy Program for Caravan Parks to encourage operators to install these devices to help save the lives of those people experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest.
The funding of $1 million from the government will match dollar to dollar up to $1000 per unit (excluding GST) purchased by an operator.
In regional Australia, the caravan park is often central to the community and one of the few businesses that is accessible 24h a day 7 days a week in the event of required access to a defibrillator. Although there has been an increased supply of defibs into sporting clubs, these venues are only accessible when sports are being played.
As such, Caravan Parks can play an important role in supporting a local community’s health service.
For further information visit:
Applications close Wednesday 30 June 2021


Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund Microgrids 2019-20 – OPEN

Provides eligible successful applicants with funding of between $100,000 to $10 million to undertake feasibility studies into more reliable, secure and cost effective energy supply for regional and remote communities in Australia.
CLOSING DATE: 21st November 2019

More information available here 

Disability Sector Grants

Mainstream Capacity Building Program (Health)

Open: Monday 9 September 2019.

Close: 11pm AEDST, Monday 21 October 2019.

Up to $64 million (GST Excl) over three years is available for programs and activities designed to help people with disability use and benefit from mainstream health services.

More about Mainstream Capacity Building Program (health).

Close: 11pm AEDT, Monday 21 October 2019.


Economic and Community Participation Program

Close: 11pm AEDST, 21 October 2019.

Up to $58 million (GST Excl) over three years is available for programs and activities that:

  • increase the knowledge, motivation and confidence of employers to seek out, employ and retain people with disability
  • increase the employability of people with disability
  • build the capability of people with disability to develop and maintain successful self-employment
  • improve the community’s knowledge and understanding of disability
  • build community networks that connect people with disability to opportunities they may otherwise miss.

More about Economic and Community Participation Program.

Employment, Education, Training and Skills Grants

Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions

On 5th September, 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.

Information about the program, including the grant opportunity guidelines and a link to the online application form, is available at


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.

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 can 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:


Integrated Carer Support Service: Carer Gateway Regional Delivery Partners

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.


Environmental Grants

Norman Wettenhall Foundation – Small Environmental Grant Scheme

The Small Environmental Grant Scheme will provide support for groups or individuals undertaking projects that will make a positive difference to the natural living environment, in land, sea or air, rural or urban.
Projects will be considered around flora & fauna conservation and threatened mammal conservation. These projects should involve any of the following:
Monitoring & sharing data | Community education | Community capacity building | Research
For further information visit:
Applications open
1 October for funding in November 2019
9 December for funding in February 2020
Applications close when there are a suitable number and spread of applications

Food and Wine Grants

Food and Beverage Development Fund
Applications now open for 2020 training
The Food and Beverage Development Fund provides financial support of between $1,000 & $10,000 per successful applicant to further skills and knowledge through training and education within South Australia’s critically important food & beverage industries.
Further details about the fund are now online.
Applications are now open and will be accepted until 2pm Friday November 8th 2019.
Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in late November with all applications finalised by mid December 2019.
Application forms are attached for your information or the application process can also be completed online via website

> 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, lot feeders, live exporters, meat processing companies, retail butchers, value-adding companies, supermarkets, and food services operators in the red meat industry any projects can cover the aspect of the production, processing, storage, transport, retailing and marketing of meat and livestock. Ongoing.
More information can be found at
> SA Business Growth Program

The Food South Australia Business Growth Program assists manufacturers and producers to identify potential markets and respond to business management challenges through a flexible program of support services.

There are three components to the Business Growth Program; Market Intelligence, Business Management and Finance and Risk Management. The Business Growth Program is open to all food or beverage manufacturing businesses of any size or age, and to agricultural producers looking to value-add products provided, so long as the business is South Australian registered food or beverage manufacturing or agricultural value-adding business, has some level of existing plans and is willing to work with Food SA.

More information can be found here:

Sport and Recreation Grants

Clubs SA / IGC Sponsorship Assistance Program
Together with the Independent Gaming Corporation (IGC), Clubs SA invites non-gaming Clubs and community organisations to apply for Project Grants via its Sponsorship Assistance Program.
In recent years, over $2,000,000 has been directed back to the wider South Australian community under the auspices of the Sponsorship Assistance Program to support projects that include resurfacing of sports grounds, lighting, charity projects, community awareness campaigns and many more.
For further information visit:
$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. Clubs wishing to register for the program and parents or guardians wanting to find a participating club in their area should go to
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. Eligible schools can apply for funding each term to deliver Sporting Schools activity before, during or after school hours using one of our national sporting organisation partners.
For further information visit or call 1300 785 707

Other useful Grant Links

Contact us for assistance

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Make an appointment with one of our Economic Development Officers, who can assess your application and point you in the right direction.

Simply call us on 1300 742 414 or email us to make an appointment.