Grants / Awards

GRANTassist is a newly launched resource website for information on government
grants and assistance. Grant assist can help you locate Government assistance for
Business and Industry and for Communities, Clubs and Individuals.
Grant Finder has a Grant Finder that helps you locate the grants and assistance programs most relevant to your business for free. Grants and other funding programs are available for businesses from the Australian, state and territory governments, and in some cases from local councils. You can search through a wide variety of grants in many categories, including developing your business, innovation and education.
Visit: Grant Finder

Youth Parliament 2017 Report and Junior Parliament Applications are open!

YMCA SA is very excited to announce that they are running Junior Parliament for a third year in the October school holidays. Applications are now open for 12 – 15 year olds who want to learn about parliament, meet new friends and develop their leadership skills!

What is Junior Parliament?
YMCA SA Junior Parliament is an apolitical program that gives young people an opportunity to learn about democracy, parliament, team building, public speaking and leadership in a fun and supportive environment. Junior Parliament is run by young people for young people. It is a chance for young people to have their say on issues they care about, meet some new friends & develop their leadership skills. Participants take part in a 3-day / two-night camp that involves skills and leadership training and some fun recreational activities.

About the program…
WHEN: Monday 9th – Wednesday 11th October 2017 (the second week of the school holidays)
WHERE: Rostrevor College & Parliament House Adelaide
WHO CAN APPLY? Junior Parliament is open to anyone in South Australia aged 12 – 15 years old.
COST: There is a participant fee of $220 per person, which covers meals, accommodation and transport while on camp.

Apply here: Apply here!
For further information or phone (08) 8200 2514 or M 0447 047 422.


Community Grants

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, with support from the Motor Accident Commission offers $100,000 in grant funding annually for groups and organisations to deliver small scale projects that support safer, greener and more active travel choices.

Projects can focus on improving road safety, getting people cycling, walking or catching public transport, replacing car journeys with technology, doing things locally, or using the car more efficiently.

For further information
Applications Close: Sunday 10th September 2017


Upper Spencer Gulf Funding – $20m over three funding streams

The grant amount will be up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs (grant percentage).

You are required to provide the remaining 50 per cent as co-funding towards your project. If you are a non-business applicant experiencing exceptional circumstances you may seek an exemption from the co-funding requirement. For further details regarding co-funding and the exceptional circumstances co-funding exemption refer to the program guidelines.

Local infrastructure grants
These grants are for local governing bodies and not-for-profit organisations to invest in new or upgraded infrastructure. These projects will capitalise on opportunities for growth, deliver long-term economic benefits to regional communities and create jobs.
•The minimum grant amount is $50,000
•The maximum grant amount is the limit of grant funding for the region

Business innovation grants
These grants will enable business to build scale and capability to be competitive in new or growing markets that create sustainable employment.
•The minimum grant amount is $50,000
•The maximum grant amount is the limit of grant funding for the region

Skills and training grants
These grants will provide funding to local government bodies and agencies and not for profit organisations. These projects will support training and upskilling of the regional workforce to meet regional priorities, take advantage of emerging opportunities and withstand major labour market changes.
•There is no minimum grant amount
•The maximum grant amount is the limit of grant funding for the region

For further information

Information Session will be held at regional centres:
PORT PIRIE Wednesday 30 August 2017
Time: 5:30 – 7.00pm
Location: Port Pirie Golf Club, Senate Road, Port Pirie

PORT AUGUSTA Tuesday 29 August 2017
Time: 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Location: Regional Development Australia (RDA) Far North, Port Augusta Conference Room, 2A Stirling Road, Port Augusta

Whyalla – Monday 28th August 2017
Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm
Location: RDA Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula, Whyalla Office Boardroom, 127 Nicolson Avenue, Whyalla

Applications Close: 19 October 2017 5:00 pm AEDT


AWARDS – 2017 Mental Health Excellence Awards Recognising excellence in mental health service provision

These awards recognise excellence in mental health service provision that celebrate South Australians who have made outstanding contributions to mental health.
The awards recognise those who have contributed to services and positively promoted mental health across the State.
The five categories for the awards include the Dr Margaret Tobin Award, which recognises individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and commitment to the mental health and wellbeing of others.
Other award categories include the Mental Health Excellence and Innovation Award; the Lived Experience Participation Award; the Partnering with Lived Experience Award; and the Mental Health Promotion Award.
Winners will be announced at the Mental Health Excellence Awards, which is held during October’s annual Mental Health Week.
The Mental Health Excellence Awards recognise significant contributions made towards awareness, participation, promotion and mental health service reform.
The Awards, which were previously the Dr Margaret Tobin Awards, were established in 2004 to honour the memory of South Australia’s former Director of Mental Services.
For more information about the awards and nomination guide and forms, visit:
Applications Close: Friday 18th August 2017


Office of Recreation and Sport

Round 44 Active Club Program

The Active Club Program helps active recreation and sports clubs with:
• program and equipment (up to $5,000)
• facility upgrade requests up to $25,000.

It has two funding rounds per year:
1. facility requests and program and equipment (Round 43),
2. program and equipment requests only (Round 44).
The objective of the Active Club Program (ACP) is to provide funding support to active recreation and sport clubs to further develop the programs and services they provide within the community and to support the South Australian Strategic Plan’s sport and recreation target (T83) “to increase the proportion of South Australians participating in sport or physical recreation at least once per week to 50 percent by 2020.”

The budget for 2017/18 ACP is $2,750,000. A notional allocation of $50,000 is available for each of the 47 electorates per year, divided over two funding rounds.

For 2017/18 they are Rounds 43 and 44. $40,000 is notionally available per electorate in Round 43, with $30,000 of the notional amount available for facility applications and the remaining $10,000 available for program and equipment funding. $10,000 per electorate is available this round (Round 44) for program and equipment funding only.
For more information visit and eligibility:CLICK HERE
Applications Close: 25 September 2017


Sporting Surfaces Program

The Sporting Surfaces Program helps eligible organisations to develop new or upgrade/enhance or replace existing synthetic and hard-court sport playing surfaces including synthetic turf playing fields, indoor and outdoor courts to support sports in South Australia.
For more information visit and eligibility:CLICK HERE
Applications Close: 9 October 2017


Female Facilities Program

The Female Facilities Program helps eligible organisations to develop sustainable, functional, inclusive and fit for purpose female change room facilities that meet the current and future needs of the South Australian sporting community.
For more information and other eligibility etc, with all of the programme guidelines
Applications Close: 9 October 2017
For more information visit and eligibility:CLICK HERE
Contact the Office of Recreation and Sport on 1300 714 990 or email


Federal Stronger Communities Funding

The Stronger Communities Programme supports the Australian Government’s commitment to deliver social benefits across Australia by funding small capital projects in each of the 150 federal electorates. The programme’s intended outcomes are to improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant and viable communities. Available funding between $2000 – $20,000

• You will need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through your relevant local Federal MP (Rowan Ramsey MP Or Nick Champion in our region) by no later than 18th August 2017
• Must have an ABN or be a local government agency or body or not for profit organisation that is a legal entity
• Applicants must have matched funding of $1 for $1 however in-kind volunteer labour is also acceptable
For more information and other eligibility etc, with all of the programme guidelines
Applications Close: 28 September 2017


AWARD – 2017 Luigi G. Napolitano Award

Young scientists in South Australia are encouraged to apply for the international 2017 Luigi G. Napolitano Award. This award recognises those who have significantly contributed to the advancement of aerospace science.

The Napolitano Award, which includes a commemorative medal and a certificate of citation, is presented by the International Astronautical Federation to a young scientist at the International stronautical Congress (IAC) every year.

The award winner will be announced at the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) – one of the largest conferences to be held in the state from September 25-29. The winner will be awarded during the IAC closing ceremony held on the last Friday of the congress week.

The space-centred conference is set to attract over 4000 international and local delegates, including the world’s leading space agencies, while injecting around $25 million into the local economy. Growing the state’s high-tech space industry through education programs and partnerships is a key focus for the South Australian Government recently announcing $50,000 in scholarships to the University of South Australia’s International Space University’s (ISU) Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program.
For more information, or to apply, email:
Applications Close: Thursday 31 August 2017


Job Accelerator Grants boosted by $5000 for Apprentices

Businesses that register a new employee for a Job Accelerator Grant (JAG) will receive an extra $5000 if the person employed is an apprentice or trainee, as part of a State Budget measure designed to boost employment among young people.

The expanded grant scheme means businesses with payrolls between $600,000 and $5 million will receive up to $15,000 for each apprentice above current staffing levels, while small businesses with payrolls up to $600,000 will receive up to $9000.

The new grant for apprentices and trainees will be backdated to July 2016, meaning that businesses that have already hired a new apprentice or trainee and registered them for a Job Accelerator Grant will be eligible for the increased payment. The measure is expected to cost an extra $8.1 million over three years. It is estimated that about 2000 current applications will be eligible for the new grant.

The Job Accelerator Grant scheme was announced as part of the 2016-17 State Budget and almost 10,000 positions have been registered for the scheme. The $109 million package offers a grant of up to $10,000 over two years for each new full-time equivalent job created in small and medium businesses with a payroll between $600,000 and $5 million.

The package also helps small businesses with payrolls less than $600,000 by providing a grant of up to $4000 over two years for each new job of 22 hours or more per week. For both grants, the new staff member must be employed for at least 12 months, with the first half of the grant paid on the first anniversary date of employment, and the second grant paid on the second anniversary date. Both levels of grants will continue to be offered under the same conditions, with an extra $5000 available if the new staff member is an apprentice or trainee. Businesses must register an additional employee within 90 days of the employee’s commencement date. There is no limit to the number of times a business can access the grants. Small Business payrolls up to $600k and Small to Medium $600k to $5m.
Business can register


South Australian Volunteer Certificate of Appreciation

Are you an organisation or community group who would like to say thanks to your dedicated volunteers? The South Australian Volunteer Certificate of Appreciation is available to all South Australian based organisations or community groups to acknowledge their volunteers. This might include recognising them for the number of hours contributed, the achievement of a particular outcome or purely for their dedication. Each certificate features the signature of the Minister for Volunteers.
These certificates are available all year round and you can place your order for certificates with the Office for Volunteers by phoning 1300 014 712 or emailing


Inspiring Australia Science Engagement Programme

The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon Greg Hunt MP has released the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme Guidelines.
The programme forms part of the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda – Inspiring all Australians in Digital Literacy and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). It will provide funding from 2016-17 to 2019-20 for a range of activities that will be delivered under the Inspiring Australia banner.


Grants for Seniors

Applications for Grants for Seniors are invited from incorporated, non-profit organisations working collaboratively with older people for one-off ageing specific grants. The Grants for Seniors program provides grants of up to $5000 for projects that are delivered of a maximum period of 6 months.
Proposals for funding should focus on programs which give older people increased opportunities to be socially connected, contribute to their communities and improve attitudes towards ageing and older people. Projects that foster wellbeing, active ageing and recognise diversity are encouraged.
For more information or call 8204 2420


Country Arts SA – Regional Arts Fund

Country Arts SA through the Regional Arts Fun offers a variety of funding opportunities each year that can inspire arts and cultural activity in rural, regional and remote areas of South Australia.
Regional artists, communities and organisation who are looking to develop their arts practice or are motivated to stimulate their communities through innovative art projects are encouraged to apply.
STEP OUT GRANTS: These grants are open to regional, remote and very remote communities and artists to create high quality and diverse art projects, encourage community engagement and increase professional development
STEP UP GRANTS: These grants are open to artists, organisation and community groups to undertake a small cultural project or for individual artists to undertake professional development.
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT: This grant is open to community groups or organisations to provide skills development opportunities through workshops or provide opportunities for the development of project ideas and concepts.
For more information


Grants SA

It will now be easier for community organisations to apply for State Government grants with the introduction of a new streamlined application process.
Four one-off grant programs – the Charitable and Social Welfare Fund, Multicultural grants, Volunteer Training grants and the Volunteer Support Fund – have been combined into a single application process, Grants SA.Organisations will only have to apply once to be assessed for eligibility across all four programs and it will simplify reporting requirements. Grants SA is one of many innovative grants programs aimed at cutting red tape and making it easier for organisations to get funding for community wellbeing projects. Fund my Community is another way community organisations can access up to $1 million in grant funding, with successful projects chosen by the South Australian public.For more information about Grants SA, including online grant applications, visit 2016/17 Grants SA will provide $3 million in grants to improve community participation, wellbeing and quality of life for South Australians.
Major grant rounds of $20,000 to $50,000 will be open twice a year, medium grants of $5,000 to $20,000 will be open four times a year and minor grants of up to $5,000 will be open all year round and assessed at the end of each month. Some grants that address highly specific community needs will continue to be assessed independently of the Grants SA processes.

State Government Grants
Grantassist can help you locate Government assistance for Business and Industry and for Communities, Clubs and Individuals.

Innovation Voucher Program

The Innovation Voucher Program provides vouchers of between $10,000 and $50,000 to help manufacturing Small to Medium Enterprises collaborate with organisations such as universities and private research companies to overcome technical problems to deliver innovation.


Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme

The Programme provides financial incentives to employers to encourage them to offer apprenticeship opportunities, the incentive payments are based on a skills shortage list of trades as well as a set of high priority occupations. It also offers Trade Support Loans to apprentices and an allowance for apprentices who need to move away from home to undertake an apprenticeship.
For more information call 13 38 73
Applications are Ongoing.


Business Transformation Voucher Program

The Business Transformation Voucher Program (BTVP) supports businesses to enhance their profitability through diversification, process improvement and innovation. Vouchers up to $50,000 are available for South Australian manufacturing firms on a competitive basis
• Commit matching funding with a financial contributionApplications will be continuously assessed throughout the year with outcomes notified within six weeks of lodgement.
For further information contact Vince McKenzie Senior Project Officer, Business Transformation Department of State Development
Phone (08) 8303 2281 or Email
Applications can be made anytime


Export Partnership Program

Whether you are an established or aspiring exporter, support is available to help take your business further. The Export Partnership Program provides funding assistance for small and medium-sized businesses to access new global markets through marketing and export development opportunities.
The Export Partnership Program can help local businesses to:
• Research feasible overseas markets
• Develop marketing material for distribution overseas
• Participate in international trade shows, trade missions and overseas business programs
• Adapt websites for specific international markets
• Access cultural and export training, mentoring and coaching services
• Support incoming buyers.
Successful applicants may receive up to a maximum of $50,000 to assist with export activities. Companies can apply multiple times until they reach the full $50,000 allocation. Grants of up to $5,000 are also available to aspiring exporters for coaching and mentoring expenses.Businesses are encouraged to read the eligibility criteria before applying. Please contact your TradeStart Adviser, David Miller, Email:, Phone: (08) 8642 2999, Mobile: 0438 864 666 for more detail.
For further information on how to apply
Applications can be made anytime


Regional Marketing Funding Available

Regional tourism groups are being urged to apply for additional marketing funding through the Regional Consumer Cooperative Marketing Fund for South Australia.
Each of South Australia’s 11 regional tourism bodies is eligible to apply for up to $20,000 and the funding must be matched and committed to marketing activities.Adelaide Hills Tourism, Tourism Barossa Inc., RDA Yorke and Mid North (for the Clare Valley), RDA Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula, Fleurieu Peninsula Tourism, Flinders Ranges Outback SA Tourism, Tourism Kangaroo Island, South East Local Government Association, Murraylands Tourism Partnership, Destination Riverland and Yorke Peninsula Tourism are all encouraged to apply.
Applications can be made for the full $20,000 designated for the region, or for smaller amounts (minimum of $5000) over a number of applications to the maximum $20,000.
For further information Email: or Visit”
Applications can be made anytime


Department of the Premier and Cabinet

Smart State PC Donation Program
Was created to assist South Australian community based, not-for-profit organisations to access personal computer equipment from surplus government stocks.
ANZAC Day Commemoration Fund
Grants of up to $10,000 will be available to support a range of initiatives that focus on educating the community about the significance of ANZAC Day and commemorating our nation’s military heritage.


Department for Communities and Social Inclusion

Community Benefit SA grant (CBSA)
Applications for Community Benefit SA (CBSA) grants can be submitted anytime throughout the year. The average grant amount is $15,000.
Office for Recreation and Sport
Various grants available for Associations, Clubs, Active recreationand sport industry, scholarships and awards for Athletes and scholarships for Coaches, volunteers and officials.
Arts SA Grants
See website for further details, some of the grants are for Artist Development, Industry Development, Arts Organisations, Independent Makers and presenters. You can subscribe on line to receive grant updates.

Office for the Ageing Community Grants

Grants for Seniors
This grant is to increase options for older people to participate in group and/or community activities, generally through the purchase of equipment or small scale program support.Positive Ageing Grants
This to support projects that promote and progress the development of more positive community attitudes towards ageing and older people
Volunteer Grants
Office for Youth
Federal Government Finder

Electorate Office

Shop C Ellen Centre Port Pirie
PO Box 519 Port Pirie SA 5540
Phone: 8633 1210 Fax: 8633 1758
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