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


Port Pirie Citizen of the Year Awards

Who is making a difference in our community?
Nominations are now open for Port Pirie’s Citizen of the Year and Community Event Awards. These awards are proudly presented at the Port Pirie Regional Council Australia Day Celebrations on 26 January 2019.
There are three categories in which nominations can be submitted under:
· Citizen of the Year Award
· Young Citizen of the Year Award
· Community Event of the Year Award
These awards recognise individuals and organisations that have made significant contributions to the community
Winners of the Council Awards can also go in the running for the State Awards, to be presented by the Governor of South Australia.

Nomination forms can be found at:
Nominations Close: 3 December 2018

Building Better Regions Fund Round 3 Now Open

ARound 3 of the $641.6 million Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) is now open. The BBRF supports the Australian Government’s commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future. This round has $200 million available, with up to $45 million of this funding earmarked to support tourism related infrastructure projects.
There are two streams of funding available under the program: the Infrastructure Projects Stream and the Community Investments Stream.

Infrastructure Projects Stream
The Infrastructure Projects Stream supports projects which involve the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas.

Community Investments Stream
The Community Investments Stream funds the following community activities: new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability strengthening activities. These projects will deliver economic and social benefits to regional and remote communities. Infrastructure activities are not eligible for the Community Investments Stream.

For further information: or call 13 28 46
Application Closes: 15 November 2018

2019 Rural Women’s Award

Applications are now open for the 2019 AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award.
The Rural Women’s Award is Australia’s leading award acknowledging and supporting the essential role women play in rural industries, businesses and communities.
It provides a platform to inspire and support Australian women to use and develop their skills, with a $10,000 financial bursary awarded to each state/territory winner to bring to life a project or initiative that will benefit rural industries and communities.
The Rural Women’s Award is open to all women and location is no barrier – if you want to create impact, innovate and make a difference, and contribute to enhancing the prosperity of rural and regional Australia, then we want to hear from you!

For further information: or contact
Emily Mellor, South Australian State Coordinator
Phone: (08) 8429 0360 – Email:
Meredith Robinson, South Australian State Coordinator
Phone: (08) 8429 3387 – Email:

Application Closes: 31 October 2018


A new grants program, Grants SA, will provide $3 million in grants to improve community participation, wellbeing and quality of life for South Australians.
Through Grants SA, three one-off grant programs, the Charitable and Social Welfare Fund (Community Benefit SA), Multicultural Grants, Volunteer Grants, have been combined into a single application process. Community organisations can now apply once to be considered for funding across all four streams, and will also benefit from less restrictive guidelines and simpler reporting requirements.

Minor grants of up to $5,000 are open all your round and close at the end of every second month.

Rounds Close on:
Wednesday, 31 October 2018
Monday, 31 December 2018
Thursday, 28 February 2019

For further information:


Grants SA provides over $3 million in grants annually to community organisations to improve community participation, wellbeing and quality of life for South Australians.
Medium grants between $5,001 and $20,000 will be offered four times a year.

Rounds close on:
Sunday, 30 September 2018
Thursday, 15 November 2018
Monday, 31 December 2018

For further information:

Thursday, 28 February 2019
For further information:


Grants SA provides over $3 million in grants annually to community organisations to improve community participation, wellbeing and quality of life for South Australians.
Major grants between $20,001 and $50,000 will be offered twice a year.

Applications Close: Wednesday 31 october 2018
For further information:


Jetstar’s Flying Start Program invites community groups and organisations across Australia to apply for a grant to fund a project that will enrich the lives of people in their local community.

Entry is open to not-for-profit community groups and organisations who are seeking funding to help enhance the lives of people in their local community and can be classified as one of the following:
· Charity
· Educational and Health Organisations
· Arts Group or Organisation
· Sporting Group or Organisation

For further information:

GRANT 21 – Application Opens: 1 October 2018
GRANT 21 – Application Closes: 31 March 2019



Boots for All’s vision is to have an active and socially inclusive Australia through sport. The organisation exists to break down barriers to sport participation and strengthen communities by collecting and distributing quality, new and near-new sports equipment to vulnerable Australians and by providing volunteering and training opportunities via the Sports for All social enterprise sports store

For further information:
Applications are ongoing


The Community Voices Program provides a unique opportunity for community organisations to partner with the Flinders University film-making students to produce community documentaries or online videos advertisements to promote, train or recruit volunteers.

For further information:
Applications Now Open


Clubs can apply for eBook vouchers, that can be sold for $5 each with 100% of the proceeds going straight to your club. You club can apply for the vouchers free of charge, as well as support material to assist in selling the tickets.
The eBook voucher entitles the purchaser to download a ‘Great Getaways’ eBook, full of amazing driving escapes across Australia and go in the draw for a new Holden.

For further information:

Applications Now Open


Small Sponsorship of up to $500, although in special circumstances can be as high as $600, is available to community clubs and associations and are considered every one to two months.

For further information: Tel: 132846


The Slater and Gordon Community Fund is a philanthropic fund established in 2001 which offers grants to community groups in three key areas of focus:

· Assisting people with disease and disability and promoting their participation and inclusion
· Addressing inequality and disadvantage
· Encouraging young people to engage in healthy activity and lifestyles through a project or program

The fund is open to any group or organisation, so long as their project fits the criteria and they carry a DGR status.

Applications are ongoing
For further information:


The Local Sporting Champions (LSC) program is an Australian Government initiative designed to provide financial assistance for young sportsmen and women aged 12-18.

If successful, applicants will receive a $500 grant that can be used towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at an official national sporting organisation (NSO) endorsed state, national or international sporting championships, or a School Sport Australia state, national or international championships.

Applications are ongoing
For further information:


The 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 and fauna conservation, threatened mammal conservation.

These projects should involve any of the following:
· monitoring, recording and sharing data
· delivering community education
· providing community capacity building (e.g. skills training)
· research and science

Opening dates and application forms available from:
18 September (funding in November 2018)
11 December 2018 (Funding in February 2019)

Applications close when there are a suitable number and spread of applications

For further information:
or TEL: (03) 5472 1316 or 0431 219 980 Email:


There are streams of funding available through Clubs SA for the not-for-profit sector, including clubs. Before applying for any stream of funding it is advised that you contact Clubs SA for further details and assistance on the application process.

There is no set dollar value to the program, applications for sponsorship are considered by the board on case by case basis.

Applications are accepted at any time during the year.
For further information:

The Port Pirie Rural Women’s Gathering Leadership Bursary of up to $2,000

Background: In October 2013 women leaders from the Port Pirie Region hosted a very successful Rural Women’s Gathering. Over 320 women were indulged, informed and inspired. The Port Pirie Rural Women’s Gathering was recognised as Port Pirie Regional Council’s 2013 Event of the Year, contributing to the local economy and encouraging women to develop leadership skills.

Women are leaders in rural communities, with important paid and voluntary roles strengthening communities, building community resilience and capacity. The Gathering was a success on all levels, including financially, and a modest “profit” was made. As a strategy to continue to support women develop leadership skills and embrace leadership opportunities, the Port Pirie Rural Women’s Gathering has allocated a substantial portion of the surplus from the gathering to a Port Pirie Rural Women’s Gathering Leadership Bursary.

The following criteria apply to the Port Pirie Rural Women’s Gathering Leadership Bursary:

• Bursary Value: Up to $2,000 will be awarded every year for the next 5 years (2015– 2019) to assist women develop their leadership qualifications and skills. The maximum individual award will be $2,000 each year and the minimum will be $500. Applicants can apply for any amount between $500 and $2,000.
• Eligibility criteria: Recipients will be women residing in the Port Pirie Regional Council area or residing at the time of their application in the region – recognising the need to sometimes move from Port Pirie to continue studies. 50% of the bursary will be paid to the recipient at the beginning of their studies and the balance will be paid on provision of evidence of the successful completion of the course or activity.
• Evidence: Receipts are required as evidence of the expenditure on items related directly to the development of leadership skills and qualifications. These may include, but are not limited to:
o Study Fees for Diploma in Management or other Qualifications directly related to leadership ambitions. The scope is very broad and includes attending Governance training as a member of a community service, education or sporting organisation’s Board of Management.
o travel and/or accommodation receipts for external students to attend compulsory face to face lectures or training courses;
o Costs to access the internet for study purposes;
o Travel, accommodation and/or registration fees to access leadership focussed conferences, training or workshops within South Australia, interstate or overseas.
• Singularity: Bursary winners are ineligible to apply in subsequent years. There is no further commitment for funding other than the full value of the bursary as awarded.
• Final Day for Applications: Applications close Wednesday October 31st 2018. Successful applicants will be notified on or before December 3rd 2018.

Educating, Enabling and Empowering women across the world. The PPRWG Bursary selection process applies criteria related to the applicant’s leadership goals and is non-contestable. The level of qualification being applied for is not as important as the leadership journey and potential impact on the applicant and their community. Unsuccessful applicants can re-apply in following years. Applications will not be returned and will be confidentially shredded 12 months after each annual award is made.

Applicants must provide a brief response to the following selection criteria.
1. Full Name:
2. Current Address: a. If this address is not a Port Pirie Regional Council Address, a brief explanation of why you believe you are eligible for the bursary.
3. Contact details: a. Phone: b. Mobile Phone: c. Email Address:
4. What are your Personal, and/or Employment and/or Community leadership goals?
5. Details of how you will use the Port Pirie Rural Women’s Gathering Leadership Bursary to help achieve these goals? a. Title of course or qualification or activity: b. When will you start? c. When do you expect to finish? d. How much are you applying for? (Max $2,000; Min $500). e. What will you use the bursary for? f. What difference will the bursary make for you? g. What difference will your increased leadership skills make to women in the region?
6. Please attach a letter from one REFEREE who will support your application detailing why they think the bursary will benefit you and your community.
7. Please indicate your compliance with the conditions below: As a PPRWG Leadership Bursary winner:

I am willing to participate in promotional activities and guest speaker events. Please indicate any limits to your participation in promotional and guest speaker events.

I will provide a short report on how the bursary was used within 18 months of receipt of 50% of the bursary, detailing the costs associated with my leadership skills development activity. On satisfactory receipt of the report, I understand I will receive payment of the balance of the bursary.

I understand the committee’s decision is final and not contestable.

Applications will be received by email: or
post to: Port Pirie Rural Women’s Gathering Leadership Bursary c/o Soroptimist International Port Pirie, PO Box 1010, Port Pirie SA 5540.


Veteran and Community Grants – Department of Veterans’ Affairs

The Veteran and Community Grants (V&CG) program aims to maintain and improve the independence and quality of life for members of the veteran community by providing funding for projects that support activities and services to sustain or enhance health and wellbeing.

The expected outcomes of the Program are to:
– Deliver projects that are sustainable, financially viable and have an ongoing benefit for members of the veteran community;
– Deliver projects that increase opportunities for members of the veteran community, associated with social activity and community participation and/or improve health behaviours and support healthy places.


&CG is open to ex-service organisations, veteran representative groups and other organisations. An applicant must be one of the following entity types as stated in the dropdown list in the Application form:

  • Company
  • Cooperative
  • Indigenous Corporation
  • Incorporated Association
  • Statutory Entity
  • Trustee on behalf of a Trust
  • Unincorporated Association

Contact Details Community Grants Hub, P: 1800 020 283
Closing Date: 28 Feb 2019 1.30pm


Saluting Their Service Community Commemorative Grants – Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Saluting Their Service Community Commemorative Grants (STS CCG)

The Community Commemorative Grants opportunity provides funding for community based commemorative activities that commemorate the involvement, service and sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel in wars, conflicts and peace operations.


  • Company
  • Cooperative
  • Indigenous corporation
  • Incorporated association
  • Local government
  • Sole Trader
  • State/Territory Government entity
  • Statutory entity
  • Trustee on behalf of a Trust
  • Unincorporated association

Contact Details,Community Grants Hub, P: 1800020283
Closing Date: 26 March 2019 1.30pm


Managing Farm Risk Programme – Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Insurance can significantly reduce the financial risks farmers face from production loss caused by factors beyond their control. The Australian Government understands that insurance for risks—like adverse weather, drought and fluctuating markets—can protect profits and give farmers peace of mind. But identifying and choosing suitable insurance can be challenging.

The Managing Farm Risk Programme provides rebates for advice and assessments to help farmers prepare and apply for a new insurance policy that assists with the management of drought and other production and market risks.

These one-off rebates will be for half of the costs incurred by eligible farm businesses, up to a maximum of $2500 (GST exclusive).

The Managing Farm Risk Programme is part of the Australian Government’s Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, the government’s plan to grow our agriculture sector for stronger farmers and a stronger economy.


One rebate per eligible farm business is available under the Managing Farm Risk Programme. An eligible farm business is one that meets all of the following criteria:

  1. Operates as a sole trader, trust, partnership or private company;
  2. Under normal circumstances, has at least one member who derives at least 50 per cent of his or her income from the farm business;
  3. Is involved within the agricultural, horticultural, pastoral, apicultural or aquacultural industries;
  4. Is wholly located in Australia;
  5. Is registered for tax purposes in Australia with an Australian Business Number (ABN) and is registered for GST;
  6. Is not a public company under the meaning of the Corporations Act 2001(Cth);
  7. For the previous financial year, had total cash receipts (see glossary) of less than $2 million;
  8. Has a written offer or refusal from an insurance provider for a new insurance product that assists with the management of production risks;
  9. Has not previously applied for and been paid a rebate under the programme.

Contact Details

Managing Farm Risk Programme Team

P: 1800837857



Closing Date: 15 May 2019 4.30pm


Wine Export Grants – Wine Australia

Wine Australia is inviting small and medium Australian wine businesses to apply for the Wine Export Grants program, as part of the Australian Government’s $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package (the $50m Package).

Wine Export Grants are offered for specific wine export promotion activities aimed at supporting small and medium wine businesses to secure new distribution channels in China, Hong Kong, Macau and/or the USA.

Eligible wine businesses can claim a reimbursement grant of up to AU$25,000 for 50 per cent of total eligible expenses incurred on or after 1 January 2018.

There is $1 million allocated to the grant program and applications will close on 1 May 2020, or on the expiration of funds, whichever comes first.


If you are a wine producer in Australia, you may apply for a Wine Export Grant if you:
– Had an aggregated turnover of less than AU$20 million, including an export turnover of less than AU$5 million, during the financial year immediately preceding your application, and
– Promote your Australian wine product for export to China, Hong Kong, Macau and/or the USA; this includes the export promotion activities being applied for through this grant.

Once a wine producer has received advice that their application was successful, no further applications for this grant will be accepted from that producer or any associated producers.

Contact Details

Wine Australia Grants Team

P: (08) 8228 2000


Closing Date: 1 May 2020 5.00pm


Port Pirie Regional Council – Community Assistance Fund

The Community Assistance Fund is available to eligible not-for-profit community based groups to encourage the involvement of organisations and groups and to support community initiatives, events, projects and activities that seek to make a positive contribution to the community.

The Fund will provide financial support for projects undertaken by community groups within the following objectives:

  • Encourage activities that benefit community wellbeing and/or amenity and support, partner or collaborate with a Council event or strategy.
  • Support activities that encourage the local community to participate, increase the opportunities to develop skills and allow involvement, particularly as volunteers.
  • Encourage activities that seek to enhance the diversity of social, cultural and recreational needs and to meet an identified and specific community need as shown by consultation.
  • Support organisations, including Community Development Associations, to promote the region, enhance community amenity and develop facilities through their project and event activities.
  • Manage an Event that seeks to promote the region and increase visitor numbers, to provide economic benefit for the community by attracting visitors from outside the region.

General Information:

Application forms and guidelines are available from:

  • Council Administration Centre, 115 Ellen Street, Port Pirie
  • Crystal Brook Rural Office, Bowman Street, Crystal Brook
  • Council’s website:

Eligible Organisations

Any not for profit community organisation, that is based or represented within the Port Pirie Regional Council area, or an organisation proposing an activity which will take place within the Port Pirie Regional Council is eligible to apply. Applicant organisations must have an appropriate formal structure with demonstrated accountability capable of responsible management of any funds received. This can be evidenced by incorporation under the Associations Act (or other Act), affiliation with an incorporated parent organisation, or by financial statements audited by an external auditor and a current ABN registration.


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.


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.

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.

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 Business Grants

Electorate Office

Shop C Ellen Centre Port Pirie
PO Box 519 Port Pirie SA 5540
Phone: 8633 1210 Fax: 8633 1758
(replace the AT with @ in email)

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