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

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


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


Infrastructure grants available for shared fabrication spaces

The South Australian Government is offering up to $300,000 in grants to establish community based spaces for people to share skills, and design and prototype new ideas in a ‘makerspace’.
Green Industries SA is seeking to partner with organisations interested in establishing shared fabrication spaces, or ‘makerspaces’.

A ‘makerspace’ enables the community to access diverse networks of people and skills to develop their ideas and prototypes, using high end equipment in an environment with a collaborative culture focused on sharing skills and knowledge. These spaces also provide opportunities for tool/equipment libraries, fix-it clinics/repair cafes and other initiatives that promote a circular and collaborative economy – reusing, repairing and fixing things and transmitting the knowledge of how to do so.

These spaces are open access community based workshops where equipment, skills and training are centrally located and offer the public shared access to a combination of equipment like 3D printers and computer assisted design software, as well as traditional machines and tools normally only available in expensive commercial settings.
For further information visit:
Applications Close: Monday 31 July 2017


Multicultural Infrastructure Grants – Round 2 Open

The South Australian Government recognises that community facilities play a vital role in providing space for our multicultural communities to access services and exercise their unique traditions.
Round 2 of the Multicultural Infrastructure Grant program offers funding of up to $200,000 to support our multicultural communities to upgrade or build a community facility. Local communities are encouraged to consider applying for this program through the Multicultural SA website,
For further information visit:
Applications Close: Monday 31 July 2017 at 5pm


2017 South Australian Community Achievement Awards

The awards are designed to encourage, acknowledge and reward the valuable contributions that individuals, communities and businesses are making around South Australia.
Nominations can be completed online at
Nominations Close: Friday 11 August 2017
Judging: Thursday 21 September 2017
Awards Presentation: Friday 17 November 2017


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

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.
Applications will be received by email or post to: or post to: Port Pirie Rural Women’s Gathering Leadership Bursary, C/o Soroptimist International Port Pirie, PO Box 1010, Port Pirie SA 5540.
Applications Close: Monday 7 August 2017


2017 Youth Volunteer Scholarship Awards

The Scholarships are awarded in recognition of young volunteers who are currently involved in volunteering, have a history of community participation and who have demonstrated their personal motivation and interest in volunteering and helping others in the community.
Winners of the scholarship award will receive financial assistance to contribute towards the cost of course fees and/or textbooks associated with attending their chosen field of study delivered by a university, TAFE or other registered vocational college.
For further information visit:
Program closes Friday 21 July 2017


Smart State PC Donation Program – Round 43

The Smart State PC Donation Program has been established to provide not-for-profit organisations recycled PCs (maximum of three per organisation), should they meet all program criteria. The Program runs in rounds, which occur approximately three times per year. Each round lasts approximately six weeks, after which the applications received are assessed and successful applicants are notified.
For more information visit:
Round 43 closes Friday 14 July 2017


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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