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

Building Better Regions Fund – Round Two

Today the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Acting Minister for Regional Development and Acting Minister for Local Government and Territories, the Hon Darren Chester MP announced the opening of Round Two of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).
BBRF is a competitive, merit based grant program, which supports regional areas through infrastructure projects under the Infrastructure Projects stream and community strengthening projects under the Community Investments stream.
The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science is responsible for administering the program on behalf of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

If you are re-submitting an application please ensure that you have requested feedback on your first application and addressed all feedback received. If you have requested feedback and not yet received it, please let me know as soon as possible and I will facilitate this for you. To request feedback on your previous application please email: Generic feedback is also available at the above web address.

For more information vist:Click Here for further information email RDAYMIN

Applications Close: 19th December 2017

2017 Farmer of the Year Sought

Nominations are being sought nationally for The Weekly Times Coles 2017 Farmer of the Year awards in the following categories:
* Beef farmer of the year
* Cropping farmer of the year
* Dairy farmer of the year
* Horticulture farmer of the year
* Sheep farmer of the year
* Innovative farmer of the year

From the winners of these six categories, one farmer will ultimately be crowned Farmer of the Year. Each category winner will receive $5K in prizes, with the Farmer of the Year receiving $10K cash.

For more information vist:Click Here
Winners will be announced in February 2018


SA Agribusiness Growth Programt

Ready to grow your business but not sure where to start?

Food South Australia, on behalf of Primary Industries and Regions SA, is delivering the Agribusiness Growth Program to support small enterprises (with a turnover of $300,000-$1.5m) in the value adding agriculture, food and beverage industries. This program aims to accelerate business growth, through expert business evaluation and coaching services for activities that will have a direct impact on your growth that would have not otherwise been undertaken.

A comprehensive business evaluation of your current business position and growth plans will be conducted, giving recommendations for improvement. One-on-one business coaching in the areas of improvement needed for growth will be offered as a direct response to the business evaluation.

For more information vist:Click Here
Winners will be announced in February 2018


Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award

This award is provided by the Minister for the Status of Women and the Office of Women and acknowledges the outstanding contribution of women in the community and is part of the Australia Day awards and honours and is jointly coordinated by the Office for Women. It’ name is taken froma well-known piece of art by internationally recognised South Australian artist Ann Newmarch AO.

For more information vist:Click Here or call 8463 5436 Email:

Nominations Close: 24 November 2017


Extension of grants to help protect regional communities from bushfire

Individuals and community groups will be able to apply for an additional almost $1 million in grant funding to boost their ability to respond to bushfires and other natural disasters.
The State Government has announced that it will be extending the popular Regional Capability Community Fund (RCCF) for an extra two years to 2020. The RCCF was started in 2015 and offers around $480,000 each year in grants of up to $2,500 towards the purchase of equipment to assist communities to better protect themselves from bushfires and other natural disasters.
In the three years the RCCF has been running, more than 600 landholders have received grants, assisting them to purchase hundreds of farm fighting units, bulk water storage tanks, personal protective clothing, radios and other equipment.
The latest round (3) of the RCCF announced in July this year saw more than $1.1 million worth of equipment rolled out across South Australia, which will assist our communities respond this fire danger season.
Each round of applications is prioritised according to geographic location, existing capability, access and distance to emergency services and other risk factors unique to each individual property.
With the majority of purchases being made locally, the co-funding model has also provided more than $2.6 million of local economic benefits to Country SA communities.

Further information on the Regional Capability Community Fund can be found at: :Click Here

The next opportunity to apply will be in March 2018
In early 2018, applications will be sought for the final year of this grant program. All remaining grant funds will be allocated to South Australians to support the purchase of items that enhance community capability to respond to, and reduce the impacts of emergencies. If you wish to be notified before applications open email:
Applications will OPEN in March 2018 and CLOSE in April 2018.


A Share of $50m Smart Farm Small Grants

The National Landcare Program’s new Smart Farms Small Grants is now open for Farmers, fishers, community and industry groups to apply for grants of between $5,000 and $100,000 to assist them to protect and improve the condition of soil, vegetation and biodiversity and support agricultural systems to adapt to change.

A share of $60m Smart Farming grants

TThe National Landcare Program’s new Smart Farming Partnerships is offering multi-year grants of between $250,000 and $4 million to put in place new and innovative sustainable land management practices, which protect and improve the condition of soils, vegetation and biodiversity.

For more information vist:Click Here
Smart Farm Small Grant closes: 2pm 7th December 2017
Smart Farming Partnerships Closes: 2pm 21st December 2017


Agriculture Grants

South Australia Early Commercialisation Funding
The South Australian Early Commercialisation Fund (SAECF) is a new SA State Government grant program established to assist South Australia’s entrepreneurs and innovative organisations looking to commercialise novel products and services. The SAECF will provide eligible companies and organisations with grants of up to a maximum of $500,000 + GST with matched funding required in most cases.

Further information on the SAECF is set out in the SAECF Guidelines, available here:
** Download the SAECF Guidelines:Click Here

Resource Productivity Assessments Funding
A Resource Productivity Assessment aims to identify opportunities for improving your business operations by making it more efficient, saving resources (materials, water, energy), preventing waste and increasing productivity, all of which can help reduce operating costs and improve business performance and profitability.

To be eligible for grant funding, a Resource Productivity Assessment must:
* Identify opportunities for improving the way trade waste (commercial and industrial wastewater) is managed to reduce volume and/or improve the quality discharged to sewer or by other means
* Relate trade waste improvements to other aspects of your businesses such as operational and materials efficiency, energy and water efficiency, and solid waste management
* Prioritise improvement recommendations giving consideration to your business’ economic and environmental sustainability, considering payback and return on investment, and impacts to the trade waste discharge environment
* Be delivered by a member of the ** Preferred Supplier List. You may seek quotes from one or more members of the ** Preferred Supplier List, and your selected quote will form the basis of a grant application.
(Preferrred Supplier List), and in accordance with the Resource Productivity Assessment Guidelines. Detailed eligibility criteria are available in the Application Guidelines.

Resource Productivity Assessment Guideline
Click Here

Trade Waste Application Guidelines Click Here

Resource Productivity Assessment Application Form
Click Here

For more information on eligibility: Click Here

Nominations Close: Friday 17 November, 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.


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

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