Please see below a list of grant programs and funding opportunities to assist your business, organisation or community group.  RDAEP may be able to provide some assistance with the preparation of business cases and grant applications, with the level of assistances determined on a case-by-case basis. Projects which deliver regional economic development and new employment outcomes have priority and receive greater levels of support.
The conditions and guidelines for government grant funding programs are consistently changing. This is monitored by RDAEP.

A business plan is critical to the success of your business, and to apply and obtain funding. 
Guidelines for writing your business plan and a downloadable template can be found at

Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP e-grants newsletter seeks to provide individuals and community groups with an update on open grants. 
E-grants Newsletter – July 2021

Multicultural Celebrate Together Grant – the Celebrate Together grants are to assist multicultural organisations to host festivals and events, which showcase their rich diverse culture and customs with the wider South Australian community.  Applications open on 2 August and close on 30 September 2021.

Dept of the Premier and Cabinet Grant Opportunities – 2019/20 programs available includes public art and design, independent makers and presenters, artists and organisations for the deaf, people with disability, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts. Ongoing. 

Country Arts SA Grants – grants are available to support arts and cultural activities in regional South Australia that are sustainable, have long term cultural, economic and social benefits, develop partnerships and cultural networks and provide skills development opportunities.  Ongoing. 

Seed-Start – the program provides financial support up to $500,000 to early-stage, high-growth potential businesses (startups) that are focussing on national and international markets. 

Boosting Apprenticeships – the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy supports businesses and Group Training Organisations to take on new apprentices and trainees, to build a pipeline of skilled workers to support sustained economic recovery. Applications close 30 September 2021.

Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand – In partnership with SA’s Department of Human Services,  has launched the new program aimed at supporting small businesses to rebuild and recover from the devastating impact of the pandemic. Eligible businesses will receive up to three hours of personalised business coaching, a tailored recovery plan (roadmap to recovery) and referrals to Good Shepherd’s extensive network of financial wellbeing services. Small grants up to $1500 are also available to support business goals. 

Wage Subsidies – provide businesses with financial incentives of up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) to hire and retain eligible job seekers in ongoing and sustainable positions. Ongoing.

Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) – Provides exporters who are aiming to increase their international sales with reimbursements of up to 50% of promotional expenses. Applications open 1 July each year. 

Research, Commercialisation and Startup Fund – supports researchers, entrepreneurs and businesses to accelerate their progress with funding from the SA Government. Ongoing. 

New Business Assistance – personalised support to help you become a self-employed business owner.  Ongoing – Find grants, funding and support programs from across government to help your business grow and succeed. Ongoing. 

Strengthening Rural Communities – The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program aims to give the thousands of small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia an opportunity to access funding to support broad community needs. Ongoing.

DPTI – Boat Launching Facilities – Boat owners who would like improvements made to the facilities they regularly use should approach their local council, which has the expertise to prepare a detailed funding assistance application. Ongoing.

Farm Hub – The Farm Hub was built by the National Farmers Federation as an online portal for information and resources for Farmers (both for business and individuals). Ongoing.

Buy a Bale – helping support Australia’s rural communities and Aussie farmers by providing tangible resources to drought, flood or fire affected communities. Stock feed, water, financial assistance, volunteers and a 24/7 helpline and on the ground counselling services.

PIRSA – Drought Support – A number of services and avenues for assistance are available to support farm families, farm businesses and rural communities prepare for and manage drought conditions. Ongoing.

Tackling Tough Times Together – The Tackling Tough Times Together grant program is designed to provide flexible funding to support community-based activities in drought-affected regions that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms, and most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future. Round 22 Applications open on 25 May and close 24 August 2021. 

Grassroots Program – Grassroots grants put community at the heart of sustainably managing our region’s natural resources, including soil, water, biodiversity and pest plants and animals. Applications close 11 June 2021.

Landcare – Landcare and community groups can submit a project summary using our online Expression of Interest (EoI) form. Each project summary will be reviewed and kept on file by Landcare Australia, and if a suitable funding partner of funding stream identified, groups may be invited to submit a more detailed application. Ongoing.

Energy Efficient Communities Program – the Energy Efficient Communities Program will deliver grants to assist businesses and community organisations to improve energy efficiency practices and technologies and better manage energy consumption to reduce their power bills. Ongoing. 

Advancing Renewables Program – to develop renewable energy technologies. Ongoing

Fay Fuller Foundation – the purpose of the granting program is to support the Foundation’s mission to resource partners, support bold ideas, and equip communities to address health and wellbeing challenges and actively participate in the creation and transfer of knowledge and learning to support social good. 

Commonwealth Bank Domestic and Family Violence Assistance Program – to support you and your family experiencing a domestic or family violence situation including situations of financial abuse. Ongoing. 

Young Pink Sisters – providing immediate financial assistance up to $600 to those who are struggling to meet the financial demands of breast cancer treatment. Ongoing

Sporting Schools – funding is available for both Primary and Secondary Schools to deliver Sporting Schools programs before, during or after school hours. Ongoing

$100 Sport Vouchers Program – the program is open for parents and carers who are now able to claim $100 sport vouchers for their primary school aged children (from Reception to Year 7), to use towards the cost of sport or dance club fees or memberships.

Tourism Industry Development Fund – This fund is designed to support and stimulate private sector investment in new and improved regional accommodation, and the development of quality tourism product and experiences. It aims to assist in the COVID recovery of regional tourism by encouraging regional operators to improve and diversify so they can attract more visitors and get a higher return on their offering. Closes 31 March 2022.

FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants – grants of up to $10,000 to help improve regional Australia for young people. Applications close 19 August 2021. 

Carclew – is South Australia’s only multi-art form and cultural organisation dedicated to artistic outcomes by and for people aged 26 and under. It provides young people with opportunities to try different art forms, supports emerging artists to develop their craft and advocates for youth arts practice. 

Music Innovation Fund – Focuses on music for early and primary school years.  The fourth round will be called in 2021. 

Matana Foundation for Young People – to improve the welfare and wellbeing of young people from severely disadvantaged or marginalised backgrounds. Ongoing


  • Entrepreneurs’ Programme – offers support to businesses through four elements:
    Business Management — provides access to a national network of experienced business advisers and facilitators to assist you to improve your business practices, become more competitive, and take advantage of growth and collaboration opportunities in order to increase your business’s capability to trade in Australian markets and/or markets in other countries.
    Accelerating Commercialisation — helps small and medium businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers to commercialise novel products, services and processes.
    Incubator Support — assists new and existing incubators to improve the prospects of Australian start-ups achieving commercial success in international markets, through helping them to develop their business capabilities.
    Innovation Connections — experienced Innovation Facilitators work with your business to identify knowledge gaps that are preventing your business growth. The outcome is an Innovation Facilitation Report.
  • CSIRO Kick-Start – Start-ups and SMEs keen to partner with Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in research activities can get up to $50,000 in matched funding to help them further develop and grow their business.
  • Biomedical Translation Fund (BTF) – If you’re a start-up operating in the space of health and wellbeing, there’s a chance you could go one better than a grant and instead receive a line of venture capital straight from the government.
  • Research and Development Tax Incentive – aims to help all businesses stay ahead of the curve through a tax offset that encourages innovation in even the smallest ventures.

Self Employment – New Business Assistance with NEIS can help by providing accredited small business training; personalised mentoring and support from a NEIS provider; and NEIS Allowance for up to 39 weeks and REIS Rental Assistance for up to 26 weeks (if eligible). 

The Community Grants Hub offers a simplified grant experience by improving how grants are administered across Government for the benefit of stakeholders and the community.

GrantConnect provides centralised publication of forecast and current Australian Government grant opportunities and grants awarded.

Find grants, funding and support programs from across government to help your business grow and succeed.

Grants SA project funding is for not-for-profit community organisations to improve community participation, wellbeing, and quality of life for people living and working in South Australia. People and/or communities experiencing vulnerability or disadvantage are the core target group for this funding.

Strengthens rural, regional and remote communities, working in partnership with philanthropy, government and business.

To support projects and initiatives that commemorate the involvement of all men and women who have service Australia in wars, conflicts and peace-keeping operations.