April Grants Newsletter 2023

14 Apr 2023
Grants newsletter 2020

April Grants Newsletter 2023

Welcome to the April edition of our grants newsletter.

Our team is excited to announce that we have now submitted 20 nominations to the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts for Round 8 of the Stronger Communities Programme. We wish our local organisations all the very best with their formal applications and look forward to hearing how things progress.

Last month I wrote to the Treasurer Jim Chalmers outlining key ‘asks’ for Mayo in the upcoming Federal Budget. Our team remains hopeful that this letter conveyed the importance of these projects and the benefits they would provide to our community. Keep an eye out in early May, when our team will release a ‘report card’ on the Budget which summarises the wins and losses for Mayo.

Please find below a summary of grants that are currently available, however for a more comprehensive list of business and community grants simply follow these links:

Click here to access community grants

Click here to access business grants

*Please note that in order to access these links you will need to register your association online with Regional Development Australia. This process is free and will only take a few minutes to complete.

Community grants may also be found on the Community Grants Hub website here.

Alternatively, if you are a rural business looking for financial support or grants we would encourage you to contact Rural Business Support. This group is a leading not-for-profit provider of agribusiness services and independent support for farmers and small business owners operating in rural areas.

As always, if your club or organisation intends to apply for any of the opportunities listed, please do not hesitate to contact my office to discuss a letter of support. This may also be organised by emailing Rose Beltchev in my team at rose.beltchev@aph.gov.au.

If I or my team can be of any further assistance at any time, please do not hesitate to contact us on 8398 5566.

Kind regards

Rebekha Sharkie MP

Federal Member for Mayo

14 April 2023


Ian Potter Foundation – Cultural Trust Grants

This funding stream seeks to provide emerging artists with the resources and support required to engage in professional opportunities overseas.

Max funding $10,000 / Applications open 13 March 2023 and close 25 April 2023

Screen Australia Grants

Screen Australia has a range of grants on offer to support those in the film industry. Funding is available to assist projects including the production of: online material, drama, documentaries, feature films and children’s content amongst others. For more information, please follow the link above.

Funding amounts and closing dates vary depending on grant type

See it LIVE – Venue Improvement Grants Program

This grant seeks to provide eligible SA venues that have been impacted by COVID-19 with the financial support to upgrade their facilities to accommodate live music events.

Max funding $5,000 / Applications close 31 December 2023

Live Music Events Fund

This Fund has been created to support live music events and festivals which hold the potential to develop into major tourist attractions. This Fund is facilitated by the Music Development Office.

Expressions of interest close 30 June 2023

Australian Council for the Arts – Arts Projects: Organisations

This grant seeks to fund a range of activities which deliver benefits to both the arts industry and general public. This may include either national or international audiences. Eligible activities may include: creating new work, experimentation, touring, festivals and others.

Grants between $20,000 - $100,000 available / Applications close 5 September 2023 for projects commencing after 1 December 2023

Australian Council for the Arts – Arts Projects Individuals and Groups

This grant is identical to that listed above, however eligible applicants may instead include a practicing artist or arts professional, an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident.

Grants between $10,000 - $50,000 are available / Applications close 5 September 2023 for projects commencing after 1 December 2023

Arts SA – Arts and Culture Grants Program: Richard Llewellyn Deaf and Disability Grants

This grant scheme operates across four categories: professional development, individual, organisations and groups and access. Overall, funding from this program seeks to support the arts and people living with a disability.

Grant funding differs depending upon category / Applications open in April 2023 and close in May 2023

Country Arts SA – Quick Response Grants

This program offers funding for artists to engage in professional development opportunities. Funds seek to support the immediate financial needs that arise where the activity cannot be pre-planned and therefore remains otherwise unsupported by alternative grant rounds.

Max funding $3,000 for individuals and $5,000 for organisations or groups / Applications close 30 April 2023

Skills Development Assistance Grants

This grant aims to assist artists participate in professional development opportunities, by covering costs associated with travel and accommodation.

Max funding $1,500 / Grant closes 15 December 2023

Shows on the Road

This grant seeks to increase access to the arts in regional and country areas by supporting presenter groups to deliver high quality, professional performances in these communities.

Funding dependent on project type / Applications close 8 December 2023

The Hospital Research Foundation Group Creative – Health Art Prize

This grant scheme seeks to recognise and promote the significant role played by art in health and wellbeing. The 2023 program theme is ‘Healing.’ Awards will be presented in three areas: main prize, emerging artist and veterans/emergency first responders.

Max value of award $40,000 / Applications close 29 May 2023


Australian Communities Foundation Grants Program

This grant seeks to support initiatives which align with the Foundation’s key areas of focus. These include: addressing inequality, strengthening democracy, providing support to indigenous communities, protecting the environment and developing vibrant and culturally rich societies.

No max funding / This program is open on an ongoing basis

Strengthening Rural Communities

This program provides small remote, rural and regional areas with financial assistance to support a range of initiatives which will in turn assist their local community. At present, two streams are offered, a ‘small and vital’ stream for areas with less than 15,000 people and a ‘prepare and recover’ stream.

Max funding $10,000 / Applications close 31 May 2023

Harcourts Foundation Grants

This grant round offers support to community-centred organisations in need of funding for projects designed to provide broad benefit.

No max funding / Applications close 3 May 2023

Clubs SA/IGN Sponsorship Assistance Program

This grant seeks to provide assistance to: disadvantaged groups within the community, not-for-profit community-led projects and sporting or community clubs. Projects are required to demonstrate how they will directly benefit a charity or community organisation.

Max funding $10,000 / This program is available on a monthly basis

IOOF Foundation Community Grants

This grant stream seeks to provide funding to support not-for-profit groups working with disadvantaged families and children, youth and members of the community living in aged care.

Max funding $60,000 / This program is open on an ongoing basis

Universal Charitable Fund – Small Grants

This grant offers small, tax-deductible funding to not-for-profit groups assisting those living in Australia and overseas. Applicants must be a registered charity, earn less than $1 million annually and be listed with the ACNC.

Max funding $2,000 / This program is open on an ongoing basis

National Housing Infrastructure Facility

This program offers finance for infrastructure-based projects identified as having the capacity to create new, affordable housing options. Support may be offered by way of concessional loans, grants, equity investments or a combination of all three options.

This program is open on an ongoing basis

Thriving Communities Program

This program offered by the State Government comprises small grants for projects which build social capital in one of several ways: community participation, establishing a sense of belonging and ensuring equal access. Suitable projects may include: physical infrastructure, equipment, events or training.

Max funding $50,000 / Applications close 30 June 2023, or when funding is fully allocated

Impact100 SA – High Impact Grant

This funding stream seeks to offer ‘high impact’ grants to organisations based in South Australia offering initiatives at a grassroots level to support those within their community identified as being vulnerable. These groups may include: children, the elderly, the homeless and those living with a disability.

Max funding $100,000 / EOIs close 1 May 2023

SA Power Networks – Community Grants Program

This grant seeks to support ‘activities, programs or events’ which will make a positive difference in South Australian communities. Focus areas for this funding include: community safety and services, sustainability and support for growth and innovation.

Max funding $5,000 / Applications close 17 April 2023


Rungartug Foundation Grants

Funding provided by this program seeks to improve health outcomes for immigrants and refugees by increasing their access to training and education.

Max funding $5,000 / This program is open on an ongoing basis

Pride Foundation Australia/Sidney Myer Fund Grants

This grant supports LGBTQIA+ refugees and asylum seekers with projects which focus upon key areas including: stable housing, education, community connections, health and cultural engagement.

Max funding $20,000 / EOIs close 24 April 2023


Balnaves Foundation Grants

This program seeks to provide eligible organisations with funding to create a ‘better Australia’ through education, medical advancement and the arts. One of the key priority groups for this funding are young people.

No max funding / This program is open on an ongoing basis

Alexandrina Council Youth Sponsorship Program

This grant seeks to recognise the positive contribution made by young people to their community. Funding seeks to provide young people displaying commitment, passion and determination with opportunities to engage in activities which promote personal growth and capacity building.

Funding amount depends on event location / Applications close 30 April 2023

Disabled Children’s Foundation Grants

This Foundation aims to promote the health, welfare and interest of Australian children living with a disability. Funds seek to ensure these children and their families have the same opportunities as other able-bodied members of their community.

This program is open on an ongoing basis, with funding allocated quarterly


Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund

This fund offers financial support to community cricket projects which aim to increase participation rates and make the sport more inclusive and accessible.

Max funding $30,000 / This grant is available on an annual basis

Tennis Australia – Facility Loan Scheme

This scheme offers low interest loans to Australian tennis clubs seeking to upgrade or improve their current facilities. These loans aim to reduce the ‘shortfalls’ clubs may encounter while funding such projects.

Max funding $80,000 / This program is open on an ongoing basis

Sport Vouchers Program

This program offered by the State government provides families with a discount of up to $100 on sport, dance, swimming lesson fees for children in Reception to Year 9. In doing so, the Program seeks to increase young people’s participation rates in physical activity and reduce the cost barrier faced by families.

This program is open on an ongoing basis


Veterans SA – Commemorative Services Grant Fund

This grant seeks to provide eligible ex-service organisations with funding to support the staging and hosting of commemorative events throughout the 2022-2023 financial year.

Max funding $1,000 / Applications close 31 May 2023

Veterans SA – Capacity Building Grant Fund

This funding opportunity seeks to support eligible ex-service organisations improve their governance and capacity building skill-set.

Max funding $5,000 / Applications close 31 May 2023

Certificates of Appreciation Program

This program is offered under the Federal Government’s Saluting Their Service Program and provides a way in which to express our Nation’s gratitude to those who served in the ADF overseas or on the home front during conflicts from World War II onwards. Applications must be submitted to the Federal Member’s office for assessment of eligibility.

Program open on an ongoing basis


Events South Australia – Leisure Events Bid Fund

This Fund provides financial support to events which align with priorities specified by the Government and goals outlined within the State’s strategic plan.

No max funding / This program is open on an ongoing basis

South Australian Tourism Commission – Regional Event Fund

This grant offers financial support to events which seek to promote the State of South Australia and its regions as prime tourist destinations.

Max funding $50,000 / Applications close 28 April 2023


Indigenous Advancement Strategy – Community Initiated Proposals

This strategy offers funding to proposals which address a ‘need’ as identified by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in their local communities. These proposals must be created in collaboration with the community or group of people impacted by this ‘need.’

Applications close 31 October 2023

Indigenous Business Australia – Business Loan Package

This loan program offers eligible businesses the capital required to start, acquire or expand their operations.

Max funding $5M / This program is open on an ongoing basis

TSRA Economic Development Program – Business Funding Scheme

This grant provides assistance to Indigenous Australians seeking to start, or buy and own commercially viable businesses. This support may be provided through: low-interest business loans, small business training, or general business support and advice.

Max funding $1M / This program is open on an ongoing basis

Our Country Our Future

This program offers wide-ranging support from brokering and facilitating partnerships to coordinating support and funding assistance. The grant has five key areas of focus noted as being sources of opportunity for Indigenous Australians and landholders. These include: conservation, urban investment, tourism, niche indigenous products and agribusiness.

This program is open on an ongoing basis


Good Things Foundation – Be Connected Program: Building Digital Skills Grant

This grant seeks to assist organisations supporting Australians aged 50+ to develop their digital literacy and confidence in utilising digital technologies. The course is delivered in person to either individuals or small groups.

Max funding $20,000 / Applications close 28 April 2023

Australian Seniors Technology Grant

This grant scheme, offered by Australian Seniors, seeks to provide people aged 50+ with assistance to improve their technology education and literacy skills.

Max funding $5,000 / Applications close 31 October 2023

Australian Seniors Aged Care Futures Grant

This funding opportunity, also offered by Australian Seniors, seeks to support the aging community in Australia by encouraging the ‘best’ applicants to pursue employment within the aged care industry. As such, funding is provided to an individual employed full-time in an accredited course in either: aged care, aged care nursing, dementia care or disability care.

Max funding $5,000 / Applications close 31 October 2023


Australian Apprenticeships Incentive Program (AAIP)

This program offers numerous financial incentives to employers to assist them in providing opportunities to upcoming apprentices. An allowance for living out of home is also offered to those who must relocate in order to finish their training.

This program is open on an ongoing basis

Skilling Australians Fund

This grant supports the training of apprentices and trainees to assist employers with hiring skilled workers to encourage innovation and growth. The project aims to support Australians obtain the skills and training required to work in occupations and industries which are currently in demand.

This program is open on an ongoing basis

Youth Jobs PaTH program

This funding seeks to assist employers hire more young people in their business. The scheme includes three stages which moves a young person through the entire employment process from training, to trialling and if successful, hiring.

This program is open on an ongoing basis

Springboard Enterprises – Explore Program

This program seeks to support businesswomen in the early stages of their proposed concept’s development, to transform their vision into a reality. Assistance will be provided to ‘examine, prototype and launch’ ventures.

Grant provided through mentoring sessions / This program is open on an ongoing basis

Parliamentary and Civics Education Rebate

This rebate seeks to support student’s education surrounding the national democratic, historical and cultural institutions in Canberra, with the goal of improving their knowledge of Australian democracy. This program is aimed at students in years four through twelve.

This program is open on an ongoing basis

Capital Grants Program

This grant seeks to provide assistance to non-government and secondary schools wishing to improve their current capital infrastructure in instances where they may have otherwise been unable to access adequate resources.

No max funding / This program is open on an ongoing basis.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

This grant program seeks to provide assistance to over 8,000 young people facing hardship, with the aim of making this award more accessible to all Australians. Grants are available to both individuals or groups as well as specialised award centres.

Max funding $10,000 / Applications close 20 June 2024


Hort Innovation – Hort Frontiers Strategic Partnership Initiative

Funding provided through this program seeks to assist in future-proofing Australian horticulture projects. Support is provided through cross-industry investments dedicated to long-term, complex areas that are typically under-funded.

Funding provided through investment / This program is open on an ongoing basis

Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme

This program promotes investment in small-scale renewable energy schemes with the goal of creating financial drivers for individuals and businesses to install systems which generate electricity and hot water.

Funding provided as a rebate / This program is open on an ongoing basis


Australian Business Growth Fund

This program offers financial support for small to medium sized businesses seeking to expand and develop their presence. The program operates in collaboration with selected banks to facilitate business owner’s access to equity finance as required. Many businesses may find this particularly useful during their COVID-19 recovery.

Max funding $15M / This program is open on an ongoing basis

Digital Solutions – Australian Small Business Advisory Services

This program seeks to assist Australian small businesses in using technology to maximise the benefits received. The grant provider also offers more specific advice that corresponds to an individual business’ needs.

This funding is offered as a service / This program is open on an ongoing basis

New Business Assistance with NEIS

This grant offers personalised support to those seeking to become a self-employed business owner. Funding can assist through the provision of: training, mentoring and support, allowances or rental assistance where eligible.

Funding offered as a service or mentoring / This program is open on an ongoing basis

Social Enterprise Development and Investment Funds

Funding offered through this scheme provides finance and support to social enterprises with the aim of growing their operations and increasing the benefits of their work across the community.

This grant is in the form of a loan / This program is open on an ongoing basis


Entrepreneurs Program

This grant provides entrepreneurs with access to business-related advisory services and financial support offered through a nation-wide network of over 170 business experts. Funding and support aims to ‘strengthen, grow, innovate and commercialise’ Australian made products and services for domestic and international markets.

Max funding $20,000 / This program is open on an ongoing basis

Arena Advancing Renewables Program

This funding stream seeks to support a range of projects aimed at assisting the transition to affordable, reliable sources of renewable energy, the commercialisation of clean hydrogen and greater use of low-emissions metals.

Max funding $50M / This program is open on an ongoing basis

Entrepreneurship Facilitators

This funding stream aims to assist those seeking to start a new business and create their own job. This program is offered in 23 locations across Australia, including two in South Australia.

This program is open on an ongoing basis

SA Dairy Industry Fund

This grant seeks to provide financial support for projects that provide a direct benefit to the South Australian dairy industry. The program supports innovative ideas that represent ‘value for money’ and a genuine potential to improve all areas of the industry and its supply chain. The assessment panel is especially keen to see applications which focus on support and encouragement for local investment and value-adding, with a view to create new products and open markets in Australia and overseas.

This program is open on an ongoing basis

Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC – Quick Response Funding

This funding supports researchers with travel costs associated with visiting disaster-affected areas to assess the event, survey its impacts and record valuable data.

Max funding $2,500 / This program is open on an ongoing basis

Woolworths Dairy Innovation Fund

This grant seeks to fund projects which support on-farm projects that deliver innovation, efficiency, and season resilience.

Max funding $100,000 / Applications close 30 April 2023


National Cultural Heritage Account | Office for the Arts

This funding seeks to assist organisations in purchasing objects of cultural significance that may otherwise be unaffordable without assistance. The aim of this project is to ensure these objects, and the stories they tell, remain accessible to future generations.

Funding pool of $500,000 available each financial year

National Library of Australia (NLA) – Community Heritage Grants

This grant offers funding to community organisations to assist them with identifying and caring for cultural heritage collections within Australia to ensure they remain publicly accessible as pieces of national significance.

Max funding $20,000 / Applications close 1 June 2023


Council grants are often a good place to start when looking for funding options to support localised projects. Although funding is often more limited than State or Federal grants, these programs are specific to the area and provide groups with a fantastic local connection and funding source. For further information about each of the Councils’ grants programs simply follow the links listed below.

Adelaide Hills Council

Alexandrina Council

Mitcham Council

Onkaparinga Council

City of Victor Harbor Council

Mount Barker District Council

District Council of Yankalilla

Kangaroo Island Council

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