December Grants Newsletter 2021

2 Dec 2021
Grants newsletter 2020

Welcome to the December edition of our grants newsletter.

This month our office will be convening an independent panel to assess the expressions of interest received for Round Seven of the Stronger Communities Program. Following this assessment our office will invite 20 nominees to submit a formal application for this funding round. If you have not done so already, EOIs can be submitted here up until 5pm on Friday the 10th of December.

Another major grant program that will soon be announced is Round 6 of the Building Better Regions Fund. This program seeks to promote projects that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas. More information about this grant, key dates and the application process will be released in coming weeks.

Please find below a compilation of grant opportunities. However, for a more comprehensive summary of business and community grants please follow the links below. When looking for grant opportunities it is best to include keywords which reflect your project and its requirements as this will assist in narrowing your search.

Current community grants

Current business grants

Additional information about rural grant opportunities and financial support can be accessed via the Rural Business Support website here. This leading not-for-profit group is a provider of agribusiness services and independent support for rural farmers and small business owners with concerns about their financial future.

My team is always happy to assist with upcoming grant opportunities and can provide a letter of support for any applications our local community groups and sporting clubs wish to make. This can be arranged by contacting my Grants Officer, Rose Beltchev, at To ensure that this letter best reflects your group’s proposal and the objectives it seeks to fulfill we kindly ask that you provide us with two weeks notice where possible and include a copy of your application for our reference.

If I or my team can be of any assistance with matters relating to grants please do not hesitate to contact my office on 8398 5566.

Kind regards

Rebekha Sharkie MP

Federal Member for Mayo



Skilling Australians Fund

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

This program is open on an ongoing basis

Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme

This grant seeks to provide funding by way of sponsorship for young Australians to partake in STEM engagement activities and competitions.

Max funding ranges between $2,000 and $5,000 depending on location of competition

Opened 25 October 2021 / Applications close 25 January 2022

JobMaker Hiring Credit

This grant seeks to provide businesses with a new incentive for employing job seekers aged 16-35 years. The program provides organisations with hiring credits to assist them in taking on employees to accelerate the growth rate for youth employment in Australia.

Funding provided on the basis of age / Applications close 6 October 2022

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

Parliament and Civics Education Rebate

This rebate seeks to support students education regarding 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

The Prime Minister’s Prize for Science Teaching in Primary Schools

This prize is given in recognition of a teacher who, through their teaching and collaboration with colleagues, has made a considerable contribution to STEM in their schools.

Max funding $50,000 / Applications close 10 February 2022


Our Country Our Future Funding Program

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

This program is open on an ongoing basis

Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support Program

This grant program seeks to support a ‘professional, viable and ethical’ indigenous visual arts sector driven by an ongoing involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This funding stream is a component of the Australian Government’s Arts and Cultural Development Program which encourages involvement in and access to our Nation’s art and culture.

Max funding $80,000 / Applications close 20 December 2021

TSRA Economic Development Programme – Business Funding Scheme

This grant seeks to provide assistance to Indigenous Australians seeking to start or buy and own businesses which are commercially viable. This support may be provided through business loans at low interest rates, training for the operation of small businesses or general business support and advice.

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


The Prime Minister’s Prize for Science - Prize for Innovation

This prize is awarded to celebrate and recognise the innovative translation of scientific knowledge into a product, service or process which is commercially available. It is hoped that these creations will have economic, social and, where possible, environmental benefits.

First nomination stage opened 23 November 2021 and closes 10 February 2022

Second nomination stage opens 26 April and closes 19 May 2022

This program is available on an annual basis

SA Dairy Industry Fund

This grant seeks to provided financial support for projects that provide a direct benefit to the South Australian dairy industry. The program is aimed at supporting innovative ideas that provide real ‘value for money’ and a genuine potential to improve all areas of the SA dairy industry and its supply chain. The assessment panel is especially keen to see applications which focus upon support and encouragement for local investment and value-adding. With the hope of creating new products and opening up markets in Australia and overseas.

This program is open on an ongoing basis


Balnaves Foundation Grants

This program seeks to support 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 / Applications open on an ongoing basis


Australian Council for the Arts – Arts Projects

This program seeks to fund activities which provide benefits to the arts sector and more broadly, the general public. A wide range of activities may be funded using this grant including professional development, the creation of new work, festivals, exhibitions and the promotion of artistic material among others. This funding is available to both groups and individual artists.

Max funding $50,000 / Applications close 1 March 2022

Culture, Heritage and Arts Regional Tourism Grants Program

This grant provides support for community cultural, heritage and arts organisations in Australia’s regional areas who are recovering from the effects of COVID-19. The aim of the program is to encourage involvement in and access to Australian art and culture with a focus upon cultural expression and the act of sharing stories that are significant our culture and history.

Max funding $3,000 / Applications close 29 April 2022


Awesome Foundation Grants

This program seeks to provide financial assistances on a ‘no-strings-attached basis’ to individuals and groups working in and for their communities. Australia has been divided into a series of ‘chapters’ one of which is Fleurieu.

Max funding $1,000 / Program available on a monthly basis

Budget Direct Sponsorships

This sponsorship program provides support to organisations who offer community services and programs, promote health and wellbeing, support vulnerable Australians and strengthen their communities.

Funding amounts of $1,000, $2,5000 and $5,000 / Applications close 31 December 2021

Harcourts Foundation Grants

This funding seeks to provide groups with financial support to aid projects and initiatives focussed upon assisting members of their community. This program aims to assist communities grow and enrich their local area.

No max funding / Applications close 3 February 2022

Strengthening Rural Communities Program

This program seeks to provide small remote, rural and regional areas with financial assistance to support a range of initiatives which will assist their local community. Two streams of funding comprise this program – a smaller vital stream for areas with less than 15,000 people and a bushfire recovery stream.

Vital stream max $10,000 / Bushfire stream max $25,000

Applications close 23 November 2022

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

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

Caterpillar Sponsorship Program

This program provides sponsorship opportunities seeking to connect with customers and assist communities by improving overall quality of life. The partnerships entered into are selected specifically to ensure they reflect Caterpillar’s values, demonstrate technological solutions and consider the long-term impacts of the project on an environmental, social and economic level.

No max funding / Applications open on an ongoing basis

Mazda Foundation Grants

This grant seeks to provide support for a broad range of charitable projects aimed at enriching Australian communities by developing a spirit of greater connection and involvement. Please follow the link above to read in more depth about the Foundation’s aims and objectives.

No max funding / Applications close 31 March 2022

Black Spot Program

This grant provides funding to support projects which target roads on which crashes occur on a regular basis. This funding may be used to install traffic signals and roundabouts at the sites of concern.

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

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


Norman Wettenhall Foundation – Small Environmental Grants Scheme

This program seeks to support groups and individuals with support in undertaking projects that will have a positive impact on the natural environment in both rural and urban communities.

Max funding $10,000 / Round four opens 1 December 2021

Macpac Fund for Good Grants

This grant seeks to assist those who are committed to creating positive changes on a long-term basis for both the good of their community and the planet. Projects must align with one Macpac’s key objectives: ‘protection, regeneration or monitoring native flora or fauna, adventure-based learning, therapy, environmental education or supporting indigenous community projects’ with an environmental focus.

Applications close 31 December 2021

Purves Environmental Fund

This program seeks to enable and empower groups that are striving for environmental sustainability and the preservation of biodiversity. Key areas of interest to the fund include: species loss due to habitat destruction, landscape and water management and solutions to climate change.

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


Saluting their Service Commemorative Grants Program

This program seeks to preserve Australia’s wartime history and involve Australians in a wide range of projects and initiatives which highlight the commitment and dedication of Australian service personnel in wars, conflicts and peace operations. Funding can be put towards smaller community grants or major nation-wide projects.

Max funding $150,000 / Applications close 8 February 2022


Regional Growth Fund SA

This program seeks to assist new economic activity which will support and strengthen regional communities in SA. This funding aims to give communities the chance to leverage government and private funding streams to support the development of infrastructure which will provide direct economic benefits across the state.

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

Rural Financial Counselling Service

This program offers financial counselling services free of charge to farmers, fishing enterprises and interrelated small businesses experiencing financial hardship. This service was created in an effort to respond to increased financial strain being felt across rural Australia.

This program is open on an ongoing basis

Drought Angels

This group seeks to provide assistance, food hampers, care packages and support to farming families experiencing hardship. There are a range of supports including provision of stock feed, financial guidance and inter-personal engagement and support.

This program is open on an ongoing basis

Farm Household Allowance

This grant seeks to provide farming families with practical support to evaluate their current financial situation and plan forward to address their financial security on a long-term basis.

This program is open on an ongoing basis


Rungartug Foundation Grants

This grant seeks to provide immigrants and refugees with training and educational opportunities aiming to creating better health outcomes across this demographic within the community.

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


Grants for Seniors

This grant seeks to ensure older South Australians are provided with the opportunity and means to engage with their community. This funding is divided into two streams – goods and projects.

Max funding for goods $5,000 / Max funding for projects $10,000

Applications close 10 December 2021

Positive Ageing Fellowship Grants

This funding stream provides a one-off ‘ageing specific capability building grant’ for projects which seek to assist older South Australians with ageing well.

Applications close 10 December 2021

Age Friendly SA Grants

This grant is available to local governments. Projects must align with the priorities outlined in the Age Friendly SA Strategy: home, community and environment, making a contribution, making it easier to get around, intergenerational connectedness and age friendly services.

Max funding for a single local government $40,000

Max funding for regional partnerships of three or more local governments $60,000

Applications close 10 December 2021


AIS Education Scholarship

This grant seeks to provide support for athletes to assist them in managing their education costs while training.

Max funding $5,000

Applications open March 2022 / Applications close April 2022

Local Sporting Champions

This program offers financial assistance to coaches, officials and competitors between the ages of 12-18 who are participating in championships at a state, national or international level.

Max Funding $750

Applications close 31 December 2021

Sporting Schools

This funding aims to increase the participation rate of students in sport and connect them to their local community by way of sporting clubs and opportunities. This program is offered to children and families to assist in building confidence and the skills required to live an active life.


Council grants are often a good starting point when looking for funding opportunities to support localised projects. Although this funding can be more limited than State or Federal grants, these programs are specific to the local area and provide groups with a valuable local connection and funding source. Further information about each of the Council grants programs available in Mayo can be found by following the links below.

Adelaide Hills Council

Alexandrina Council

City of Mitcham Council

City of Onkaparinga

City of Victor Harbor Council

District Council of Mt Barker

District Council of Yankalilla

Kangaroo Island Council

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