February Grants Newsletter 2022

3 Feb 2022
Grants newsletter 2020

Welcome to the February edition of our grants newsletter.

This month I am excited to announce the Mayo Community Climate Action Fund that will soon be facilitated by my office. We are seeking applications for projects that will assist community organisations take practical steps to either minimise their carbon footprint or offset carbon emissions. Projects may include: solar panel installation; batteries and car charging stations. More information about this grant will be released soon, with an email sent to everyone on our grants mailing list when EOI submissions open.

Additionally, keep in mind that applications for the Building Better Regions Fund close 4:30pm ACDT on 10 February 2022. If you are still interested in applying, more information about this grant and the application process can be found here.

Below is a summary of grants that are currently available, however for a more comprehensive list of business and community grants please follow these links:

Click here for business grants

Click here for community grants

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

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

As always, if your club or organisation intends to apply for any of these opportunities, please do not hesitate to contact my office to discuss a letter of support. This can be organised by emailing my Grants Officer, Rose Beltchev, 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

3 February 2022


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 amongst others. This funding is available to both groups and individual artists.

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

PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation Grants

This funding aims to foster and inspire growth in music and music-related performing arts sectors. Submissions for funding must align with one of the following intentions: performances for charitable organisations; scholarships; promotion of the arts within the community and financial assistance for artists.

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

Gordon Darling Foundation Grants Program

This program seeks to support visual art projects Australia wide. Priority funding is awarded to exhibitions which showcase Australian, Asian, Pacific or International art which draws upon significant aspects of their local area.

Max funding $500,000 / This program is open on an ongoing basis

Screen Australia Grants

Screen Australia currently 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 the grant type

Community Broadcasting Grant

This grant seeks to support the creation, production and distribution of content delivered by the Australian media. It is hoped that this funding will increase community involvement and diversity in community-based broadcasting and/or assist the growth of creativity and high-quality content development.

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 to our culture and history.

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

National Cultural Heritage Account

This funding seeks to support culturally-focussed Australian organisations purchase 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

CinefestOZ Australian Feature Film Competition and Prize

This competition seeks to offer an exceptional film experience, showcasing new Australian films whilst enjoying the local region’s produce and beverages. Prizes are awarded for full length and short films.

Max funding $100,000 / Applications close 1 June 2022

Australian Council for the Arts – Translation Fund for Literature

Funding from this project seeks to support Australian artists in translating their creative works. These pieces may be across any number of genres including: poetry; creative writing and graphic novels.

Max funding $5,000 / Applications close 12 April 2022


Leisure Event Bid

The presence of events and festivals in SA make our State a very special place and contribute a great deal to the economy. This funding seeks to support the events that run during the year across our State.

This program is open on an ongoing basis

Applications must be received at least 18 months prior to the event


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

Wettenhall Environment Trust – Small Environmental Grants Scheme

This funding stream is dedicated to assisting groups or individuals pursuing projects that will positively impact their natural environment. Areas of focus may be land, sea or air and can be based in either rural or urban settings.

Max funding $10,000 / Applications open 1 April and funding is released May 2022

Macpac Fund for Good Grants

This program aims to help those committed to creating long-term change for the good of people and the planet.

Applications close 31 March 2022

Hamer Sprout Fund Sustainability Grants

This funding is dedicated to groups who are actively working in their community to create a more sustainable future. The central aims of this grant include: innovative environmental education; environmental action; advocacy for sustainability and promoting collaboration between youths engaged in positions of environmental leadership.

Max funding $10,000 / Applications close 30 September 2022


NAB Foundation Community Grants

This community-based grant run by NAB seeks to fund grassroots projects that aim to help communities ‘prepare for natural disasters, support long-term recovery and build resilience’ in the face of future disaster events.

Max funding $10,000 / Applications close 28 February 2022

Awesome Foundation Grants

This program seeks to provide financial assistance 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 those who strengthen their communities.

Funding amounts of $1,000, $2,500 and $5,000 / Applications close 31 March 2022

Strengthening Rural Communities

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

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

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

Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days

The Government has committed $21 million to support Agricultural Shows and Field Days occurring in 2022. Due to the high number of cancellations caused by COVID-19 it is hoped that this funding will provide operational support for these events. Funding can be claimed for eligible expenditure on events cancelled between 1 January and 31 December 2021.

Funding amount depends on number of attendees

Applications open 28 January 2022 and close 17 February 2022

Building Better Regions Fund

This funding seeks to support or grow ‘local events, strategic regional plans, or leadership and capability strengthening activities’ which will offer both economic and social benefits to those living in areas considered to be regional or remote. Projects which seek to improve or develop infrastructure are not eligible for this funding.

Projects may receive up to 50% or 75% for the total project cost depending on location

Applications close 10 February 2022

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

Pierce Armstrong Foundation

This funding stream aims to support Australian organisations who demonstrate their capacity to make important and enduring contributions to their community.

Most grants awarded are no more than $20,000 / Applications close 15 March 2022

Universal Charitable Fund – Small Grants

This grant offers small, tax deductible not-for-profit groups with funding to assist 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

Evolution Mining – Sponsorship and Donation Program

This funding assists organisations and projects deemed to provide benefit to the local communities they support both at present and into the future. Programs must align with one of the following areas including, but not limited to: environment; economic development; arts and culture; sport; wellbeing and community resilience.

Applications close 31 March 2022

Good Things Foundation – Be Connected Program

This funding seeks to support organisations intending to set up or expand a digital literacy program for older Australians. The program may be offered one-to-one or in small groups and utilises Be Connected online learning resources.

Funding is dependent upon number of participants

Round 29 opened 31 January and closes 25 February 2022

AFL Community Grants

This funding aims to support projects designed to improve quality of life in parts of the world where AFL is operational. Grants are provided to assist two main areas: STEM education and youth development programs aimed at encouraging self-sufficiency and resilience.

This program is open on an ongoing basis

Mercy Foundation – Social Justice Small Grants Program

This foundation offers ‘seed funding’ to assist communities and groups with enhancing their capacity to facilitate structural change that leads to greater social justice nation-wide. The 2022 priority area for funding is poverty reduction in marginalised and vulnerable groups.

Max funding $10,000 / Applications close 21 March 2022


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


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

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.

This program is open on an ongoing basis

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 run 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 ‘shortfalls’ clubs may encounter when funding such projects.

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

Grassroots Cricket Fund – Volunteer and Equipment Support Grants

This funding stream offers community-based cricket clubs financial support to purchase new equipment and build their volunteer capacity.

Max funding $3,500 / Applications open 13 Feb 2022


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 / This program is open on an ongoing basis

Matana Foundation for Young People Grants

This funding stream is dedicated to the support of disadvantaged young Australians. The main goal of the grant is to ensure young people are able to achieve their full educational and social potential.

Grants are usually between $1,000 and $10,000 / This program is open on an ongoing basis

National Shed Development Program

This grant seeks to support Men’s Sheds and the organisation which assist them to apply for funding across three key categories: events to support the health and wellbeing of members; shed upgrades and purchase of equipment.

Max funding $10,000 / Funding amounts differ depending on category

Applications close 25 February 2022

Broadtree Foundation Grants

Funding offered through this program seeks to support the day-to-day lives of people who identify as being a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. The Foundation focuses their funds across several priority groups including: young people; older people; families; vulnerable people and those living with a disability.

Max funding $25,000 / 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 owners access to equity finance as required. Many businesses may find this particularly useful during 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 providers are also able to offer more specific advice that corresponds to an individual business’ needs.

This funding is offered in the form of a ‘service’ / This program is open on an ongoing basis


The Community Development Program (CDP)

The CDP operates as the Government’s remote employment and community development service. The CDP supports those seeking work in remote areas of Australia to develop their skills, identify and overcome barriers to employment and contribute to their communities. This program aims to reduce the number of job seekers who are currently reliant upon welfare supports.

This program is open on an ongoing basis

Discovery Indigenous Scheme

This scheme supports basic and high-level research and training by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander researchers. The aims of this scheme are to support national and international research collaboration, improve the scale and direction of research in priority areas and to encourage and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers currently working in higher education institutions.

Applications close 16 March 2022

TSRA Economic Development Program – Business Funding Scheme

This grant provides 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

Our Country Our Future Funding Program

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 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 Advancement Strategy – Community Initiated Proposals

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

Applications open 26 July 2022 / 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

NAIDOC Week Grant Funding

In 2022 NAIDOC week will run from the 3 to 10 July. This funding will assist communities in celebrating the stories, cultures, accomplishments and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples during this event.

Max funding $1,000 / Applications close 22 February 2022


Australian Apprenticeships Incentive Program (AAIP)

This program offers numerous financial incentives for employers to assist them in offering apprenticeship opportunities. An allowance for living out of home is also offered to apprentices who must relocate to complete their training.

This program is open on an ongoing basis

Skilling Australians Fund

This grant seeks to support the training of apprentices and trainees to assist employers in 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

National Work Experience Program

This program offers jobseekers the opportunity to gain real-world experience and confidence in a profession of their choice, while demonstrating their potential to employers. This scheme falls under the Government’s ‘Jobactive’ approach which aims to get more people into paid work.

Four-week placement / Max 25 hours per week

$300 incentive for host employers / This program is open on an ongoing basis

Job Trainer Skills Package – Job Trainer Fund

This scheme is part of the Government’s recovery response to COVID-19. The program provides free or low-fee training to Australians seeking to retrain or upskill in industries which are currently in high demand.

Program ends 31 December 2022

Youth Jobs PaTH Program

This funding seeks to assist employers in finding and employing more young people in their business. The scheme has three stages which see 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 translate their vision into a reality. Assistance will be provided to ‘examine, prototype and launch’ ventures.

This grant is provided as mentoring sessions / This program is open on an ongoing basis

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

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


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 in 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

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 viable. It is hoped that these creations will have economic, social, and where possible, environmental benefits.

Nominations open 26 April and closes 19 May 2022

This program is available on an annual 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 is aimed at supporting innovative ideas that provide real ‘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 up markets in Australia and overseas.

This program is open on an ongoing basis

Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship Program

This program offers funding to support the growth of existing projects designed to assist women and girls, irrespective or their socio-economic status, to develop their STEM skills and succeed in high-demand industries.

Max funding $1M / Applications close 2 March 2022


Coles Nurture Fund

In 2015 Coles launched their 50 million dollar ‘Nurture Fund’ to assist Australian producers with their innovation and sustainability. Grants are now available for small businesses to support the development of ‘new market-leading products, processes and technologies.’

Max funding $500,000 / Application close 25 February 2022

Woolworths Organic Growth Fund

This funding stream aims to provide support for organic farming projects being led by eligible famers in Australia.

Max funding $500,000 / Application close 28 February 2022

Farm Investment Loans

This financial support is offered to farmers with the goal of strengthening their ‘farm business.’ This loan aims to assist those in need with refinancing debt, enhancing productivity, payment of operational or capital expenses and funding for drought-related activities.

Applications 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


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 local area and provide groups with a fantastic local connection and funding source. Further information about each of the Mayo electorate Councils’ grants programs can be found by following 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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