Welcome to the October 2019 edition of the grants newsletter

There are currently some great opportunities for regional agricultural shows, ageing initiatives, sports clubs and other community groups.

We also have word that there is likely to be a new Building Better Regions Fund round opened in the near future, so watch this space.

As always, I would be more than willing to provide a letter of support for any funding application our community groups and sporting clubs wish to make.

This can be organised by contacting my Constituent Advisor and Grants Officer Ms Milly Pink on amelia.pink@aph.gov.au. Please include a draft of your application with your request to ensure a detailed letter of support can be provided.

A friendly reminder: please make sure that you check all eligibility criteria before you start writing your grant application to avoid any frustration down the track!

Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants Program

Applications close 13 December 2019

The Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants Program is designed to provide funding for the maintenance and upgrade of existing infrastructure and the building, purchase, rent or construction of new infrastructure related to the running of an agricultural show on regional showgrounds.

Read eligibility criteria and how to apply here.

Grants SA

Grants SA is a one-off-project funding program that provides approximately $3 million in grants annually to not-for-profit community organisations to improve community participation, wellbeing and quality of life for people living and working in South Australia.

Organisations can apply for one-off programs or services, upgrades to community facilities, and vehicles. Applications can be submitted for funding of between $10,001 and $100,000. If the cost of items requested or purchased is more than the approved amount, it is the organisation’s responsibility to fund the difference.

Read the eligibility criteria and find out how to apply here.

Boosting the Local Care Workforce Program Transition Assistance Funding Round 2

Applications close 8 November 2019

Applications are open for Transition Assistance Funding Round 2 under the Boosting the Local Care Workforce Program. This Transition Assistance Funding aims to build disability sector capacity and service provider readiness in the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Read eligibility criteria and how to apply here.


Fostering Integration Grants

Applications close 5 November 2019

The Fostering Integration Grants aim to facilitate the participation, integration and social cohesion of both newly arrived migrants and culturally diverse communities in Australia by:

  • encouraging the social and economic participation of migrants by developing skills and cultural competencies to integrate into Australian social, economic and civic life, and build community resilience
  • promoting and encouraging the uptake of Australian values and liberal democracy and amplifying the value of Australian citizenship
  • promoting a greater understanding and acceptance of racial, religious and cultural diversity
  • addressing issues within Australian communities that show potential for, or early signs of, low social integration.

Read the grant opportunity guidelines and find out how to apply here.

Saluting Their Service Commemorations Program

Applications close 31 March 2020

The Saluting Their Service Commemorations Program aims to preserve Australia’s wartime heritage and to involve people throughout the nation in a wide range of projects and activities that highlight the service and sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel in wars, conflicts and peace operations.

Read the eligibility criteria and information on how to apply here.


Veteran and Community Grants

Applications close 27 February 2020

This Grant will deliver the Veteran and Community Grants Program, which aims to maintain and improve the independence and quality of life for members of the Australian veteran community by providing funding for projects that sustain or enhance health and wellbeing.

Read the eligibility criteria and information on how to apply here.

Grants for Seniors

Applications close 17 January 2020

Grants for Seniors (GFS) fund organisations to provide opportunities for older South Australians to engage with the community.

Grants of up to $5,000 can pay for goods like equipment, materials or consumables that stimulate activity and social engagement for older people.

Up to $10,000 can be used for seniors’ cultural, social, educational or sporting projects.

Read the eligibility criteria and information on how to apply here.


Positive Ageing Fellowship Grants

Applications close 17 January 2020

Positive Ageing Fellowship Grants (PAFG) provide one-off ageing specific capacity building grants of between $20,000 – $40,000 for projects that create or extend opportunities for older South Australians to be involved and active in their communities and contribute to an age friendly South Australia.

The Grants enable community organisations across the state to apply for funding for capacity building projects that support older South Australians, including those from diverse communities and backgrounds, to age well and be recognised for their valued contributions across their lifetime.

The 2019-20 Positive Ageing Fellowship Grants will fund projects aligned to one or more of the following themes:

  • Homes and communities.
  • Meaningful connections.
  • Navigating change.
  • Respecting diversity.
  • Challenging ageism.

Read the eligibility criteria and information on how to apply here.

Age Friendly SA Grants

Applications close 17 January 2020

Local governments can apply for one-off Age Friendly SA Grants of up to $25,000 and regional partnerships of at least three local governments may apply for up to $45,000.

Projects must align to the Age Friendly SA Strategy (PDF 1.6MB)(opens in a new window) key priorities:

  • Home
  • Community & environment
  • Making a contribution
  • Making it easier to get around
  • Intergenerational connectedness
  • Age friendly services

Read the eligibility criteria and information on how to apply here.


South Australian History Fund (SAHF) 2019-20 Grant Guidelines

Close on Monday 28 October 2019.

The South Australian History Fund (SAHF) is an annual grant program offered by the History Trust of South Australia (History Trust) and intended to support the production and sharing of South Australia’s history. Funding up to $5,000 is available for a wide range of South Australian history focused projects. Total funding available this year is $70,000.

View grant guidelines and find out how to apply here.

MaC Quick Response Grants

Applications close 6 December 2019

Quick Response grants for $200 and $1000 are open to all organisations that are members of the History Trust’s Museums and Collections (MaC) Standards and Funding program.

MaC Quick Response grants enable your organisation to:

  • Respond to an unforeseen need or opportunity by making a small purchase of goods or services that benefits your collections. This could include expert assistance (such as from a conservator, teacher, oral historian or other professional), small equipment relating to care of collections, archival materials for collection management or display and disaster recovery activities.
  • Access skills development for your workers, including fees, travel and accommodation costs
  • Involve Aboriginal community representatives in work with your collections or engage Aboriginal community representatives to do welcome to country ceremonies at your events
  • Participate in a community event where you may need to hire equipment or transport

Read the eligibility criteria and information on how to apply here.

Grassroots Football, Cricket, and Netball Facility Program

Applications close 13 November 2019

A Football (Australian Rules), Cricket, or Netball Club that is affiliated to the SANFL, SACA or Netball SA must benefit from the project. The following projects will be considered for funding:

  • Construct new unisex change room facilities (including modular).
  • Redevelop or refurbish current change facilities.
  • Develop new or redevelop/refurbish existing change rooms for officials.
  • Construct parent and child change space.
  • Develop or redevelop playing surfaces (new surfaces, cricket pitches or practice nets, drainage, irrigation etc.).
  • Install new or replace and improve on existing lighting for training or playing areas

Eligible applicants may apply under the following categories:

  • Standard development: Dollar for dollar funding from $25,000 up to $500,000 (50%).
  • Major development: Projects valued over $1.5 million may apply for a third of the project up to $1,000,000. (i.e. a Council undertaking a large new facility; If the total project value is $3 million, then $1 million can be applied for)

Read the eligibility criteria and find out how to apply here.


Community Swimming Grants

Applications close 8 November 2019

Swimming Australia (SA) has received funding under the Move It AUS - Participation Grants Program. As part of this SA has committed to providing a portion of this funding towards community level swimming and aquatics programs that align with the Move It Aus - Participation Grants Program objectives. The Community Swimming Grants Program will focus on two primary areas: subsidising the cost of delivery of swimming or aquatics activities and programs; and workforce development.

Eligible organisations may apply for grants between $5000 and $10,000 +GST.

Read the eligibility criteria and information on how to apply here.

AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship

Applications close 22 November 2019

The AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship, in partnership with industry sponsors, provides an annual $10,000 bursary over two years and professional development opportunities for university students studying an agriculture-related degree or STEM degree, in their last two years of study).

Read the eligibility criteria and how to apply here.


National Science Week Grant

Closes 30 October 2019

Grants of between $2,000 and $20,000 are available for innovative ideas, events and projects that inspire Australians to get involved in science during National Science Week.

Read more information and apply here.


Fleurieu Community Foundation

The Fleurieu Community Foundation is working hard to raise funds and resources to build a substantial public fund with the intention of making grants for the long-term benefit of the community and its members. The Foundation will achieve its mission and objectives through its grant-making program and is committed to the development of effective, community based philanthropy in the Fleurieu. 

The current grants and awards offered by the Fleurieu Community Foundation include:

Homelessness Fund - provides an annual financial subsidy under a funding agreement to an organisation that addresses homelessness locally on the Fleurieu.

Back to School - $50 vouchers distributed in term 1 of every year through the local school network to families and children who are undergoing financial hardship and are unable to meet the costs of new stationary, uniforms or other expenses.

Stay in Sport - $50 contributions paid to a sporting club or organisation to support a young person staying involved and engaged in community through participation in sport. Grants distributed twice yearly

Youth Arts Partnership - $50 contributions paid to the provider of an arts program to support a young person remaining involved in community through participation in an arts program. Grants distributed as required (monthly).

Building Community Wellbeing - a broad based grant offered to community organisations to support community health, development, education or wellbeing. The grant currently has three streams - disability, mental health and youth leadership. The grant is open twice yearly.

Wally Bradley Award - is supported by the Rotary Club of Encounter Bay and is awarded annually to a young person from the Victor Harbor area with their post-secondary study costs.

Florence Wilckens Award - following a bequest from the family of Florence Wilckens this annual award supports a young person from the Fleurieu pursuing post-secondary study in the Arts.

For further information, please visit the Fleurieu Community Foundation website here.

Local Government Grants

Don’t forget to make sure you are up-to-date with the opening dates for the grant schemes administered by your local council.

General Links

Don’t forget that you can keep tabs on upcoming grants on designated websites. The following list is not comprehensive, but is a great starting point when searching for upcoming grant opportunities.

Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island Grant Finder

business.gov.au – federal business grants

GrantConnect - federal grants

GRANTassist - state grants

The Grants Hub (subscription required)

SportAus – sporting grants

You can also find some helpful links on my website.

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

Kind regards


Rebekha Sharkie MP 

Federal Member for Mayo