January Newsletter 2023

19 Jan 2023
Grants newsletter 2020

January Grants Newsletter 2023

Welcome to the January edition of our grants newsletter.

Our team is excited to announce that we have now submitted 31 nominations to the Department of Social Services’ Grants Team for the 2022-23 Volunteer Grants round. We wish our local organisations all the very best with their formal applications and look forward to hearing how things progress.

It was also wonderful to take part in the multiple commemorative events which occurred across the electorate as part of the Planting Trees for the Queen’s Jubilee grant round. Our team has thoroughly enjoyed speaking to dedicated members of the community who will be leading the charge on these projects, and getting involved by planting some trees that will provide a lasting legacy in honour of her late Majesty.

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

19 January 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 provide funding to 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 7 March 2023 for projects commencing after 1 June 2023

Australian Council for the Arts – Arts Projects Individuals and Groups

This grant is identical to that list 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 7 March 2023 for projects commencing after 1 June 2023

Australian Council for the Arts – Digital Transformation for the Creative Industries

This scheme seeks to encourage those in the arts industry to embrace a ‘digital mindset’ and promote ‘digital innovation’ within their sector. The program is run as an online short course aimed at artists and those in the creative sector. The course is wide ranging and will cover a number of topics in relation to digitising the industry. Participants will be required to commit up to four hours a week across the six week course.

This grant is provided in the form of a subsidy towards the course cost, subsidy values differ depending upon the participant’s situation / This program is open on an ongoing basis until 7 February 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 open 1 February 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 opens 16 January 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.

Funding between $10,000 / Grant round opens 2 March 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 February 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, 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

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

Campbell Edwards Trust

This trust seeks to offer assistance to those in need through financially supporting charities that run programs in keeping with the Trust’s underlying philosophy, values and vision.

Max funding $30,000 / Applications close 31 March 2023

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


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


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 abled-bodied members of their community.

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 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 ‘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


Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program

This program seeks to preserve Australia’s wartime history and engage 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 may be used in smaller community grants or major nation-wide projects.

Max funding $150,000 / Applications close 7 February 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 in 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 SA – 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

Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grant Program

This grant aims to assist wine producers who contribute to their wine region by encouraging visitation and therefore promoting tourism in their local area.

Max funding $100,000 / This program is available annually, applications must be submitted prior to 31 January 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


Office for Ageing Well Community Grants – Age Friendly SA Grants

Local Governments and equivalent organisations are encouraged to apply for this one-off grant scheme. Projects facilitated by this funding must align with the key priorities of: home, community and environment, making a contribution, accessibility, intergenerational connectedness and age friendly services.

Grants between $40,000 - $60,000 / Applications close 10 February 2023

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

This grant seeks to assist organisations in 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 3 February 2023


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 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 in hiring 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 translate 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 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

Wettenhall Environment Trust – Small Environmental Grants Scheme

This grant offers support to groups and individuals conducting projects which will contribute positively to one or more facets of the natural environment. These may include land, sea or air in either a rural or urban settings.

Max funding $10,000 / Applications open 1 December 2022, funding released February 2023

Coastal Community Participation Grants Program

This funding stream seeks to assist volunteer groups, in partnership with local government, take on small-scale, grassroots initiatives which focus upon coastal management initiatives.

Max funding $10,000 / Applications close 28 February 2023


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 is also able to offer 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


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


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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