March Grants Newsletter 2022

2 Mar 2022
Grants newsletter 2020

Welcome to the March edition of our grants newsletter.

Last month our team requested expressions of interest (EOIs) for the Queen’s Jubilee Tree Planting grant in recognition of her 70 years in service. If you have not done so already, an EOI can be submitted online here up until 11 March at 5pm. Later this month my team will convene an independent panel to assess submissions prior to nominating them for formal application through the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.

I am also pleased to announce my office is now accepting EOIs for the Mayo Community Renewables Fund. This program is dedicated to projects which support the installation and use of renewable energies such solar panels, batteries and electric car charging stations. Groups may apply for funding up to $10,000, with in-kind or cash contributions looked upon favourably. For more information, follow this link to access the guidelines. To submit an EOI click here, please note submissions close 5pm Wednesday 23 March 2022.

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.

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, 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

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

2 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 grant type

South Australian Film Corporation Grants

These grants are designed to support the production of on-screen content, both scripted and unscripted. Productions must also generate significant economic benefit to South Australians working in the screen industry.

Funding amounts and closing dates vary depending on grant type

Culture, Heritage and Arts Regional Tourism Grants Program

This grant provides support to 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

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

Festivals Australia

This funding stream aims to support community involvement in and access to the arts sector. Grants provided through this program seek to foster partnerships and cooperation across the industry.

Applications close 18 March 2022

Regional Arts Fund – Project Grants

This grants stream supports high quality projects which benefit regional or remote artists, workers in the arts sector, audiences and communities. Grants are available to support a range of disciplines and art forms.

Max funding $30,000 / Applications close 15 March 2022

Regional Arts Fund – Quick Response Grants

The purpose of this funding is to support professional development opportunities for those in the arts sector. The program offers immediate support for needs that arise unexpectedly, meaning other actions to support the project cannot be organised within the tight timeframe.

Max funding for individuals $3,000 / Max funding for groups $5,000

Grant rounds run monthly from February to November

Screen Australia – First Nations Programs (Drama)

This program seeks to drive investment into exceptional low-budget feature film projects centred upon innovative ideas that hold the potential to reach a broad audience. This grant focuses upon creating opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander filmmakers who exhibit a particular talent in representing their vision and skill.

Funding provided as an ‘investment’ / 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

Local Heritage Grants

This grant offers financial support to a broad range of heritage related projects within the Alexandrina Council region. The goal of this funding is to retain the charm and character of the townships and the rural environment within which they sit.

Max funding $2,000 / Applications close 30 April 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 provides 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

Expressions of Interest close 12 April 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

ANZ Community Foundation

This program provides support for small to medium sized projects run by charitable groups working towards goals that directly benefit their community.

Max funding $30,000 / Applications close 17 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

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

Evolution Mining – Sponsorship and Donation Program

This funding assists organisations and projects deemed to provide benefit to their local communities 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

Mercy Foundation – Social Justice Small Grants Program

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

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

Vibrant Communities Grant

This program provides in kind and financial support for art and culture projects within the Alexandrina Council area. The goal of this funding is to encourage vibrancy in the community and promote greater social and cultural interactions.

Max funding $3,000 / Applications close 30 April 2022

Youngcare – At Home Care Grants Program

This funding stream seeks to support people aged 16-65 living at home who have high care needs and may be at risk of entering inappropriate housing arrangements. The goal of funds is to improve the living standards of young people living with a disability and their carers.

Max funding $10,000 / Applications close 23 March 2022

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 these options.

This program is open on an ongoing basis

Community Events Grant

This program offers in kind and financial support for groups organising community events within the Alexandrina Council area. The goal of this funding is to promote events which create the opportunity for social and cultural interactions within the community.

Max funding $3,000 for events with at least 500 people

Max funding $1,000 for other events

Applications close 30 April 2022


Indigenous Languages and Arts Program

This program seeks to provide support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to ‘express, preserve and maintain their cultures’ through the platforms of language and art activities nationwide.

Max funding $180,000 / Applications close 28 March 2022

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

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

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 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


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 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

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 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.

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. The program provides organisations with hiring credits to assist them in taking on employees to accelerate the growth in Australia’s youth employment rate.

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

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship

This program provides Australians with the opportunity to travel internationally to investigate of a topic or issue about which they are passionate. The fellowship must equate to between four and eight weeks of travel. Over 100 fellowships are awarded each year.

Max funding $28,000 / Applications close 28 April 2022


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


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

Mantana Foundation for Young People

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

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

Blackbird Foundation – Philanthropy Funding

This grant offers funding towards organisation focus on fostering the creative capacities of youths in the local community.

This program is open on an ongoing basis

Youth Sponsorship Program

This funding seeks to recognise the contribution younger people make within their community. In particular, this grant focuses upon the value in providing young people with an opportunity to expand their capacity and confidence. Funding is awarded to young people who display commitment and passion within a chosen field.

Funding is dependent upon event location

Applications close 31 May 2022


Opening our Great Outdoors Fund

This funding assists tourism initiatives in regional areas. The grant is part of the bigger Regional Growth Fund which intends to support projects aimed at stimulating the economy in Australia’s regions.

Max funding $1M / Applications close 30 June 2023


Impact Investment Ready Growth Grant

This program offers grants to support capacity building within for-profit and not-for-profit groups. It is hoped this will allow them to gain capital to increase their impact socially. Funding is sourced by the Department of Social Services.

Max funding $100,000 / Applications close 15 March

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 providers are 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


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

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 commercially viable product, service or process. It is hoped that these creations will have economic, social and, where possible, environmental benefits.

Nominations open 26 April and close 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 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 Australian and overseas markets.

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


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


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


Purves Environmental Fund

This program seeks to enable and empower groups 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 with funding released in 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 active community groups working in their community to create a 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

Queen’s Jubilee Tree Planting Grant

This funding has been allocated towards planting trees in recognition of the Queen’s 70 years of service. Groups are encouraged to plant regionally appropriate trees that will mature to a height of at least two metres.

Max funding $10,000 / EOIs can be submitted here up until 5pm 11 March 2022

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 usually 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

Australian Bird Environment Foundation Community Grants

This program supports local projects focused on the conservation of birds and habitat. Two grant streams are available, community grants for ‘hands on’ projects and network capacity-building grants.

Max funding for community projects $5,000 / Max funding for capacity-building $10,000

Applications close 30 April 2022

Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants Program

This funding is designed to support the youngest generation of environmental champions. Funds may be used to establish garden beds, promote recycling and enhancing native habitat projects.

Max funding $1,000 / Applications close 18 March 2022

Bushfire Recovery Fencing Grants – Kangaroo Island

This fundings seeks to assist landholders with replacement or establishment of fencing to protect native vegetation and revegetation projects within the 2019-2020 firescar. Funding may be offered retrospectively, as well as for future works.

Funding depends upon project size / Applications close 31 October 2022


Saluting Their Service Grants

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


Palliative Care 2022 Grants Program

This program is facilitated by SA Health, who have committed to improving and diversifying quality palliative care across the State. The grant seeks to support non-governmental organisations with new ideas to improve service delivery at both the patient and system level during the course of end-of-life care cycles.

Max funding $75,000 / Applications close 20 March 2022

Business Improvement Fund for Residential Care

This funding seeks to assist residential care providers to improve their business operations, facilitate the sale of a business or support an exit from the aged care sector.

Max funding $1.5M / Applications close 30 March 2022


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. While some are listed in the body of this newsletter, further information about each of the 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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