May Grants Newsletter 2022

25 May 2022
Grants newsletter 2020

Welcome to the May edition of our grants newsletter.

Please find below 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 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 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 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 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

25 May 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

Australian Council for the Arts – Arts Projects (Organisations)

This grant seeks to fund activities which benefit the arts sector and interested members of the public. This funding is aimed at both national and international audiences. Eligible activities may include: touring, festivals, publishing, recording and skill development amongst others.

Grant amounts between $20,000 and $100,000 available

Applications close 6 September for projects commencing after 1 December 2022

Quick Response Grants – Regional Arts Fund

This grant seeks to support professional development opportunities for those working in the arts industry. Funds are intended to cover costs that may arise unexpectedly such as professional development, skill development or small scale projects.

Max funding $3,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups / Applications close 31 May 2022

Copyright Agency – Cultural Fund Fellowships

This grant seeks to support Australian writers and visual artist to create major works. Two types of ‘fellowships’ are offered under this grant scheme one for authors, the other for non-fiction writers.

Max funding $80,000 / Applications close 4 July 2022

Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund

This funding offers equity investment for big and small screen productions based in Australia. The grant aims to encourage projects which will provide creative, cultural and economic benefits to South Australians.

Max funding $130,000 for fiction works and $80,00 for documentaries

This program is open on an ongoing basis

Arts SA - Arts and Culture Grants Program

This grant is in memory of Richard Llewellyn who had a passion for the arts and advocated strongly for those living with a disability. This funding aims to provide greater access to arts and cultural activities for members of the community who identify as being deaf or having a disability.

Funding will depend on the grant type / This funding is open on an ongoing basis

Carclew – Fellowships

This funding stream offers support to those in the arts industry aged under 26 years with the aim of building careers, developing skills, engaging with new art forms and researching creative development. A broad range of ‘practice areas’ are available.

Max funding $10,000 / Applications close 1 July 2022

Country Arts SA – Arts Development Grants: Shows on the Road

This funding stream seeks to support a network of regional groups so that they may offer high quality, professional performances within their local communities. It is hoped that this grant will increase access to the arts for those that live in small regional townships.

Max funding $1,000 / Applications close 16 December 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 30 June 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 / Rebuilding regional communities max $50,000

Next round opens 1 June 2022 and closes 30 August 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

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 these options.

This program is open on an ongoing basis

Honda Foundation Grants

This funding stream offers financial support to organisations dedicated to assisting others. The Foundation functions as a ‘charitable trust’ offering help to groups doing valuable work in their communities.

No max funding / Applications close 5 August 2022

CORENA Renewables Loan Scheme

CORENA is a not-for-profit volunteer run organisation dedicated to assisting Australians combat the climate emergency by supporting projects that immediately reduce carbon emissions. Organisations are able to apply for interest-free loans to support the purchase of solar panels, energy efficiency improvements and replacement of gas appliances amongst others. CORENA notes that their scheme offers a good alternative for groups that may have missed out on Stronger Communities funding to support their renewable projects.

Funding is available as a loan / This program is open on an ongoing basis

NAB Foundation Community Grants

This grant seeks to finance local projects which assist communities in preparing for natural disasters. Funding may also be used to support long-term recovery and resilience building in preparation for future disaster events.

Max funding $10,000 / Applications close 31 August 2022

Pride Foundation Australia – Small Grants Program

Funding from this program seeks to support projects delivered by individuals or groups that may have otherwise been limited by constraints determined by other grant programs.

Max funding $750 / Applications close 11 July 2022

Evolution Mining Sponsorship and Donation Program

This funding seeks to assist organisations and projects which will have lasting, positive impacts upon the local community.

No max funding but in-kind support is looked upon favourably / Application close 30 June 2022

In a Good Place Program

This funding stream offers financial support for initiatives driven by the local community seeking to decrease social isolation, increase interaction and promote ‘help-seeking’ by people living in regional areas who may be experiencing challenges with their mental health.

Max funding $20,000 / EOIs close 25 May 2022


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

History Trust of SA Museums and Collections Grant

This grant seeks to assist smaller organisations with maintaining the standard of their practices as a museum or collection.

Max funding $1,000 / Applications close 31 May 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 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

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

Screen Australia – First Nations Funding Opportunities

Screen Australia offers a range of funding options for First Nations storytellers working in the film sector. Please follow the link above to find specific details about funding options.

Funding amounts and closing dates vary depending on grant program

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

Sidney Myer Fund and ANHCA – Supporting Stronger Community Grants Programs

This grant offers community centres and houses the chance to gain funding to target issues relating to poverty and disadvantage in the local area.

Max funding $10,000 / Applications close 16 June 2022


Macpac Fund for Good

This funding stream offers financial support to members of the community seeking to make long term changes for the good of people and the planet.

Applications close 30 June 2022

NACC Biodiversity Community Grants Program

This grant seeks to improve the management and protection of two key species: the Malleefowl and the Black-flanked Rock-wallaby. It is hoped that projects will ensure these species are retained well into the future. Funding may be used to assist with land management, adaptive actions or the enhancement of community skills and understanding.

Max funding $5,000 / This program is available during the financial year

Hamer Sprout Fund Sustainability Grants

This funding is dedicated to active community groups working in their community to create a sustainable future. The 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

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

Bushfire Recovery Fencing Grants – Kangaroo Island

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

Funding depends upon project size / Applications close 31 October 2022


Nature-based Tourism Co-Investment Fund

This grant is a pilot program seeking to assist businesses and organisations partner with state government to create tourism experiences and products that are ecologically sensitive and showcase our state’s national parks, reserves, botanic gardens and Crown Land.

Max funding $1 million / Applications close June 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


Alexandrina 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

Matana Foundation for Young People Grants

This grant round seeks to support young Australians who are disadvantaged, with the aim of assisting them to reach their maximum academic and social potential.

Max funding $10,000 / This program is open on an ongoing basis

Blackbird Foundation – Philanthropy Funding

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

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


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


Fostering Integration Grants Program

This grant round promotes the participation, integration and social cohesion of migrants who have recently arrived and other culturally diverse communities in Australia. Funding aims to support the participation of migrants on a social and economic level through assisting them to develop skills to support their integration into the Australian community.

Max funding $100,000 depending on project type / Applications close 14 June 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


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 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 through 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

Real Insurance – Real Futures Grant

This grant seeks to encourage greater interest in the fields of healthcare, business and finance. In order to apply for this funding applicants will be required to write an essay outlining why they wish to work in their chosen industry and how they hope to make a difference through their work.

Max funding $5,000 / Applications close 31 October 2022


Grant for Good

This grant program offers a funding pool each year to go towards groups, organisations and projects that seek to promote social inclusion, health and wellbeing, sport and other areas.

Max funding $20,000 / Applications close 15 June 2022

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 while funding such projects.

Max funding $80,000 / 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 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

New Business Assistance with NEIS

This grant offer personalised support to those seeking to become a self-employed business owner. Funding can assist by providing: training, mentoring and support, allowances or rental assistance where eligible.

This funding is 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 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

Create the Future Design Contest

This funding stream offers financial support to promote and acknowledge engineering and innovation within a range of categories including aerospace and defence, consumer product design, robotics and others.

Applications close 1 July 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.

This program is open on an ongoing basis

Drought Angels

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

This program is open on an ongoing basis

Farm Household Allowance

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

This program is open on an ongoing basis


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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