Government Programs, Grants & Initiatives
Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF)
The Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) is a federal grant that provides financial grants to support the infrastructure needs of Australia’s regions. It is based on the principle that regions and their communities are best placed to identify the key opportunities that will support sustainable economic, environmental and community growth and to ensure that investments are targeted at projects of lasting benefit. Projects proposed for support under the RDAF should be identified by local communities and contribute to the achievement of the goals identified in the Regional Development Australia (RDA) committee’s Regional Plans.
For more information click here to be taken to the national RDA website.
Regional Development Infrastructure Fund (RDIF)
The Regional Development Infrastructure Fund (RDIF) is a $3 million per year state government Fund administered by The Department of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) that aims to increase the prosperity of regional communities by facilitating infrastructure that supports sustainable economic development. Local Government, private sector businesses or industry associations are encouraged to apply. The project must be located in a non-metropolital area.
Download the PIRSA Guidelines and Assessment Criteria here
Download the Stage 1 Application Form here
Young People in Agriculture or Regional Areas
Peter Olsen Fellowship for Young Farmers
This year’s ABA’s Peter Olsen Fellowship for Young Farmers provides an $8000 bursary for a young farmer to pursue further study, take a study tour or run a special project. The Fellowship provides an opportunity to boost the on-farm skills and knowledge of South Australia’s young farmers enabling them to implement innovative ideas or techniques which contribute to more sustainable production.
Please go to the following link to find out more: http://www.agbureau.com.au/awards/peter_olsen_fellowship
Rural Youth Bursary
The Rural Youth Bursary provides a $5000 opportunity for young people in regional areas to pursue further study, undertake a study tour, or to develop a project, to benefit the rural community. The Bursary, established after Rural Youth wound up in 2008, was used by last years’ winner Chris Stacey to set up a soil and sap testing program across 4500 acres of land near Jamestown.
Please go to the following link to find out more: http://www.agbureau.com.au/awards/rural_youth_bursary
Other Grants & Funding
A wide range of grants and other funding opportunities is available from government agencies, corporate bodies and non-government organisations.
For further grant information visit the following sites: