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New Grants Available for Regional South Australia

South Australia
Port Augusta
Melissa Smith

More money available for regional infrastructure projects in South Australia

Great news for regional South Australia with the Infrastructure Grants Program launching a new round of funding next month. This program helps communities build important infrastructure that makes regional areas even better places to live, work and visit.

More grants available to build stronger regions

Following the success of the first round, the government is providing an additional $5 million for grants. This means there’s even more money available to support essential projects across the state. Grants can range from $50,000 up to $1 million, with the possibility of getting as much as $2 million for projects with exceptional benefits.

Thriving Regions Fund supports a strong regional economy

This program is part of the larger $15 million Thriving Regions Fund. The goal is to invest in regional communities to make them more resilient and to boost the regional economy. Regional industries are a huge part of South Australia’s success, contributing $36.7 billion each year.

Who can apply?

Many different groups can apply for these grants, including councils, charities, businesses and cooperatives. If you have a great project idea that will benefit your regional community, you’ll be able to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) soon.

What kinds of projects are funded?

The first round of funding supported a wide range of projects, including childcare facilities, health and education centres worker accommodation, sports facilities and cultural centres. Here are some examples of successful projects from the first round:

  • Royal Flying Doctor Service in Port Augusta: $1 million to build a new health and education centre.
  • Keith Industrial Estate Expansion: $800,000 to create new serviced plots for businesses.
  • Naracoorte Childcare Centre Refurbishment: $500,000 to expand the childcare centre and create more spots for children.
  • Several other projects received funding to upgrade sports facilities, build worker accommodation, and create a cultural centre.

How to apply

Before submitting a full application, you’ll need to submit an Expression of Interest. This will help the government understand your project and see if it aligns with regional priorities. Regional Development Australia associations will also be involved in the assessment process.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Clare Scriven, is excited about the new round of funding. She says, “I look forward to opening this new round of funding in July and encourage community organisations in our rural and regional communities to work with us as we support thriving regions.”

So, if you have a great idea for a project that will make your regional community even better, keep an eye out for more information about how to apply.


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