Hills & Coast Business Grant 2022-2023

Discover how the Hills & Coast Business Grant helped local manufacturing businesses level up their businesses. Read their case studies here.


Project snapshot



Project contact

Steve Shotton
Regional Development Manager

Alignment with RDA strategy

  • Economic development

Small grants for manufacturing

In 2022, the Hills & Coast Business Grant was aimed at local manufacturing businesses across the Hills, Fleurieu and KI.

Following on from the success of our Hills & Coast’s Business Grant in 2021, Regional Development Australia Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island (RDA AHFKI) was again able to offer up to $10,000 in matched grant funding to local businesses in the 2021-2022 financial year.

While the previous year had invited a broader applicant base, the 2022 round focused on local manufacturing. This was a deliberate decision, as the manufacturing industry is one of three priority industries for RDA AHFKI due to its level of specialisation, competitiveness, and contribution to exports.

Although other manufacturing grants and supports do exist, many aren’t suited to small-scale manufacturing. This is where the RDA AHFKI Hills & Coast Business Grant could make a real impact to this growing sector, helping our local manufacturers fund eligible projects that could achieve growth and increase productivity through:

  • procurement of new equipment that improves productivity, and;
  • addressing challenges and/or barriers to business growth.

For our successful recipients, this meant they could either purchase or upgrade equipment sooner or invest in equipment or facilities with greater capacity. The outcomes have seen positive impacts such as: 

  • increased productivity
  • new product lines launched
  • expansion of workforce
  • increased profit margins
  • more efficient work practices

We received a total of 27 applications for this round. After careful analysis and consideration, 9 businesses were selected that we felt had the most potential to positively impact the local and regional economy, provide the best return on investment, and achieve a successful outcome.

Take a look at some of 2022’s successful projects

Media coverage

The Times | 12 September 2023
News article highlighting RDA AHFKI's recent win at the 2023 Economic Development Awards for Excellence 2023.
The Courier | 06 September 2023
The Fleurieu Sun | 31 August 2023

Looking for funding for your business?

In conjunction with our region’s councils, we offer the Hills & Coast Grant Finder, a one-stop grant portal that pulls in grants from councils, state and federal government agencies. Once you register to use the portal, you can set up automated grant alerts based on your industry or specific keywords.