Hills & Coast Business Grant 2021-2022

Discover how the Hills & Coast Business Grant helped 8 local businesses build on their ideas and support their businesses growth. Read their case studies here.


Project snapshot



Project contact

Steve Shotton
Regional Development Manager

Alignment with RDA strategy

  • Economic development

Small grants for small businesses

The Hills & Coast Business Grant was designed to provide funding for small businesses falling through grant funding gaps.

In 2021, Regional Development Australia Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island (RDA AHFKI) decided to trial a fund program aimed at small business where a project didn’t quite fit existing grant requirements, or the amount of funding sought was too low to qualify for bigger project grants.

Our aim was to remove this barrier by creating a smaller, more flexible grant, that would cater to projects which didn’t qualify for appropriate funding elsewhere. Maximum funding was $10,000 and applicants were required to match the funding dollar for dollar.

The Hills & Coast Business Grant was not intended for business-as-usual projects, but to support local business where limited funds restricted an ability to progress an idea or need. It was intended to support businesses:

  • taking novel and/or creative approaches to business growth, or;
  • addressing challenges and/or barriers to growth.

Examples of suitable endeavours included (but were not limited to):

  • establishing online sales or optimising online presence
  • new equipment or infrastructure purchases
  • concept and/or product development
  • establishing a new operating or service model
  • feasibility work

After receiving a total of 88 applications, we eventually selected 8 businesses we felt had the most innovative approaches to business growth, the most potential to impact the local and regional economy, provided the best value for money, and had the most promise of success.

The successful 2020-21 Hills & Coast Business Grant projects

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.