Grant Funding

So you have a project that needs funding and you'd like a grant to make it come to fruition. Find out how to get grant-ready!

Find a Grant

RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island have teamed up with each of the regions’ councils to deliver the Hills & Coast Grant Finder – a grant funding solution for individuals, community groups, businesses and organisations to find, save and manage grants. It will even email you alerts when new grants are released. And, if you need help to write a grant application, the site provides a list of grant writers who service our region.

Are you Grant Ready?

So you have a project that needs funding and you’d like a grant to make it come to fruition. Before you search for a suitable grant, you will be well placed to be able to answer the following:

  • Is the purpose of your project clear and does it fit with your organisations vision and business plan?
  • Is your project well scoped and planned?
  • How will you deliver the project?
  • Is the project “shovel-ready”? Many grants wont fund projects that aren’t. Is there a project budget, are designs complete, approvals in place and quotes in-hand?
  • Who is going to manage the project? What relevant skills and experience do they have?
  • Do you have written support of other stakeholders, partners and interested parties?

Alignment and Eligibility

The right grant is the one that your project has the best alignment with. Unimaginable resources have been wasted by people trying to fit a round project into a square grant! Investigate the purpose of the grant. For example, is it to boost employment, lower carbon emissions, increase skill levels, purchase new equipment, grow tourism? If it isn’t clear enough to you, research the funding organisation or even give them a call. 

Once you’ve found grants with the right alignment, its time to check the eligibility criteria:

  • Who is the grant open to?
  • Are you in the right region or area?
  • What can the grant funds be spent on?
  • What are the matching funding requirements?

If there is any component of the eligibility criteria that you don’t understand, or you need clarified, contact the funding body and ask.

Writing your Application

Anyone can write a grant application and practice makes perfect. However, not everybody enjoys writing applications. Its a laborious process requiring attention to detail, good writing skills, an ability to articulate well, sales skills and often an ability to manage a bunch of contributors. If your organisation or business doesn’t have someone with these abilities, you will benefit by seeking out someone with grant writing experience.

Supporting Evidence

Supporting evidence goes a long way to elevate your proposal above the competition. Unbiased demographic (population) data and economic data can be found on our Regional Statistics page. How best to utilise this data is presented with examples in this Grant Application Guide.

Other Support

For large grant applications, it is often beneficial and sometimes mandatory to include economic modelling to demonstrate the benefits of your project to the community and wider region. RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island are able to undertake this work and/or direct your requirements to third-party provider. We can also provide you with a letter of support.

Grant Writing Webinar

Get tips on how to write a successful grant application in this webinar from 4th November 2021 hosted by Rebekha Sharkie. Included is a presentation from Regional Development Manager, Steve Shotton, about our Hills & Coast Grant Finder tool.