Current grant opportunities

An increased number of Federal and State government based grant programs are becoming available for South Australian food businesses.

Please check the websites for each grant for updates, opening and closing dates and guidelines.


Small Advanced Food Manufacturing Grants Program

Grants up to $30,000 are available to South Australian food and beverage (excluding wine) businesses with a turn-over of up to $10 million.  Applications close 5pm 30 March.  Full details including program guidelines and criteria are available on the PIRSA website at


The Energy Productivity Program is available to businesses that use more than I60MWh of electricity each year to incentivise investment in energy saving measures. The funding will be available for businesses to undertake energy audits of their facilities to determine where efficiencies can be made. Click here for more information.



Food and beverage businesses and industry groups are eligible to apply for a newly launched grant program to assist with attaining non-GM and organic third-party certifications that will support achievement of either or both of the following aims:

  • Accessing new or higher value markets
  • Contribution to premium positioning or achieving superior prices for products

Certifications are limited to non-GM and organic accreditations.

Grant funding may be provided to successful recipients ranging from $1,000 to a maximum of $15,000 with leveraged funding based on a contribution ratio of at least $1 for each $1 of grant funds. Grant funding will be awarded on a competitive basis.

For more information about the grant program click here.

Trade Waste Initiative

The Trade Waste Initiative is a two-year program delivered by the Office of Green Industries SA. The aim is to help businesses make improvements to the way trade waste is managed (focusing on quality and quantity), reduce operating costs and increase productivity by improving the way materials, energy and water are used.

The Initiative has two components:

Resource Productivity Assessments

These are tailored assessments to identify opportunities for improving the way trade waste, energy, materials and water are managed, and will recommend areas for improvement to enhance productivity and performance. South Australian businesses meeting trade waste volume and load thresholds are eligible to apply. Applications will also be considered from food and beverage businesses licensed under South Australia’s Environment Protection Act 1993. Successful applicants will receive grant funding to cover up to 50% of assessment costs.

Trade Waste Implementation Grants for the Food and Beverage Industry

These grants offer SA Water trade waste food and beverage customers with an opportunity to implement trade waste reduction initiatives at a reduced cost. Applicants must trigger, or be close to triggering trade waste volume and load thresholds and must have completed an approved resource productivity assessment or on-site technology trials to determine a trade waste solution that is well suited to the business activity and site. Grant funding to cover up to 50% of trade waste improvement activities and equipment is available for trade waste food and beverage customers currently connected to, or planning to connect to the SA Water trade waste (sewer) network within 24 months of application.

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Agribusiness Growth Program

Food South Australia on behalf of Primary Industries and Regions SA is delivering the Agribusiness Growth Program to support small enterprises (with a turnover of $300,000-$1.5m) in the value adding agriculture, food and beverage industries. The program aims to accelerate business growth, through expert business evaluation and coaching services for activities that will have a direct impact on your growth that would have not otherwise been undertaken.
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Business Transformation Voucher

The Business Transformation Voucher Program (BTVP) supports the enhancement of profitability through diversification, process improvement and innovation. Vouchers up to $50,000 are available for South Australian manufacturing firms on a competitive basis. The voucher is managed by the Department of State Development.
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Export Partnership Program

The Export Partnership Program provides funding assistance for small and medium-sized businesses to access new global markets through marketing and export development opportunities. Grants of up to $50,000 are available and eligible activities include researching overseas markets, developing marketing material for distribution overseas, participating in international trade shows, trade missions and overseas business programs, adapting websites for specific international markets, accessing cultural and export training, mentoring and coaching services, and supporting incoming buyers.
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Innovation Voucher

The Innovation Voucher Program (IVP) encourages collaboration between small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and research and development organisations. Vouchers (between $10,000 and $50,000 is awarded on a competitive basis) are awarded to research and developers to help SMEs, without the necessary resources, solve technical problems and to encourage greater innovation within the manufacturing sector. The voucher is managed by the Department of State Development.
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The NanoConnect program supports opportunities for South Australian manufacturers to experiment with advanced nanotechnologies and facilitate engagement with key South Australian technology researchers. Stage 1 Scoping Project is free of charge. Stage 2 projects require a contribution of $5000 cash and $10,000 of in-kind project support to ensure the relevance and commercial value of the project. The program is managed by Flinders University with support from the Department of State Development.
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The Photonics Catalyst Program (PCP) supports the development of innovative photonic products such as sensors, lasers and optical fibres through unique project based collaborations between South Australian manufacturers, researchers, end-users and government.  Participants in the PCP will receive a commercial and technical feasibility assessment of their project and up to $45,000 worth of research and development services to assist with the development of their new photonics product or prototype. The program is managed by the University of Adelaide in partnership with the Department of State Development.
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Small Business Innovation Research Pilot Program

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Pilot is a program designed to help small businesses develop products that can solve specific problems faced by State Government agencies. Phase 1 will provide funding of up to a maximum of $100,000 per SME (for up to 6 months) and phase 2 may provide further funding. The program is managed by the Department of State Development.
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Small Business Development Fund

The Department of State Development has established a $10m Small Business Development Fund to help small businesses in northern Adelaide to grow and create sustainable jobs. Established as part of the Northern Economic Plan, the fund will give small businesses and start-ups exclusively in the Playford, Port Adelaide Enfield and Salisbury council areas the opportunity to apply for financial support through two dedicated grant programs over three years.

These grants are open to all businesses meeting the eligibility criteria. A total of $4m, in grants worth up to $20,000 each, will be available to assist entrepreneurship and new business establishment in northern Adelaide, while $6m in grants worth between $10,000 and $100,000 will support activities that grow small, established businesses in northern Adelaide.

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Job Accelerator Grants

A new grant has been established to help South Australian businesses employ additional full time, part time and casual employees. The Job Accelerator Grant Scheme offers up to $5,000 per new job each year for two years to support new full time equivalent (FTE) jobs for businesses liable for payroll tax in South Australia with total Australian wages of $5million or less. To be eligible, the jobs must be maintained for at least 12 months. For small businesses and start-ups not liable for payroll tax, the grant provides up to $4,000 per year for two years for each new job created and maintained for at least 12 months. This grant is open to businesses with Australian wages below the payroll tax free threshold ($600,000).

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Food Innovation Australia Limited Project Fund

The FIAL Project Fund aims to boost competitiveness and productivity across Australia in food and agribusiness as one of six identified industry growth sectors in the Federal Government’s Industry Growth Centre Initiative.

Grant funding is available to assist small and medium businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers to find the right commercialisation solutions for their novel product, process or service. Assistance is available for matched funding for innovation projects, opportunities to collaborate with researchers to develop innovation solutions to challenges facing your business and the sector.

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Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme

The Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme is the Australian Government’s flagship initiative for business competitiveness and productivity at the firm level offering support to businesses.
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Research Connections, helps small and medium businesses collaborate with the research sector to develop new ideas with commercial potential.

Accelerating Commercialisation, helps entrepreneurs, researchers, start-ups and businesses address key challenges in the commercialisation pathway of bringing novel products, processes and service to the market, and Business Management, encompassing:

1. Business Evaluations; an assessment is conducted at the business’ premises, resulting in a detailed report and recommendations for the business to make improvements.

2. Supply Chain Facilitation; offers businesses a practical approach to assist in interacting with and supplying into new and existing markets.

3. Business Growth Services; offers eligible high growth potential businesses access to specialist advisers, services and connections to accelerate growth, over a period of up to two years.

4. Business Growth Grants; small, co-funded grants to engage external expertise to assist businesses with implementing improvements recommended by their Business Evaluation.

Industry Skills Fund

The Industry Skills Fund (the Fund) assists industry to invest in training and support services and to develop innovative training solutions. The fund will help build a highly skilled workforce that can take advantage of new business growth opportunities and adapt to rapid technological change.

Help is available in the following categories:

Skills Advice

Independent, free Skills Advice can help you to understand your growth opportunities and identify the skills your business needs to and maximise training outcomes and increase competitiveness.

Training Grant

Co-investment for businesses to improve the skills of their workforce for an identified growth opportunity.

The fund is targeting SMEs, including micro businesses, which are preparing to take up growth opportunities outside of their normal day-to-day business operations. If you are a large business, you are also eligible, but you will be required to make a higher contribution to the costs of training. The fund will also focus on businesses in identified priority industries. If your business isn’t in a priority industry, you may still be eligible to apply.

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Youth Stream Training for Employment Scholarships

The Youth Stream of the Industry Skills Fund Training for Employment Scholarships supports training that meets the needs of your business and assists young people who are newly employed, but require further training. Programs are now available nationally until 30 June 2016.

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The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme is a key Australian Government financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters. Administered by Austrade, the scheme supports a wide range of industry sectors and products, including inbound tourism and the export of intellectual property and know-how outside Australia.

The EMDG scheme encourages small and medium sized Australian businesses to develop export markets, reimburses up to 50% of eligible export promotion expenses above $5,000 provided that the total expenses are at least $15,000 and can provide up to eight (8) grants to each eligible applicant.

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