Regional Development Fund
The purpose of the Regional Development Fund (RDF) is to increase economic growth and productivity for regional South Australia.
The broad objectives of the RDF are to support regional economic development by:
- creating new jobs and improving career opportunities
- providing better infrastructure facilities and services
- strengthening the economic, social and environmental base of communities
- supporting the development and delivery of projects
- leveraging funding and investment.
The RDF is a $15 million per annum fund which commenced on 1 July 2014. It is administered by Regions SA, and includes the Country Cabinet Program (Fund My Idea) program.
RDF Economic Contribution Report
An independent economic analysis by Ernst and Young has assessed the economic impact of the Regional Development Fund to South Australia. It estimates the direct and indirect contribution to the State's economy, including gross output and employment generated by supported projects in rounds 1 and 2.
- $500,000 grant towards new McLaren Vale distillery to create 8 jobs
- Construction begins on Great Northern Lodge in Quorn
- SA contribution to Federal Mobile Black Spot Programme
- New facility for Mount Gambier engineering company
- Stage 1 of new Riverland almond orchard completed
- New report highlights job creation and economic contribution of regional fund
- Report shows RDF job creation and economic contribution to Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island region
- Report shows RDF job creation and economic contribution to Barossa, Light and Lower North region
- Report shows RDF job creation and economic contribution to Eyre and Western region
- Report shows RDF job creation and economic contribution to Far North region
- Report shows RDF job creation and economic contribution to Limestone Coast
- Report shows RDF job creation and economic contribution to McLaren Vale Character Preservation Zone
- Report shows RDF job creation and economic contribution to Murray and Mallee
- Report shows RDF job creation and economic contribution to Yorke and Mid North
Round 3 RDF information (2016-17)
Round 3 of the RDF is now closed.
Round 3 consists of 2 grant programs:
- The Major Projects Program for grants of between $200,000 and $2 million. This is aimed at supporting major economic projects designed to strengthen regional industries, support local economies and provide opportunities through investment in strategic projects.
- The Community Infrastructure Program for grants of between $200,000 and $1 million to support investment in regional communities to develop their economic infrastructure and grow their capabilities as a foundation for future jobs and economic growth.
Eligibility and application information
- Guidelines and Assessment Criteria ()
- Map of South Australian Government regions
- Map of Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback grant area ()
- Map of McLaren Vale Preservation District (eligible for Major Projects Program). Note that for the purposes of the RDF, projects located in townships within the McLaren Vale Preservation District are eligible to apply for funding.
- Media release - $7m grant assistance for Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback projects
The Regional Development Fund is currently closed.
The RDF has awarded grants through 5 grant programs:
- Major Projects Program
- Community Infrastructure Program
- Country Cabinet Program (Fund My Idea)
- Small Grants Program (2014-15 round only)
- Regional Food Initiatives Program (2014-15 round only)
Successful RDF recipients
Contact the Regions SA Grants Manager on (08) 8429 0506 for more information.