Regional Development Fund – Major Projects Program (MPP)
This program offers support in delivering major economic projects that create sustainable economic benefits to the State or region, are strategically important to the State, the broader region or a major industry, and that address the government’s seven strategic priority areas.
The program is part of the Regional Development Fund (RDF). 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.
Grants between $200,000 and $2 million are available with leveraged funding at a minimum ratio of 3:1. Larger funding amounts may be considered where there are outstanding benefits for the region and the State. These projects will need to be endorsed by the Regional South Australia Cabinet Committee.
Applicants seeking over $2.5 million grant funding need to comply with the South Australian Industry Participation Policy.
Who Can Apply
Eligible organisations include:
- Incorporated associations
- Local governing authorities
Eligible applicants must:
- Be legal entities, that is with which the Commonwealth government and the South Australian government can enter into a legally binding funding agreement.
- Have an Australian Business Number (ABN), and be registered for GST.
- Demonstrate the availability of project funding required to complete the project, exclusive of in-kind contributions (funding from other State government sources will not be considered as part of the leveraged funds).
- Have the project located in areas defined by the State government non-metropolitan regions boundaries as the Greater Adelaide Area and Country Regions.
Eligible project proposals include those:
- Which create direct benefits (can be economic, social or environmental) that are broadly distributed across communities or industries beyond the organisation that receives the grant.
- That demonstrate a commitment to employing locally, local investment and local supplier inputs wherever possible.
Projects must be located in the area defined as the McLaren Vale Character Preservation District by the Character Preservation (McLaren Vale) Act 2012 plus the townships located within the boundaries of the District, namely Clarendon, Kangarilla, McLaren Vale, McLaren Flat, Willunga and Port Willunga.
Main Assessment Criteria
The main assessment criteria include whether the project:
- Creates sustainable and measureable economic benefits to the State or region such as new jobs, investment or higher incomes.
- Is strategically important to the State, the broader region or a major industry.
- Is viable and sustainable in the medium to longer term.
- Is cost effective and ‘fit for purpose’.
- Does not unreasonably impact upon existing businesses, industries or communities.
- Are not more appropriately funded by other State, Commonwealth and/or local government or industry sources.
29 October 2015
12 November 2015
15 January 2016
The next funding round is yet to be announced.
General - Non-Industry Specific
Innovation and R&D
Start-up / Establishment
Training / Employment
Department of Primary Industries and Regions (DPIR)
Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA)