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SARMS – Regional Development & Innovation Fund (RDIF)
Program ID: 11944
This program aims to provide funding for projects by non-irrigating businesses or organisations to deliver regional employment opportunities and improve regional economic diversity.

Part of $265 million South Australian River Murray Sustainability (SARMS) Program, the RDIF aims to deliver long-term benefit to river communities within the SARM corridor, which includes the regional local government areas of:
- Renmark Paringa
- Berri Barmera
- Loxton Waikerie
- Mid Murray
- Karoonda East Murray
- Murray Bridge
- Alexandrina
- Coorong and Districts
- Gerard Community Councils

The 2015 funding rounds are:
1. Round 2 (Large projects)
- Will fund projects that drive the creation of sustainable new employment and economic development in the region.
- For projects costing over $500,001.
- Opened on 7 April and closed on 18 May (5pm ACST).

2. Round 3 (Small projects)
- Will fund projects that drive economic diversification and innovation to enable future economic development in the region.
- For projects costing between $200,000 and $500,000.
- Opened on 13 April and closed on 25 May (5pm ACST).

Applicants are required to provide at least 50% of the total project cost, of which half must be in cash.

As announced in the 2015-16 South Australian Budget, the government will continue to provide a total funding pool of $12.5 million for this program.
Who Can Apply
Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to:
- Local government organisations (as defined by the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995)
- Registered businesses
- Incorporated not-for-profit organisations (as defined by the Associations Incorporation Act 1986)
- Cooperatives
- Associations (including business associations)

Eligible applicants must:
- Have an ABN and/or ACN.
- Be a legal entity capable of and willing to enter into a Deed of Grant with the Minister and/or delegate.
- Not be directly involved in irrigation within the region.

Please review the Guidelines for a list of ineligible applicants.
Eligible Activities
Eligible projects must:
- Be infrastructure works or provide services to achieve program outcomes.
- Achieve the mandatory ‘Economic Benefits’ merit criteria.
- Have project activities located within and outcomes that benefit the region.
- Be completed by February 2017 (Large Projects) and within 12 months of execution of Deed of Grant (Small Projects).

Please review the Guidelines for examples of eligible and preferred (and also ineligible and less preferred) projects.
Main Assessment Criteria
The main assessment criteria are, in order of weighting:
- Economic benefits
- Innovation
- Social impact (non-mandatory for Round 3)

In addition to the above criteria, all projects will be assessed against the following:
- Demonstrated project need
- Demonstrated project feasibility and delivery
- Financial viability of the applicant
- Value for money

Please review the Guidelines for complete information of these criteria.
Applies to
Guidelines - Large ProjectsSeptember 2016
Guidelines - Small ProjectsSeptember 2016
How to Submit Your Application FormSeptember 2016
Cash Flow TemplateSeptember 2016
RecipientsSeptember 2016
Use these documents as a guide only - always get the latest direct from the Administrator
Status Pending
Start Application 30 March 2015
Opening Date 13 April 2015
Closing Date 25 May 2015
Closing Information
This program is available annually. The next funding round is yet to be announced.
Funding Type Grant
Minimum Funding $200,000
Total Funding Pool $12.5M
Requires Co-contribution? Yes
Competitive Yes
Location South Australia
General - Non-Industry Specific
Food and Beverage
Environment and Sustainability
Infrastructure / Equipment
Innovation and R&D
Training / Employment
Difficulty Rating
Department of Primary Industries and Regions (DPIR)
Program Administrator
Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA)
Telephone 08 8463 7428
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