The Regional Development Fund (RDF) aims 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 $15 million per annum RDF commenced on 1 July 2014. All three rounds between 2014-2016 attracted considerable interest and were oversubscribed, so forward funding was committed to meet this demand. As a result, no Round 4 applications at this stage are being formally called.
The RDF 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, 2 and 3.
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.