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.

Media Releases

Round 3 RDF information (2016-17)

Round 3 of the RDF is now closed.

Round 3 consists of 2 grant programs:

  1. 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.
  2. 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

Applications closed

The Regional Development Fund is currently closed.

RDF programs

The RDF has awarded grants through 5 grant programs:

Successful RDF recipients


Contact the Regions SA Grants Manager on (08) 8429 0506 for more information.

Page Last Reviewed: 19 May 2016
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