Regional Jobs and Investment Packages (RJIP) - Upper Spencer Gulf region, SA

At a glance

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Provides local government agencies, not for profit organisations and companies in the Upper Spencer Gulf region in South Australia with matched funding to the limit of available funds ($20 million) for projects that help to diversify the regional economy, stimulate economic growth and deliver sustainable employment in the region.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must:

  • have an ABN
  • have a project which:
    • is located within or directly benefits the Upper Spencer Gulf region
    • aligns with the priorities of the region's Local Investment Plan
    • aligns with either the local investment, business innovation or skills and training stream.

Other eligibility requirements apply.

Contact information:

13 28 46

business.gov.au/contact

Overview

The program’s intended outcomes are to drive economic growth and create jobs by investing in projects that will:

  • diversify regional economies
  • stimulate long term growth
  • deliver sustainable employment
  • enable applicants to enter new markets and sectors.

Local priorities and growth industries that will drive economic growth and create jobs in the Upper Spencer Gulf region are identified through a Local Investment Plan.

If you would like to be notified of program updates, please register your interest.

Register your interest

Funding streams

The funding available to the Upper Spencer Gulf region is $20 million over the three grant funding streams. The grant amount will be up to 50% of eligible project costs (grant percentage).

You are required to provide the remaining 50% as co-funding towards your project. If you are a non-business applicant experiencing exceptional circumstances you may seek an exemption from the co-funding requirement.

For more information on co-funding and the exceptional circumstances co-funding exemption please refer to the Program Guidelines.

Local infrastructure grants

These grants are for local governing bodies and not-for-profit organisations to invest in new or upgraded infrastructure. These projects will capitalise on opportunities for growth, deliver long-term economic benefits to regional communities and create jobs.

  • The minimum grant amount is $50,000
  • The maximum grant amount is the limit of grant funding for the region

Business innovation grants

These grants will enable business to build scale and capability to be competitive in new or growing markets that create sustainable employment.

  • The minimum grant amount is $50,000
  • The maximum grant amount is the limit of grant funding for the region

Skills and training grants

These grants will provide funding to local government bodies and agencies and not for profit organisations. These projects will support training and upskilling of the regional workforce to meet regional priorities, take advantage of emerging opportunities and withstand major labour market changes.

  • There is no minimum grant amount
  • The maximum grant amount is the limit of grant funding for the region

Upper Spencer Gulf region

The Regional Jobs and Investment Packages (RJIP) region covers the three local government areas of Port Pirie Regional Council, Port Augusta City Council, and Whyalla City Council.

The Upper Spencer Gulf region covers the three local government areas of Port Pirie Regional Council, Port Augusta City Council, and Whyalla City Council.

Map of the Upper Spencer Gulf RJIP boundary

Local Planning Committee

To be competitive for funding, your project must align with the Local Investment Plan for the Upper Spencer Gulf region.

The Local Investment Plan identified strategic industry priorities for the region, including industry growth sectors, new market opportunities and future workforce needs.

The Minister for Regional Development appointed a Local Planning Committee in the Upper Spencer Gulf region to develop the Local Investment Plan.

Local Planning Committee membership

  • Ms Claire Wiseman (Chair)
  • Mr Brenton Badenoch
  • Mr Andrew Cole
  • Mr Mark Hanlon
  • Mr Daniel Rowlands
  • Mr Brenton Vanstone
  • Mr Jack Velthuizen

In addition, the following Australian and state government representatives were appointed in an advisory role:

  • Mr David Hayward, Department of Employment
  • Ms Alison Lloydd-Wright, Department of Primary Industries and Regions, SA.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply under any grant funding stream:

  • you must have an ABN
  • your project must:
    • be located within an eligible RJIP region, or you must be able to demonstrate that your project will directly benefit an RJIP region and align with the Local Investment Plan
    • include eligible activities and eligible expenditure.

Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply.

Further eligibility criteria apply for each funding stream.

Local infrastructure

You must be one of the following entities:

  • a local government agency or body
  • a not for profit organisation that is a legal entity and has been established for at least two years prior to the time of applying.

Your project must:

  • be a capital project or support a future capital project involving the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure
  • have at least $100,000 in eligible expenditure, or have at least $50,000 in eligible expenditure if you are granted an exceptional circumstances co-funding exemption
  • be ready to commence work within 12 weeks of executing a grant agreement.

Business innovation

You must be non-tax-exempt and one of the following entities:

  • a company, incorporated in Australia
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust.

Your project must:

  • expand or grow your business
  • have at least $100,000 in total eligible expenditure
  • be ready to commence work within 12 weeks of executing a grant agreement.

Skills and training

You must be one of the following entities:

  • a local government agency or body
  • a not for profit organisation that is a legal entity and has been established for at least two years prior to the time of applying.

Your project must:

  • deliver skills and training to learners other than your employees.

Detailed eligibility criteria

For more information on eligibility criteria please refer to the Program Guidelines.

Merit criteria

If eligible, we will assess your application against the merit criteria. To be competitive, you will need to address all of the following merit criteria:

  1. the extent to which your project addresses the Local Investment Plan’s investment sectors and strategic priorities
  2. the level of net economic benefit your project will deliver to the region during and beyond the project period (Local infrastructure and Skills and training projects)

    (or)

    the level of net economic benefit the project will create for your business and the region during and beyond the project period (Business innovation projects)

  3. the value for money offered by your project
  4. your capacity, capability and resources to carry out the project.

For more information on merit criteria please refer to the Program Guidelines.

How to apply

The application period closed at 5pm AEST on Thursday 19 October 2017.

How we assess applications

We first assess your application against the eligibility criteria and then against the merit criteria. Only eligible applications will proceed to the merit assessment stage.

We will assess your application against the merit criteria and compare it to other eligible applications in your region, and across all streams, before recommending which projects to fund.

We may also seek advice from local, state or territory and Australian Government agencies, independent experts and other external parties.

We then provide advice to a Ministerial Panel on eligible applications and recommendations on which projects to fund. The Ministerial Panel decides which grants to approve taking into account our recommendations and the availability of grant funds.

If your application is successful

If your application is successful you will receive a written offer. To accept the offer, you will need to enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. The grant agreement will contain the schedule for payments.

We will make payments quarterly unless otherwise agreed, in arrears, based on:

  • your achievement of milestones
  • eligible expenditure incurred
  • our acceptance of satisfactory progress reports.

Grants for Skills and training projects will receive an initial payment on execution of the grant agreement.

If you are unsuccessful, we will notify you in writing and give you the chance to discuss the outcome with us.

Key documents

  • Program guidelines
  • Upper Spencer Gulf region Local Investment Plan
  • Factsheet – Overview
  • Factsheet – Local infrastructure stream
  • Factsheet – Business innovation stream
  • Factsheet – Skills and training stream
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Sample application form – Local infrastructure stream
  • Sample application form – Business innovation stream
  • Sample application form – Skills and training stream
  • Sample grant agreement – Simple
  • Sample grant agreement – Standard
  • Board or CEO approval letter template
  • Accountant declaration

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