South Australian Disaster Recovery Grants

Applications for South Australian Disaster Recovery Grants are now open


The South Australian Disaster Recovery Fund was developed as a disaster response for non-profit organisations working in impacted regions, providing small grants to aid recovery and build resilience for the future.

Foundation SA will activate the fund and seek donations at times of disaster such as flood, bushfire or pandemic.

Supporting flood impacted communities in South Australia

In late 2022 and early 2023, South Australia’s Riverland and Murraylands communities were impacted by devastating floods that left thousands of people displaced with a long journey of recovery ahead.

South Australian Disaster Recovery Grants

The South Australian Disaster Recovery Grants are intended to support local organisations working within the impacted communities to deliver meaningful and much-needed programs and initiatives that will assist both community and environmental recovery.

Community Recovery


We encourage applications for the delivery of programs, initiatives and events that bring people together, enhance community resilience and support local needs throughout the long-term recovery efforts.

Programs that build preparedness for a future disaster are also encouraged.

Environmental Recovery (flora & fauna)


We will fund projects that are working to restore natural environments and make the most of the positive environmental outcomes the floods have presented. This might include native flora and fauna restoration and recovery projects, cultural site protection measures and research and education for future resilience and preparedness.

Who can apply and how much funding is available?

We invite all local South Australian community organisations, non-profits and local councils working in flood impacted communities across the following LGA’s to apply:

  • Alexandrina
  • Berri Barmera
  • Coorong
  • Karoonda East Murray
  • Loxton Waikerie
  • Mid Murray
  • Murray Bridge
  • Renmark Paringa.

These grants are intended to support local organisations. If your head office is not based in these areas but you are working in flood impacted communities, you can apply. Please demonstrate your connection to community in the application form.

Applicants do not require DGR 1 status, however organisations must prove charitable purpose, ideally through registration with the ACNC.

We will prioritise smaller community organisations that often have a considerable reliance on grants and fundraising in order to continue their activities.

You can apply for grants between $5,000 to $10,000 depending on the nature of your project.

Funds are limited and the grant round may be closed if funds are exhausted. Applications will be assessed as they come in.


How to apply

We understand not all organisations will be ready to apply for funding at this time.

The Foundation SA Disaster Recovery Fund Grant applications will remain open until all funds are expended. We encourage you to apply when you are ready.

Foundation SA accepts applications through the Foundant Grants portal.  To apply, please follow the steps below.

Step 1.  Read the Grant Guidelines to make sure your project or activity meets the objectives.

Step 2. Preview and plan your application. You can review the application form in full here.

Step 3. Register for the Foundant Grants portal (you only have to do this once for all our grants).

Step 4. Complete and submit the application form in our grants portal — you may be required to enter an access code: FSA2023. (If you have already started your application, click here to continue (using the same access code: FSA2023).

If you're awarded a Disaster Recovery Grant what do we ask of you?

We can’t wait to see the results! Please share your project report with us no later than 13 months after the receipt of the grant funding — this is the final acquittal report you will be required to complete.

To do this, download the Disaster Recovery Grant Acquittal Form, and visit the Applicant Dashboard to upload your report.

Keep us in the loop with progress of your program or initiative — we’d love to share information and images of your project on our website and social media channels.

Please notify us before making any significant changes to the nature or timing of the project.

We’re here to help


If you have any questions in relation to the grant guidelines please email:

If you require technical assistance with the application lodgement please contact Gabby Lam, Grants Manager: or 03 9412 0412.

Our office hours are Monday to Thursday 9am-4pm.