Disaster Risk Reduction Grants

The Disaster Risk Reduction Grants Program supports initiatives which proactively reduce risk and limit the impact of disasters associated with natural hazards on SA’s communities and economies.  Taking action to address the causes of disaster risk, will strengthen resilience and enable communities to withstand, adapt and continue to thrive in a changing environment.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework is the main guiding document for the grants program.  All expressions of interests must align to one or more of the priorities identified in the Framework.

A total of $2m is available for the State Strategic Projects stream and $1.58m in grant funding is available for the Disaster Risk Reduction Grants in 2020-2021.

Disaster Risk Reduction Grants

These grants fund projects that align to and progress priority objectives identified in key national and state strategic documents (listed below) and that can demonstrate sustainable community outcomes.

Disaster Risk Reduction Grants Application Process and Timeline

Expression of Interest Open 21 September 2020, 9am CST
Expression of Interest Close 7 October 2020, 5pm CST
Shortlisted EOI Applicants Notified 6 November 2020
Shortlisted applicants to complete full project application by 27 November 2020, 5pm CST
Successful Applicants Announced early February 2021
Funding Agreements Established By late February 2021

Conditions of Funding

  • Initiatives must demonstrate alignment to priority outcomes of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework
  • Minimum grant funding $50,000 and no set maximum
  • Applicants will be required to demonstrate cash or in-kind contribution to support the project (please see table below for contribution requirements)
  • Funding can run over multiple years
Matched Funding Guidelines
Eligible Organisation Commonwealth Government State Government Grant Recipient Funding (cash and/or in-hand)
State Government Up to 50% Up to 20% At least 30% (cash or in-hand)
Local Government Up to 50% Up to 30% At least 20% (cash or in-hand)
Non-Government - For Profit entities/businesses Up to 50% Up to 20% At least 30% (cash or in-hand)
Non-Government - Not-For-Profit (i.e. charities, volunteer groups) Up to 50% Up to 20% At least 5% (cash or in-hand)

Other Considerations

All types of organisations including community groups can apply. Cross-agency and cross-sector partnerships and collaborations are encouraged.

In addition to the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework, priority will be given to projects that demonstrate the following:

Further Information or Enquiries

The recorded Information Session is available here

  • Presentation of the Resilient Australia Awards (15 mins)
  • Demonstration Showcase of previous grant funded projects (15 mins)
  • Disaster Risk Reduction Grant information session (30 mins)

The Information Session Powerpoint presentation is available here

For further information please contact the Program Administrator on (08) 8115 3927 or

email: SAFECOMGrantsAdministration@sa.gov.au