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LG Research & Development Scheme - How to apply

The Local Government Research and Development Scheme funds specific projects that are "strategically for the benefit of Local Government as a whole". Since 1998, research funded by this Scheme has delivered real benefits to SA communities, in the form of increased efficiencies, improved service delivery, and greater accountability.

With resources exceeding $1.5 million annually, this South-Australian-based scheme is unique in Australia. No other State has anything like this available for the benefit of Local Governments or their communities.

Two Funding Calls per year

A funding call in March each year is confined to projects initiated by the LGA.  In July each year, a funding call is opened to eligible applicants, being:

  • Local Governments;
  • Regional Local Government Associations;
  • Universities & other educational institutions;
  • Local Government Professional Bodies;
  • Local Government Unions;
  • State or Federal Government Agencies; or
  • Any other organisation interested in collaborating with Local Government.

Decisions regarding funding for proposals are made in accordance with the Principles and Purposes of the Scheme by the LGA Board (acting on advice from an Advisory Committee) in May and September each year.

Guidelines - How to Apply for Scheme Funding, 2018

On 17 May 2018, the LGA Board is due to set a global budget for all applications for Scheme funding in 2018-19.

Proposed projects by the LGA Secretariat in 2018-19 were considered and endorsed by the Board at the same meeting.

For those applying from the local government sector (i.e. anyone other than the LGA Secretariat) applications for funding are now open, and will close at 5pm on Friday 27 July 2018.

Here are the 2018 Guidelines for applicants. LGRDS Guidelines for Applicants - March 2018(315 kb)

To apply, please go to

Research your topic!

Project proponents are expected to undertake research on their project topics to ensure that their proposals build on previous work carried out locally, nationally and internationally in their topic areas - rather than reproducing work already available.  The Guidelines document contains a list of web addresses which may assist proponents to carry out this research.

Previous round, 2017

In 2017-18, the Board set a budget of up to $614,710 for 'sector' projects.

24 applications were received, seeking total funding of $880,368

These 24 applications were considered by the Local Government Research and Development Scheme Advisory Committee at its meeting on 1 September 2017.  Recommendations from the Advisory Committee were put to the LGA Board at its meeting on 28 September 2017.   Applicants were advised of the Board's decision shortly afterwards.  All those who received funding offers chose to take up their offer and their projects began shortly afterwards.   They can be viewed among the list of "current" projects here:


Other Grants

The Local Government Research & Development Scheme is available for Local Government "development purposes".

For information regarding general grants available to Councils for community projects, see the Grants Page.

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