Rural Health Innovation Fund Grants

One-off funding for community based programs

Rural Health Innovation Fund provides one-off funding for community based programs targeted at innovative projects and initiatives that support quality health outcomes for people living in country South Australia.

Rural Health Innovation Fund enables grant recipients to drive health care improvements (outcomes and experience) for people living in country areas, through projects and initiatives that are effective, efficient, sustainable and in support of equitable access to care.

Services/activities must be delivered within the geographical boundaries aligned with Country SA PHN.

  • Barossa Hills Fleurieu Limestone Coast
  • Eyre and Far North Riverland Mallee Coorong
  • Flinders and Upper North Yorke and Northern
  • Limestone Coast
  • Riverland Mallee Coorong
  • Yorke and Northern

The Rural Health Innovation Fund Grant proposal must be:

  • Community led
  • Focused on health and wellbeing
  • For the benefit of country south Australians

Who can apply?

  • Not for profit organisations
  • Registered South Australian charities
  • Community groups

To be eligible you must:

  • Be a not for profit organisation or registered as a charity on the Australian Charities National Register.
  • Have an active Australian Business Number (ABN) or Australian Company Number (ACN)
  • Have and maintain adequate Public Liability insurance coverage

Key dates and timings

The timeline is provided as a guide only and Rural Health Innovation Fund reserves the right to make alterations. 

  • Applications open Monday 4 March 2024
  • Applications close 5pm Monday 29 April 2024
  • Notification date (indicative) Monday 15 July 2024
  • Grant funds required to be expended by Sunday 30 June 2025

The Total Funding Pool for Round Two

Applicants can apply for a portion of the total funding pool relevant to their project.

Your project or initiative should align with one or more key focus areas of Rural Health Innovation Fund

  • Delivers enhanced health and wellbeing outcomes for country South Australians.
  • Delivers sustainable improvements or knowledge that will enable enhanced health and wellbeing outcomes.
  • Partner with consumers to better manage their health care.
  • Is bold, creative, and innovative.
  • Addresses a need or gap identified in population health data.
  • Builds knowledge and/or evidence on which effective actions can be based.
  • Demonstrates the impact of intended outcomes.


Recognising the diverse health and wellbeing needs of country South Australian’s, Rural Health Innovaton Fund strives to create positive change and provide a unique opportunity to support communities achieve their goals.


It is at the discretion of Rural Health Innovation Fund to award funds to one, multiple or no organisations.

  • Applications must meet the eligibility criteria.
  • Rural Health Innovation Fund will appoint an assessment panel and will have SA Rural Health Network Board approval.


For further information on the Rural Health Innovation Fund Grants, please contact the Fund Coordinator.

Rural Health Innovation Fund Coordinator


Rural Health Innovation Fund would like to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands across Australia and pay respects to the Elders past present and future. We recognise and respect the unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas, which continue to be important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living today.