The Local Government Association (LGA) has opened the South Australian Research and Development Scheme funding round to innovative, strategic projects aiming to support the local government sector. 

The Research and Development Scheme is an annual funding round administered by the LGA and supports projects that unlock innovation, strengthen the community and create opportunities for improved efficiencies and services in South Australia’s councils.

The LGA’s Research and Development Scheme funding is open to any organisation; including councils, State and Federal Governments, regional development and local government associations, businesses, schools and universities, industry groups and associations.

LGA South Australian President, Mayor Angela Evans, said the available funding offered an opportunity for projects to tackle sector-wide challenges, improve efficiencies and unlock innovation.

“This funding, which is unique to South Australia, supports the local government sector to grow and innovate – and that supports better services and programs for our local communities,” Mayor Evans said.

“Previous funding rounds have supported a wide range of projects including the creation of a cyber security toolkit, asset management plan templates, climate change planning guides and council training resources.

“This year, we’re encouraging a focus on one of the key priorities of the Research and Development Scheme including homelessness and housing, climate and environment, financial sustainability, cost pressures, managing reform, community awareness of local government and community wellbeing and inclusion.

“We’re looking for great ideas to tackle these issues – they could be small projects or large-scale, involving several partnering organisations that come together to find better ways of doing things.

“This is the kind of funding that gets ideas off the ground and results in better practices to strengthen the sector over the long-term.”

Applications to the funding round are now open and will close 29 July 2022.

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