And the Grassroots Giving winners are…

2 June, 2023

From the creation of a disability-friendly pathway to providing new mothers and their families with chef-made frozen meals, RAA’s latest Grassroots Giving Program recipients are diverse and span across the State.

The Grassroots Giving Program, run by RAA since 2019 is designed to empower communities and support causes that make a real difference right here in South Australia.

In the funding round released earlier this year, 56 community groups applied for funding, aiming to address key areas such as helping disadvantaged South Australians, supporting youth development, celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, reducing inequality, promoting community safety, fostering innovation and ensuring environmental sustainability.

After a highly competitive process, RAA is thrilled to award grants of up to $5,000 each to 14 deserving groups, spanning both metropolitan and regional areas from the Riverland to Wallaroo in the Yorke Peninsula and Blinman and Yalata in the far west.

Congratulations to the recipients:

  • Adelaide University Rural Health Alliance (AHURA)’s Yalata Kidney Health Festival
  • Blinman Progress Association
  • Delta Therapy Dogs
  • Drop in Care Space – Community Centre
  • Edmund Rice Community Services Ltd
  • Habitat for Humanity SA
  • Macclesfield Community Association Inc.
  • Marine Discovery Centre
  • Nharangga Aboriginal Progress Association
  • South Australian Council of Social Service
  • Southern Koala and Echidna Rescue Ltd
  • Stamp Out Suicide Yorke Peninsula
  • The Village Co. SA Ltd
  • Wallaroo Community Development Association

Since its inception, RAA’s Grassroots Giving Program has supported 42 community groups with grants totalling over $175,000.

Emily Perry, RAA’s General Manager of Community and Corporate Affairs, emphasised the program’s commitment to improving the lives of members and communities.

“Our Grassroots Giving program embodies RAA’s dedication to making a real difference in the lives of South Australians,” Emily said.

“Over the past four years, we have had the privilege of supporting organisations that have a profound impact on their communities.”

Past recipients have included wildlife rescue groups, State Emergency Services units, education centres and larger organisations like the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and Tjindu Foundation.

Harry, a rescue koala at Southern Koala and Echidna Rescue

One of the latest funding recipients is Southern Koala and Echidna Rescue Ltd, who won a grant to support their native wildlife rescue and rehabilitation work. The charity helps in the recovery and rehabilitation of Koalas, Echidnas and other native wildlife that have fallen victim to bushfires, car accidents and other forms of misadventure including run-ins with domestic dogs.

Southern Koala and Echidna Rescue’s Mish Simpson expressed her gratitude for the grant.

“As a small, volunteer-run charity, grants like these go a long way in helping us providing care to injured native wildlife while ensuring that our volunteers have the necessary protective gear and equipment to do so,” she said.

To learn more about RAA’s Grassroots Giving Program, visit