Community impact grants & strategic partnerships

The Community Impact Grants & Strategic Partnerships program replaces the Community development grants and Recreation & sports grant programs.

About the program

The Community Impact Grants & Strategic Partnerships program provides financial support to eligible clubs, groups, educational institutions, organisations, and residents to help deliver the following Council Strategic Plan outcomes:

  • increase community use of and access to the Adelaide Park Lands
  • safe and welcoming community spaces
  • healthy and resilient communities
  • support initiatives to achieve functional zero homelessness
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures strongly represented in city life
  • beautiful, surprising places
  • celebration of diverse community and collaborations.

Priority areas

The Community Impact Grants & Strategic Partnerships are funded across five priority areas. Applications must respond to at least one of the priorities:

Welcoming - Create opportunities for people to welcome newcomers into their local neighbourhood.

Participation - Encourage residents and community groups to actively participate in their local city community.

Reconciliation - Develop and strengthen reconciliation practices. Support, promote and share Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures recognising the Kaurna people as traditional owners of the land.

Social inclusion - Deliver inclusive responses to meet the needs of isolated and marginalised groups.

Neighbourhood connection - Create opportunities for people to connect with each other. Celebration of diverse community and collaborations.

Who can apply

Applications will be considered from:

  • Organisations or groups who are legally constituted as an incorporated association
  • Not-for-profit companies limited by guarantee
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations (under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2006 )
  • Educational institutions
  • Social enterprises and commercial organisations*
  • Unincorporated community groups/individuals may be considered for quick response grants only

* Social enterprises and commercial organisations will be considered for all categories (excluding Community Infrastructure Grants) when delivering a program outside of their usual business that focuses on community participation and purpose rather than expected profit basis.

Check your eligibility by reading the Community Impact Grant & Strategic Partnerships guidelines.

Funding categories

There are four categories of grants within the Community Impact Grants & Strategic Partnerships program.

Funding categoryDescriptionAmountAvailability
Quick Response GrantsQuick turnaround grants for small scale community initiativesUp to $2,000Open and assessed all year round
Community Impact GrantsSmall to medium sized activities, events or programsUp to $25,000Open two rounds per year (Q1 & Q3 of financial year)
Community Infrastructure GrantsMinor Infrastructure improvements available to community groupsUp to $100,000Open one round per year (Q2 of financial year)
Strategic PartnershipsLarge innovative projects that are a mechanism for the City of Adelaide (Council) to work as a genuine and trusted partner with organisations to achieve the aspirations of Council and the partner organisation, adding flexibility and scope not available in our typical grants programUp to $50,000 per year for up to three yearsOpen one round per year (Q2 of financial year)

Strategic partnerships

Strategic Partnerships are a tool for Council to support higher value, multi-year initiatives that not only align with the Council’s Strategic Plan and vision but enable Council to workshop innovative ideas with partners through a co-design and benefits approach. Partnerships will be informed by the City of Adelaide’s Wellbeing Dashboard insights, have considerable community impact, and build capacity.

Strategic Partnerships are intended to actively seek out partnerships focusing on priority area’s that we know are important to the wellbeing of our community and agility to adapt to emerging Council priorities.

In addition to funding, Council can provide a range of support and advice including:

  • Two way mutually beneficial agreements.
  • Access to strategic input, support and facilitation.
  • Assistance in leveraging and brokering support with Council such as venues, spaces and facilities, marketing and promotion.
  • Communicating and connecting across Council networks in relation to the partnership.

Eligible activities

What can be funded ✔

  • activities, events or programs that encourage residents and community groups to actively participate in their local community
  • training, education and accreditation for volunteers, coaches’ officials, and administrators such as first aid training
  • subsidies of hire fees
  • multi-cultural festivals
  • reconciliation events
  • sport and recreation participation opportunities
  • equipment and uniforms
  • activities, events or programs targeting a specific population such as a women’s running program
  • sports lighting, benches, water bubblers
  • accessibility improvements to buildings, sun protection
  • irrigation systems, air conditioning, surfaces (such as tennis courts)
  • community gardens

What can't be funded ✖

  • activities, events or programs occurring outside of the City of Adelaide boundary
  • infrastructure located outside of the City of Adelaide boundary
  • activities, events or programs that form part of core service delivery or business as usual for organisations
  • events or expenses where the majority of participants are professional athletes or prize money is awarded
  • maintenance costs
  • travel costs
  • general or routine maintenance of Council owned facilities and infrastructure
  • reimbursement of costs including lease and licence fees
  • requests for reimbursement of funds already spent

See a full list of examples of previously approved activities for each category in the Community Impact Grant & Strategic Partnerships guidelines.

How to apply

Before submitting an application, you must:

  • Contact the Coordinator, Grants Program on 08 8203 7203 or email [email protected] to discuss your potential project.

Once you've discussed your project with the Coordinator, Grants Program, apply online.

Apply now

Need more information?

If you have further questions contact the Coordinator, Grants Program:

8203 7203

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