Community Impact Strategic Partnerships

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What are 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.

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

What can be funded ✔

  • Partner led initiatives that deliver on Council’s Strategic Plan 2020-2024
  • Initiatives that deliver mutual benefit to the City and the partner, generally through projects, activities, and events

What can't be funded ✖

  • Core service delivery of the partner organisation
  • Activities, events or programs occurring outside of the City of Adelaide boundary
Amount per applicationUp to $50k per year for three years
Length of agreement1-3 years

Who are the current Strategic Partnerships?

The first Strategic Partnerships were awarded in June 2022 and celebrated with a launch event with the Former Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor.

The second round of Strategic Partnerships were awarded in May 2023 and celebrated with a launch event with the Lord Mayor Dr Jane Lomax-Smith AM. 

A diverse range of partners will deliver some exciting projects over the next two or three years:

Strategic Partners announced 2023

The Kaurna Foundational Knowledge Project, lead by Jack Buckskin and supported by Nucleus Digital Agency, will develop a series of Kaurna language and cultural videos which will be valuable resources to the wide Adelaide community for years into the future. These videos will be utilised through a series of channels, and launched via publicly accessible talks by Jack Buckskin.

Regenerate in the Adelaide Parklands will provide an intergenerational program, co-designed with mental health services, targeting city dwellers over 55years and young adults/international students who may be living with mental illness, feeling isolated or lonely, to get active in nature. Meaningful bushcare and nature walks will connect people with nature, improving their mental and physical wellbeing.

This Strategic Partnership will allow for the continuation of the Regenerate program, originally funded through a Community Impact Grant in 2021/2022.

Flip Side activations at the new City of Adelaide Skate Park include skate & meditate workshops, DJ workshops, skate events, graffiti art classes, young Artists markets, and Music events. On the Flip Side have previously partnered with the City of Adelaide to host events, including launching the new City of Adelaide Skate Park with a broadly attended Skate Daze event.

“COTA Conversations in the City” are real-life and digital forums that inspire, connect and support older people in the City of Adelaide. Forums will present expert guest speakers, facilitate conversation, and offer information and practical actions important to celebrate and embrace growing older, and achieve healthy ageing.

Strategic Partners announced 2022

Tika Tirka is a new accommodation service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from remote and outer regional communities studying in Adelaide. The 20-bed apartment style facility in the Adelaide CBD accommodates post-secondary students from remote and regional locations engaged in further education and training in the city.

This new program will deliver a suite of activities that build on the City of Adelaide’s Reconciliation Action Plan and Kaurna/Elders cultural activities. These activities will provide Tika Tirka students to engage with and learn about Kaurna culture and reconciliation.

Catherine House offers crisis, longer term accommodation and support services for women experiencing homelessness. Catherine House can accommodate up to 54 women experiencing homelessness and provides an outreach service to women living in the community.

This project will support vulnerable women, and women experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness, within the city area to build, maintain and strengthen a safe community network (their ‘tribe’). The project aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness and support women to thrive rather than just survive.

Headspace support young people with mental health, physical health (including sexual health), alcohol and other drug services, as well as work and study support. With a focus on early intervention, they work with young people to provide support at a crucial time in their lives; to help get them back on track and strengthen their ability to manage their mental health and wellbeing.

This youth-led project will engage young people in the city to increase social connection and wellbeing, providing young people with different activities they can participate in to connect with others and create a resilient community.

One Culture provides opportunities for young people who are new arrival’s, migrants and from first nations backgrounds to build stronger ties with their community create interpersonal networks and engage in personal development training. The organisation uses the world game to help build confidence among individuals to take control of their lives and make positive choices.

Using football, this project aims to engage young people aged 10 - 25 years through 3 avenues: school programs, social sessions & by forming connections to city grassroots football/soccer clubs through an engagement tournament. The project will be delivered in partnership with Council, Adelaide United FC & Adelaide Comets FC.

Need more information?

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