COVID-19 Response

As of Monday 15 June, the Goolwa and Strathalbyn Libraries are open to the public. For more detailed information about particular services affected click here and for the latest updates on Alexandrina Council's response to COVID-19 click here

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Grants and Donations

Community Grants

The Alexandrina Council region is recognised as one of the most proactive and creative communities in South Australia.  Alexandrina Council values and recognises the role of community groups and organisations within the Council area, and endeavours to financially support a range of projects and activities that are seen to enhance quality of life, and deliver services to the community.

Each year Alexandrina Council makes funding available to our community under the Community Grants Program for (but not limited to) not-for-profit sporting, recreational, social, arts and other community groups and, in some instances, local individuals in the support of one-off activities, projects, festivals and events.  The purpose of the Community Grants Program is to encourage local groups to take a more active and visible role in the community and create opportunities for community participation.

2020-2021 Grant Program - Opening on Tuesday 14 July 2020

In 2020-2021, recognising the significant impacts COVID-19 continues to have on our local communities, Alexandrina Council will be offering two new grants to the community, in place of its usual Community Grants Program category structure.

Economic Development and Events Recovery Grant ($100,000) - Opening Soon

The primary objective of the Economic Development and Events Recovery grant program is to assist businesses to survive and recover from the negative impact caused by COVID-19 and associated restrictions.  This grant is an essential catalyst to support and empower the Alexandrina Council business community to enact change that will rebuild the local economic landscape.

Eligible entities will be able to apply for between $2,000 and $5,000 for new activities that will generate growth and new or larger events that attract visitors to the area.  Businesses may be supported to adapt to online trading, improve shopfront appeal or activate main streets in our townships.

Funding will be offered in two rounds. Round 1 applications will be accepted from 14 July 2020 to 10 August 2020 and Round 2 will open from mid-January to mid-February 2021.

COVID-19 Community Reactivation Grant ($37,000) - Opening Soon

The primary objective of the COVID-19 Community Reactivation is to support existing community groups that make a positive contribution to the wellbeing of our region and whom have been adversely affected by restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Recognising that the impacts vary widely, eligible groups will be able to apply for up to $1,000 to fund a wide range of activities that aim to counteract the negative impacts of the pandemic, including loss of income, increased social isolation and reduced community wellbeing.

The COVID-19 Community Reactivation Grant is a flexible funding program designed to provide assistance where it is most needed.  This grant can support groups to stay afloat and adapt while restrictions are still in place or take steps towards being operational again once restrictions have eased and group activities can resume.  Eligible requests include assistance with utilities payments, or community projects that aim to enhance quality of life by reducing social isolation and increasing community connectedness and wellbeing.

Applications will open from 14 July 2020 and will be assessed on an ongoing basis until funds are exhausted.

More information on both the Economic Development and Events Recovery Grant and COVID-19 Community Reactivation Grant will be made available here from early July.

2020-2021 Youth Sponsorship Program - DEFERRED

Youth Sponsorship Program

The opening of the 2020-2021 Youth Sponsorship Program has been deferred due to the impact of COVID-19 on interstate activities and travel.

For further information or assistance please email or call (08) 8555 7000 and speak to Council's Grants Officer.

Regional Development Australia Grant Finder

Regional Development Australia Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island along with participating councils across the region, including Alexandrina Council,  have recently introduced  the Hills & Coast Grant Finder to help individuals, businesses, community groups, sports clubs and other not-for-profits source and apply for grant funding opportunities.

The site ( provides a comprehensive list of available grant and funding opportunities and is a free service.

Grants SA COVID-19 Support Grant

The Department for Human Services has released a ‘COVID-19 Support Grant’, a modified Grants SA initiative that  aims to support not-for-profit organisations continue to provide services to vulnerable and disadvantaged people in South Australia in the current circumstances of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available to eligible not-for-profit community organisations so they can continue to deliver programs during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Please refer to the Department for Human Services website for more information.

Council Grants:


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For further information please call: 8555 7000

Youth Sponsorship Program

  • Youth Sponsorship Program - CLOSED

Alexandrina Council through its Youth Sponsorship Program aims to encourage and support young people who display outstanding commitment and achievement in their chosen field of endeavour. The purpose of the grant is to assist young people aged 12-18 years who live in the Alexandrina Council area to participate in competitions, research, study or events that develop their personal or professional skills and experience in their chosen field.

The opening of the 2020-2021 Youth Sponsorship Program has been deferred due to the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on inter-state activities and travel.

For further information or assistance please email or call (08) 8555 7000 and speak to Council's Grants Officer.

Community Donations

Alexandrina Council encourages and assists a wide range of organisations and events that provide support to the Alexandrina community. An amount of public money is budgeted each financial year to undertake this support. This assistance may be either financial, in-kind (services, equipment or goods) or a mixture of both.

The decision to make a donation will be made at each Council Meeting by the Elected Members.

Applications to the Donations Program are limited to charity, community groups and not for profit organisations. Business entities and individuals are not eligible.

All requests must be made using an Alexandrina Council Community Donation Program application form (link below) to be eligible for consideration.

Community Donations Information and Guidelines

Community Donations Policy

Community Donations Application Form

Community Donations 2017-18

Community Donations 2016-17

Community Donations 2015-16

Alternative Funding Sources

Regional Development Australia Grant Finder

For more information on seeking funding from Australian Philanthropic trusts and foundations, visit the Philanthropy Australia website.