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Please be advised that some community programs and services have been changed or cancelled.

Where possible, we encourage you to contact us by phone 8555 7000 or email

For COVID-19 Business Support, please click here or contact us on the Alexandrina Business Hotline 8555 7455 or email

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Grants and Donations

Community Grants Program Survey: Have your say!

Council is currently reviewing its Community Grants Program and is seeking feedback from the community on how we’ve been doing and what we should do in the future. Whether you are a past grant applicant or recipient, have considered submitting an application but haven’t yet, or you just have some great ideas about how we could improve our program, we would love to hear from you.

Click on the survey link below to complete the survey.

Survey closes at 9am on Tuesday 10 March 2020.

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.

2019-2020 Community Grants Program - CLOSED

Applications for the 2019-2020 Community Grants Program are now closed.

2019-2020 Youth Sponsorship Program - CLOSED

Youth Sponsorship Program

Applications for the 2019-2020 Youth Sponsorship Grants Program are now closed.

For further information or assistance please email or call (08) 8555 7000.

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.

Other Community Grants available:

Regional Development Australia Grant Finder

Seek funding from Australian Philanthropic trusts and foundations, visit the website.

Council Grants:


Useful Documents:

Council Venue and Equipment Hire:

Previous Grant Recipients:

For further information please call: 8555 7000

Arts and Cultural Development Grants

  • Connecting Communities through the Arts Grant - CLOSED

The Connecting Communities through the Arts Grant program provides financial support on a one-off basis to assist artists and not-for-profit community organisations to deliver inspiring arts and cultural programs to the Alexandrina community.  Individuals or organisations who believe they can make a positive creative contribution that is consistent with Council’s strategic directions, and enhance the quality of life of the community, are encouraged to apply.

  • Festivals and Events Grant - CLOSED

Festivals and Events Grants are available to provide financial and/or in kind support to events which are capable of enhancing community participation, promoting the Alexandrina Council region as a tourism destination and stimulating the local economy while achieving minimal environmental impact as well as minimal adverse impact to residents.

Sports, Recreation and Facilities Grants

  • Small Recreation and Sport Grant - CLOSED

The Small Recreation and Sport Grant aims to support the development of not-for-profit recreation and sporting groups wishing to make a contribution to recreation and sporting activities within the Alexandrina Council region.

  • Recreational Capital Grant - CLOSED

The aim of the Recreational Capital Grant is to support projects that focus on maintaining and conserving the community's assets by way of major capital improvements and provide opportunities for a broader cross section of the community to be involved in recreational activities. These include additions and alterations to buildings, clubrooms and infrastructure for community owned sporting and recreational facilities.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are able to contribute towards the cost of the project. This can be with cash, materials, volunteer hours or in-kind work.

  • Community Halls Capital Grant - CLOSED

Across the Alexandrina Council region there are a number of community, non-Council, owned halls.  These halls are often significant to community life and the Community Halls Capital Grant scheme may assist in the improvement and maintenance of these local community structures.   These grants will only be funded where the applicant can show a commitment to match funding.

Community Development Grants

  • Community Development Grant - CLOSED

The Community Development Grant will provide funding to eligible groups, organisations and individual residents who present applications that demonstrate consistency with Alexandrina Council’s Community Strategic Plan 2014-2023. Applicants will design, develop and implement programs and projects that enhance the wellbeing of residents of Alexandrina Council, now and into the future.  Successful applicants will demonstrate community development principles of inclusiveness, collaboration, capacity building, equity and responsiveness.  Applications of up to $3,000 will be accepted.

  • Community Environment Grant - CLOSED

The Community Environment Grant aims to support our community in achieving local environmental outcomes.  Council is seeking to fund community-led projects which foster environmental stewardship and demonstrate alignment with Council’s Environmental Action Plan 2014-2018.  Applications will be accepted in all four program areas of the Environmental Action Plan: protecting our water resources, enhancing biodiversity, progressive approaches to climate change, and living local.

  • Local Heritage Incentive Grant - CLOSED

Throughout the Alexandrina area, a considerable number of historical residential, public and commercial buildings provide important connections to our heritage and cultural identity.  These properties enhance and promote the region as a highly desirable place to live.

The Local Heritage Incentive Grant is aimed at encouraging heritage building owners to safeguard the condition of these assets though a partial funding of external restoration, structural and conservation works, once Council Development Approval has been gained.

  • Rural Initiatives Grant – CLOSED

The Council is committed to taking a proactive approach in supporting primary production, improving viability and maintaining a positive contribution to our rural communities. The Rural Initiatives Grant is designed to support projects which promote sustainable rural and primary production initiatives within the Alexandrina Council area.

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.

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

Office for Recreation and Sport Funding

Other Grants are available through the Office for Recreation and Sport, please check their website.

Click here for the Office for Recreation and Sport website.

Active Club Program - More information HERE

  • Sport and Recreation Development and Inclusion Program (SRDIP) - Sport and Recreation Development and Inclusion Program
  • Community Sport & Recreation Facilities Program - Community Recreation
  • Scholarships for Athletes - Scholarships for Athletes
  • Grants and Scholarships for Coaches, Officials and Volunteers - Scholarships for Coaches.

Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program - More information HERE

State Sport and Active Recreation Organisations, Industry Representative Bodies, Local Government, Schools, Community Groups, Incorporated Sport or Active Recreation Clubs that do not hold a gaming machine license are encouraged to apply for this grant.