Grants and Donations

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.

2017-2018 Community Grants Program - CLOSED

Applications for the 2017-2018 Community Grants Program opened on 3 July 2017, and will remain open until 18 August 2017. Applicants will then be notified of the outcome of their applications by early November 2017.


Download current information flyer here.

How to apply

All Community Grant applications must be submitted online via Smartygrants.

To access our online application forms, click the button below!


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



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.

Connecting Communities through the Arts Information and Guidelines 2017-2018(395 kb)

  • 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.

Festivals and Events Grant Information and Guidelines 2017-2018(385 kb)

Funding is also available specifically for Community Christmas Events being held in December 2017.

Community Christmas Event Contribution Information and Guidelines 2017(336 kb)


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.

Small Recreation and Sport Information and Guidelines 2017-2018(393 kb)

  • 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.

Recreational Capital Grant Information and Guidelines 2017-2018(422 kb)

  • 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 Halls Capital Grant Information and Guidelines 2017-2018(392 kb)


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 Development Grant Information and Guidelines 2017-2018(392 kb)

  • Community Environment Grant - CLOSED

The Community Environment Grant aims to support our community in achieving local environmental outcomes.  In 2017/18 Council is seeking to fund community-led projects which foster environmental stewardship and demonstrate alignment with Council’s Environmental Action Plan 2014-2018Applications of up to $5,000 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.

Community Environment Grant Information and Guidelines 2017-2018(393 kb)

  • 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.

Local Heritage Incentive Grant Information and Guidelines 2017-2018(387 kb)

  • 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.

  Rural Initiatives Grant Information and Guidelines 2017-2018(399 kb)

 Youth Sponsorship Program

  •  Youth Sponsorship Program - NOW OPEN - CLOSES ON 27 APRIL 2018* 

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. 

*(Unless available funding is exhausted prior to this date).

Youth Sponsorship Program Information and Guidelines 2017-2018(269 kb)


 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 Program Information Guidelines(304 kb)

Community Donations Application Form(264 kb)

Community Donations Policy(100 kb)

Community Donations 2016-17

Community Donations 2015-16

 Alternative Funding Sources

Office for Recreation and Sport Applications

Click here for the Office for Recreation and Sport website.

Other Grants available through the Office for Recreation and Sport website, for information click the following:

Active Club Program

  • 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