Youth Grants Program - Youth Development

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The Youth Development Grants are designed to support organisations to deliver exciting, well managed and relevant activities and programs whilst strengthening connections for young people in our community. Applications are invited from not-for-profit community groups and organisations with the expertise and local knowledge to provide opportunities and engagement with young people.


Application process

Key dates

  • Applications opened: 12 May 2017
  • Applications closed: 20 June 2017
  • Delivery deadline: 30 June 2018
  • Acquittals due: See terms and conditions

The application is completed online: Smarty Grants website - Youth Development.

You are guaranteed confidentiality and security when lodging a grant application online. If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the Youth Development Team to discuss alternatives.

Applicants may apply for more than 1 grant by submitting a separate application for each project, demonstrating clear distinctions between the projects.

A budget must be submitted with the grant application. In-kind contributions are also identified in the budget and applications with internal organisational resources will be strongly considered.

For project enquiries and support in making an application, contact the Youth Development Team.


Grant Focus Areas

We encourage grants including but not limited to the following focus areas:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Environment
  • Special Events and School Holiday Programs
  • Sport & Recreation
  • Youth Development and Leadership


Grant objectives

The City of Marion is committed to supporting all young people. The Youth Development Grants will contribute to providing positive opportunities in a strong, connected and inclusive community.

Applications should demonstrate how they will support:

  • Program and services that are delivered to and for young people through organisations that have existing youth development expertise.
  • Organisations to implement initiatives which are beneficial to young people and the community in which they live, work, study or spend their leisure time.
  • Initiatives that develop opportunities for youth participation and citizenship which promote the health and  wellbeing of young people.


Who is eligible to apply?

Eligibility criteria is as follows:

  • Any incorporated, not-for-profit group, community group or voluntary association.
  • Groups that are not incorporated are eligible, provided applications are made through a sponsoring body. The sponsoring body will need to provide its incorporation number and ABN.
  • The project will occur in the City of Marion unless special approval has been agreed.

Schools / educational institutions are eligible to apply, provided they can demonstrate that:

  • The project does not form part of the core business of the Department for Education and Child Development.
  • Alternative funding sources are not available from the Department for Education and Child Development for the project.
  • It is meeting an identified need that is not limited to the school environment.
  • Preference will be given to projects that show clear evidence of a partnership with one or more organisation(s) in the implementation of the project and demonstrate how the project will have benefits to the wider youth population.

Contact the Youth Development Team to confirm if a project is eligible.


What makes a project ineligible?

The following will render an application ineligible:

  • Political or Lobby Groups.
  • The project has commenced.
  • Ongoing operating costs of the organisation or costs not directly related to project delivery.
  • Retrospective costs (any money spent before a grant is approved).
  • Payment of salaries (facilitator/instructor fees will be accepted).
  • Fundraising or sponsorship.
  • Projects that duplicate an existing or similar project/service within the community.
  • Interstate or overseas travel.
  • Academic research or conference costs.
  • Organisations that have not satisfactorily acquitted previous grants with the City of Marion.


How are applications assessed? 

The City of Marion reserves the right to provide funding at its sole discretion, however in order to arrive at this decision the following process will be undertaken: 

  • Applications will be assessed against eligibility.
  • Applications will be assessed in accordance with grant schedule and available funds.
  • Applicants may be requested to provide supporting information and documentation to support their application. 

Each application will be assessed against the following criteria: 

  • The impact and value the project will have for young people 12-25 years in the City of Marion.
  • Demonstrate working collaboratively and/or in partnership with other organisations or services.
  • The health and wellbeing of young people will be enhanced, with ongoing benefits for young people beyond completion of the project.
  • Project has clearly stated aims and objectives.
  • Evidence of youth engagement in the design, planning and delivery of the project.
  • Organisations that contribute their own resources to the project including in-kind, and volunteering will be highly considered.


Financial reporting and evaluation

Applicants will be required to submit a report and acquittal form online following the funded project this is due one month after the completion of the project or by 30 June 2017.

The acquittal statement verifies that the grant funding has been utilised in accordance with the project budget provided in the application form.

Final acquittal of the grant requires a statement of income and expenditure for the project, which must be certified by an authorised signatory of the organisation.


Terms and conditions

Grants will be provided to successful applicants under the following terms and conditions:

  1. Applications must be received by no later than midnight 20 June 2017.
  2. Projects must be delivered by 30 June 2018.
  3. Acquittals must be completed and returned to the City of Marion no later than one month from the completion of project or by the 31 July 2018 whichever is sooner.
  4. The funds provided will be used for the approved project as detailed in the grant application.
  5. Applicants will demonstrate that any purchase of equipment or materials is used solely for the project.
  6. Any changes to the project that would result in funding being expended other than as detailed in the application may not be undertaken without prior written approval by the City of Marion.
  7. The City of Marion is to be given written or printed acknowledgement of the funding in all correspondence, media releases, invitations and any advertising or promotional material.
  8. The City of Marion logo will be supplied and is to be applied to all advertising and promotional material including banners, posters, leaflets, etc.
  9. The City of Marion will reserve the right to separately promote any funded project.
  10. The City of Marion is to be given verbal acknowledgement of the funding in any speeches at events.
  11. Applicants will be responsible for obtaining any relevant approvals including use of council land and road closures. For more information visit the Booking a reserve page.
  12. Meet legal, child protection and insurance requirements set by State and Commonwealth legislation. For further information visit the Department for Education and Child Development website.
  13. Groups that are not incorporated are still eligible, provided applications are made through a sponsoring body.
  14. The applicant / sponsoring body must provide their incorporation number and ABN. If the applicant / sponsoring body does not have an ABN the Statement by Supplier form must be completed, available on the City of Marion website.
  15. Funds must be made payable to the applicant / sponsoring body. If successful, a cheque will be made to the nominated organisation in Section A of the application form or unless otherwise stated.
  16. Any part of the grant funds that are not used must be repaid to the City of Marion unless prior written approval is obtained.
  17. It is the responsibility of the applicant / sponsoring body to obtain all necessary insurances and the City of Marion will not be held liable for any matter arising out of this grant.
  18. It is the responsibility of the applicant / sponsoring body to indemnify and keep indemnified the City of Marion, its employees and agents, against all actions, costs, claims, charges and expenses whatsoever which may be brought or made to claimed against them or any of them out of or in relation to the project.


Print the guidelines

To print a copy of the guidelines, please download: Youth Development Grant Guidelines 2017(298 kb)


Further information

City of Marion
Youth Development Team
Phone: 7420 6462 / 7420 6461
Fax: 8375 6699
Post: PO Box 21, Oaklands Park SA 5046
In person: 935 Marion Road, Mitchell Park SA 5043
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