Youth Grants Program - Projects Led by Young People

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The Projects Led by Young People Grants aims to encourage local young people who have the ideas, skills and enthusiasm to develop activities and events for the benefit of the community to develop their own programs.

The grants are designed to provide an opportunity for young people to initiate, lead, manage and/or participate in new and innovative program/project ideas.


Application process

Key dates

  • Applications open: 2 May 2016
  • Applications close: Open applications
  • Delivery deadline: 30 June 2017
  • Acquittals due: See terms and conditions

The application is completed online: Smarty Grants website - Projects Led by Young People.

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.

Young people are encouraged to contact the Youth Development Team to discuss ideas and receive guidance with the application process.


Grants available

There are 10 grants of $2,000 each (total $20,000 funding pool).


Grant objectives

The City of Marion is committed to supporting young people in the community.

Applications should demonstrate how they will address the following areas:

  • Increase the number of youth-led and youth-driven initiatives throughout the City of Marion.
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of young people by providing opportunities that will develop and strengthen communication, leadership and decision-making skills.
  • Provide young people with the knowledge and skills to link them to further community based activities.



Each application will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • The project will benefit young people between 12-25 years of age.
  • The project will occur in the City of Marion.
  • Young people will be given the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills.
  • The project will aim to improve the wellbeing of young people so they can be healthy and resilient contributors of their community.
  • The project has clearly stated aims and objectives.
  • Sponsoring Bodies that contribute their own resources to the project including in-kind, and volunteering will be highly considered.
  • Young people will take the lead in the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of the project.
  • The project is supported by an incorporated organisation.



Eligibility criteria is as follows:

  • Aged 12-25.
  • The project idea needs to be supported by an incorporated group that agrees to take responsibility for the financial management of the grant. The Youth Development Team are able to assist in identifying and contacting an incorporated group e.g. sports club, church, mosque, temple, Scouts, Girl Guides, school.

Schools / educational institutions:

  • Students supported by schools are eligible to apply but must be able to 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.
    - the Project is researched, planned and delivered by students.
  • 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.



The following reasons 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.
  • Applicants that have not satisfactorily acquitted previous grants with the City of Marion.


Grant assessment

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 additional supporting information considered appropriate.


Financial reporting and evaluation

Council staff can help with the financial reporting and evaluation.

Applicants will be required to submit a report and acquittal form online.

Final acquittal of the grant also 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:

  • There is no closing date but applicants are encouraged to contact the Youth Development Team to discuss project timeframe.
  • Projects must be delivered by 30 June 2017.
  • 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 2017, whichever is sooner.
  • The funds provided will be used for the approved project as detailed in the grant application.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • City of Marion logo will be supplied and is to be applied to all advertising and promotional material including banners, posters, leaflets, etc.
  • City of Marion will reserve the right to separately promote any funded project
  • City of Marion is to be given verbal acknowledgement of the funding in any speeches at events.
  • Applicants will be responsible for obtaining any relevant approvals including use of council land and road closures.  View the following link:
  • Meet legal, child protection and insurance requirements set by State and Commonwealth legislation.  For further information please visit: Child Related Employment Screening.
  • Groups that are not incorporated are still eligible, provided applications are made through a sponsoring body.
  • 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 and returned to the Youth Development Team. 
  • Funds must be made payable to the applicant / sponsoring body.  If successful, a cheque will be made out to the nominated sponsoring body.
  • Any part of the grant funds that are not used must be repaid to the City of Marion unless prior written approval is obtained.


Print the guidelines

To print a copy of the guidelines, please download: Youth Grants - Projects Led by Young People(318 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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