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Grants, donations and sponsorship

Through its Community Vision and Strategic Plan, the City of Marion has expressed a strong commitment to support the community through a number of grant opportunities. Eligible groups will encourage community connection for all people in our community. The Community Vision is for a city that is liveable, valuing nature, engaged, prosperous, innovative and connected.

Applications should reflect diversity and inclusiveness by ensuring projects, programs and activities are inclusive and accessible as possible for all groups, including people of various gender, age, sexuality, cultural backgrounds, religious beliefs and those living with disability.

Click below for more information on the various grant opportunities available.

Community Grants (closed)

The Community Grants Program - The next round is scheduled for February 2022.

The purpose of the Community Grants Program is to assist local not-for-profits to establish and undertake projects or activities that are beneficial for the community.

Applications should reflect and support the following reports and policies:
• The City of Marion Community Vision and Strategic Plan.

• The City of Marion Equity, Access and Social Inclusion Policy Statement.

Applications should ensure programs, activities and events are inclusive and as accessible as possible for all groups, including people of various genders, ages, sexuality, cultural backgrounds, religious beliefs and those living with disability.

Grants are available to support non-profit, incorporated groups with projects benefiting the local community.

Please refer to the Community Grants Guidelines for more information on eligibility.

Multiple grants of up to $5,000 and one per round of up to $10,000 are available with a total pool of $100,000 of funding per financial year.

Community Grants Program Round 1 2021/22:

2021 Community Grants opened on 2 August and closed on 6 September.

Applications were presented to the General Council Meeting on 23 November for endorsement.

A cheque presentation ceremony was held on 10 December.

Successful recipients were:

  • Hindu Society of SA - Verge beautification project
  • Bangladesh Club Australia - Asian Multicultural Event
  • Portlife Seaview - Community playground and cafe
  • Warradale Community Children's Centre - First Nations mural
  • Park Holme Community Hall and Committee of Management - Purchase of a Cardiac Defibrillator
  • Pan Laconian Society of South Australia - Upgrade audio visual equipment
  • Lions Club of Hallett Cove and Districts - Upgrade audio visual equipment
  • Sheidow Park Cricket Club - Girls 4 Cricket Program
  • Friends of Sturt River Landcare Group - Equipment for biodiversity projects
  • Royal Life Saving Society Aust South Australia Branch - Multicultural Water Safety Program
  • Adelaide Cricket Club - Women and girls cricket equipment

Successful applicants from previous rounds include:

  • Huntington's SA and NT - Wheelchair friendly garden project
  • Koorana Gymnastics Club - Training and accreditation programs
  • Ascot Park Bowls Club - Lawn Bowls Greens Roller
  • Trott Park Community Garden Inc. - Equipment enabling a communal engagement space
  • Australian Refugee Association - Women Together program
  • Dover Gardens Kennel & Obedience Club - Purchase of a Cardiac Defibrillator (AED)
  • Oaklands Community Garden Society - New shed and irrigation for garden
  • South Coast Cycling - Accredited training course for members/volunteers
  • Southbank Tennis Club - Club upgrades (BBQ, Water system and Baby change table)
  • Probus Club of Marion - IT Equipment
  • Marion Historic Village Museum - Museum insulation upgrade

Community Event Fund (year-round)

Applications will be open each financial year until funds are exhausted. Applicants may apply for up to $2,000 per event. Subject to eligibility.

Applicants must submit complete applications one month prior to the event to ensure time for processing of application prior to the event.

What is the Community Events Fund?

The Community Event Fund holds $15,000 per financial year to assist local not for profit organisations to stage events or festivals. With the intention of providing a contribution to the cost of infrastructure for events that demonstrate a benefit to the City of Marion and which are in line with the City of Marion Strategic Plan.

If your planned event is on Council-owned land or facilities you will need to apply for a Special Event Permit.

Please refer to the Community Event Fund Guidelines for more information on how to apply and what can be funded.

Youth Development Grants (closed)

The Youth Development Grants Program - Applications closed on the 6 September 2021.

The purpose of the Youth Development Grants Program is to support not-for-profits groups to deliver exciting, well-managed and relevant projects, programs and activities whilst strengthening connections for young people in our community.

The grants can assist youth organisations and services to identify projects that they feel meet a local need, utilising their experience, expertise and existing connections in the City of Marion. The Youth Development Grants will contribute to providing positive opportunities in a strong, connected and inclusive community.

Applications should reflect and support the following reports and policies:

All projects should be accessible as possible for all groups, including people of various genders, ages, sexuality, cultural backgrounds, religious beliefs and those living with disability.

Please refer to the Youth Development Grants Guidelines for more information on eligibility.

A total funding pool of $120,000 is available. Maximum $10,000 per application.

Youth Development Grants Program Current timeline:

2022 Youth Development Grants timeline to be advised.

Successful Grants for 2021/22

Congratulations to the following organisations:

Headspace - Native Australian planting and bush tucker workshops

Headspace - A LGBTIQA+ social support youth group

Whitelion Youth Agency - Invest in Us, A trauma informed educational group program

YMCA - Fridays at the Y, A Friday night youth drop-in group

YMCA - Y-Connect, School holiday activity days

YMCA - DRUMBEAT, a therapeutic drumming program

On The Flip Side - Skate Daze, a youth music, food and skate event

MarionLIFE Community Services - A mobile outreach youth service

Reclink Australia - Explore SA , an 8-week adventure, well-being and resilience program

Reclink Australia - Reclink Youth, a sport, arts and recreation program with links to employment pathways

Flinders University, New Venture Institute - Be Your Own Boss, a design thinking and entrepreneurial program

Junction - Dungeons & Dragons, an online group

Islamic Society of South Australia - A photography project and exhibition

To keep up to date with program and project times and locations check the event calendar and like us on Facebook


Youth Achievement Grants (year-round)

The Youth Achievement Grants Program has an annual budget of $20,000 and is available each year from 1 July until the budget is exhausted.

Young people 24 years and under are eligible to apply.

What is the Youth Achievement Grants Program?

The purpose of the Youth Achievement Grants is to encourage young people who have achieved outstanding results in their chosen field. The aim of the grants program is to award financial assistance to support young people achieving their individual goals. Grants are available for young people who are residents of the City of Marion, under the following categories but not limited to: Education and Academic Performance ,Youth Leadership eg: Youth Parliament, Youth Forums,The Arts eg: Creative, Visual and Performing, Sport and Recreation eg: State and National Competitions, Community and Culture, Technology and Innovation, Environmental Sustainability.

Applicants are eligible for

$200 - state level representation or equivalent in your chosen field

$400 - national level representation or equivalent in your chosen field

Please refer to the Youth Achievement Grants Guidelines for more information on how to apply and what can be funded.

Youth Achievement Grants Program Timeline

Current status: Open all year or until budget has been exhausted.

Youth Development Partnership Opportunities (year-round)

The City of Marion places a strong emphasis on working with partners and collaborators across the city and region, acknowledging the expertise, knowledge and creativity these diverse groups contribute in strengthening community connections for young people.

Partnerships will create opportunities for youth participation and engagement. The underlying principle of all partnerships will be the enhancement of young people’s strengths and capacity as contributors to their community and their own personal development.

Youth Partnership projects should reflect and support the following reports and policies:

If you have an idea or would like to discuss Partnership Opportunities please contact us on 08 8375 6600 during business hours or email Council@marion.sa.gov.au and quote Youth Development Partnership Enquiry.

Donations and Sponsorship (year-round)

The Donations and Sponsorship funding allows applicants to apply for up to $200 per financial year per person/organisation, subject to available funds.

What is the Donations and Sponsorship Program?

It provides funding assistance to eligible individuals, groups, and not for profit organisations for activities that benefit the City of Marion.

Applicants must clearly meet and demonstrate a social, environmental, or economic need or benefit the well being of the community.

For further information please read the Donations and Sponsorship Policy.

Successful City of Marion grant recipients are required to adhere to the current SA Government COVID-19 restrictions when implementing their programs, activities and/or events.

Apply now

The online SmartyGrants application tool allows users to work on their application progressively and securely.

Before starting your application please read the guidelines, provided in the information tabs above, for the specific funding program. Funding and eligibility criteria apply to all grants.

If you experience any technical issues when completing your application please contact SmartyGrants on 03 9320 6888.

Additional grant funding opportunities

City of Marion is excited to provide the Funding Finder to our community. This site provides a comprehensive list of grant and funding opportunities available to all local businesses, community groups, not-for-profits and residents within the City of Marion. This free service can help you identify funding to support your project.

Contact details

City of Marion
Community Grants Officer / Youth Grants Officer

935 Marion Road, Mitchell Park SA 5043
Post: PO Box 21, Oaklands Park SA 5046