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Grants, donations and sponsorship

The City of Marion through its Community Vision and Strategic Plan, 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.

The City of Marion is committed to a diverse and inclusive community. Applications should reflect and celebrate this 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.

Community Grants

The City of Marion Community Grants Program generally runs two rounds per financial year around February and August of each year.

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.

Grants are offered in the following categories:

  • Environment
  • Community Development
  • Arts and Culture
  • Sports & Recreation

What is the Community Grants Program?

The purpose of the Community Grants Program is to assist local non-profit community groups and organisations to establish and undertake innovative projects or activities that are of benefit to the community and which support the Strategic Plan - Towards 2040 which can be viewed on the link below.

Grants are available to support non-profit groups to develop new projects benefiting the community. No matter how large or small your non-for-profit group is, if you have an idea for a project, then you may be eligible for a grant. Please refer to the Community Grants Guidelines below for more information on eligibility.

Community Grants Program Timeline:* 

  • Applications open 14 August and close 18 September 2018
  • Late September 2018 panel begin assessing applications
  • November or December 2018 Recommendations are put forward to Council at the General Council Meeting. Applicants are then advised of the outcome of their application as soon as possible.
  • February 2019 Successful recipients will receive their funding at the Cheque Presentation Evening.

* please be advised that this timeline is approximate only and is subject to change.

Community Event Fund

Applications will be open until 30 June 2019 or until funds are exhausted, whichever comes first. Applicants may apply for up to $1000 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 is a new fund of $12,000 per financial year to assist local not for profit organisations, community groups and voluntary associations 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 below for more information on how to apply and what can be funded.

Youth Development Grants

The Youth Development Grants Program is open annually to eligible groups and organisations and the following grants are available:

Minor Grants $0 - $5,000

Medium Grants $5,000 – 10,000

Major Grants $10,000 – 40,000

* Please note these amounts are a guide, please discuss with the Youth Development team if your project does not fit within these funding pools.

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

What is the Youth Development Grants Program?

The Youth Development Grants are designed to support eligible groups and organisations to deliver exciting, well-managed and relevant activities and programs whilst strengthening connections for young people 12-25 years 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.

Voice It Create it Do it.

Youth Development Grants Program Timeline*

The Youth development grants are currently closed. The dates for the 2019/20 round will be announced early 2019.

Successful Grants for 2018/19

Australian Skateboard Federation - Skate Titans Oaklands

A state championship qualifier will be held at Oaklands Skate Park as part of 8 stops across the state. This event will lead into the National competition.

Contemporary Arts in Communities – Youth (CAiC) Contemporary Arts and Creative Enterprise Activation Marion,this grant is auspiced by Open Spaces Contemporary Art.

CAiC will engage young people in a variety of creative art workshops throughout the City of Marion. Young and established practicing artists and creative entrepreneurs will facilitate these sessions.

Divine Orchestra Music Ministry INC - Grow, Reach Out & Win (G.R.O.W.)

G.R.O.W. will work with young people from all communities within the City of Marion, in a Music, Dance and Arts Mentoring and Coaching Program. The mentoring and coaching sessions will be held at various locations across the City.

Kilparrin Teaching and Assessment School and Service

A creative and collaborative community music project where students with multiple disabilities will collaborate with internationally acclaimed music facilitators, Paul Rissmann and Bindi McFarlane. They will lead a unique and bespoke creative music project at Kilparrin Teaching and Assessment School. The finale concert will be at Marion Cultural Centre and will showcase all students and be presented to local schools and the broader community.

Lutheran Community Care (LCC) - Breaking Through

Breaking Through is a personal and social development program for multicultural young people living in the City of Marion. The program aims to work with young people 15-25 years developing awareness and self-development in relation to employment and training readiness.

MarionLIFE – MarionLIFE Youth Lunchtime Sessions

Lunchtime Sessions is a mobile youth service that will be available to all local primary and high schools, Flexible Learning Options (FLO) providers and local youth services in the City of Marion. The program aims to provide a safe and welcoming space for young people during their school day or at a local community event.  The sessions will be an opportunity for young people to connect with others, find out about local services and how they can access support in their local community after school hours, on the weekend and during school holidays.

Red Cross - FoodREDi

This project aims to provide a sustainable food literacy program for young people in the City of Marion. The FoodREDi project is a 6-week food literacy program and is delivered by volunteers to educate young people on healthy eating,  budgeting, cooking and food choices. These sessions will be held at one of our community centres and the identified volunteers will be from within the City of Marion. There will be 4 x 6 weeks sessions held throughout the year.

The Butterfly Foundation Body Esteem - Whole Community Project

Sessions will be held throughout the community to raise awareness and reduce stigma relating to negative body image and eating disorders. Students, parents and professionals will receive developmentally and role appropriate sessions that will provide information and strategies that foster the development of a positive body image and healthy relationship with food and exercise.

The STEMable Project INC

The STEMable Project will host an all-day event for around forty female students in Year 9 and 10 to inspire, engage and connect them to local STEM role models and industry leaders. Students will be drawn from schools in the City of Marion.

True North Youth Ensemble - Drop Out

This project is the next step in the newly created Youth Ensemble - True North Marion, this group were the creators of ‘A Sense of Home’ funded through the 2017/18 grant round. This production will be called ‘Drop Out’ and will explore the isolation and stigma that young people feel when they are no longer part of a school. Drop Out will look at why young people are dropping out and being truant of school at an alarming and ever increasing rate.

To keep up to date with program and project times and locations check the event calendar and Facebook - Youth Development.

Youth Achievement Grants

The Youth Achievement Grants Program has an annual budget of $10,000 and is available each year from 1 July until the budget is exhausted.

Young people up to 25 years are eligible to apply.

What is the Youth Achievement Grants Program?

The Youth Achievement Grants aims to encourage and support young people who have achieved outstanding results in their chosen field. Grants are available for young people who are residents of the City of Marion and have been chosen by a peak body to represent South Australia or Australia in their chosen field.

Applicants are eligible for $100 if representing the state and $200 for national representation.

Youth Achievement Grants Program Timeline

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

Youth Development Partnership Opportunities

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 connectedness 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.

Donations and Sponsorship

The Donations and Sponsorship funding allows applicants to apply for up to $100 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 non for profit organisations for activities that benefit the City of Marion.

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


For further information - Please read the Donations and Sponsorship Policy below.


Apply now

We provide an online application tool SmartyGrants to help you prepare and submit your application. SmartyGrants allows users to work on their application progressively and securely.

Before starting your application please read the Guidelines 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 information

Further information

City of Marion  
Community Grants Officer / Youth Grants Officer

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