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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.

Grant opportunities

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

Community Grants

The Community Grants Program

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

Prior to applying, and for more information on eligibility, please refer to the Community Grants Guidelines.

Applications should reflect and support the following reports and policies:

• The City of Marion Community Sheidow 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 of up to $5,000 per applicant and one grant per round of up to $10,000 are available with a total pool of $100,000 of funding per financial year.

Successful recipients from 2022/23 Round 1 were:

  • Ascot Park Bowling Club Inc - purchase a new Greens mower
  • Plympton Sporting and Recreation Club Inc - upgrade/purchase equipment for matches
  • Treasure Boxes Inc - Volunteer Safety and Wellbeing Project
  • Sheidow Park Cricket Club Inc - Flicx Pitch
  • Marion Historic Village Display Group Inc - Security system upgrade
  • South Road Cricket Club Inc - Bowling machine
  • The Queer Society Incorporated - LGBTQ+ inclusivity art projects and events
  • Cove Netball Club - Kit bags for coaches
  • Good360 Australia - MarionLIFE Community Services and Good360 Media Hub Collaboration - addressing the digital divide
  • Warradale Community Children's Centre - Feature in front garden

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

The Youth Development Grants Program

The purpose of the Youth Development Grants Program is to support not-for-profit 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:

At the General Council Meeting on 23 August 2022, Council endorsed a second round of Youth Development Grants in conjunction with next round of Community Grants in early 2023 due to the round being undersubscribed. Approximately $50,000 will be available.

Successful recipients from 2022/23 Round 1 were:

  • MarionLIFE Community Services - MarionLIFE Youth Media Hub
  • Whitelion Youth - Balanced Choice Program
  • Sonder for Headspace - Headspace Marion Social Connectedness Project
  • Gener8 Theatre - (un) REAL
  • Junction Australia - Junction & Free Mind Youth Program Partnership
  • Multiple Solutions - Accelerate Youth: Drivers Program
  • Islamic Museum of Australia - Cultured Cooking
  • Islamic Society of South Australia - Health is Wealth

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 aged 12-24 years at the time of the event 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.

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

Sherina Kuik
Grants Officer
P: 0476 906 301
E: sherina.kuik@marion.sa.gov.au
Monday - Thursday