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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. The timeline for 2020 is yet to be advised.

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:

  • Valuing Nature and Sustainability
  • 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 incorporated 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 Current timeline:*

Timeline for next round of Community Grants in 2020 is to be advised:

Successful Applicants from previous rounds:

  • Lions Club of Marion - BBQ upgrade
  • The Welcome Dinner Project - Welcoming New arrivals
  • Uniting Care Wesley Bowden - Healthy meals for people in emergency accommodation
  • Bridges and Pathways - Support for people living with chronic disease
  • Access4u - Wellbeing program for people living with disability
  • Unity Housing - Community Mural
  • Holdfast Model Aero Club - Solar panels
  • Southbank Tennis Club - Shade and cloth for tennis courts
Community Event Fund

Applications will be open each financial year until funds are exhausted. Applicants may apply for up to $1000 per event. Subject to eligibility. Financial allocation is now exhausted and applications will open again 1 July 2020.

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*

Timeline for next round of Youth Development Grants in 2020 is to be advised:

Successful Grants for 2019/20

The Australian Army Cadets – 431 Outdoor Activity support

Unit 431 is a part of the larger Army Cadet and defence family. The Australian Army Cadets adopts the values of the Australian Army - Courage, Initiative, Respect and Teamwork - to empower young people to achieve their potential. Their unit is focused on providing an opportunity for personal growth, responsibility, respect and support. They aim to provide as many opportunities as possible for cadets to unplug and experience the independence of life in the field.

Sammy D Foundation – Adulting 101: Skills for Life

The Adulating 101: Skills for Life Program supports young people aged 16-24 who are navigating the transition from adolescence to adulthood. It covers aspects of managing personal affairs, healthy lifestyles, tenancies, respectful relationships, finance, debt and employment. This program was developed based on identified need in the community, and content shaped though consultation with young people

Trees for Life – Down to earth project

The Down to Earth Project will work with young people from local schools and include a series of hands-on environmental activities developing skills in natural resource management and horticulture, including plant propagation, bush planting and care of native plants. The project is co-designed by Trees For Life (TFL), students and teachers.

Flinders’ New Venture Institute – eNVIsage

Flinders’ New Venture Institute (NVI) is South Australia’s premier Centre for innovation, educating, developing, enabling and connecting a vibrant ecosystem of innovative businesses, curious and passionate students, dedicated researchers, international academics, and committed government partners to create future opportunities. Selected participants will receive a place in Flinders University New Venture Institute's (NVI)'s award-winning 8-week business start-up program called 'Venture Dorm', coupled with 5 months access to eNVIsion, NVI's co-working and business support program. The eNVIsage Program takes a business, product or service from idea to an executable business.

Lutheran Community Care (LCC)Look Again

This program is for young people 12-17 years of age from new arrival CALD backgrounds as well as their community. The project will be delivered after school for 8 weeks addressing matters of gender roles, self-esteem and body image, social media and cyber security. Lutheran Community Care (LCC) works with the vision of building strong caring communities. They are a highly experienced community services provider with over 130 staff and 570 volunteers. They work alongside and within communities to develop effective ways of empowering individuals, young people and families, addressing disadvantage and injustice using holistic and place-based approaches

MarionLIFE – MarionLIFE Youth Events team

MarionLIFE Youth Events Team is a mobile youth service largely run by 18-25 year old volunteers. Local schools, youth services and community events can book the Youth Events Team to travel to their desired location to provide activities including sports, games, craft and life skills workshops for young people aged 10-17 years. The project provides a safe, welcoming and supervised space for young people who may find it difficult to connect and engage with others in their community.

Finstart Inc – Skater Girl

Skater Girl is a contemporary dance theatre performance inspired by street culture and promoting healthy active lifestyles. Skater Girl is an inspirational story for young people to overcome barriers of the mind to achieve goals. The events will have live music by a local DJ and young people will have the chance to participate in roller-skating following the performance.

True North Youth Theatre Ensemble Marion – Mental

This project is the next step in the newly created Youth Ensemble - True North Marion, this group were the creators of ‘Drop Out’ funded through the 2018/19 grant round. This year’s production ‘Mental’ was chosen to explore by the young people within the ensemble and will revolve around the theme of mental health and illness and the effect it has on young people.

YMCA – Yplay

The YMCA MISSION is simply stated as" We believe in the power of inspired young people”; young people whose passions are recognized and facilitated and who will be change makers in their own world and the world around them. YMCA has successfully operated community and recreation facilities across SA and have recently created a dedicated youth space at the Marion Fitness and Leisure Centre. Yplay is a school holiday program where pparticipants will learn about the environment, science, technology, and engineering, math (STEM) and creative expression through interactive and play based activities.

Holly Winter – Youth Filmmaking Workshops

Holly Winter is a young experienced filmmaker and will be planning and delivering the workshop curriculum. As well as organising the other aspects of the project, she is aiming to inspire participants in what they can achieve as young people. The filmmaking project is a storytelling platform incorporating many areas of the creative arts, and provides a voice for the young storyteller in the community. This project aims to equip young people with skills in filmmaking in eight weekly workshops and some additional full day school holiday sessions - from story development, to camera and sound operation, and post-production - and, as a team, produce final short films to be screened in the community and entered into film festivals.

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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.

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

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 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

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.