$1.25 million in community grants up for grabs
Community projects that help vulnerable South Australians improve their community connection and belonging will share in $1.25 million of State Government funding.
Applications are open for the latest rounds of funding through Grants SA, with a focus of one round helping women to succeed economically, supporting young people to grow and thrive, and reducing social isolation and building networks for people in the LGBTQI+ community.
These grants will support the vital work of not-for-profit and volunteer-run organisations that work with people who need a helping hand.
They have many ideas about projects to build stronger and more inclusive communities and they’re invited to put forward new initiatives for a financial boost to get them off the ground.
How funding can be used
Funding can be used for a one-off project to improve an area of a service or facility, or plan activities and initiatives.
Applications for a minor grant of up to $10,000 will need to demonstrate how the project links to the social impact objectives of:
- Connecting – providing communities with opportunities to engage and participate
- Belonging – to communities that are inclusive, equitable and resilient.
Applications for a medium grant of up to $25,000 will need to outline how the project enhances social impact outcomes through one of the two above objectives or additionally:
- Aspiring – towards economic, social and civic empowerment
- Creating – safe environments to support wellbeing.
Priority will be given to medium projects that also address:
- Women’s economic participation and financial participation as identified in the SA Women’s Leadership and Economic Security Strategy 2021–2024
- Issues identified in the Strong Futures South Australian Youth Action Plan 2020–2022
- Support programs and services for people in the LGBTQI+ community, to reduce social isolation, build networks and develop mentoring opportunities.
- 2021 minor grants round: applications open from 8 October to 26 November.
- 2021 medium grants round: applications open from 15 October to 12 November.
- Subsequent minor and medium grants rounds worth another $1.25m will be advised in early 2022.
Past minor grant recipient the Australian Migrant Resource Centre says the $9,000 invested in its Sister Act initiative enabled its Murraylands team to train 40 migrant and refugee women on alternative pathways to employment, social enterprise, self-employment and tourism.
Through the program, the Murraylands Migrant Resource Centre partnered with the Rural City of Murray Bridge and Monarto Safari Park to develop a volunteer program involving participants in various roles including tour guide, driver and information centre workers – offering invaluable connections and experience in the region's growing tourism and hospitality sectors.
Australian Migrant Resource Centre Chief Executive Officer, Eugenia Tsoulis said, “The confidence of every one of these women grew throughout the year of weekly sessions, enabling them to network with agencies and organisations increasing their knowledge and skills – including some who are undertaking further education and even starting their own business.”Page last updated : 08 Oct 2021