What can be funded
The Department of Human Services (DHS) funds organisations for a maximum of 12 months to contribute to the Grants SA outcomes through a range of one-off activities that are innovative and build community capacity for more sustainable outcomes.
The following activities can be applied for in Minor Rounds:
Purchase equipment for community organisations
These grants are to purchase equipment so the organisation can establish, expand or increase the services and support it provides to the community.
Organisations can apply for up to 75% of the total project cost. The applicant’s 25% contribution towards the project can include voluntary labour and/or donated materials and/or significant professional in-kind services and support.
Applications must include details about how often the equipment will be used, and who can access the equipment.
Note: equipment purchases that require installation will be considered a facility upgrade – building owner consent and lease agreement will be required – Council Development Approval may also be required.
*Organisations should consult with Connecting Up regarding their eligibility for donated software/hardware or for discounts before applying for funds for these items.
Deliver a community activity/project
Community activities and projects for the Grants SA key priority groups should promote participation and inclusion in the community by building trust, respect and connectedness.
Activities are to be held in South Australia and have a long lasting, direct and positive impact on the target group.
Undertake activities that promote the recruitment of volunteers to a community organisation
Funded projects must provide a direct benefit to volunteers including those that support volunteer recruitment.
Provide learning and skill development opportunities for volunteers of a community organisation
Funded projects that complement the organisation’s goals will provide learning and skills development opportunities for:
- organisations to provide members with the knowledge and skills they need so the organisation is better able to achieve its objectives
- volunteers that will assist them in their volunteering role
Deliver a one-off program or service
This funding is directed to short-term one-off programs or the establishment of new services, or a project with direct benefit to Grants SA priority groups
Upgrade community facilities
These grants are to upgrade facilities/infrastructure so the organisation is better able to undertake its work.
A facility upgrade is for items that cannot be easily removed from the premises, items requiring fixed posts or a foundation, or where installation is required needing land/building owner consent.
Organisations can apply for up to 75% of the total project cost. The applicant’s 25% contribution towards the project can include voluntary labour and/or donated materials, and/or significant professional in-kind services and support.
Applications must be accompanied by building owner consent, minimum two-year lease (as of the close of the round), and council development approval (if required by your council). Please note: If council development approval is required to complete your project, this must be obtained prior to applying for a Grants SA grant. If council development approval is not required, proof must be provided, eg letter from council or link to the appropriate webpage showing development approval is not required.