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Grants and Donations

On this page you will find a range of opportunities to apply for Community Donations and Grants:

Community Donations Program

The Community Donations Program strengthens the community through support for non-profit organisations, local community and sporting groups and schools. Funding is awarded to initiatives that will make a positive contribution to the community and cultural life of the city.

Community Donations Program Categories:

  • Community Recreation and Wellbeing Donations
  • Events and Festivals Donations
  • Arts and Cultural Donation
2018 -2019 Successful Applicants

Click here for the list of the successful applicants under the 2018-2019 Community Donations Program.

2019 – 2020 Community Donations Program

Applications for the 2019-2020 Community Donations Program will open in mid-2019 and will be submitted via SmartyGrants, an online application tool. SmartyGrants allows users to work on their application progressively and securely. Council staff will provide more information closer to the donations opening dates.

If you would like any further information or to be notified when Community Donations rounds are open, please contact Melissa Priest on 8229 9999 or .

Community Chest Donations

Applications will be accepted throughout the year for Community Chest Donations of up to $500. Community Chest Donations are small 'one off' payments to assist organisations within the Council area with costs associated with community development initiatives such as; small community events and projects that will have benefits to the surrounding community.

To apply please submit an online application via SmartyGrants that outlines the following criteria:

  • The particulars of your community development initiative
  • The amount you are requesting and the total cost of the program
  • Your own contribution (financial and in-kind)
  • Expected outcomes of your program or project
  • How you will acknowledge Council's contribution
Applications Now Submitted Online

You can apply for a Community Chest Donation via our online SmartyGrants application portal.


If you have any questions, please contact the Youth and Recreation Officer on 8229 9881 or .

Youth Achievement Sponsorship Program

The Youth Achievement Sponsorship Program recognises and encourages the achievements of young people in the community. We provide sponsorship for young people 21 years and under, who are representing their sport or cultural activity at State and/or National level.

To be eligible for sponsorship, applicants need to:

  • Be a resident of the City of Holdfast Bay
  • Be aged 21 or under at the time of the competition
  • Be representing South Australia or Australia
  • Be able to provide a letter of selection from the peak body or the association running the event.
  • Have not received sponsorship from Council in the current financial year unless the Competition results in selection at a higher level e.g. State to National representation.
  • If sponsorship has been received in a previous financial year, Council has been informed of the result and provided with a photo (unless negotiated prior).

Applications will be accepted throughout the year, but are subject to budgetary limitations and available funds.

Applications Now Submitted Online

To apply for Youth Achievement Sponsorship funding please visit our online SmartyGrants portal to complete your application.


If you have any questions, please contact the Youth and Recreation Officer on 8229 9881 or .

Greening Our Community Grants

Applications for the 2018/2019 Greening Our Community grants program closed at 5pm on Friday 20 July 2018.

Since 2011-12 Greening Our Community grant of up to $5000 have been available to community groups to undertake environmentally themed projects which involve one or more of the following;

  • biodiversity conservation
  • water conservation
  • energy reduction or renewable energy
  • waste reduction
  • educational programs focusing on sustainability themes

 "Greening Our Community Grants are a great initiative which will assist students to learn the importance of living a greener lifestyle. The indigenous garden (partly funded through the grant) complements our frog pond, butterfly garden and other indigenous plantings and help students and the wider community to better appreciate our native flora." 

- Wes Moyle, Seacliff Primary School.

For more information on Greening Our Community grants please contact Shani Wood on 8229 9999 or via email

Heritage Fund Grants

The Heritage Fund Grants Scheme assists the owners of Local Heritage Places with conservation works. For further
information, please download the Heritage Fund Grant Application Form(380 kb).  Enquiries can also be directed to Development Services on 8229 9950.

Shopfront Grants

The next round of Shopfront Grants will open on Monday 3 September and close on Friday 12 October at 5pm.  Grants of up to $5,000 are available, matched on a $1:$1 basis from the 2018/19 financial year budget.

The City of Holdfast Bay Shopfront Fund Grants program assists the owners and/or tenants of buildings within the Jetty Road Brighton and Jetty Road Glenelg precincts to enhance their exterior appearances. Brighton and Glenelg are historic and vibrant tourism destinations and enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.  For this reason maintaining the appearance of shop fronts and the buildings adds to the character, heritage and charm of these precincts.  

Glenelg - Jetty Road
Glenelg Shopfront Grant - Application and Guidelines 2018_19(347 kb)

Brighton - Jetty Road
Brighton Shopfront Fund Grant - Application Form and Guidelines 2018 19(517 kb)


Small Business Grant

We are offering Small Business Development Grants to new or existing businesses.  The grants are available to businesses that can demonstrate an ongoing benefit to the city, create increased participation by the local community and those who are keen to work collaboratively and foster new partnerships across the city.  The program encourages businesses to propose innovative, creative and sustainable business initiatives. 

Enquiries can be directed to the Business Development Partner on 08 8229 9999
Small Business Development Grants Guidelines(380 kb)

Small Business Development Grant Program Application Form(552 kb)

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