Our annual grants program provides funding to eligible community groups and organisations with the aim to maximise community connections, and improve the function and sustainability of community and sporting facilities. They are run each year to provide financial assistance to organisations to help deliver local initiatives that make a positive contribution to our community.

Community Grants 2022 brought forward to June

Due to the upcoming local government election, Council's community grants program will be held early, from 1-30 June. Council decision on recipients will occur in August.


Adelaide Hills Council provides annual grants to assist local non-profit community groups and organisations to establish and undertake innovative projects or activities that align with our Strategic Plan and result in great outcomes for our community.

Community Development Grants 

Our Community Development Grants aims to assist local non-profit community groups and organisations to establish and undertake innovative projects or activities that result in great outcomes for our community. Check out some case studies here.

Community groups can apply for grants to deliver local initiatives that make a positive contribution to the building of community capacity through:

  • Arts/cultural development
  • Community wellbeing
  • Lifelong learning
  • Sport/recreation and active lifestyles
  • Environment
  • Aboriginal culture and heritage
  • Diversity inclusion and accessibility

Applications for the 2022-23 financial year will open EARLY on 1 June 2022.

Individual grants awarded up to $2,500

Community Development Grant Guidelines
Apply online from 9am, Wednesday 1 June

Contact | Lynne Griffiths 8408 0552

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Community and Recreation Facility Grants

Community and Recreation Facility Grants are available to community organisations located within the Adelaide Hills Council area that provide sporting or recreation services to our community. Check out some case studies here.

Grants are available for improvements or upgrades to facilities that will contribute to the development of sport and recreation within the region. Funding is also available for facility planning documents such as master plan or feasibility study projects.

Applications for the 2022-23 financial year will open EARLY on 1 June 2022.

Minor Facility Development up to $10,000. No matched funding required.
Major Facility Development from $10,000 - $40,000. Funding must be matched (applicant contribution can include voluntary labour and/or donated materials).
Facility Planning up to $20,000. No matched funding required.

Community and Recreation Facility Grant Guidelines 
Apply online from 9am, Wednesday 1 June

Contact | Stacey Dutton 8408 0417 

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Pre-application Information Sessions

For community or recreation organisations considering applying for a grant who are unsure about their project's eligibility, or the online application process, Council will be hosting two information sessions where you can speak with staff about your queries.

Monday 23 May 2022, 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Positive Ageing Centre, 36 Nairne Road Woodside
Book online

Monday 23 May 2022, 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Online via Zoom
Book online

If you are unable to attend an information session, staff are available to meet with you one on one, or discuss your questions by telephone.

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Other helpful workshops

Further to the pre-application information sessions, above, Council is holding two other free workshops, one looking at applying for grants in general, and another exploring opportunities for funding through sponsorship. These are not related directly to Council's grant process and are appropriate for any community group or sports club.

Grants Writing Workshop
Monday 16 May 2022, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Adelaide Hills Council Chamber, 63 Mount Barker Road Stirling
Book online

Sponsorship Tips Workshop
Monday 6 June 2022, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Adelaide Hills Council Chamber, 63 Mount Barker Road Stirling
Book online

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Click here to locate the Adelaide Hills Council Grant Giving Policy.
Click here to download our Top Tips for interested grant applicants or watch our video to hear from previous successful hills groups and get their tips for aspiring applicants.

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Minor Grants

Council provides Minor Grants to help deliver once-off, low-level support outside of other grant funding programs, for projects that benefit the community and align with Council's Strategic Plan.

The amount available under this program is 50% of the project cost, to a maximum of $300 and is open for application year-round. Groups may be awarded a Minor Grant every second year.

Click here to download the Minor Grants Guidelines
Click here to apply online
Contact | Lynne Griffiths 8408 0552

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Local Heritage Grants
Our district is renowned for its historic architecture and cultural heritage. The conservation of our built heritage will continue to create a district of outstanding places that meet the aspirations of the community.

For this reason we have established the Local Heritage Grant Fund (LHGF) to promote and support the conservation of Local listed buildings by reimbursing property owners with a proportion of the costs involved in retaining, reinforcing or reinstating the heritage significance of these places.

To be eligible to apply for funding under the LHGF, the grant application must relate to a Local Heritage Place listed in the Adelaide Hills Council Development Plan (Table AdHi/2). Funding is provided for conservation works that will improve and enhance the heritage fabric of a place, such as:

  • elements of the heritage place designated as of heritage value in the Adelaide Hills Council Development Plan, or works that ensure the structural integrity of the building, or
  • reinstatement of lost elements or fabric of the building where there is physical or archival evidence, such as historical photos or drawings, or remnant site fabric of elements. (Conjectural works will not generally be supported except where no evidence exists and a heritage consultant is engaged to achieve an authentic and appropriate outcome agreed with Council heritage advisors).

A grant of up to $2,500 or 50% of the total project cost, whichever is the lesser amount, is available.
Grant funds may be used to cover some of the costs (up to $1,000) for obtaining professional advice from a heritage architect or tradesperson for the proposed works to be undertaken as part of the grant application. Eligible projects must have a minimum cost of $1,000.

The latest round of grant applications will be open from 15 November 2021 until 31 January 2022.
Applications should be submitted through this link.

Contact | James Szabo 8408 0503

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