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Community Grants

Our annual grants program provides funding to eligible community groups and organisations with the aim of maximising community connections and improving the operation and sustainability of important community and sporting facilities.

Members of Oakbank Bowls Club with defibrillator

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.

They are run every year to provide financial assistance to organisations to help deliver local initiatives that make a positive contribution to our community.

Community Development Grants

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.

Individual grants are awarded up to $2,500.

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 were open 1–30 June 2022 and are now closed.

For more information, please contact Lynne Griffiths.

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Community and Recreation Facility Grants

Community and Recreation Facilities Grants support not-for-profit community organisations located within the Adelaide Hills Council area to deliver improvements or upgrades to facilities that will contribute to the development of sport and recreation services. Funding is also available for facility planning documents such as master plan or feasibility study projects.

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.

Applications for the 2022-23 financial year are open 1–30 June 2022.

For more information, please contact Stacey Dutton.

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.

For more information, please contact Lynne Griffiths.

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 previous round of grant applications closed on 31 January 2022.

For more information, please contact James Szabo.

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