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Applying for a Grant

Council now provides an online grant application service powered by SmartyGrants where you can prepare and submit your application. SmartyGrants allows users to work on their application progressively and securely.

Before starting your application please read the criteria for the specific funding program. Funding and eligibility criteria apply to all grants.

If you experience any technical issues when completing your application please contact SmartyGrants on 03 9320 6888.

Hills and Coast Grant Finder

Regional Development Australia Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island along with participating councils across the region have introduced the Hills & Coast Grant Finder to help individuals, businesses, community groups, sports clubs and other not-for-profits source and apply for grant funding opportunities.

The site provides a comprehensive list of available grant and funding opportunities and is a free service. Visit

Council is committed to encouraging community groups in the council area to deliver projects that are of benefit to the community. The Community Grant scheme is a way of empowering communities to apply for funding to progress and improve their local area through planned assistance and equitable distribution of limited funding from council.

How often are Community Grants offered?

There are two (2) rounds of Community Grants offered per financial year with applications being open around August/September and February/March for about 4-6 weeks.

Is there a limit to how much funding can be applied for?

The average grant amount is approximately $2,500 however larger or smaller amounts will be considered. Funds are not provided on a recurrent basis and funding success does not guarantee Council contributions in future years.

How do I know if I'm eligible to apply?

Please read the Community Grants Program Criteria prior to submitting an application for more information. This document includes the assessment criteria, one of which refers to alignment with Council's Strategic Plan (provided here for your reference).

Funding applications for event support should be sought through Council's Event Support Program run in April each year. For more information, contact the Events and Tourism Support Officer on 8391 7200.

What happens after applications close?

Once a grant round has closed, the Community Grants Assessment Committee assess the applications received against the assessment criteria contained in the Community Grants Criteria. The Committee then provides recommendations to the full Council for consideration. The Committee generally meet within 4 weeks after applications close with the recommendations provided to the following Council meeting.

Following endorsement at the Council meeting, applicants are notified via email and if successful are required to complete a conditions of grant acceptance form and attach an invoice for the successful grant amount which will be processed.

Information regarding the Community Grants Assessment Committee including the Terms of Reference and agenda and minute documents can be found on the Community Grants Assessment Committee page.

Community Grants 2020/21 Round 1

Applications open10 August 2020
Applications close14 September 2020 (midnight)
Community Grants Assessment Committee meetinglate September/early October - TBC
Council meeting2 November 2020
Expected notification3 November 2020
Grant to be claimedwithin 2020/21 financial year
Grant to be expended and acquittedby 2 November 2021 (12 months from full Council meeting)

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More information

If you would like further information, please contact Peter McGinn, Senior Community Development Officer on 8391 7284 or via email

The Environmental Grant Program is a new initiative and will be run once a year usually around February.

The purpose of this program is to offer financial assistance to not for profit community, environmental, service groups and associations that provide benefit to the local and regional environment. The intention of these grants is to consistently manager the large number of requests for funding that Council receives. Funds are not provided on a recurrent basis and funding success does not guarantee Council contributions in future years.

Further information can be found in the Environmental Grants Criteria document below:

Environmental Grants Criteria

If you have any questions about the Environmental Grants and the criteria please contact:

Emma Montgomery, Environmental Project Officer on 8391 7217 or

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The Event Support Program occurs annually, usually around May.

Mount Barker District Council has and continues to be supportive of local events that provide our communities with either economic or social benefit. Each year (usually around May), individuals and/or community groups who are considering running an event during the following financial year, are invited to participate in the Event Support Program through an expression of interest process. Even if you do not have all the details yet, this process will at least provide Council with an indication of possible events and reservation of sponsorship dollars or in-kind support.

For example - you may be a group that is considering running a festival late in the following financial year. We do not expect that you would have finalized dates, times, performers, nor know exactly what assistance you may need from Council.

Due to the amount of events affected by COVID-19 in 2020, this year the program will be taking into consideration those events that support Local Business and Community to stimulate the local economy.

Every event planned to run between 1st July- 30th September 2020 will need to provide an alternative date after the 1st October 2020 in case the COVID-19 restrictions are still in place.

The funds available may not allow us to support all events with cash contribution, however there are ways which we can assist all events with in kind support.

  • Cash Sponsorship is subject to final budget allocation, tourism event costs and the assessment of expressions of interest received from across the district.
  • We are also committed to ensuring transparent and equitable investment across the district

** Please note; we only support activities run in the Mount Barker District Council area and will NOT fund an entire event (there must be other financial stakeholders).

Please note that all event organisers/community groups must participate in the expression of interest process regardless of whether you have been funded in the past.



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