Take Advantage of Council’s Community Event Sponsorship Program

Calling all event makers, shape shifters, trail blazers, dreamers and doers – Apply now!

We are calling for event organisers, entrepreneurs and community groups to apply for funding of up to $6000 to host a community event under our Community Event Sponsorship Program.


Apologies for not getting this out sooner. I have been preoccupied since Easter with health issues.

The Council’s Community Event Sponsorship Program is part of a suite of initiatives to encourage our community. It aims to assist individuals and groups to coordinate exciting and innovative events. Events that directly benefit the people and businesses in the Unley community. To keep add to what is happening now and keep Unley Alive.

Council supports festivals and events of all sizes. Projects that inject vibrancy into our public spaces and main streets and provide significant economic and cultural benefits for the community.

We’re encouraging applicants to think outside the box. To come up with some creative and fun ways Unley locals and the wider community can celebrate together.


I would love to see some applications coming in for us to support events with the likes of the following:

  • Beer and Donut Festival recently held in Melbourne, or
  • Adelaide’s popular Alpine Village or Royal Croquet Club,
  • something during the Fringe, or
  • how about an Unley/Australia Ninja Warrior, or some world record attempts.


Applications for the City of Unley community Event Grants are NOW OPEN and close at 5pm on Friday 30 June.

Event organisers can apply for sponsorship for up to 3 years, from one of three tiers:

Up to $6000 sponsorship and in-kind support for large-scale events attracting more than 1000 people;
Up to $4000 sponsorship and in-kind support for medium-scale events attracting between 200-1000 people; or
Up to $2000 sponsorship and in-kind support for small-scale events attracting between 50-200 people.

Council: More than roads, rates & rubbish. Provider also of Community Grant Funding.

Are you aware that Council assists Community groups to provide the services they do? Community Grant Funding is one of many services most ratepayers do not know is provided by Council. 

Council provides Community Grant Funding to improve the quality of life of our residents. It is made available to community based groups and organisations or to individuals on behalf of such a group.

Community Grant Funding is an opportunity for Council to support programs that can be run more economically by others. An opportunity also to fund projects not being provided by Council.

$ 73,150.00 is set aside in our current budget for Community Grant Funding. As part of this funding up to $4,000 per project is available for programs in the following categories:


art and culture;


community health and wellbeing; and


There are two ways for an applicant to be eligible for funding. They must be either located within or providing services to the residents of the City of Unley.

The receipt of funding for many groups is the maker or breaker of whether or not their project proceeds. Consequently this is a popular program to those that know of it.

Two opportunities are available each year for grant funding. A current round of applications is being assessed right now by a committee (including myself). We will recommend to Council who we believe warrant Community Grant Funding and how much is appropriate for each. Council will determine who ultimately qualifies at it’s May Council meeting.

Like Community Grant Funding for Your project?

Do you have a project in mind that you would appreciate the assistance of Community Grant Funding in the future? If you do, I suggest you contact our administration for advice on how to apply for it. Contact either Matthew Ives on 8372 5134 or Pam Hocking on phone 8372 5108.


Applications for Community Grant funding is now open

Did you miss the public notice in last week’s Eastern Courier? Then check this. Council’s March 2017 Community Grant funding is now open for applications.  

Each year Council provides chances for community groups to seek assistance in funding their community programs. I always enjoy the chance to see what our community groups are getting up to. A chance to be inspired by my neighbours. A chance to be enlightened. Consequently I find the Community Grant program as energising.
If you are participating in a community project this is your chance to secure funding support from Council. Funding will be available to successful applicants in early June 2017.
In submitting an application for your project please note the following:
1.       If your project commences prior to 1 June 2017 sorry, it is not eligible.  
2.       Projects involving renovations or capital works are not eligible.
3.       If your project requires support, approval or permissions from other areas of Council please make sure you have done this before submitting your application. This includes such things as Development Applications, traffic management issues, etc. Also include any relevant documentation with your application. 
4.       Applicants must reside within the City of Unley and/or be principally providing a service to our residents.
5.       If you have previously received funding for another project, have you must have spent your grant funding?
Guidelines and application forms are available from the Civic Centre. Alternatively you can also download one from Council’s website http://www.unley.sa.gov.au/community-culture/grants-sponsorships#hash-slide-community-grants-program-89,. If you would rather you can contact Pam Hocking on her phone 8372 5108 or by emailing her at [email protected].  
If you need assistance with your application afternoon or evening workshops will be held for you to assist you. Furthermore, if this is your first time applying for a grant I encourage you to take advantage of this. Our staff are always keen to help you qualify.
Finally, applications close on Friday 31 March 2017.

West leads the way with Community grants as Mayor practices

The western suburbs of the City of Unley have featured heavily in this round of community grants as evidenced at last nights celebration of the work that our community groups give to our community. While we were celebrating our Mayor took advantage of one of the groups to get practice being a Dad.



Mayor nursing reborn

Mayor nursing reborn

Last night Council hosted a number of recipients of the latest round of community grants at a Community Grants Presentation evening. The evening was designed to allow these groups to know in a more personal way how much we appreciate their contribution to the lifestyle of the rate payers of Unley.

It was also a great opportunity for each group to not only let the others how they used the grant they received. It was an opportunity to see what the others are doing. These are great nights ad I appreciate getting to talk to the recipients.

The evening highlighted that this round of grants had a definite western flavour to it, with the following groups receiving grants.

Goody Saints Footy Club

Goody Cricket Club

Forestville Cricket Club

Goodwood Road Traders

The Goody Patch (per the Goody Primary School)

The Goodwood Art house (again per the Goody Primary School)

The Capri Cinema

Unley Amateur Swimming Club

In the meantime the Mayor took advantage of getting a nurse of a doll from South Australian Reborn Doll Guild Inc who also received a grant. As an expectant father this was a good opportunity for some cuddling practice.

The next round of grant applications I believe will close on 30 September. Take advantage of this and reap the benefits that these groups achieved this time round. It may make the difference to your achieving your goals.


Community Grants Program Back for 2015.

The City of Unley is again making available grants to assist community groups and organisations who are making a positive contribution to the community and cultural life of the City.


If you are such a group then you may have an activity or event planned or have some other need that may qualify for a grant. I encourage you to apply for a grant.

If you don’t you will not qualify, if you do you may. It is worth the time and effort to have a go.

There are two funding categories:

  • Community grants : Organisations, *individuals and community groups are encouraged to apply for funding of up to $4,000 for projects and/or programs that demonstrate benefits to the Unley community in the categories of recreation, art and culture, community, community health and wellbeing, and environment.
  • Festivals and events : Organisations, *individuals and community groups are encouraged to apply for funding of up to $3,000 for an event or festival that demonstrates social, environmental, economic and cultural benefits to the Unley local government area.

The next round of funding closes at 5 pm on Tuesday, 31 March 2015.

For further information and/or to download the guidelines for each category or the application forms go to our website or contact Pam Hocking on phone 8372 5108 or Matthew Ives on phone 8372 5134 for further information. They are happy to assist you in how best to apply.

Thank you for what you do for our community. Let us show our gratitude in a fiscal way. You deserve it.

Community Grants honours those making a difference in our community

I witnessed a room full of inspirational people in attending the annual celebration tonight in the Own Hall for recipients on community grants this year was held night.

Nights such as these are some of the best you can have on council. You get to see some fantastic and diverse community activities. You get to see what some people are doing for the benefit for those who live, work and play in the City of Unley.

Of special significance to me was some of the names from the west of this fabulous city. they include:

The Goody Patch.

They have been growing steadily as they develop their community garden, recipient a grant to develop a fruit nut orchard in conjunction with an education program on tree propagation
and maintenance.

Goodwood Community Services

Funding was provided to provide a custom made air gym for use in the Goodygym program and other events at the Centre.

Goodwood Central Traders & Services Association

They were successful in obligation funding to assist in staging of The Goodwood Groove, a family focused community event to celebrate and showcase Goodwood and the Goodwood precinct.

Goodwood Volleyball

Funding was received for the purchase of volleyball poles and nets to enable disabled people to
participate in the sport through the D‐Volleyball program, which is only offered by Goodwood Volleyball.

Clarence Park Community Kindergarten

Funding was obtained to stage a community day aimed at strengthening the kindergarten community socially and to raise awareness of the services it provides to the wider community and potential newcomers.

Well done guys, and everyone else who received a grant, and those who unfortunately did not.

A chance to take advantage of Australia Post Grant Funding

Australia Post is offering grants to community organisations of up to $ 10,000. This is an opportunity for readers of this blog who represent a community organisation to give their organisation a much appreciated boost to their community programs. Or pass it onto people who do.

The Our Neighbourhood Grants are Australia Post’s new community relations program that “aims to build healthier, more vibrant and more inclusive communities across Australia”.  The program considers applications to fund all sorts of initiatives to build capacity, strengthen community spirit and develop community leadership.   The 4 key focus areas are:
  • Providing all Australians with access to essential products and services – as well as the knowledge to use these services to connect in both the physical and digital world
  • Maintaining a diverse, inclusive workplace that values the contribution made by people from varying backgrounds and neighbourhoods across our nation
  • Investing in programs and activities that foster community spirit, connect communities and contribute to building a more inclusive Australia
  • Providing support to Australian communities in times of major crisis
Funding is provided to community organisations as one-off cash payments of up to $10,000.  Applications are open now and close on Friday 4thApril 2014 – so there’s plenty of time to prepare a submission.

Go for it!

Community Grants Program 2014

Council’s next round grant funding is underway.

If you have planned a community activity or a festival you may be qualified to receive a grant.

There are two funding streams:
  • Community Grants – maximum $4,000
  • Festivals and Events – maximum $3,000
The funding categories for Community Grants are:
  • Recreation
  • Culture
  • Community
  • Environment
Download the Community Grant Guidelines and Application form and the Festivals and Events Guidelines and Application Form or contact Matthew Ives on phone 8372 5134 or Pam Hocking on phone 8372 5108 for further information.
Applications will be closing date on 31 March 2014.  Recommendations for funding will be put to the Committee at the May 2014 meeting. The outcome of grant applications will be announced and funds distributed to the successful applicants in early June 2014. 

Community, Cultural, Recreation and Environment Grants Program

While Council reviews its policies around our Community, Cultural, Recreation and Environment Grants Program another round is due.

If you are part of a community group and are based in the City of Unley or have a program that benefits mainly the residents of Unley then you should take the opportunity to see if you can get some financial assistance from Council.

There are two funding streams:

  • Community Grants – maximum $4,000
  • Festivals and Events – maximum $3,000

The funding categories for Community Grants are:

  • Recreation
  • Culture
  • Community
  • Environment

You can download the Community Grant Guidelines and Application form and the Festivals and Events Guidelines and Application Form or contact Matthew Ives on phone 8372 5134 or Pam Hocking on phone 8372 5108 for further information.

Applications for the next round of grants will be received until 5 pm Tuesday, 2 April 2013.

The outcome of grant applications for the March 2013 funding round will be announced and funds distributed to the successful applicants in early July 2013. Funding for projects/events that begin prior to July 2013 or reimbursement of purchases will not be funded

Community Grants presentation evening

Last Night I attended a Presentation by successful recipients of community grants from Council this year.

We had the priviledge of seeing a number of people, a diverse and amazing cross section of people who have mainly volunteered their time for the betterment of their local community.

Council can’t do it all and in fact there are many things that the community have a need of the Council (with their cumbersome overheads and governance issues) simply should not do. Step in the volunteer organisations.

These groups have an array of skills and expertise to put things together and Council is more than happy to contribute to their activities with a Grant.

Each year we have around $ 60,000.00 to split up for Community Projects and another $ 15,000.00 for Community Events. I am pleased to have served on the committee that has assessed these grants over the last two years.

It was great to mix with an array of amazing people.