The State Government has launched a new grant program ‘Fund My Neighbourhood’.

A total of $20 million has been allocated across the state for round one of the program and $20 million will be available in round two next year.  One-off grants of between $10,000 and $150,000 are available for ideas as diverse as small local infrastructure upgrades, through to initiatives that strengthen neighbourhood cohesion.

The program invites ideas from individuals for projects in their neighbourhood. Organisations including churches may submit ideas, however they must identify a local resident who supports the idea and lives in the neighbourhood where the idea is proposed.  This local resident will need to submit the application on behalf of the organisation.

The program is based on a previous online Fund My Community program, which allows community groups to nominate ideas for programs and services for isolated, vulnerable or disadvantaged South Australians.

Fund My Neighbourhood nominations close on 8 September 2017. Eligible projects will then be put to the online vote, with successful projects announced later this year.

Anglican Churches wishing to partner with a local resident in applying for a grant will need to send their grant application to Ministry & Parish Support prior to completing the online application as the guidelines state that eligible sponsoring organisations must be incorporated. If the idea is to upgrade or build infrastructure on church or other privately owned land, a Land Owner Consent form (DOC) is also to be submitted with the grant application.

Further information on the new State Government grant program can be found at  Tips and suggestions on finding and applying for grants can be found here.