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Community Development Grants

The next round of Community Development Grants Funding closes at 5 pm on Tuesday 2 October 2017

The Community Development Grants program is currently under review and further information and updated application forms will be provided when the review is completed.

Special Community Projects and Events Funding

In addition to the Community Development Grants, Council may consider requests for one-off funding assistance for special community projects and community events.

This funding is limited and as it is a decision of Council, is available for application throughout the year.

Please allow at least three months for applications in this category to be presented to Council and a response to be provided.

Further information can be obtained from the guidelines and application form (links below) or by contacting the Council on 8372 8899.

Community Development Grants Guidelines(76 kb)
Community Development Grants - Special Grants Application Form(247 kb)

Individual Achievement Grants

Individual Achievement Grants recognise local residents who have achieved excellence in sport, education, cultural or other eligible fields. The grants are designed to provide travel assistance to individuals or teams who have been selected to represent South Australia or Australia, who meet the eligibility criteria and the selection guidelines.

Applications must be received prior to the date the event occurs and supporting documentation must be included with the completed application form.

Further information can be obtained from the guidelines and application form (links below) or by contacting the Council on 8372 8899.

Individual Achievement Grants Application Form & Guidelines(46 kb)
Individual Achievement Grants Policy(45 kb)

Maggy Ragless Memorial Grant for History Projects

The City of Mitcham Maggy Ragless Memorial Grant is a grant of $2,000 awarded annually to individual students or groups to undertake heritage related projects that are of benefit to the City of Mitcham.

The grant is open to primary, secondary and tertiary students.

Maggy Ragless was the City of Mitcham historian from 1986 to 2012. Maggy's passion for local history and her unsurpassed knowledge of the Mitcham area inspired many to discover more about the people, places and events that have shaped Mitcham.

The grant may be awarded to single recipient or several recipients of high merit.

For further information please contact Therese Willis, Local History Coordinator, Mitcham Heritage Research Centre, PO Box, 21 Mitcham Shopping Centre, Torrens Park SA 5062. Call 8372 8888 email

Refugee Scholarship Program

The City of Mitcham Refugee Scholarship Program, in partnership with the Australian Refugee Association, is providing scholarships for refugees living or studying in educational institutions in the City of Mitcham, to assist with their education, training and resettlement within South Australia.

Since the beginning of 2003 many scholarships have been provided. Students who have benefited from the scholarships come from a broad range of cultural backgrounds including Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, Congo, Ethiopia, Iran, Pakistan and South Sudan. Scholarship funds have previously been used for:

  • Course fees at Flinders University and other educational institutions
  • Purchasing text books
  • School uniforms
  • Equipment required for study such as scientific calculators
  • Funds have also been provided to Bellevue Heights School to assist their refugee students receive school uniforms, excursion costs and purchase text books.

If you are a refugee living or studying in the Mitcham Council area (or know someone who is), and wish to apply for a City of Mitcham Refugee Scholarship, contact the Australian Refugee Association: 304 Henley Beach Road, Underdale SA 5032, phone 8354 2951 or email

Other Sources of Funding

Westpac Foundation Community Grants
Open 1 May 2017 to 9 June 2017
- 200 Westpac Foundation Community Grants, worth $10,000 each, will be awarded to local, grassroots not-for-profit organisations with big (or small) ideas that are providing educational opportunities, employment pathways or improvements in the quality of life of disadvantaged Australians in our local communities. In addition to the financial support the grant provides, Westpac is also committed to providing a range of non-financial support services to help maximise the social impact and sustainability of our grant recipients. Based on the needs of individual grant recipients, we will also be seeking to make connections between their organisation and local Westpac Ambassadors who will help open doors to a range of skilled volunteering, mentoring and networking opportunities across the Westpac Group.

Grants SA
The Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (CDSI) has simplified access to four of its grant programs.  The Charitable and Social Welfare Fund, Multicultural Celebrating Diversity one-off grants, Volunteer Training grants and Volunteer Suppor Fund will provide $3 million one-off funding to community organisations in 2016-2017 to support local projects that strengthen communities across South Australia.  Community organisations will be able to apply for grant money with one application form, one set of guidelines with simpler reporting requirements.

Office for Recreation and Sport
Grants and Scholarships are available for Clubs, Associations and Individuals.

Australian Sports Commission:

  • Local Sporting Champions Program - Designed to provide financial assistance for young people aged 12-18 towards cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at an official national sporting event (restrictions apply).
  • Australian Sports Foundation– aim is to increase opportunities for Australian to participate in sport and/or to excel in sports performance – for eligible organisations.

South Australian General Grants
Links provided to many available grants.

Grant Assist LogoA place for information on government grants and assistance.

Office for Volunteers
Eligible Organisations can apply for grants of up to $3,000 for initiatives to advance and assist volunteer supporting programs, expand volunteer participation and promote the value of volunteering within the community.

Funding, Grants and support available for individuals or groups.

Australian Government GrantsLINK website
The GrantsLINK directory has information about Federal, State and Local Government programs.

Australia Council for the Arts
Funding available for arts organisations and individual artists across the country.

Our Community Funding Centre
Provides details, tips and information on grant seeking and writing grant applications. Need to be a member to log on and search for grants.

SportsCoverSponsorship Grants 
Fund sponsors a wide variety of amateur sports men and women, across a broad cross-section of sports.

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