A grant is a means of financial assistance given to an individual or organisation to help with things like:

  • assistance in times of hardship
  • study or career development
  • developing community capacity
  • implementing responses to identified needs
  • developing or running a community program
  • funding innovative ideas and initiatives

Grants can be provided by federal, state and local governments, private businesses, trusts, foundations or philanthropic organisations. Grant providers often use an application process where grant seekers fill in a form and attach documents to formally request a grant. Individuals and organisations that seek a grant are called applicants.

Find a grant

Search for grants using online databases, search engines or contacts to help you find out what grants are available. Some other good search sites include:

  • GRANTassist – this is a place for information about South Australian Government grants for communities, clubs and individuals.
  • South Australian local councils - a variety of grants are available through local councils. Contact them direct for more information.

Find grants that you might be able to apply for. Download or request copies of the grant guidelines for each program. Think about whether the grant is trying to achieve the same purpose as you.

Some kinds of government money is not considered a grant. If you would like to explore tenders and contracts, please visit

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Page last updated: 16 March 2016