Grants for open space and urban design

The Planning and Development Fund - 296.9 KB provides annual Open Space and Places for People grants.

Open Space grants

Open Space grants provide financial assistance to local government for the purchase, development and planning of regional open space. Funding is also provided for works relating to conservation and unstructured recreation on public land.

Preference is given to projects that contribute to the Metropolitan Open Space System (MOSS) - 428.9 KB. MOSS includes the Adelaide City Park Lands, the Hills Face Zone, the coastal foreshore (including Coast Park - 584.7 KB), various urban buffers and the major watercourses crossing the metropolitan area.

The State Government has committed to investing $16 million over four years into local reserves and playgrounds. Open Space grant funding will now be made available for projects that deliver new or enhance existing reserves and playgrounds.

Places for People grants

Places for People grants provide financial assistance to local government for strategic urban design planning, detailed design documentation and development of prominent public places of community significance.

The objective of the program is to help create new public places or revitalise existing public spaces that contribute to the social, cultural and economic life of the community.

Projects should create vibrant public spaces and develop a sense of place and identity that reflects local character, improves the relationship between public and private areas, and enhances usability, safety and visual appeal.


Projects must be carried out on land that is freely accessible to the public.

Applications may be made only by local governments and the Outback Communities Authority (not by community groups or private organisations). Councils are encouraged to jointly apply for grant funding to achieve regional priorities.

Projects should be of regional significance and directly linked to the directions and priorities of the Planning Strategy for South Australia and relevant local government strategies.

Commencing in 2014/15, the Open Space program was also made available for local playground and reserve projects. Funding will be made available to create new or enhance existing local reserves and playgrounds to provide recreation and social opportunities in our local communities - eg play equipment, shade structures and park furniture. 

Councils must have successfully completed all contractual obligations for previously-funded projects. 

How to apply

Applications for the 2015/16 grant programs have now closed.

1. Read guidelines

Read the Open Space and Places for People grant funding program guidelines

Open Space and Places for People funding guidelines - 1.0 MB

2. Discuss proposal

Discuss the proposed project/s with a grant funding coordinator. All applicants must first discuss the eligibility of projects with a grant funding coordinator before submitting an application. This is to ensure that all applications are consistent with the overall objectives of the Open Space/Places for People grant program.

3. Site visit  

Where appropriate, arrange a site visit and meeting with the grant funding coordinator to view the site and discuss the proposal

4. Application form  

Once the scope, detail and eligibility of your proposal has been determined, you should complete a detailed application form. One of the funding coordinators can assist you with your application.

Open Space and Places for People application form - 1.4 MB

Related information

On this site

Cycling grants

Other websites

Office for Recreation and Sport grants 
Green Infrastructure Project


Coast Park Concept Plan - 2.5 MB


Open space, urban design, planning and development fund

Level 1
211 Victoria Square
Adelaide SA 5000

GPO Box 1815
Adelaide SA 5001

Phone: 7109 7090

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Page last updated: 9 March 2016