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Dame Roma Mitchell Grants

Dame Roma Mitchell Grants provide opportunities for eligible children and young people who are, or have been, under the guardianship of the Chief Executive or Minister for Child Protection in South Australia for at least one full year to:

  • achieve personal goals
  • contribute to health and wellbeing
  • provide developmental opportunities.

There are two funding rounds each year, in January/February and August/September.

The first funding round is now open.

For more information please refer to the grant program guidelines.

For grants related to further education, applications will be considered outside the normal grant rounds. Please contact the Executive Officer for further information.

Grant categories

Dame Roma Mitchell Grants are available in the following categories:

Achieving personal goals

These grants provide a range of social, recreational and self-development opportunities. Previous grants have been awarded for:

  • musical instruments
  • attendance at workshops
  • art materials
  • sporting equipment.

Health and wellbeing

Grants have been awarded to support independence, identity and health such as:

  • driving lessons
  • essential basic furniture and household items
  • counselling
  • health services or equipment not covered by existing government funding.

Developmental opportunities

Grants can support young people to re-engage in learning or earning to successfully achieve educational or vocational outcomes. Previous grants have provided:

  • pre-vocational courses
  • computers and software to assist with study and gaining employment
  • textbooks
  • business expenses
  • study opportunities, workshops and conferences
  • tools for apprenticeships.

South Australians aged 16 and over who have been, or who are currently under guardianship on any type of guardianship order will be eligible for a full fee waiver for subsidised courses that attract a course fee (such as WorkReady). Incidental fees may apply. Contact 1800 506 266 for further information.

Grant eligibility

To be eligible for a Dame Roma Mitchell Grant you must be 29 years or younger at the closing date for applications and be, or have been:

  • under the guardianship of the Chief Executive under the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 or under the guardianship of the Minister under the Children's Protection Act 1993 (or a previous equivalent in South Australia), for at least one year
  • a child or young person from a remote Aboriginal community who:
    • is, or was placed in, the long-term care of relatives under family care agreements
    • financially supported on a regular basis by the Department for Child Protection (or a previous equivalent) for a combined total of at least one year.

How much you can apply for

There is no set limit, and all requests will be considered by the board.

Grant rounds

Applicants may only submit one grant request per funding round.

What is not supported by the Dame Roma Mitchell Grants

The fund will not provide assistance where there are existing government or other avenues of funding that should reasonably fund the service, item or activity.

The Dame Roma Mitchell Grants will not fund the following:

  • Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) debts
  • funds for emergency or crisis relief, including the payment of bills, debts or fines
  • 'lay-by' or 'hire purchase' instalment payments or pay-outs
  • reimbursement of something you have already paid for
  • gaming consoles, mobile phones
  • non-essential furniture or household items such as home entertainment systems, stereos, clothes dryers.

How to apply

There are two funding rounds each year, in January/February and August/September.

The first grant round is now open.

Application forms are available on the Department for Child Protection website.

Further education grants

Further education grants are available for post-secondary educational costs and associated expenses.

Applications will be considered outside the normal grant rounds. Please contact the Executive Officer for further information.


The information you provide when applying for a grant is kept confidential.

It will take several weeks after the close of the funding round for all applications to be assessed. Please take this into account when applying for funds. If you require funds urgently, you may need to find an alternative source of funding.

When final decisions are made, you will receive a letter advising you of the outcome of your application.

If your contact details change, please advise the Dame Roma Mitchell Grants Executive Officer so that you can be notified.

How applications are considered

All eligible applications received by the closing date will be assessed by the Dame Roma Mitchell Grants Board.

Priority will be given to applications that would not generally be eligible for funding from another grant, scheme or funding source. The Board will also take into account the applicant's history of approved Dame Roma Mitchell Grants. If you are applying for more than one item, the board will assume that you have put the most important item first.

If your application is unsuccessful, this is not a reflection on you personally. The Board only has a limited amount of funds it can grant in each round of funding. It may be that you have applied for something the Board cannot fund or may have funded you for previously.

Grant program management

The Trust funds are managed by the Public Trustee, with the operational support provided by the Department for Child Protection.

The Dame Roma Mitchell Grants are governed by a Board who reports to the Minister for Child Protection. All Board members are volunteers and receive no remuneration.

Board members come from a variety of backgrounds including young people who have been in the care system.

Supporting the Dame Roma Mitchell grants

You can support the Dame Roma Mitchell grants by:

  • participating in a workplace giving program
  • making a tax deductible donation.

Other financial support options or services

Related information


The Executive Officer
Dame Roma Mitchell Grants
Department for Child Protection
Phone: 1300 650 971

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