Planning professionals and developers

Grants for open space and urban design

Grants are provided annually to local government, with councils throughout the state invited to apply for funding of eligible projects under the Open Space or Places for People grant funding programs.

To be eligible, projects must directly link to the directions and priorities of the Planning Strategy for South Australia (ie the 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide or volumes of the Regional Planning Strategies for South Australia).

Open Space grants

Open Space grants assist in the preservation, enhancement and enjoyment of natural and cultural open spaces and promote unstructured recreation opportunities to help communities make better use of existing green spaces.

Funding is available under the following categories:

  • development for the enhancement of open space (including regional parks, linear parks, reserves and play spaces)
  • planning across a council area or region (including concept plans, master plans, detailed designs, open space and public realm strategies)
  • strategic land purchases to acquire land for public open space.

Places for People grants

Places for People grants assist to increase the usability, connectivity and function of the public realm through creative design outcomes to support the social and economic life of our communities.

Funding is available under the following categories:

  • development of key public spaces (including foreshore, riverfront, main street precincts, civic plazas and town squares)
  • planning and urban design (such as urban design frameworks or master plans across a council area for places of strategic importance or detailed design and contract documentation for key public realm enhancement projects).

Eligibility criteria

  • Applications may only be made by local governments or organisations representing outback communities outside of the local government area (not by community groups or private organisations).
  • Preference will be given to projects that have at least a 50% funding contribution from council. Councils contribution can include contributions from community groups.
  • Projects must be carried out on land that is freely accessible to the public.
  • Projects must be able to be completed within 18 months of grant funding approval.
  • Projects should be able to commence within two months of grant funding approval.
  • Councils should have successfully completed all contractual obligations for previously-funded projects.
  • Open Space projects should be of regional significance or contribute to the use and enjoyment of local reserves and play spaces.
  • Places for People projects should demonstrate a sequential process of previous strategic design foundations.
  • Funding is only available for new works - retrospective funding is not available for projects, studies or land purchases undertaken prior to grant funding approval.

Before you begin

1. Read guidelines

Read the Open Space and Places for People grant funding guidelines (806.6 KB PDF) and ensure council has adequately prioritised its open space and public realm projects.

2. Discuss proposal

Discuss the proposed project with a grant funding coordinator to ensure consistency with the objectives of the Open Space and Places for People grant programs.

Where appropriate, a grant funding coordinator will arrange a site visit to view the site and discuss the project further.

How to apply

1. Application form

Once the scope, detail and eligibility of your proposal has been determined, complete the available application form:

Ensure all relevant sections are completed with all required supporting material and documentation included.

2. Closing date

The 2017-18 Open Space and Places for People grant funding round is now open and will close at 5.00 pm on 20 October 2017.  Applications and supporting documentation must be received by the closing date.

3. Lodgement


Applications too large to email can be submitted via file sharing. Please do not submit physical applications.

Related information

On this site

Other websites



Open Space and Public Realm Investment

Enquiries about Open Space and Public Realm investment, including information for local government on how to apply for the Open Space and Places for People grant programs:

Phone: 7109 7090

Contact Planning Services for enquiries about the Open Space Contribution Scheme, including fees and payments.

Was this page useful?

Take a moment to tell us why. If you need a response send an enquiry instead.

Page last updated 4 September 2017

Provided by:
Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
Last Updated:
Printed on:
Copyright statement:
SA.GOV.AU is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia Licence. © Copyright 2016