Grants & Sponsorships

Multi-year Community Impact Grants

The Community Impact Grants program provides three-year funding for community initiatives that directly benefit the City of Unley community and enhance social inclusion. We welcome applications for amounts between $5,000 and $10,000 per annum for the three years. Applications must be for the same amount each year.

Applications open 31 July 2017 and close 29 September  2017 and will not open again until July 2021.

Applications will be assessed under the key criteria of:
  • Benefit to community
  • Promoting Social Inclusion
  • Partnership
  • Innovation
  • Track record
  • Sustainability
  • Project Planning and Budget

An information night detailing the purpose and assessment process for the multi-year Community Impact Grants will be held on Tuesday 8 August at 6pm Civic Centre, 181 Unley Road, Unley (entrance from Oxford Terrace).

Applicants are encouraged to contact Council to discuss their application and eligibility. Further information can be obtained from the guidelines below or by contacting Matthew Ives on 8372 5134 or Pam Hocking on phone 8372 5108.

  • What is the purpose of the grants program?

    The grants program provides three-year funding for community initiatives that directly benefit the City of Unley community and enhance social inclusion.

    Being socially included means that people have the resources, opportunities and capabilities they need to:

    • Learn (participate in education and training);
    • Work (participate in employment, unpaid or voluntary work including family and carer responsibilities);
    • Engage (connect with people, use local services and participate in local, cultural, civic and recreational activities); and
    • Have a voice (influence decisions that affect them).

             (Australian Social Inclusion Board 2012)

    This program aims to build on the strengths of the community as the source of solutions to identified community need and foster partnerships across communities and industries. Grant funding can often be a catalyst for the establishment of partnerships.

    Multi-year funding provides the opportunity to develop innovative projects, which require longer timeframes to achieve outcomes. In addition, multi-year funding allows grantees to develop their plans for sustainability and evaluate their project over time.

  • What funding is available?

    We welcome applications for amounts between $5,000 and $10,000 per annum for the three years. Applications must be for the same amount each year.
    At this stage this program is only open for applications from July 31- September 29 2017 and will not open again until July 2021.

  • What are we looking for?

    We are looking for initiatives that build on the strengths of our community as the solution to local or global issues. This program provides an opportunity for new or existing initiatives to be developed and improved over three years into sustainable programs.  
    Your initiative and/or partnerships do not have to be fully developed at the stage of application. However we do ask that you detail a plan for how both will develop over the three years.

    Applicants with a proven track record of engaging the community will be viewed favourably. However, new applicants should not be discouraged from applying, particularly if the initiative is innovative, creative and promotes new partnerships.

    Our Multi-year Community Impact Grants Hypothetical Case Studies shows examples of projects which could be eligible for grant funding.

  • What is Eligible?

    The following or a combination of the following can be funded as long as the focus of the initiative is community benefit and social inclusion and it has a life span of three years.

    • Materials
    • Equipment
    • Professional development
    • Services and contractors
    • Project staff to undertake the specific project
    • Data collection
    • Research and evaluation
    • Promotion
    • Catering
    • Venue hire (non-council facilities)
    • Volunteer reimbursements

    This is not an exhaustive list and we encourage you to discuss your application’s eligibility with us.
    Council may be able to provide in kind support for facilities, materials, staffing etc, subject to negotiation.

  • What is Ineligible?
    • Projects already receiving funding from Council.
    • An application that is considered to duplicate an existing initiative or program that operates in the City of Unley.
    • Projects which will be repeated for three years without developing over time.
    • Projects which are not aligned with Council’s Community Plan 2033.
    • Payment of ongoing salaries.
    • Recurrent operating costs.
    • Building maintenance costs.
    • Items for private use.
    • Reimbursement for travel allowances.
    • Venue hire for Unley Council facilities.
    • Gift vouchers or purchase of items to be donated to a third party.
    • Applications for reimbursement of funds already spent.
    • Projects which will generate profit, unless funds will be reinvested into the project.
    • Applications better aligned to Council’s other grant programs e.g. Community Events Sponsorship Program and Community Grants Program.
    Applicants are encouraged to contact Council to discuss their application and eligibility.

    Ineligible applications will not advance to the assessment stage and applicants will be notified.
  • Application Process

    Funding operates per financial year in line with the City of Unley’s Annual Business Plan and Budget process.

    Applications will be assessed by a panel of City of Unley staff according to the eligibility criteria, assessment criteria and available funding. Outcomes are determined on the merit of the applications against their assessment criteria.

    After the assessment process, funding recommendations will be referred to Council for endorsement. All applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application.

    Successful applicants will be required to enter into a partnership agreement, which will be negotiated on a case by case basis. Requests for in-kind Council support will be negotiated at this stage.

     31 July 2017  Grants open for application
     29 September 2017  Grants close
     October 2017  Applications assessed
     November 2017  Funding recommendations presented to Council for endorsement
     December 2017  Applicants notified of funding request outcome
    Individual partnership agreements will be negotiated for projects commencing January 2018 and terminating December 2021.
  • Who can apply?

    Individuals, groups, organisations or businesses can apply, as long as a legal entity auspices or manages the grant and the grant is used for not-for-profit activities to benefit the community.

  • What are the Criteria for Funding?

    Applications will be assessed on their merits by a panel of City of Unley staff against the criteria below. The questions in italic are to be treated as prompts only, to assist in developing your answers.  

    Criterion: Benefit to Community   Weighting: 20%
    Projects must directly benefit the Unley community and demonstrate their likely impact and how they will address identified needs.
    Are local community groups and organisations involved?
    Are volunteers involved?
    What are the positive impacts on the local community?
    Will the program occur in a local place?
    Is there evidence that the project is important to our community?

    Criterion: Promoting Social Inclusion   Weighting: 20%
    Projects should be accessible and involve Unley’s diverse community.
    Are people with differing levels of ability involved?
    Are you promoting respect for all genders, ages and backgrounds? ​

    Criterion: Partnership   Weighting: 20%
    Projects must have a plan for how they will engage and partner with community members, groups, businesses and/or organisations and demonstrate a commitment to fostering the partnership. Partnerships, particularly across industry sectors, maximise and strengthen outcomes for long term impact.
    Does your project work within an existing partnership or will it create a new partnership? Are you working with a group or organisation you haven’t worked with before? ​

    Criterion: Innovation   Weighting: 10%
    A creative activity, new partnership, new way of working or new way of considering a community issue or possibility. Innovation can lead to more effective, efficient, sustainable or equitable community initiatives.
    Will your project propose a different solution to an issue?
    Is your project engaging people or organisations that haven’t traditionally been involved?
    Are you trialling a new work method?​

    Criterion: Track Record   Weighting: 10%
    Applicants must demonstrate a track record of engaging the community and delivering measureable outcomes and/or knowledge and expertise about their project idea.
    Do you have the expertise to deliver the project successfully?
    Have you organised a community initiative before? Are you an industry leader? ​

    Criterion: Sustainability   Weighting: 10%
    Applications should demonstrate a plan and commitment to continuous quality improvement of the project over the three years and a movement towards further longevity. Applications should detail how they will undertake ongoing evaluation of their project. This program provides the opportunity to test a project idea or further develop an existing project.
    What will happen to your project over the three years?
    Could your project continue without grant funding?
    What is required to maintain the momentum of your project over the three years? ​

    Criterion: Project Planning and Budget   Weighting: 10%
    Applications must demonstrate project planning including timelines, resources (including additional resources, in kind contributions and support), estimates/quotes, risk management planning and the skills and techniques which will be utilised to meet the organisational or logistical challenges of the initiative. 
    You must justify the monetary amount you ask for in your application.


  • Terms & Conditions
    • Late applications will not be accepted.
    • Applicants must not make commitments to third parties prior to receiving communication about the outcome of their application.
    • Applicants must be a legal entity or auspiced by a legal entity.
    • The project must be not-for-profit.
    • Applicants cannot apply for other City of Unley grants and sponsorships to undertake the same project receiving a Multi-year Community Impact Grant.
    • Grant funding must only be used for the project outlined in the proposal.
    • Applicants must have or be willing to obtain Public Liability Insurance for a minimum of $20 million. Funding will be withheld until the City of Unley receives a certificate of currency for this insurance.
    • Applicants must have or be willing to obtain DCSI clearances and professional licenses relevant to their proposal. Funding will be withheld until the City of Unley receives evidence of relevant clearances and licenses.
    • Applicants with outstanding debts to the City of Unley are ineligible.
    • The City of Unley is not responsible for any budget shortfall.
    • Any unspent grant money must be returned to the City of Unley.
    • Applicants who meet eligibility and assessment criteria are not guaranteed funding, given the nature of the competitive grants process.
    • The City of Unley’s decision is final with no appeals accepted.
    • Support of a project through grant funding does not negate the need to apply for Council permits and permissions as required.
    • Successful applicants must provide Council with a tax compliant invoice for the agreed amount of funding plus GST (10%) if registered for GST along with a signed copy of the Partnership Agreement.
    • The City of Unley must be acknowledged as a funding partner on all promotional material (printed and electronic).
    • As part of the grant process, you may be requested to attend a function and/or share your project with other recipients and interested parties.
    • The applicant must submit an interim report and financial statement about the project to Council annually.
    • The grant will be acquitted no later than three months after completion of the project. This includes providing a financial report and a project evaluation report.
  • Taxation Requirements

    To comply with Australian Taxation legislations, when funding is paid to a group, organisation, individual or business and the applicant has not provided an Australian Business Number (ABN), the funding body is obliged to withhold 48.5% of the funding and forward this amount to the Australian Tax Office.

    Community groups/ organisations applying for sponsorship who are unable to provide an ABN must complete the ‘Declaration Where No Australian Business Number is Required’ form.

  • Contact

    We encourage you to contact us to discuss your application.
    Matthew Ives
    Cultural Development Coordinator
    City of Unley
    8372 5134 
    0417 087 142

Community Grants

The next round of Community Grant funding closes at 5pm on Friday, 29 September 2017. 

Community Grant funding is available to individuals*,community based groups and organisations to improve the wellbeing, quality of life, community participation and life skills of residents in the Unley community.

Funding of up to $4,000 is available for innovative and diverse community projects and/or programs in the categories of recreation; art and culture; community; community health and wellbeing; and environment. Please note that the applications approved and the amount allocated per application are at the discretion of the Council.

* Individuals must be working on a project in collaboration with an auspice (either a local community group or organisation) to handle any funding received from the grant.
To be eligible for funding an applicant must:

  1. Acquit previous Council grant funding and donations.
  2. Be located in the Unley local government area and/or be principally providing services to the residents of the Unley Council community.
  3. Include all required supporting documentation with the application.

More Details
Further information can be obtained from the guidelines and application form or by contacting Matthew Ives on 8372 5134 or Pam Hocking on phone 8372 5108.
Afternoon or evening workshops will be held for those groups and individuals who would like assistance with their applications. For more information on workshop sessions, phone 8372 5108.

Projects/and/or programs that commence prior to 1 December 2017 are not eligible and will not be funded.

Conservation Grants

The City of Unley Conservation Fund assists owners of Significant Trees and Local Heritage Items or Contributory buildings in a Conservation Zone to preserve them in a 'safe and aesthetically pleasing condition'.

Grants may be allocated for up to 50% of the total cost of a single conservation treatment.

Please note applications are currently closed. The new application period will take place August/September 2017 but this timing depends on the availability of funds. Grants will only be provided while funds remain in the budget allocated by the Council for the relevant financial year.

Grant Information
The maximum amounts that can be granted are:
  • $1,000 for Significant Trees
  • $5,000 for local heritage buildings/contributory items
Grants are not available for:
  • The removal of Significant Trees
  • Inappropriate lopping, pruning or other 'tree damaging' activities as defined by the Development Act 1993
  • Buildings in Built Form or other Planning Zones (unless the building is Local Heritage listed)
  • State Heritage buildings/items (work may be eligible for funding from the State Government or for tax rebates from the Commonwealth Government)
Please note that:
  • The applicant must provide at least two quotations for the proposed conservation with the application form
  • When a conservation grant is made, the applicant must accept the Council's right to photograph the subject trees, property and/or items, before and after conservation work
  • Council will only pay approved grants following an inspection by a City of Unley officer (or delegate) upon satisfactory completion of any proposed conservation works
  • The City of Unley reserves the right to withhold payment of an approved grant if conservation work does not meet appropriate standards and/or differs from the work that was proposed in the application.
Conservation Grants Policy

Small Sponsorship & Donations Scheme

The Small Sponsorship and Donations Scheme assists eligible organisations and individuals with projects, programs or activities that benefit the residents of the City of Unley.

Donations of up to $250 are available to City of Unley residents to participate in specific cultural, sporting, or recreational activities and events at state, national or international level.

Only one application will be considered each financial year.

Sponsorships of up to $500 per financial year are available for activities or purposes that:
  • Clearly demonstrate direct benefits to the residents of Unley
  • Meet a social, environmental or economic development need of some urgency

Applications will be accepted throughout the year and processed as they are received.

For further information, please phone 8372 5108.
Small Sponsorship Donations Scheme Form
Small Sponsorship Donations Scheme Guidelines

Youth Sponsorship

The City of Unley's Youth Sponsorship Program assists local young people who have excelled in their particular sport, cultural or recreational activity and have been chosen to participate in a specific cultural, sporting or recreational activity/event which is of state, national or international significance. Sponsorship amounts of up to $250 can be provided to individuals.

To be eligible applicants need to be:
  • A resident of Unley
  • Aged between 12-25 years at the time of the event
  • Participating in a specific cultural, sporting or recreational activity/event which is of state, national or international significance

Generally we will consider only one application for each applicant per financial year however additional sponsorship may be approved for representation at an international level within the same 12 month period.

Team Managers are encouraged to apply when there two or more members in the same team are participating in a specific cultural, sporting or recreational activity/event which is of state, national or international significance.

Application and supporting documentation must be received before the event takes place.

For further information, please phone 8372 5108.
Youth Sponsorship Program Guidelines & Application Form

Community Event Sponsorship

The Community Event Sponsorship Program aims to assist individuals, community groups, organisations and not-for-profit groups to coordinate events that directly benefit the City of Unley community.

Applications for the 2016-2017 funding round open on Monday 1 May 2017 and close at 5pm on Friday 30 June 2017.
Funding for events of any size is available on an ad hoc basis throughout the year to support opportunities and new events through a small Community Chest. Applicants will need to meet the criteria outlined in the Community Event Sponsorship guidelines and application form available below. For enquiries, phone Council’s Events Coordinator on 8372 5120 or email

Other Sources of Funding

Visit the following websites for other sources of community funding:

Change Makers

Change Makers

The Big Idea
Change Makers is about growing a community of young people who are passionate about creating the future they want to see. They believe that a small group of people who commit to taking action can make a difference. They understand more can be achieved when they work with and learn from others who have gone down a similar path. And they are excited that there has never been more opportunity to leverage resources to sustain their action.

The Goal
Change Makers aims to empower young people with the knowledge and skills to start their adventure in social change. To cultivate a belief and confidence to achieve their vision, and the resilience to overcome the challenges they will face on the path to success.

Ideas for change could take the form of starting up a social enterprise or business, a contemporary sporting, lifestyle, health, art, culture club, or an advocacy group. Whatever the idea, it will aim to affect positive and sustained environmental, or health and wellbeing, or financial outcomes.

The Plan
Through a series of dynamic and interactive workshops, the Change Makers will learn to apply the 9 step business canvas model to their idea. In developing their plan for action, they will have opportunity to apply for seed money. They will connect with and learn from the rich expertise and experience in the business and entrepreneur community within the City of Unley. The mentor will guide a Change Maker team to help make their idea a reality.
  • Change Makers is coming soon - Join The Change
    Change Makers
    Groups of 2-3 young people aged 18-25 years who live, work, study in the City of Unley, who have an idea about positive social change, want support to make it happen, and are committed to completing the Change Makers program.

    Passionate business people and entrepreneurs with proven experience and expertise in enterprise and innovation, who are committed to empowering young people and can spend 1-2 hours each week to guide a Change Maker team.

    Young people who will take this opportunity to gain experience using their skills in photography, videography, marketing on social media or graphic design to help promote and document the Change Makers program. 
    We are also looking for an ambassador to champion this initiative.

    Take The Next Step

    Fill out the Change Makers Expression of Interest form.

    We look forward to contacting you in the near future.