Grants & Sponsorships

Community Grants

The Community Grants funding round closed on Friday 30 March 2018.  The opening date for the next round will be announced in the near future.
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 City of 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. 
For further information contact:


* 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.


Business Infrastructure Grants

The Business Infrastructure Grant has been established to add to our City’s vibrancy by helping grow the number of businesses offering outdoor dining and street trading.
For reasons of safety and the need to provide a clear path of travel for users of all abilities, footpath trading is not possible for many businesses without installation of safety measures.  In some cases, infrastructure such as energy absorbing bollards or kerb build outs, is deemed necessary to safely allow outdoor dining or street trading.
Through the Grant, if infrastructure is considered necessary, Council may contribute to the cost.  Grants are available of up to $30,000 or half the total project/infrastructure cost, whichever is the lesser and is limited to fixed infrastructure.    

Please note, limited funding is available and grants will be allocated on a ‘first come’ basis until the funding has been exhausted. The scheme will be reassessed at June 30 2018 to determine if it is to be continued. 
  • What the Funding Covers
    The grant covers approved infrastructure to enable business trading on Council land, particularly the footpath.  This could include energy absorbing bollards (compliant with the relevant Standard), widening of the footpath or paving.
  • Eligibility
    Where appropriate, the City of Unley provides permits to local business to enable them to trade on Council land, particularly footpaths, immediately fronting their shop.

    Permit applications are assessed against criteria which aim to prioritise accessibility and safety, whilst achieving a balance which still enables businesses to utilise the front of their properties for trading. 

    To be eligible for a Grant, you must:
    • Be a brick and mortar business trading in the City of Unley
    • Applications must be consistent with the City of Unley Outdoor Dining Policy and Street Trading Policy and its requirements
    • Be a business that currently cannot utilise the footpath for trade without an investment in infrastructure
    • Be willing and able to co-contribute to the cost of the infrastructure (including design)

    Grants will be provided on a first come basis.

    Grants will only be available for infrastructure to enable outdoor dining or street trading.
  • How to Apply
    Applications for a Business Infrastructure Grant need to be received in the form of an Outdoor Dining or Street Trading Application.

    To find more, read the Business Infrastructure Grant Guidelines and Council’s Outdoor Dining Policy.

    For more information or to apply, please contact the City of Unley Economic Development team on 8372 5111 or email

Conservation Grants

Grant applications are currently closed. Forms will be available from this website when the new round opens.

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.

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 pruning significant trees
  • $5,000 for local heritage buildings and contributory items within Historic Conservation Zone
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.

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.


Community Event Sponsorship

The Community Grants funding round closed on Friday 29 June 2018.  The next round will open on Wednesday 1 May 2019.

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.

For enquiries, phone Council’s Events Coordinator on 8372 5111 or email

Other Sources of Funding

Visit the following websites for other sources of community funding: