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Community Grant Funding

The Community Grant Funding Program provides an opportunity for eligible groups, organisations, clubs or associations to apply for funding to assist, establish and grow a vibrant and diverse calendar of events, activities and programs for the community.

Underpinned by Council’s Strategic Directions Plan the community funding program supports the following Goals and Objectives:

Goal 1: Economic Growth and Vitality

  1. An outstanding regional centre for commercial, health, educational and community activities and services
  2. A destination recognised for quality tourism and visitor experiences
  3. Economic development focused on long term job creation and investment

Goal 2: Liveable and Active Communities:

  1. Advanced community and individual health and wellbeing
  2. A safe city and community
  3. An inclusive, connected, diverse and resilient community
  4. A place of opportunity where children and young people are encouraged to reach their potential, older people are valued and all people participate fully in the community

Funding Categories

The Community Grant Funding Program has four funding categories.

A call for grant funding for the Regional and Major categories will be announced each year around March/April, prior to the adoption of Council's Annual Business Plan  and Budget.

A small amount of funding will be available all year round for applications under the Group and Local categories for assessment by Council's Manager Community Services to enable responsiveness and support for community driven energy, ideas and partnerships.

Applications for the Group and Local categories should be submitted to the Council Administration Office at least six (6) weeks prior to the event taking place to allow sufficient time for processing. Failure to adhere to the time frame may result in the application being refused.



Funding up to

Assessment & Approval


Events, activities and programs that support a small sector of the community, predominantly applicant membership base or directly interested people


Assessed and approved by
Council Administration


Events, activities and programs that support a broader cross-section of the local community


Assessed and approved by
Council Administration


Events, activities and programs that attract both locals and regional visitors and achieve some economic development and/or community wellbeing outcomes

$1,001 - $2,000

(including any Council in-kind support)

Assessed by Council


Events and activities that:

  • attract substantial numbers and support major economic development objectives (eg overnight visitation, intra and interstate visitors, and promote the region to a national and international audience)
  • and/or support extensive community wellbeing outcomes

Case by case basis

(including any Council in-kind support)

Assessed by Council

Note: Council funding includes in-kind support and cash up to the category funding value.  In-kind support includes, but is not limited to: event set up, (extra bins, line marking, set up of marquee etc), Nautilus Arts Centre discounted hire fees, and reserve hire fee discounts.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for grant funding:

  • be an incorporated community organisation, sporting club or organisation, or be in partnership with such
  • operate within the City of Port Lincoln or demonstrate how the project will benefit the local community
  • hold appropriate public liability insurance and adhere to WHS and Risk Management practices
  • demonstrate financial viability
  • fit within the appropriate category detailed in Section 4 of the Community Grant Funding Policy and address evaluation criteria and submit supporting documentation specified on the application form
  • applicants must demonstrate funding requested will be attributed to a specific element of the project, event or activity with measurable outcomes that support council's strategic goals and objectives.

Applicants are encouraged to read the Community Grant Funding Policy 7.63.14 for eligibility guidelines, funding categories and the application and assessment process.

Applicants applying for funding must complete the relevant form below and provide the supporting documentation as specified in the application form.

Group and Local categories

Community Grant Funding Application form - Group and Local 7-31-T1

Supporting documents

  • Certificate of Currency – Public Liability Insurance
  • Risk Management Plan including site plan and Emergency Evacuation Plan where applicable

Regional and Major categories

Community Grant Funding Application form – Regional and Major 7-31-T2

Supporting documents

  • Completed Financial Statements for past two financial years
  • Current financial year budget for your organisation with actuals to date for comparison
  • Certificate of Currency – Public Liability Insurance
  • Risk Management Plan including site plan and Emergency Evacuation Plan
  • Business Case/Plan and/or Strategic Plan (major category only)

Please note that failure to submit required documents may result in your application being denied.

Applications under the Regional and Major categories will be assessed at a Special Council Meeting to be held at the close of the funding rounds and Group and Local categories will be assessed by Council’s Manager Community Services as applications are received.

Successful applicants are to agree with the funding acceptance conditions that will be established which will include the funding amount awarded, funds only to be used for the approved purpose and any other reporting or acquittal processes required by Council.  The funds for the Regional and Major categories will be distributed from July 1st each year.

Related information

Community Event Permit Application 16-6-T31

Community Group Insurance

Food Business Notification Form

Permits & Application Forms

Need more information

If you have any questions regarding the Community Grant Funding Program, or need assistance with your application please contact:

City of Port Lincoln
Community Development Team
9.00am - 5.00pm, Monday to Friday
Phone: 8621 2300