How Funding Works

Over 200 neighbourhood projects have been funded through Fund My Neighbourhood. 

Funding Allocation

Who decided on which projects are funded?

Local communities and neighbourhoods voted to decide which eligible projects in their local neighbourhood would receive funding (by voting through the online tool).

Once-off grants of between $10,000 and $150,000 will now be provided for projects as diverse as small local infrastructure upgrades through to initiatives that strengthen neighbourhood cohesion. View the funding regions by map here.

There is more information about the grant process below.

How funding has been allocated?

To ensure an equitable distribution of the program’s funding, the funding has been distributed across 15 regions, with funding allocated on a per person basis using 2016 ABS census data. Each region’s funding allocation is based on how many people live there. You can view the region breakdown on a map here.

Metropolitan Adelaide has been divided into four regions, based on the existing metropolitan South Australian Government regions – Northern Adelaide, Eastern Adelaide, Southern Adelaide and Western Adelaide. Regional South Australia has been divided into eleven areas.

The metropolitan areas will receive an average of about $3.8 million each and the regional areas an average of $420,000 each. The difference in funding amounts per area is due to population density (the number of people that live in each region). 

This means that there are more projects funded in areas where a greater number of people live.

How has funding been spent in 2017?

Each region has an allocated budget based on the population for that region (as described above).

For each region, funding has been allocated in descending order from the idea with the greatest number of votes to the least.

Where the budget allocation for a region has almost been exhausted but can fund 75% of the next highest voted project, the project will be funded to 100% of its budget. Should that project have received the same number of votes as another project in the region (i.e. a tie), those projects will only been funded if the combined value of those tied projects is 75% or less than the amount leftover in that region.

However, if 75% of the project’s budget is greater than the remaining budget allocation for a region, the idea will not be funded.


Project Development

Who will receive the funding?

The nominated sponsor organisation will receive the funding.

What is the role of the sponsor organisation?

In line with the Fund My Neighbourhood Guidelines, individuals have submitted an idea, however, for the idea to progress to the community voting, the project had to be sponsored by an eligible organisation. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions.

The sponsor organisation will be responsible for delivering and managing the funded project. Its board of management, responsible officer or equivalent will be responsible for managing the grant including meeting all reporting requirements.  In the case of public schools the Principal of the school and the Chair of the Governing Council are responsible.

What is the grants process?

The grant agreement process consists of two steps:

  1. Successful applicants complete an online Preliminary Information Form, including a detailed budget, and submit it to via the Fund My Neighbourhood website to the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC).
  2. DPC grants unit will use this information to create a grant agreement template using the information. The grant agreement is then signed by both parties.

Project proposals will be subject to usual local and State Government approvals and processes if necessary (e.g. development approvals, additional localised consultation).

Project sponsors will be encouraged to keep project applicants involved with the project where relevant (and where the applicants wishes to be involved).



Timeframes are as follows:

  • 20 November – voting closes
  • 25 November – announcement
  • 25 November – successful applicants and project sponsors advised and informed of next steps
  • 6 December – Preliminary Information Form available online on Fund My Neighbourhood website for project sponsors to access.  (Project sponsors will be contacted via email and given access to this form).
  • 6 December – 16 February 2018 – project planning undertaken by project sponsors and submission when complete. (Scoping, costing and refining project proposals.)
  • Project sponsors may submit the Preliminary Information Form once the proposal is completed and DPC will commence the grant agreement process.
  • 16 February 2018 deadline for submission of project proposals through online form.
  • 19 February 2018 – 13 April 2018 DPC will work with project sponsors to negotiate and finalise grant agreements.
  • 21 April 2018 – all grant agreements finalised.
  • 21 April – 30 June 2018 funds paid out and projects commenced


Applicants – people who suggested the idea and advocate for it in their neighbourhood.

Project sponsors – eligible organisations who have agreed to sponsor the project and will be responsible for successful delivery of the project.