Fund My Neighbourhood is a participatory budgeting program that invites you to suggest and then choose projects to improve your local neighbourhood.
**Fund My Neighbourhood has now CLOSED**
To be eligible to vote, you will need to Log In or Register for a YourSAy account. You must also be 18 years or over to vote in Fund My Neighbourhood and live in South Australia.
How does it work?
As a South Australian resident, you can submit an idea to improve your local neighbourhood.
One-off grants of between $10,000 and $150,000 are available for ideas as diverse as small local infrastructure upgrades, through to initiatives that strengthen neighbourhood cohesion.
Once all the ideas are in we will check them for eligibility and then they will be loaded to the Fund My Neighbourhood website. That’s when you and your community go online to decide what gets funded in your local neighbourhood.
Read this before you tell us about your idea.
We want to know if your idea is being submitted by a local resident of the neighbourhood in which the idea is being proposed. We also want to know that you have an eligible partner organisation which can manage the funding.
You will need to identify a sponsoring organisation that can administer the grant money (we can’t give public money to individuals). Identifying an organisation and working with them before you submit your idea is not compulsory, however you are strongly encouraged to work with an organisation which has experience in delivering projects similar to your idea. This will help test the feasibility of your project idea. The organisation may help you engage the community in supporting your idea by promoting it. Check out the FAQs page for more information about ways to find an organisation to support your idea.
If your idea is to upgrade or build infrastructure on privately-owned land and you/or the organisation you are partnering with do not own the land, you will need to complete and submit the Land Owner Consent form (DOC) before your idea can be voted on by the community.
If your idea is on local or State Government-owned or managed-lands, the Fund My Neighbourhood team will help you consult with them - you won't need a sponsoring organisation in this instance.
We welcome organisations submitting ideas, however they must identify a local resident who supports the idea and lives in the neighbourhood where the idea is proposed. This local resident will need to submit the application on behalf of the organisation.
What’s the process?
- Start thinking about a project to improve your neighbourhood.
- Check the site to see if others have already suggested your idea or a similar idea.
- Read the eligibility criteria to make sure your idea can be funded. Also start thinking about an organisation that you can work with to deliver your idea. Your local Member of Parliament or local council may be able to help, or check out our FAQs page.
- Write a great submission – tell us why your project will improve the neighbourhood.
- If your idea is for infrastructure on land that you or your organisation do not own, you will need consent from the land owner for the project to proceed to voting. You can download the form here. Remember to attach the Land Owner Consent form (DOC) to your application.
- Remember to submit a great image of your project. Your application is your ‘pitch’ to the community to support your idea. Make it a good one!
- Submit your idea by Friday 8 September 2017.
- The Fund My Neighbourhood team will review the ideas against eligibility criteria, making sure that the project meets the guidelines, that land owner consent has been obtained and that a project sponsor has been nominated (as appropriate).
- If your idea is on local or State Government-owned or managed-lands, the Fund My Neighbourhood team will help you consult with the relevant councils/agencies.
- If your idea doesn’t meet the eligibility criteria, it can’t proceed to the community voting phase.
- It’s up to you to make sure that your idea meets the eligibility criteria.
Who can submit an idea?
Anyone over the age of 18 who lives in South Australia can submit an idea to improve their neighbourhood.
What can be funded?
Projects (ideas) that improve local neighbourhoods, are accessible to the community and can be delivered within 12 months. Some projects will also require development or planning approval. Check out the FAQs for more information on what type of projects can be funded.
Projects should align with one or more of the following categories:
- Open space, sport and recreation
- Mobility, transport and safety
- Health, wellbeing and inclusion
- Arts and culture
- Environment and sustainability
- Innovation and technology
What will not be funded?
- Ongoing operational or maintenance costs for projects.
- Projects that are not accessible to the broader community. If the location of your idea has restricted access (e.g. a playground or community garden is behind locked gates), you must be able to demonstrate how the broader neighbourhood will benefit when the location is accessible to the community. This is the same for suggested ideas where the event or activity requires people to pay a fee to participate (e.g. a sports club has a membership fee, but anyone from the community can become a member, or there will be broad community access to the grounds or equipment).
- Projects from which the proposer or their immediate family will personally profit.
- Projects that have commenced or have been completed prior to the application being submitted.
- Projects that are not located in South Australia.
- Illegal, malicious or discriminatory activities or projects that will result in neighbourhood division.
- Costs for feasibility studies, research/study placements, business cases or similar reports.
- Costs associated with the preparation of the application.
- Projects that are deemed to be unfeasible (due to budget constraints, time constraints, legislative or regulatory constraints or technical constraints or similar).
- Projects that advance a religious or party-political purpose.
- Projects that do not fit within the objective of improving local neighbourhoods.
- Projects which are deemed to be contradictory to government policy or values.
- Projects already accounted for in a local council’s 2017/18 budget statement.
What are the funding limits?
You can submit an idea for funding of between $10,000 and $150,000.
You can submit more than one project. But all of your ideas have to be in the neighbourhood where you live.
How will the funding be provided?
Successful ideas will be funded through a grant agreement that will detail the funding amount, funding period, reporting requirements and other key points.
As individuals cannot enter into a grant agreement under this program, ideas must be sponsored by an eligible organisation. Organisations that can support your idea and manage the funding for you are:
- Incorporated community groups under the Associations Incorporation Act 1985 or similar legislation
- Incorporated and registered not-for-profit organisations (e.g. registered charity, social enterprise)
- Local councils and State Government agencies
- Schools, kindergartens and child care centres
- Community sporting/recreation clubs
Organisations/ entities that are not eligible to receive funding:
- Individuals (while they can suggest projects, they are not able to receive funding. Funding can only be received by eligible organisations)
- Private, for-profit, businesses/organisations
- Organisations with a gaming machine licence
How do I submit an idea?
Complete the online application form.
Once you have registered for an account, you will be able to view the full online form details when you begin to create your idea. You can click here (PDF 350KB) to download an example idea - please note that you need to submit your idea via the 'Create Idea' button on the home page for it to be considered.
How do I get more information?
Refer to our Frequently Asked Questions.
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