What are we looking for?


When Idea applications are open, we want local residents to suggest ideas that will improve their neighbourhoods. Ideas could be small scale infrastructure upgrades or events or activities that build neighbourhood resilience and connections.

We’ve developed six categories and provided examples of ideas in each category to help you think about the types of projects that we are looking for. Ideas are not limited to the examples provided. Think broadly about ideas that will improve your neighbourhood.  The six categories are:

  • Open space, sport and recreation.

For example: playground and park upgrades (e.g. equipment, bathrooms, bbq, shade shelter etc), urban landscaping, walking trails, outdoor gyms, soccer nets, bocce or basketball court etc.

  • Mobility, transport and safety.

For example: universal access (e.g. beach access mats, wheel chair access ramps), smart lighting (e.g. for footpaths, transport stops), safety crossings and pedestrian refuges.

  • Health, wellbeing and inclusion.

For example: community gardens, skill share programs, neighbourhood exercise programs, walking school bus, street party or neighbourhood event.

  • Arts and culture.

For example: street art, murals and sculpture, neighbourhood performance, cultural inclusion workshops and activities.

  • Environment and sustainability.

For example: tool share library, repair cafes and recycling programs, urban environment regeneration.

  • Innovation and technology.

For example: community solar energy sharing, neighbourhood sharing economy initiatives, digital solutions and apps.

Ideas must meet the objectives of the program (improve local neighbourhoods) and meet the following criteria:

  • Ideas must be feasible. That means that they can be delivered with the funding available ($10,000 to $150,000 plus GST) and can be delivered within 12 months. Some infrastructure upgrades may require development or planning approval. This process can take several months so needs to be considered in the project timeframe.
  • Ideas will only receive one-off funding. If ongoing funding is required you must demonstrate how this will be obtained.
  • Ideas must be generally 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).

There are some ideas and costs that the program won’t fund. These include:

  • Ideas that would result in a conflict of interest (i.e. you or your immediate family or business associate will personally profit).
  • Ideas for projects that have commenced or have been completed prior to the application being submitted.
  • Ideas for projects that are not located in South Australia.
  • Illegal, malicious or discriminatory activities, or projects that could result in neighbourhood division.
  • Ideas for projects that are deemed to be unfeasible (e.g. due to budget constraints, time constraints, legislative or regulatory constraints, technical constraints or similar).
  • Ideas that advance a religious or party-political purpose.
  • Ideas that do not fit within the program's objective of improving local neighbourhoods.
  • Ideas which are deemed to be contradictory to government policy.
  • Costs for feasibility studies, research/study placements, business cases or similar reports.
  • Costs associated with preparing an application.
  • Projects already accounted for in a local council’s 2017/18 budget statement.