Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here you'll find answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). If you have a question about the program you might find the answer here. If not contact us at fundmyneighbourhood@sa.gov.au.

What is Fund My Neighbourhood?

Fund My Neighbourhood is a $40 million participatory budgeting program that gives South Australians the power to nominate and vote for projects to improve their neighbourhoods.

What is participatory budgeting?

Participatory budgeting is where everyday people get to decide how government funding is allocated.

Who delivers Fund My Neighbourhood?

Fund My Neighbourhood is delivered by the Government of South Australia.

How does Fund My Neighbourhood work?

Fund My Neighbourhood allows South Australians to nominate and vote for projects to improve their local neighbourhood.

In the ideas phase, South Australians aged 18 years and over can suggest projects to improve their local neighbourhood.

In the voting phase, South Australians aged 18 years and over can vote for the projects they want to see funded in their local neighbourhood. The projects that receive the most support in each region will be offered funding.

What types of projects can be funded?

Projects must align with the program’s objectives: to improve local neighbourhoods, be accessible to the community and be capable of being completed within twelve months (with one-off funding).

Projects should align with one of the following categories:

  1. Open space, sport and recreation
  2. Mobility, transport and safety
  3. Health, wellbeing and inclusion
  4. Arts and culture
  5. Environment and sustainability
  6. Innovation and technology.

Examples of projects that can be funded through the program include:

  •  Playground upgrades
  •  Smart lighting (e.g. for footpaths, public transport stops, etc)
  •  Urban landscaping
  •  Walking/cycling trails
  •  Repair or swap cafes/sheds
  •  Skill share programs
  •  Neighbourhood/community market
  •  Community garden
  •  Community/public art
What type of ideas will not be considered?

Fund My Neighbourhood will not support projects that do not meet the objectives of the program.

How much funding is available?

You can seek funding of between $10,000 and $150,000 for your idea.

Who can submit an idea?

If you are a South Australian aged 18 years or over you can submit an idea to improve your local neighbourhood.

Your idea must be sponsored by an organisation that is eligible to receive the funding, such as a non-government organisation, community sporting club, charity, school or community group.

Local neighbourhood groups can work with residents to develop ideas but the idea must be submitted by a local resident.

If your idea is for a project that will be located on land managed or owned by local government or State Government agency, the Fund My Neighbourhood team will consult with the relevant council/agency on your behalf.

Can I submit more than one idea?

Yes. You can submit as many ideas as you like.

When can I submit an idea?

Round One submissions have closed on Friday 8 September. Please join our mailing list to be notified when Round Two will be open for submissions in 2018.

What information about my idea do I need to provide in the online form?

Once you have registered for an account, you will be able to view the full online form details when you 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. 

If I miss the deadline for ideas, will there be another chance to submit?

You must submit your idea by Friday, 8 September 2017. If you miss this deadline, there will be another opportunity to submit your idea during the second round in 2018. Join our mailing list to stay up to date with information about the program, including dates for the second round.

Who can help me submit an idea?

If you are having trouble submitting an idea your local public library might be able to help. Otherwise, contact us on 1800 791 384 to discuss your situation.

Who can receive funding through Fund My Neighbourhood?

Funding for initiatives can only be provided to eligible organisations with which the State Government can enter a legally binding grant agreement and that have an ABN. These include:

  •  Incorporated community groups under the Associations Incorporation Act 1985 or similar.
  •  Incorporated and registered not-for-profit organisations (e.g. a registered charity, social enterprise).
  •  Schools, kindergartens and child care centres.
  •  Community sporting/recreation clubs.
  •  Local councils.
What if I don’t have a sponsor for my idea?

You can still submit your idea even if it doesn’t have a sponsor but it won’t proceed to the voting phase without a sponsor. To maximise the chances of success, you are encouraged to think about who could sponsor your idea. Local Members of Parliament or local councils might be able to assist. Otherwise, you could try to find a community organisation that does similar work. Use the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) database to search for organisations that you could approach.

Will the Government help identify a sponsor for my idea?

We want as many of the great ideas suggested by South Australians to be available for local neighbourhoods to select from. To increase the chance of a successful application, we recommend that you try to find a sponsor for your idea before nominating.

What if an idea is just unworkable or too expensive?

All ideas will go through a process where the Fund My Neighbourhood team checks the application form against the eligibility criteria to make sure it is feasible and the project costing is accurate. Only ideas that have been determined as eligible will be made available for voting by the community. This is why it is important that when submitting an idea, you make sure it meets the eligibility criteria and the timeframes and costs associated with the project are realistic.

Does Fund My Neighbourhood bypass normal local and State Government planning processes?

No. All ideas that require local or State Government approvals will still be subject the usual approval processes.

What if other people suggest the same idea in my neighbourhood?

Where the ideas are being suggested are on local or state government-owned or managed land, the relevant council or government agency will decide where the idea is located.

Who cannot receive funding through the program?

Individuals, private for-profit businesses/organisations and organisations with a gaming-machine licence cannot receive funding through the program.

Will my local council receive less funding because of Fund My Neighbourhood?

No. Fund My Neighbourhood will have no impact on the funding provided by the State Government to your local council.

Who can take part in the voting?

Anyone who resides in South Australia and is aged 18 years or over can vote in Fund My Neighbourhood.

How many times can I vote?

You can vote only once per voting round. Round One voting begins on Wednesday 18 October 2017.

How much funding will my neighbourhood receive?

Funding will be equitably allocated on a population basis - click here to find out more

Who ultimately decides which programs receive funding through the program?

You do! Everyday people in the community decide which eligible programs in their local neighbourhood receive funding by voting through the online tool.

How do I vote?

If you are over 18 years of age, log in or register as a YourSAy member, and then choose your location by dropping a pin on the map, or typing in your street address. Once you have chosen your location, you will be able to see projects that you can add to your shortlist.

You can only add projects to your shortlist that are within your selected neighbourhood. See WHICH PROJECTS CAN I VOTE FOR? below for the voting rules.

You can add as many ideas as you like to your shortlist before you decide which projects to vote for. To submit your vote, choose a minimum of three (3) and a maximum of five (5) ideas, then click the green Vote Now button. If you have more than five ideas in your shortlist you’ll need to remove some until you meet the requirements to have a minimum of three and a maximum of five.

Voting in Fund My Neighbourhood can only be done online on the Fund My Neighbourhood website and requires verification via your mobile phone. When you log in or register we will send a four-digit code to your mobile. Enter this code on the website and you can start voting.

If you do not have access to the internet, your local library, or a friend or family member may be able to help you create an email account and vote for ideas in your neighbourhood.

How long is voting open for?

Voting in Round One of Fund My Neighbourhood opens on Wednesday 18 October and closes at 5:00pm on Monday 20 November.

Which projects can I vote for?

You can only vote for ideas that are within your selected neighbourhood. The voting is not state-wide. The aim of the Fund My Neighbourhood program is for local people and communities to decide how to improve their local neighbourhood.

You can choose between three and five projects within a radius of five (5) kilometres calculated from your chosen location (where you dropped your pin or entered your address).

This radius shows you the projects that you can choose from and you can add any of these projects to your shortlist. A minimum number of projects (30) will be available for you to choose from and add to your shortlist.

If the 5-kilometre radius doesn’t include a minimum of 30 projects, the online voting tool will automatically expand to include the closest 30 projects to your chosen location. For example, if you live in regional South Australia, you may see a much larger radius to ensure you can create your shortlist from a minimum of 30 projects.

Although you can add as many projects as you like to your shortlist, in order to submit your vote, your final selection needs to include a minimum of three and a maximum of five ideas in total. Once you have submitted your final selection, you will not be able to change the projects you have voted for.

You can only vote once in each round of Fund My Neighbourhood.

Round Two will take place in 2018 - join the mailing list for the most up-to-date information on voting and Round Two.

Why can I only vote for projects near me?

We want to find out which projects you and your local community support in your neighbourhood. If there are projects outside of your selected neighbourhood that you think deserve funding, speak to your friends and family who live nearby these projects and encourage them to get involved and vote for great neighbourhood improvement projects near them.

Why can I only vote online?

The Fund My Neighbourhood program is an online process. This in part helps us ensure the integrity of the voting process because we can verify the votes and enable a large number of people to participate in decision-making in a cost-effective way. Using a combination of the email registration and SMS verification allows us to verify that real people are taking part.

We acknowledge that not everyone has easy access to the internet. Your local library can provide access to the internet and assist with the use of computers. Your local library may also run free digital and online classes that help people become familiar with email addresses and the internet.

How do I register as a YourSAy member?

To register for YourSAy, click here. You will need to provide details such as your name, email, mobile number and postcode in order to participate in Fund My Neighbourhood.

Why do I have to register as a YourSAy member?

Everyone who has internet access is able to browse the Fund My Neighbourhood website. However, if you would like to participate in voting, commenting or submitting an idea, you need to register as a YourSAy member.

Registering as a member ensures that we can verify accounts, and helps us determine that real people are signing up to participate on YourSAy and Fund My Neighbourhood. This also assists in providing a fair process for everyone involved, from real people submitting project ideas to ensuring that voting is fair and each person gets one vote only.

Why do I have to verify my YourSAy account via SMS?

Verifying accounts via SMS helps us determine that real people are signing up to take part in Fund My Neighbourhood.

I’ve picked the wrong location – how do I change it?

Once you have chosen your location and started adding projects, you won’t be able to change your location without resetting your shortlist.

If you have picked the wrong location, for example, your work address instead of your home address, you can change your location on your shortlist page.

It’s important to be aware that changing your location will change the projects that you are able to vote on, therefore your shortlisted projects will be reset and you will need to begin shortlisting again once you have set your new location.

I still have questions - is there someone I can contact?

Yes, send your question to fundmyneighbourhood@sa.gov.au or call us on 1800 791 384.