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 bettertogether@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 Australia 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?

We’re accepting ideas from now until Friday, 8 September 2017.

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.

We’ll help you find a sponsor for your idea by making it available on the website for local community groups to review.

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. Ideas without a sponsor will be made available on the website for eligible organisations to review and consider sponsoring. 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. The dates of voting rounds will be advised through the website.

How do I vote?

More information about how to vote will be available closer to the voting phase.

How much funding will my neighbourhood receive?

Funding will be equitably allocated on a population basis.

How do I know where my neighbourhood is?

Your neighbourhood is the area where you live.

Why do South Australians get to suggest and choose projects?

Because nobody knows your neighbourhood better than you.

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.

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

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