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Community Grants Program

The Community Development Grants Programme of the Berri Barmera Council is an opportunity to provide support to community groups and organisations to achieve an overall vision of building a better community. The Community Grant Programme is designed to assist groups in making valuable contributions to the districts quality of life, by implementing social and community activities, programs and minor projects.

Eligible groups and organisations are invited to apply for funding for:

  • The establishment or expansion of a community development activity/programme.
  • Minor capital works and purchases where it shows significant support of an ongoing community development activity, programme or project.
  • The establishment or improvement of a community event.

Note: Council will generally not receive requests for funding support outside of the community grants timelines, except for under the Financial Assistance Prorgam.


Key Dates

Round One (2013/14)

Round Two (2013/14)

Grant Program opens

Monday, 2nd September 2013

Monday, 3rd March 2014

Workshop for applications

Thursday, 26th September 2013 6:00pm, Barmera Library, Barmera


Wednesday, 2nd October 2013 6:00pm Berri Town Hall - Len Mahoney Room, Berri

Wednesday, 19th March 2014, 6:00pm, Council Meeting Room, via Berri Town Hall, Wilson Street, Berri

Grant Program Closes

Monday, 14th October 2013

Monday, 14th April 2014



Grants Application Forms and Guidelines can be accessed on the links below:-

Grant Guidelines - it is strongly recommended that applicants firstly read through this information (click here)


Community Development Grants

(Please click here to view the application form)


Community Programs


Grants are available under this category to develop the capacity of organisations (i.e. marketing, volunteer development, junior/youth development, equipment purchases) or to develop innovative programs to meet the needs of local residents.

Capital Improvement


Grants under this category are to assist with upgrading buildings, sports fields or for major pieces of equipment.

Community Events


Grants are offered in this category to assist organisations with the planning and delivery of local community events that assist in building community capacity and/or provide an economic return to the district.


Financial Assistance Program

Minor Support Funding

Council has made provision for a limited allocation of funds to support organisations in need.

Applications for funding will be received between the six monthly rounds of the Community Development Grants in special circumstances only if urgency and/or need can be determined. These applications are limited to $500.

Quick Response Grants and Organisational Support Funding will be processed throughout the year, as they are received, under the delegated authority of Council to the Chief Executive Officer.

(Please click here to view the application form)




Quick Response Donation


For Local organisations to commit to a time sensitive program/activity that would otherwise not be able to pursued within the normal Community Development Grant timelines.

Organisational Support Donation


A one-off donation to assist local organisations who provide a high level of community service and may not be able to operate without the support of this Council (or for regional groups, the combined Riverland Councils).

Services Support Donation


Funds for local organisations to assist with activities such as; hire of rooms and/or from Council, equipment (such as chairs/trestles/bollards) for small community events, minor building works, a series of smaller activities listed above occurring across the year.


Minor Assistance Program



(Please click here to view the application form)


Youth Sport & Cultural Sponsorships

Up to a maximum of $500(See Category Criteria)

A one-off donation to assist young local individuals to attend National or International representative activities. Activities may include, sporting or cultural endeavours.Preference will be given to individuals who may not otherwise be able to attend the function without this support.



Useful Websites for securing Grants

Most community projects and community organisations would not be successful without additional funding. To identify potential funding programs and opportinities you may wish to review the following webites. Please Note: Some sites may require small membership fees to access full information services.

SA Grants Register

South Australian Grants register is maintained by the Department of Trade and Economic Development. Allows you to search for a grant or other type of financial assistance from across local, state and federal government (and some philanthropic) sources.

GrantsLINK (Federal Government)

The GrantsLINK website lists funding available under a variety of grant programs for individuals, businesses and communities to help them to develop solutions to local and national problems, fund ideas and initiatives or provide assistance in times of hardship.

Our Community

Our Community is an organisation who provides information on grant programs available from a variety of funding bodies throughout Australia. There is also information available online on grant writing and management issues for Community Groups. There is a charge for accessing detailed information on the site

Grant Search

Grant search is Australia's original and most comprehensive funding database, with 3000 sources of financial support for study, travel, research, business and professional development, the arts, sport and community projects.

The above listing is only a guide to some of the many options available