Council Community Grants Now Open
Community Grant Guidelines 2017/2018
The program is separated into three categories:
Community Infrastructure Program – up to $25,000 can be sourced for the planning, development and maintenance of community infrastructure facilities that meet the current and future needs of the Wakefield Regional Council community. 
Community Infrastructure Program Application Form 
Community Benefit Program – up to $5,000 can be sourced for equipment, materials or resources to support the delivery of services or programs within the Wakefield Regional Council area.
Community Benefit Program Application Form
Community Water Scheme – up to $2,500 can be sourced for watering of grassed playing surfaces such as bowling greens and ovals. An additional $5,000 can be sourced for water expenses for the Balaklava, Owen and Hamley Bridge swimming pools.
Community Water Scheme Application Form
Successful applicants will receive offers by mid-August 2017. Applications close at 5pm Friday 2 June 2017.
For grant application support contact Council’s Community & Development Officer on 8862 0800 or email Otherwise visit the website for further information and tips on writing grant applications. 
Finding Grants

Australian Government Grant Finder has a Grant Finder that helps you locate the grants and assistance programs most relevant to your business for free. Grants and other funding programs are available for businesses from the Australian, state and territory governments, and in some cases from local councils. You can search through a wide variety of grants in many categories, including developing your business, innovation and education.

Provides the community access to up to date information on State Government assistance and programs relevant to Community, Clubs and Individuals. GRANTassist can help you locate the assistance and program initiatives most relevant to your needs. The tool allows you to search for programs across all State Government Departments. The content of GRANT assist is reviewed and amended regularly. 

Grant Guru Community
Is a free searchable listing of nation-wide grants and funding programs for community based and not-for-profit organisations.

Council Grant Achievements

In the competitive environment of grant funding Wakefield Regional Council has an excellent record. We have successfully attracted State and Commonwealth funding for various initiatives including in recent times:

  • Community Housing (Balaklava)
  • Adelaide Plains Cup Festival
  • Marketing the Adelaide Plains
  • Samphire Coast - Tourism and Conservation
  • Community Builders
  • Special local road projects (eg. Brinkworth - Koolunga Road)
  • National Youth Week
  • Balaklava Parklands
  • Balaklava Urban development Plan
  • Port Wakefield UDP
  • Auslink - Bowman's Intermodel expansion project
  • Brinkworth Linear Park Stopover

In addition we have been able to assist community organisations in winning funds for a wide range of projects including:

  • Owen Swimming Pool - pool repair and repaint
  • Wakefield Regional Presenters Group - inclusion in the Shows on the Road program accessing high quality, professional touring performances for local audiences
  • Balaklava Town Hall redevelopment
  • Balaklava Swimming Pool - shelter and heating
  • Brinkworth Museum - photocopier
  • Blyth Stormwater Harvesting facility
  • Balaklava Sports Club - expanded clubrooms
  • Port Wakefield Courthouse - heritage conservation study
Grant Assistance

For assistance or advice in relation to seeking grant funding please contact Council's Community Development Officer. If you would like to be placed on a register to receive ongoing notification of grant funding opportunities please provide your email address.

Grant Writing Tips

Grant writing is a very competitive process. Generally there is only a limited pool of funds available, and many other groups and individuals seeking funding. A successful grant application requires good communication - think preparation, planning, and presentation.

Some tips:

  • Read the guidelines carefully and follow them exactly. Be especially aware of word limits and timeframes.
  • Be aware of the funding organisation's priorities and target your application to these without altering your initial objectives.
  • Contact the relevant person in the grant organisation to discuss your project and ask any questions you may have.
  • Look for examples in previously funded projects. Talk to people who have previously received grants from the agency.
  • Make the application focused, clear, and accurate. Have another person read through to provide constructive criticism. Provide a neat, organised and attractive proposal package to create a good impression.
  • Include all relevant information. Seek supporting documents from your community and key stakeholders. Present documented evidence to support your case.
  • Show value for money and give an accurate and justified budget. Include contribution of other resources where possible, including in-kind support (which must be quantified).
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