The SA Power Networks Community Grants program has been created to assist communities to empower themselves and make a tangible difference in their local area.
We offer grants of up to $5,000, which will be awarded via a competitive process outlined below. Applications for this round of funding closed 17 April 2023.
How does it work?
Please review the below information before you apply to ensure that you qualify. If you have any further questions please contact us at email@example.com
To be eligible for and receive an SA Power Networks Community Grant, applicants must:
- be an incorporated not-for-profit organisation, registered charity on the ACNC, school or community group with a registered Australian Business Number (ABN);
- deliver the funded activity in South Australia within 12 months from the date of receiving funding;
- agree to share activity outcomes with SA Power Networks, in the form of photographs or short videos, written updates and a short acquittal upon activity completion;
- agree to SA Power Networks promoting you and the activity your grant supports on SA Power Networks websites, social media, through annual reports and other channels;
- be open to SA Power Networks participating in the activity and related promotional activities; and
- hold a current bank account in Australia in its name.
Through SA Power Networks Community Grants, we are seeking to fund activities, programs, events or equipment which will help make a positive impact in one or more of the following areas:
- Keeping the community safe
- Supporting our customers and community
- Growing a sustainable SA
- Supporting innovation for future growth
Please find below some activity examples
Keeping the community safe
Delivering safety education and supporting those on the front line in crisis events.
- supporting volunteer emergency response agencies (eg CFS, SES)
- preventing or responding to domestic or family violence
- promoting water, cycling or road safety
Supporting our customers and community
Assisting people and groups to access services, education and support they might not otherwise receive.
- addressing disadvantage or social exclusion/isolation
- improving community facilities (eg parks, playgrounds, community gardens)
- promoting regional community development or growth
Growing a sustainable SA
Championing environmental and social sustainability for our State.
- reducing climate change or carbon footprint
- promoting recycling or the circular economy
- increasing uptake or adoption of renewable energy or energy efficiency measures
Supporting innovation for future growth
Promoting innovative approaches to tackle current or future challenges.
- developing innovative partnerships and collaborations to amplify benefits and outcomes
- promoting increased uptake/interest in STEM topics
- supporting the new energy future
SA Power Networks Community Grants cannot fund:
- individuals, commercial businesses and government entities (except public schools and kindergartens);
- activities outside of South Australia;
- activities which have already been completed prior to the Application Period;
- activities which occur during the Determination Period
- organisations or activities which do not reflect SA Power Networks values;
- organisations or activities which do not reflect local community standards;
- activities which denigrate or exclude members of the community;
- activities which are or could be perceived to be unsafe or cause harm to people, animals or the environment;
- political or religious pursuits;
- organisations or activities associated with gambling, drugs or alcohol; and
- organisations, individuals or bodies unwilling to provide sufficient details on the proposed program.
Frequently Asked Questions
A list of questions and answers to common questions about the Community Grants program.
We’ve made a few changes to the 2023 program including introducing an online application form and revising the grant assessment criteria.
Yes. We expect to receive more applications than we can fund. Applications will therefore be assessed against six criteria.
Applications will be assessed on the following criteria:
- Location – Where will the activity be delivered? Where do the beneficiaries of the activity live?
- Beneficiaries – Who will benefit from the activity? What benefit(s) will the activity deliver?
- Reach – How far does the support go to those in the community?
- Previous funding – What funding or support (this includes in-kind support) has the organisation received from SA Power Networks in the past two calendar years (2021 and 2022)? Have you applied for and/or secured funding for the activity from other funding sources?
- Project impact – What long term impact will the activity have? How will the impact be measured?
- Alignment with core values – How does the activity outcomes align with the core values?
This year the program will use an online application form, submitted through the SA Power Networks’ Talking Power website.
Applications will open 9am, Monday 6, March 2023 and close at 5pm, Monday 17 April. Register your interest and we’ll send you a reminder when applications are open.
All applicants will be advised of the outcome no later than 30 June 2023. Therefore, activities that qualify for funding must commence after this date.
Applicants can only apply once per funding round. If you have applied in a previous round, you are welcome to reapply again if you meet all the criteria.
A printable information sheet with all the questions and eligibility criteria will be available to download to assist organisations prepare their application. However, the application must be completed and submitted using the program’s online form. Any applications that are not submitted through the online form will be ineligible for consideration of funding. The information sheet will be available to download once applications open.
Yes, but the auspicing body must meet the eligibility criteria.
Our community grant program provides funding to support activities that make a positive difference in South Australia. An important part of your application is explaining how you will evaluate the impact of your activity and therefore demonstrating how our funding will make a positive difference in our community.
Thinking about how you will evaluate impact is an important part of project planning and can help you think about what benefits your activity will deliver.
Evaluating impact is equally relevant to all activity types: programs, events, equipment purchase, etc.
A good way to think about how you will evaluate impact is to first of all outline the logic model. A logic model is a clear explanation of how the funding will deliver the outcome. Next, think about how you will measure the outcome, what data you will need to calculate your expected outcomes and how you will collect and record this. Finally think about how you will evaluate your activity, comparing the outcomes that you expected with the outcomes that you achieved.
Terms and conditions for an SA Power Networks Community Grant
Download and view the terms and conditions to apply for our Community Grants program.
Please note that due to limited funding, not every application that meets the criteria may receive a grant.
The recipients of the 2023 SA Power Networks Community Grants have been announced. Successful projects include upgrades to parks, gardens, playgrounds and other community facilities, as well as support for mental health, inclusion programs and equipment and training for emergency response agencies.
In total, 30 projects will be funded across the State, with over half of the funding supporting activities in regional and remote communities.
SA Power Networks is delighted to be able to support our communities, and the many volunteer-led grass-roots organisations, through these grants. While we couldn’t support every application received, we know that our small investment will make a big difference to the local communities that we could fund.
We would like to thank all organisations that applied for funding. We’d also like to thank the members of our Community Advisory Board and Community Reference Group who participated in the Assessment Panel. Their knowledge and expertise were invaluable for the Panel. For a list of the 2023 recipients, go to introducing our 2023 SA Power Networks Community Grant recipients.
We were delighted to award grants to 25 groups across South Australia. The funded activities were split between metro/suburban Adelaide and regional areas such as Wudinna on the Eyre Peninsula, Hawker in the Flinders Ranges, Murray Bridge, the APY Lands and Kangaroo Island.
We supported a range of wonderful ideas, from sustainable community gardens and lighting and solar upgrades to education programs for young people and innovative safety projects for remote areas.
We are excited to announce the recipients of the inaugural SA Power Networks Community Grants 2022.