Open Spaces and Places for People Grants Announced
10 May 2020
$65.5 million worth of funding for local community projects has been announced as part of the State Government’s Open Spaces and Places for People Grants.
In March the State Government doubled the annual Planning and Development Fund to $50 million, when matched with 50:50 local government contribution, with a focus on projects that were considered to be ‘shovel ready’.
During the application process a total of 160 applications were submitted, seeking approximately $116 million in funding – tripling the amount of applications and funding requested from the previous year.
A total of 37 community projects have successfully secured funding across 27 different council areas, with 24 in metropolitan Adelaide and 13 in regional South Australia. Successful grants were received from the following councils:
|Charles Sturt||Kangaroo Island|
|Holdfast Bay||Karoonda East Murray|
|Mount Barker||Murray Bridge|
|Port Adelaide Enfield||Victor Harbor|
|Tea Tree Gully|
A key element for all of these projects is the creation of local employment, however it is equally important that these projects improve the public realm, provide public health benefits and support climate change initiatives such as through the provision of more tree canopy.
The Open Spaces and Places for People Grants program is part of the State Government’s $1 billion stimulus package aimed at safeguarding the South Australia’s economy following the impacts of COVID-19 and the devastating bushfire season.