Grant information

The Office for Youth is aware that many agencies in the youth sector find it difficult to attract funding and meet the diverse needs of young people in the community despite the significant contributions of volunteers and staff. In recognising this, the Office for Youth provides grants directly to youth agencies and provides information to the youth sector on a range of alternative funding sources available.

Select the links in the menu above to find out more about the grants provided by the Office for Youth.

Below is a list of alternative funding sources available to the youth sector. Many of these grants are competitive and all have their own criteria. Click on the links to find out more about individual funding opportunities.

Funding for organisations


This site provides the community access to up to date information on all 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.

Grants LINK

This site will help you find funding programs to help develop solutions to local and national problems, fund ideas and initiatives and provide assistance in times of hardship.

Grant search Australia

Contains a database with approximately 3,000 sources of financial support for various projects. This site has a subscription fee.

Assistance in finding, applying and managing grants 

Our community Australia

A useful website that includes a publishing house and 12 knowledge and service hubs. It contains some great resources that can help community groups, individuals and businesses. 

Philanthropy Australia

The aim of this website is to provide a primary resource to identify the priorities of trusts and foundations and provide information about corporate funding available in Australia.

Youth grants 

Dame Roma Mitchell Trust for Children and Young People

Established by the South Australian government and are available to young people who are, or have been under the Guardianship of the Minister in South Australia. Grants are available to achieve personal goals; contribute to their health and wellbeing; and/or provide developmental opportunities. 

Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA)

One off support of up to the value of $1,000 to assist with some of the needs a young person may have when leaving care.

Other grants

Community Benefit SA

Community Benefit SA (CBSA) provides one-off project funding to incorporated, non-government, non-profit, charitable and social welfare organisations to develop and strengthen communities across the metropolitan, rural and remote regions of South Australia.

Grants aim to improve the community participation, life management skills, well-being and quality of life of disadvantaged individuals, families and communities.

Multicultural Grants Scheme

The Multicultural Grants Scheme aims to increase understanding, improve equity and tolerance, increase participation and celebrate and value cultural diversity in our community. Funding of between $2,500 and $20,000 is available for festivals, projects and events, community development and media promotion. 

Volunteer support funds

Administered by the Office for Volunteers, these grants are available to support volunteers and organisations working with volunteers.  

Office for Recreation and Sport – grants and scholarships

The Office for Recreation and Sport provide a range of grants and scholarships to support sport and recreation organisations and providers. 

South Australian Youth Arts Board (SAYAB)

SAYAB provides statewide funding to support innovative youth arts projects and activities across all art forms. A variety of scholarships, awards, traineeships and mentorships are also available. 

Australia Council for the Arts – grant finder

Directly supports young, emerging and established artists, as well as new and established organisations. The grant finder lists all grants offered by the Australia Council are listed in alphabetical order. 

The Ian Potter Foundation & Ian Potter Cultural Trust Ltd

The Ian Potter Foundation provides grants for public charitable purposes in Australia. The Cultural Trust provides financial assistance to individuals for the purpose of their education and career development in the areas of Literature, Music, The Visual Arts, The Performing Arts, Crafts, Design, Film, Video, Television, Radio, Community Arts, Moveable Cultural Heritage, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts.

Microsoft unlimited potential

Provides Community Technology Skills Grants to enhance access and training opportunities to individuals and software donations.

Coca-Cola Australia Foundation

The Foundation is committed to funding projects that are ambitious, innovative or unique in their approach in assisting Australia's young people realise their potential. They offer on off Community Gants of up to $10,000 and National Grants of around $100,000 for major nation wide projects for a period of up to three years.

Arts SA

Arts SA information sessions are an opportunity to get practical advice on what funding is available and how to apply for grants. If you are considering applying to Arts SA for funding, then you cannot afford to miss these sessions. More information is available on their website.

Other places to get help

The South Australian Council of Social Services

The Council has a Grants Book that provides a comprehensive guide to sources of grants - government, trusts and foundations, corporate sponsors and service clubs. The Directory is available from South Australian Council for Social Service, located on 1st floor, 220 Victoria Square, Adelaide 5000. You can also contact the council on 8226 4111.

Youth Affairs Council of South Australia (YACSA)

YACSA is the peak body for youth affairs in South Australia. YACSA's website is full of useful information, publications and resources including a dedicated section on grants. YACSA is located at Level 4, 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide SA 5000 or you can call them on +61 8 8226 3080. 

If you know of other funding sources that would be useful for youth sector agencies, please email the web address and a short description to Office for Youth and we will include the link on this page.