Grassroots Grants

Grassroots Grants puts much needed funds into the hands of individuals, schools and groups to help them transform their local environments.

Our annual Grassroots Grants program puts around $1 million dollars on the table annually for projects to improve metro SA’s environment.

Planting on the dunes in the City of Holdfast Bay. Credit: Matt Endacott

Grants between $2,000 and $150,000 are available for individuals, communities, schools and volunteers to create a cooler, greener, wilder and climate-resilient metropolitan Adelaide.

The grants can be used to kick-start a new project, or build upon an existing one. The grants can be used to seed activities such as plantings, nature education, citizen science, weed and pest control, erosion management and community engagement.

Round 1 of the program in 2020-21 funded 47 projects nearly $1m. Round 2 in 2021-22 funded 30 projects more than $1m. The Grassroots Grants has invested in Adelaide's environment and community more than $2 million towards 78 on-environmental ground projects so far.

Round 3 of the grants is expected to open later in 2022. Subscribe to our newsletter for the latest on this grant program straight to your inbox.

Past successful Grassroots Grants recipients

Round 2 in 2021-22

Grant recipient Grant project title
Adelaide Sailing Club Inc Revegetation of Lot 101 Military Road in West Beach
Avenues College Northern oval revegetation project
Blair Athol North School B-7 Raingarden and nature education project
Burton Primary School The Burton butterfly trail
Camille Jenkinson 5031 native verge project phase 2
Cowandilla Primary School Wicking beds for the school's garden club
FOSS Advisory Group ‘From One Small Seed a Forest is Born’ publishing assistance
Friends of Aldinga Scrub Weed control in Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park 2022
Friends of Carrick Hill Carrick Hill grey box grassy woodland revitalisation 2022/23
Friends of Cleland Conservation Park Controlling the pest plant, giant reed (Arundo donax) on First Creek above Second Falls (Waterfall Gully)
Friends of Scott Creek Conservation Park Olive control in the panhandle
Friends of Shepherds Hill Recreation Park Restoration of grey box (Eucalyptus microcarpa) grassy woodland
Glenelg Golf Club Establishing a plant preservation partnership and creating habitat connectivity on Adelaide's sand dune golf courses
Greening Australia Cooling the schools, Adelaide
Henley High School Environmental restoration and improvement project
Janine L. Baker Spectacular sea slugs of Gulf St Vincent: educational field guide, scientific inventory and citizen science project
Katja Hogendoorn Bringing the golden pea bee back to the burbs
McAuley Community School Butterfly garden
Mid Coast Sustainability Seaford community garden and urban biodiversity project
People Matters Hackham West Vintners walk butterfly garden and children's forest
Red Gum Gully Bushcare Group Interpretive and plant ID signage for Red Gum Gully Bushcare Group at Cedar Avenue Reserve, Blackwood
Scotch College Adelaide Live well - bringing back biodiversity phase 2
Seaview High School Garden project - connecting people to nature and culture
Semaphore Largs Dunes Group, Taperoo Dunes Group, Friends of North Haven Dunes, PAREPG Coastal sand dune rehabilitation project
St Joseph's School Hindmarsh Kaurna food and fibre plants program
The Friends of Belair National Park Removal of last remaining weed masses from several volunteer management units in Belair National Park
The Grange Golf Club Ecological restoration of The Pinery at Grange
The University of Adelaide Bolstering Bandicoots: partnering with communities to understand bandicoot distribution and habitat hubs along creeklines
Woodcroft Primary School Wow Woodcroft
Estuary Care Foundation SA Incorporated Coastal native food plants labyrinth

Map showing the locations of the Round 2 successful grants:

Round 1 in 2020-21

Grant recipient Grant project title
Nature Foundation Limited South Para River corridor restoration
Semaphore Largs Dunes Group, Taperoo Dunes Group, Friends of North Haven Dunes, PAREPG Coastal Sand Dune Rehabilitation Project
The Gums Landcare Group Inc Community Landcare Nursery in the Campbelltown Council
Friends of Sturt Gorge Recreation Park Sturt Gorge bush care boost
Friends of Black Hill & Morialta Incorporated Black Hill Restoration project
Friends of Lochiel Park Inc Native Grassland Revegetation and Biodiversity Resource - Lochiel Park
Friends of Minda Dunes Rehabilitation of Minda Dunes
Friends of Para Wirra Grassy Woodland Restoration at Para Wirra
The Friends of Belair National Park Inc Restoration and Protection of High Diversity sites, Belair National Park
Tennyson Dunes Group Inc Restoring the Wara Wayingga Tennyson Dunes Conservation Reserve
St John the Apostle Christies Beach Parish School Board St John the Apostle School Native Biodiversity Garden
Trees For Life Incorporated Reclaim the Dunes - phase 2
Whale and Dolphin Conservation (Australasia) Incorporated Patawalonga Dolphin Trail: The creation of a marine and wildlife trail through dolphin and wildlife signage at the Patawalonga Lake, Glenelg
Star of the Sea School New and updated education projects for the Marine Discovery Centre
Friends of Aldinga Scrub Weed control in Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park 2021
Friends of Cobbler Creek Recreation Park Mallee Box Woodland Conservation and Education Project
Gayle Chenery Perched bog & Remnant Grey Box woodland
Athelstone School Bugs, Botany and Biodiversity
Galilee Catholic School Galilee’s propagating project
Kaurna Yerta Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC trading as KYAC Kaurna Kardla Parranthi Cultural Burn Project
Conservation Council of South Australia Incorporated Living with Trees - the value of trees in our urban environments
The Friends of Dry Creek Trail Incorporated 2020 – 2021 Dry Creek Urban Biodiversity Rehabilitation Project
Eden Field Archers Incorporated Eradication of Weeds in Shepherd's Hill Recreation Park
The University of Adelaide Waite Conservation Reserve App:Development and Indigenous collaboration
The Friends of Moana Sands Conservation Park Incorporated Implementing the Moana Sands Conservation Park Vegetation Management Plan 2020
Prospect Community Garden Inc. Growing local in Prospect
Paringa Park Primary School Greening Paringa Park Primary
Kent Town Residents Association Incorporated Greening of Grenfell Street
Campbelltown Landcare Group Inc A multi-faceted approach to priority weeds control and biodiversity hotspot enhancement in Wadmore Park
Scotch College Adelaide Incorporated Live Well - Bringing Back Biodiversity
Coromandel Community Centre Incorporated Watch, Look and Learn!
Happy Valley Primary School Collaborative exploration of Kaurna culture across our school community through art and gardens.
Our Lady of Mt Carmel Parish School Butterfly Garden and Nature Trail (BGNT)
Emmaus Catholic School Emmaus Biodiversity Garden
Karrendi Primary School Aboriginal Bush Tucker Garden
Seacliff Primary School Kaurna Walk - Sustainable Community Garden
5049 Coastal Community Association Inc Kingston Park Verges Native Vegetation Project Phase 1
The Junction Community Centre Incorporated Seeds for Change - Greening Ottoway
Aleksander Maria Peter Stolarski trading as Ento Search Coastal invertebrate diversity, abundance and habitat assessments for the Green Adelaide region
Brownhill Creek Association Incorporated Kaurna Shelter Tree Project: Stage 2
Pedare Christian College Incorporated Pedares’ Student Led Native Garden Initiative
South Australian Conservation Research Divers Syngnathid Fishes of Eastern Gulf St Vincent: utilising citizen science in research and monitoring of seadragons and pipefishes
Camille Jenkinson 5031 Native Verge Project
Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries Incorporated EMS - Nature-based Education and Community Wellbeing Tours
Nature Glenelg Pty Ltd as trustee for Nature Glenelg Trust g Trust Overcoming Obstacles to Hydrological Restoration at the Washpool and Blue Lagoon
Friends of Sturt River Landcare Incorporated Warriparri-Fordham Reserve corridor planting
Raw SA Pty Ltd Northern Adelaide Greening