Planning and development fund

The Planning and Development Fund is an offset scheme that provides grants to improve access to public open spaces and places.

Offset schemes enable the planning, design and delivery of quality public space that is essential to healthy, liveable communities.

About the Fund

The state government is committed to urban greening and climate change resilience by supporting projects that improve the way our public spaces function, making them more sustainable, more accessible, safer and healthier.

The Planning and Development Fund allows the government to adopt a state-wide approach to implement open space and public realm projects through direct investment in local government projects, co-investment opportunities and via two grant programs (Open Space and Places for People).

Grants are available to local government, and organisations representing out of council areas within South Australia.

Open Space and Places for People grants

Access to quality public open space is becoming increasingly important to ensure South Australia remains a healthy and sustainable place to live.

Councils may apply for grants to assist with the planning, purchase and enhancement of public open space.

The grant programs will support projects that:

  • facilitate the integrated delivery of quality public open space particularly in areas of growth and renewal
  • provide a diverse range of high quality public open spaces that offer a range of active and passive opportunities
  • improve the way our places function, making them more sustainable, more accessible, safer and healthier
  • promote urban greening and climate change resilience
  • create an interconnected network of high quality green spaces that join destinations, public transport and growth areas.

A total of 27 projects have been funded under the 2020-21 Open Space and Places for People Grant Program. Successful projects include:

Project Council Area Grant Amount
Reviving Laneways to Adelaide’s West End – Stage 1 City of Adelaide $357,500
Paxton’s Walk Revitalisation City of Adelaide $2,200,000
Events Infrastructure Kadlitpina/Rundle Park and Murlawirrapurka/Rymill Park City of Adelaide $1,108,480
Port Willunga North Coast Trail Park City of Onkaparinga $2,100,000
Fremont Park Eastern Upgrade – Stage 3 City of Playford $2,104,921
Tanunda Recreation inclusive Playground Barossa Council $330,221
Murray Coorong Trail Mid Murray Council $205,000
Military Road and Main Street Upgrade and Public Plaza City of Charles Sturt $2,687,638
River Torrens Linear Park Shared Path Enhancement – Stage 2 City of Norwood, Payneham & St Peters $1,350,000
Flinders Ranges Streetscaping Implementation Flinders Ranges Council $584,745
Wallaroo to Moonta Walking and Cycling Shared Path Copper Coast Council $418,000
Normanville Foreshore Project District Council of Yankalilla $2,100,000
Upgrade Goolwa Beach Public Spaces Alexandrina Council $995,000
Nairne Village Green – Play and Youth – Stage 2 Mount Barker District Council $316,000
Streaky Bay Youth Precinct District Council of Streaky Bay $352,791
Apex Park Stage 2 Redevelopment City of West Torrens $1,000,000
Queen Square Activation Project Copper Coast Council $91,300
The Quorn Bush Tucker Walk – Stage 2 Flinders Ranges Council $205,234
Dunstan Adventure Playground Redevelopment City of Norwood, Payneham & St Peters $450,000
Golden Fields Adventure Playspace City of Tea Tree Gully $750,000
Princes Park Community Recreation Hub – Stage 1 Town of Gawler $356,500
Hamilton Reserve Rejuvenation Town of Walkerville $319,825
Hugh Johnson Boulevard Regional Reserve City of Marion $801,184
Land Purchase for Shared Path City of West Torrens $290,000
Revitalisation of former Buffalo Site City of Holdfast Bay $100,000
E.A. Carlson Reserve and Playspace Upgrade City of Port Adelaide Enfield $225,000
Green Trails Program – Little Para River City of Salisbury $500,000


Frequently asked questions

The Open Space Grant seeks to improve the conservation and enhancement of open spaces, to provide community free access to quality green public open space, such as recreational areas, which are compatible with the surrounding environment.

The Places for People Grant seeks to create public areas in the urban environment through the revitalisation of sustainable public spaces that contribute to the social, cultural and economic life of their communities. These might include playgrounds, skate parks, public squares and main streets. In some cases, projects may fall into both categories. Please select the grant most relevant or discuss this with the Open Space Team.

There is no minimum or maximum grant amount for which a council can apply. Councils must be able to match the requested funding for all proposed projects.

No, funding is not available for any part or phase of a project that has been completed. For example, this may have included studies, masterplans, concepts or surveying work completed prior to lodging an application.

Any preparatory works undertaken should be identified in a separate section of the application. Please do not include these completed works in the project target table as a council contribution.

Council funding can consist of co-contributions from the council itself, community groups and in-kind works. If council co-contribution consists of in-kind works, a monetary amount equivalent will need to be identified within the total project budget breakdown.

Councils may also consider other external funding opportunities and/or seek to partner with organisations to supplement grant funding for their proposed project, however this cannot be considered as part of the council’s 50% contribution.

Contributions from other South Australian Government agencies or external organisations cannot be counted towards council’s mandatory 50% contribution.

No, however where proposed projects are for the upgrade, extension or replacement of existing infrastructure, applicants will need to demonstrate how the proposed project will provide significant increase in benefit above what is currently provided. For example, improved economic or social benefits.

Yes, councils may apply for grant funding for more than one project in the same round, however councils should note that while the application/s may meet the assessment criteria, grant funding is not guaranteed and successful projects may not receive funding to the full amount requested.

Note that each additional proposed project should be documented in a new application and each project requires the minimum 50% council funding contribution.

If the scope of the project changes or you require additional time for completion, you must write to the Open Space Team proposing the changes to your project and/or requesting an extension of time.

The Open Space Team will provide instructions as to the documentation that needs to be prepared for this request. Any variance to project scope, budget or grant requirement is at the discretion of the Minister for Planning and Local Government.

Requests need to be formally submitted at least four weeks prior to the grant expiring. Requests received after this time may not be considered.

Projects must be able to be completed within 18 months of grant funding approval. Completion dates will be set out in the funding agreement.

Previous grant rounds

In May 2020, successful grant applications were announced for the 2019-20 grant round. A total of 37 community projects successfully secured funding across 27 different council areas:

  • 24 in metropolitan Adelaide
  • 13 in regional South Australia.
Metropolitan Adelaide Regional South Australia
Adelaide Barossa
Burnside Berri Barmera
Campbelltown Flinders Ranges
Charles Sturt Kangaroo Island
Holdfast Bay Karoonda East Murray
Marion Loxton Waikerie
Mitcham Mount Remarkable
Mount Barker Murray Bridge
Onkaparinga Naracoorte Lucindale
Playford Tumby Bay
Port Adelaide Enfield Victor Harbor
Prospect Yorke Peninsula
Tea Tree Gully  
West Torrens  




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