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 Planning and Development Fund (the Fund) operates under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (the Act) and provides the means for open space and public realm investment across South Australia.

Money paid into the Fund is derived from monetary payments in lieu of open space requirements for development involving the division of land into 20 or fewer allotments and also for strata and community titles. The Fund is expended in line with provisions within the Act and is administered by the Office for Design and Architecture SA within the Attorney-General’s Department.

The Fund allows the South Australian Government to adopt a state-wide approach to strategically implement open space and public realm projects in an objective manner. While supporting the Minister for Planning and Local Government (the Minister) to acquire, manage and develop land for open space, the Fund provides grant funding opportunities for local government through the Open Space Grant Program (the Grant Program).

Open Space Grant Program

Access to quality public open space is becoming increasingly important to ensure South Australia remains liveable, healthy and sustainable, particularly in the context of increasing residential infill in existing neighbourhoods. Councils are encouraged to apply for grants, to assist with the purchase and enhancement of public open space, accessible to the community.

The purpose of the Grant Program is to support and enhance the state’s liveability and sustainability. The Grant Program supports 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 uses
  • 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.

2021-22 grant round

The 2021-22 Open Space Grant Program opened to local government and organisations representing out of council areas on 1 July 2021 and closed on 27 August 2021. During this time grant funding financed by the Planning and Development Fund could be requested for the development of significant open space and public realm initiatives, as well as the purchase of land to support future open space opportunities.

Applications submitted to the grant program will be evaluated and presented to the Minister for Planning and Local Government for consideration. All applicants will be contacted regarding the result of their application, with funding decisions announced in January 2022.

For further information about the 2021-22 Open Space Grant Program, please refer to the Guidelines below.

View the Open Space Grant Program Guidelines (PDF, 5823 KB)

Previous grant rounds

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
Paxtons 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 $2,612,638
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

Documents

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
Salisbury  
Tea Tree Gully  
West Torrens  

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Frequently asked questions

There is no minimum or maximum grant funding amount that a council can apply for.

Councils may submit multiple applications, however councils should consider their ability to match requested funding for all projects.

Other contributions can consist of funding support from community groups, as well as other State and Commonwealth Government funding programs. This might also include joint funding with other councils to achieve regional priorities. Note that ‘other contributions’ cannot count towards council's matched funding for the proposal, however can be included as funding towards the overall project cost. For an example, refer to the Project Target Table in the Open Space Grant Program Guidelines (PDF, 5823 KB).

No, funding is not available for any part or phase of a project that has been completed or is already underway. For example, this may include 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 completed works in the Project Target Table as a Council Contribution as this will be deemed ineligible.

No, cost overruns are the responsibility of the council. Additional funding will not be provided unless otherwise agreed in writing.

Yes, 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 there.

Examples of ineligible projects that would not be considered under the grant program include club rooms, buildings, organised sporting facilities and site demolition without significant investment in open space, as well as masterplans and concept plans where such planning work does not follow with development activity under the project.

If council becomes aware that the agreed timeframe, budget or project deliverables cannot be met, the Open Space Team must be notified in writing promptly, no fewer than six weeks, before the specified funding period is due to end.

Council will need to provide reasons for the delay, budget implications or variation to agreed scope, including a proposed solution and revised timeframe to complete the project. All requests to vary Grant Deeds will be at the Minister’s discretion and councils must not assume their request will be accepted.

Masterplanning, urban design, concept design and strategies as standalone projects are not eligible project types in the 2021-22 Open Space Grant Program. If these phases form part of a development project and the application demonstrates all activities will be completed over an 18 month period, then you may apply for funding to cover design and planning phases in addition to capital works.

Contact

Email OpenSpace@sa.gov.au

Phone 8402 1852