A range of grants are available to assist South Australian organisations support their volunteers and deliver important services in the community.

Grants SA

The Department of Human Services (DHS) has simplified the application process for its one-off grants programs to make it easier for community organisations to apply for grants.

The application forms for the Volunteer Support Fund and the Volunteer Training Grants have changed and are now managed as part of Grants SA. Please visit the Grants SA website for more information on grants to support volunteers.

If you have any queries, please contact the Grants Team on 1300 650 985.

Australian Government Volunteer Grants

Funding to provide support and recognition for volunteers is available through the Department of Social Services Families and Communities Programme (Strengthening Communities).

Grants are to support the ongoing delivery of services or one-off projects and activities to encourage, support and increase participation in volunteering.

The purpose of the grants is to:

  • provide support and recognition for volunteers
  • maximise and promote volunteering participation, including opportunities to increase the diversity of volunteers and the ways in which people volunteer
  • maximise opportunities for volunteering to provide pathways to other forms of social and economic participation
  • support the development of a volunteering sector that is responsive to emerging trends and issues
  • encourage/maximise leadership, mentoring and volunteering activity
  • provide on-the-ground support and information for volunteers and volunteer-using organisations in locations where there is identified need
  • provide access to the resources and support volunteers and volunteer using organisations need to operate effectively and efficiently
  • build effective volunteering practices and opportunities within organisations and communities.

Further information: visit the Department of Social Services website.

Multicultural Grants

The Multicultural Affairs Grant Program is administered by Multicultural Affairs within the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and supports a broad range of activities and opportunities for community organisations representing people from culturally diverse backgrounds

Further information: visit the Multicultural Affairs website.

Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing grants

The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing provides a range of grants and scholarships to help organisations and individuals to provide high quality active recreation and sport facilities, programs and activities.

Further information: visit the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing website, telephone the Grants Branch on 1300 714 990 or email:

Tools for finding grants

Visit the South Australian Government's Grants for Organisations webpage to find a range of databases, search engines and contacts, which help you find what grants are currently available.