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Placemaking Grants

At the City of PAE we are committed to making our city a place where people love to be, so we offer the PAE Places Grants to help develop community spaces.

PAE Places Grants can be used to improve how we feel and use our public spaces and how we can enhance the way they look and work, and also how we celebrate our heritage.


Please read the Grant Guidelines carefully before applying. Many documents on this site are displayed as PDF files. If you have problems accessing, reading or understanding these documents please contact us on 8405 6600.
PAE Places Grant Program Guidelines(PDF, 6625.83 KB)

What is Placemaking?


Applications are processed as they are received. We aim to notify you within four weeks following your submission.

Applications for PAE Places Grants are now open.

We strongly encourage you to talk to us about your placemaking idea/project so we can work together and provide support before your application is submitted. Please contact our Funding & Partnerships Officers on 8405 6600 or email

What Funding options are there?

Grand Vision Grants of $1,000 - $3,000 will be available for community organisations and businesses with an ABN.
Intimate Inspiration Grants of $500 - $1,000 will be available for individuals or informal groups without an ABN.

Eligibility & Assessment criteria

Just about anyone in the community, from individuals, groups or businesses can apply, and work in partnership with others to improve places and locations. Please see our guidelines for ineligible applications.

You might want to set up:

  • neighbourhood parties or local markets
  • small scale precinct beautification
  • locally specific public exhibitions or performances
  • temporary public artworks and/or installations
  • small, place-focussed neighbourhood or local business run events or activations
  • other creative activities
  • an activation idea no-one has even thought of yet…

For inspiration you can visit

How to apply

We provide an online application tool to help you prepare and submit your application. It's called SmartyGrants and it's available via the Apply Now button below. If you're a new user, you will need to start by registering a new account. Once registered and logged in you will be redirected to the "Before you Begin" page where you can start your application.

Applicants can only apply online when funding rounds are open. Support or access to computers and the internet can be provided if required.

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If you need to talk to someone about your grant application please contact our friendly Funding & Partnerships Officer on 8405 6600 or by email at

Success Stories

Neighbourhood Node Pty Ltd t/a “The Pear” were approved $3,000 to host a street party to celebrate The Pear's first birthday with its community in Alberton;

RSL Largs Bay Sub-Branch Inc were approved $7,500 to activate and beautify the laneway running alongside the RSL to the Largs North Railway Station with memorial gardens;

Mixed Creative were approved $2,994 to host the Wonderwalls Block Party to celebrate the completion of street art works by international, national and local artists during the Wonderwalls Festival 2019 in Port Adelaide;

Angela Leaney t/a The Dutch Pantry were approved $3,000 to create a large Dutch-inspired 3D mural with bikes and live garden in Klemzig;

Glanville Golf Course (Belgravia Leisure) were approved $3,000 to activate the Glanville Golf Course by hosting a family-friendly outdoor movie night during the October school holidays;

It’s Port Adelaide (Darryl Poole) were approved $6,000 to showcase and celebrate the connection between people and places across the City of PAE through a storytelling project utilising photography, videography and social media;

Woodville Gardens School B-7 Childrens Centre were approved $3,000 to create an inclusive environment for children and families through an Indigenous inspired mural, a small native garden and seating area in Woodville Gardens;

North West Business Alliance were approved $3,000 to run the Hop On Hop Off Shuttle Bus service taking national and international tourists from the cruise ships at Outer Harbour to the Semaphore Road and Port Adelaide tourist and shopping precinct;

POSH markets were approved $3,000 to host the inaugural POSH Arts and Design Fair at Hart’s Mill;

Reclink Australia were approved $3,000 to deliver Aerosol Art workshops and liaise with community and businesses to identify suitable walls across the City of PAE for artists to showcase their talent legally;

St Brigid's School were approved $5,000 to invigorate an existing outdoor space adjacent to a church, school and community hub in Kilburn by creating a welcoming nature-based play space;

Marine Life Society of South Australia Inc were approved $3,000 to research and map large anchors in public spaces around Port Adelaide to form a Port Adelaide Anchor Trail celebrating the Port’s rich maritime heritage;

GroundSwell Community Group were approved $1,000 to assist residents in the Lefevre Peninsula to construct verge garden beds;

Friends of Taperoo Dunes were approved $950 to develop and install informative signage to form a Dunes Coastal Trail at Taperoo;

MichelleJahn was approved $1,000 to learn about yarn bombing and to produce yarn installations within the outdoor space adjacent to the Hillcrest Community Centre;

Helen Psaila was approved $520 to bring neighbours together to paint stobie poles with nature illustrations at a Croydon Park street.