The Fund My Community pilot program in 2015 funded 13 projects to help disadvantaged South Australians, allocating $866,000. 

So what has the money from 2015 achieved? Read about the funded projects.

Big Sunday

Big Sunday partnered with the Aboriginal Sobriety Group to apply for a grant to renovate a house to provide rehabilitation services for Aboriginal women experiencing alcohol and other substance misuse issues. Receiving $100,000 of funding in 2015, the house has been successfully renovated with new floors, kitchen, bathrooms, laundry, electrical, lighting, garden, electrical goods, furniture, linen and all cutlery and cleaning products. But the funding was just part of delivering the project, with more than 100 volunteers and business-partners contributing to bring the project to fruition. Read more here.

Novita Children's Services

Novita Children's Services got $62,789 to purchase three new vehicles to deliver services such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech therapy to children living with a disability. Over 900 individual trips, providing over 2,000 services, have been delivered with the new vehicles. But receiving the funding was just part of the benefit. Novita is delighted with the high level of support it received as it continues to 'develop kids' potential every day. See what Novita says here:

Hare Krishna Caring for Life

Hare Krishna Caring for Life received funding to purchase a new food van to provide food to people experiencing homelessness. Using the $45,000 in funding, the van was delivered in September 2015 and is being used to deliver food to the homeless twice a week.

Foodbank SA

Foodbank SA received funding ($79,780) to purchase a new refrigerated truck to transport food, including fresh fruit and vegetables, to its new Elizabeth Food Hub, which opened in August 2015. And while Foodbank got the funding, its cooperative operating model means that a range of organisations enjoy the benefits. See what Foodbank says here:

Time for Kids

Time for Kids creates opportunities for disadvantaged children to achieve their full potential by providing volunteer care, enriching experiences and positive role models. It received $80,000 in funding to develop and implement an advertising and recruitment campaign to attract new volunteer carers to significantly reduce its wait list to place children. Research shows that the earlier a child can be placed with a carer, the greater the long-term positive impact on that child’s life.

Since receiving the funding, Time for Kids has already achieved a 70% increase in the number of enquiries received from prospective carers and a 100% increase in the number of prospective carers who commence the application process beyond enquiry.

OzHarvest Adelaide

OzHarvest Adelaide's new refrigerated food rescue vehicle has now arrived, and is affectionately named 'Daisy'. The vehicle has been purchased using the $68,000 in funding provided, and is outfitted for refrigeration and has been painted a bright 'OzHarvest' yellow! The arrival of Daisy will enable OzHarvest Adelaide to expand its existing services to rescue food by up to 50 new food businesses and deliver to 30 more charitable organisations across metropolitan Adelaide.  This will equate to rescuing and delivering more than 475,000 meals to local charities per year.

West Coast Youth and Community Support

West Coast Youth and Community Support in conjunction with the Eyre Housing Round Table are renovating two houses to support homeless youth aged 18 to 25 in the Port Lincoln region. They received $80,000 in funding, but the refurbishments have also been supported by local businesses and trades - the in-kind support has been at least $25,000 to date! These houses will allow young people to gain the skills and experience required for renting a home, including providing a reference for their next rental accommodation, beginning in April.

Salisbury East Neighbourhood Centre

Salisbury East Neighbourhood Centre has established a BBQ and coffee cart called SEAL-U -LATTE with their $15,000 in funding. For the teenagers that get involved in the program, there is an opportunity to gain many different life and work skills, such as customer service, teamwork and business nous. All of the profits earned go back to assisting the students, which means that they are able to self-fund training such a first aid and other short courses. Find out more on their new website: http://www.seal-u-latte.com.

The Royal Society for the Blind

With $100,000 in funding, Project K9 will train four assistance dogs to help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Asperlutely Autsome

Asperlutely Autsome received $16,500 to provide a new trailer and equipment for camps for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families.

RSPCA South Australia

RSPCA volunteer training be undertaken with the $45,094 in funding to recruit and train new volunteers who are socially isolated.

Conservation Council of South Australia

With $99,589, a pilot program in partnership with Common Ground, the Migrant Resource Centre of SA, and the SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre will promote nature-based activities the support physical and mental well-being for migrants, their families and people who have experienced homelessness.

JusticeNet SA

A pilot free legal service will be available in the District Court for disadvantaged South Australians ($75,000 in funding).


An evaluation of the 2015 program was completed and you can now download the Evaluation Report in two parts:

Evaluation and Findings Report - Data (PDF, 1.3MB)
Evaluation and Findings Report - Analysis (PDF, 680KB)