Grants, donations, rebates and sponsorships

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Grants program

Council provides funding to the West Torrens community through various grant programs.

How to apply

All applications for City of West Torrens' grants and sponsorships can be accessed though our online SmartyGrants system.

West Torrens Grant Finder

West Torrens Grant Finder is a search tool that enables our local community to search for grants across Australia.

The City of West Torrens has partnered with Grant Guru to provide a free one-stop-shop for people searching for funding for programs and initiatives in both business and community sectors.

The West Torrens Grant Finder provides information about national, state and philanthropic grants that are available, or may be coming available, and covers a range of categories for both business and community.

The finder provides advice and tips for those seeking and applying for grants and people can register for alerts when new grants that meet their criteria come online. People can also save a favourites short list of grants, prioritise grants and keep track of closing dates.

Grant Guru is Australia's leading grant search engine and provides services to a large number of councils across the nation.

Visit West Torrens Grant Finder

Mendelson Scholarships

The Mendelson Scholarship program is an undergraduate scholarship scheme offered through the Max and Bette Mendelson Foundation.

Value and number of scholarships offered

Each year we determine the number and value of scholarships awarded on the advice of the Management Committee of the Max and Bette Mendelson Foundation.


Applications are now open until 5pm, Friday 16 July 2021.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an Australian citizen.
  • Have been a resident of West Torrens for at least three years on 1 March in the year of application.
  • Have qualified and been accepted to undertake undergraduate studies in a degree course in any field at any university in South Australia.
  • For the academic year in the year of application, be a full-time student as defined by the university.
  • If you are a continuing student, you must have completed full-time study for the academic year prior to the year of application as defined by the university for that year.
  • Any relative of an Elected Member or member of staff are not precluded from applying for a scholarship.

You MUST attach a separate personal statement in support of your application. If you consider that you have any particular special need for assistance, please include details with your statement.

You will be notified about the success of your application.

Scholarship presentation ceremony

Providing no COVID-19 restrictions are in place, a Max and Bette Mendelson Foundation scholarship presentation ceremony will be held for successful applicants and guests. 

Mendelson scholars are presented with a cheque, a certificate and a medallion.

More information

Email Kathleen Allen or contact 8416 6333.

Heritage Grants

The heritage grants round for 2021 is now closed.

Our Council seeks to support a range of housing types across the city, while conserving properties of character and heritage value.

Council is offering Heritage Grants to subsidise work associated with the conservation of local heritage properties and representative buildings in the City of West Torrens.

The Heritage Grants provide the opportunity to receive a subsidy of 50 per cent of the cost of the proposed conservation work. Reimbursement is capped at a maximum of $2,000 per eligible property.

Heritage restoration provides local jobs for appropriately skilled tradespeople while enhancing the streetscapes of our urban area.

The grant round is open from the 20 September 2021. Applications must be made online at  All submissions must be completed and received no later than 4pm 3 December 2021.

Before preparing and submitting your application, please refer to the Heritage Grants Guidelines.

If you wish to speak with someone regarding your grant application, please contact Claudio Barone from the Strategy Team on 8416 6322.

*Eligibility conditions apply

Community and Environment Grants

Our Community and Environment Grants provide funds to eligible groups and organisations that support the aspirations outlined in Council's 'Towards 2030 Community Plan'.

Grants include

  • Community and Environment Grants
  • Equipment Grants

More information

For more information about Community and Environment Grants, contact 8416 6333 or email

Junior Development Grants

Our Junior Development Grants program is for people aged under 18 years to support the following activities:

  • sport and recreation
  • science and technology
  • history, arts and culture.

Applications are open throughout the year until funding is depleted.

When up to three members of the same organisation are attending the same event the maximum grant amount per person is:

  • $100 if activities are held within South Australia
  • $200 if activities are held interstate
  • $500 if activities are held overseas.

When more than three members of an organisation are attending the same event the amount available is to be equally shared between them:

  • $300 if activities are held in South Australia
  • $600 if activities are held interstate
  • $1,500 if activities are held overseas.

All applications for City of West Torrens' grants and sponsorships can be accessed though our online SmartyGrants system.

For more information about Junior Development Grants, contact 8416 6333 or email

Small Business Grants

The small business grants round for 2022 is now closed.

Donations Program

Our Donations Program provides support for community organisations and groups working with people in need.

We may also be able to help in cases of urgent need or emergency situations not budgeted by an organisation.

Residential Rainwater Tank and Rain Garden Rebates

The City of West Torrens is currently providing Residential Rainwater Tank and Rain Garden Rebates from 19 July 2021 to 30 June 2022. They provide an opportunity for local residents to receive a rebate on the cost of a new rainwater tank, with a minimum tank capacity of 1,000 litres or a planter box rain garden. To build your own rain garden refer to our guide: How to build a planter box rain garden.

We're committed to assisting our community in reducing mains water consumption and the pollutants entering our stormwater system.

Applications will be processed on a first come, first serve basis until all funding is exhausted. Funding is subject to Council's annual budget processes and accordingly the funding is limited.


Find out if your eligible to apply by reviewing the rainwater rebate eligibility criteria. Applications can be accessed through our online SmartyGrants system.

Sponsorship Program

Our Sponsorship Program provides financial support to community organisations and groups for staging events and activities for the benefit of the local community.

Waste and Recycling Rebates

Home compost systems, worm farming and kitchen caddy rebates

Council supports residents who wish to recycle food waste for their own use by providing a rebate on the purchase of a compost bin, worm farm or other home compost system, whether purchased from Council or from a retail outlet. A rebate is also available for the purchase of a kitchen caddy and a roll of compostable bags from a retail outlet.


  • Compost bin/system or worm farm - up to 50 per cent of the cost (maximum $50)
  • Kitchen caddy and roll of compostable bags - up to $20. NOTE: A free kitchen caddy and compostable bags are available from Council's Civic Centre, 165 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Hilton.

Eligibility criteria

  • rebates are available to West Torrens' residents only
  • proof of residency is required
  • one rebate per household only
  • for a compost bin/system or worm farm that has been purchased privately, a copy of the retailer's receipt must be provided with the application
  • rebates are provided by cheque, not cash.

How to apply

If you wish to purchase a compost bin/system or worm farm through Council, complete a Worm farm and compost bin order form. The rebate will be deducted from the order.

To find out what can be purchased from Council, visit Compost bins, compost aerator, worm farms and worms.

If you have purchased a compost bin/system, worm farm or kitchen caddy from a retail outlet, complete a Worm farm, compost bin and kitchen caddy rebate form.


More information

For more information contact 8416 6333 or email us at