Grants and grant funded projects

The DCS Community Grant Funded Partners Initiative

The application period for our 2017-2018 Community Grants Program has now closed.
Successful applicants have been notified.

The next funding round is scheduled to launch in the second half of 2018.

Types of grant available

Grants are awarded by the department annually.

We invite people and groups to apply for grants to help with their programs and services that benefit prisoners, offenders and their families.

These programs may be delivered in prisons, community correctional centres, or other locations in the community.

Grants are one-off for the programs and services specified and are not intended as a recurring funding source.

Community Grants (up to $10,000)

These may be short term project and be specifically designed to address local or regional needs.

Community Program Grants (up to $40,000)

These may have longer delivery timeframes or require significant investment by the funded organisation.


Both types of grant types require demonstration of meeting defined outcomes.

How to apply

The application process for the 2018 scheme has not been confirmed. Please check back in the second half of 2018.

The application process details and forms will be available from this page once the grant round opens.

In the meantime – you can contact the Community Grants team.
You can also ask to be kept up to date by joining the Community Grants mailing list.

Successful applications

Here are some recent successful applications – you may be inspired by some of these ideas to apply!

  • OARS SA Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program Adelaide Women’s Prison – $36,000
    Community based SMART Recovery Groups – Community Corrections Adelaide by OARS SA.
    OARS SA will provide one-to-one counselling for prisoners as per the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services (DaATS) Service Delivery Model. OARS will also undertake Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) Recovery groups in both the Adelaide Women’s Prison and the Community. SMART Recovery uses a combination of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing and is suitable for all addictions.
  • Empathy, Not Sympathy – Gutter 2 Glory by Aboriginal Sobriety Group – $25,000
    The Empathy Not Sympathy - Gutter 2 Glory program is a motivational program designed to prevent reoffending through gaining motivation and self-esteem leading to enhanced employment opportunities.
  • Healthy Relationships Program: Emotional and Physical Wellbeing by Relationships Australia – $20,000
    The Healthy Relationships Program: Emotional and Physical Wellbeing will focus on building protective factors that help to identify domestic violence situations and reduce harm.
  • Dollars and Sense: Financial Literacy for Offenders by Lifeline SE – $5,070
    This program consists of 4 practical stand-alone, half-day, interactive workshops held quarterly over 12 months which are focused on building improved financial management, knowledge and skills. These programs will be held at the Community Corrections Centre in Mount Gambier for current clients or their families.At completion of workshops, participants are offered support through Lifeline SE’s financial counselling services to develop an individual customised plan. Narrative therapy techniques will be used as part of the program.
  • Prison Industries Aquaculture Project – Organic Waste by Eyre Futures – $10,000
    This project explores the feasibility of Prison Industries in Port Lincoln to develop suitable products with the bio-product of the oyster industry. The project could create opportunities for prisoners to gain skills leading to employment in the oyster industry.