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Open Space and Public Realm Investment

Quality public space is essential to healthy, liveable communities. Providing access to quality public open spaces which can provide a range of activities and support safe, healthy, connected communities is becoming increasingly important.

The State Government is committed to urban greening and climate change resilience by supporting projects which improve the way our public spaces function, making them more sustainable, more accessible, safer and healthier.

The Planning and Development Fund allows the Government to adopt a state-wide approach to strategically implement open space and public realm projects through direct investment in State Government projects, co-investment opportunities and via two grant programs for local government (Open Space and Places for People).

Open Space and Places for People Grant Program

The Open Space and Places for People Grant Programs are now open. The South Australian Government is providing grant funding to local councils to support the purchase, planning and enhancement of public spaces throughout South Australia.

Please read the Open Space and Places for People Grant Guidelines (PDF, 647 KB) for further information.

The application period will close 4.00 pm, Tuesday 31 March 2020. Applications and supporting documents must be received by the closing date.

Grants are now managed online through the SmartyGrants platform. Please login to SmartyGrants to access the application form and view the status of your grant application.

Further information


Dec 2019

Open Space and Places for People grant round opens
31 March 2020 Open Space and Places for People grant funding round closes
Apr 2020 – May 2020 Grant application assessment
Jun 2020 onwards Successful grant applications announced


Tel: 7109 7059


Page last modified Tuesday, 17 December 2019