South Australians are being given the power to nominate and vote for projects that improve their streets, suburbs and towns as part of the State Government’s new Fund My Neighbourhood program.
In one of the world's biggest participatory budgeting exercises, people can now submit ideas valued from $10,000 up to $150,000.
Projects can be as diverse as community hall or neighbourhood centre upgrades, community gardens, beautification of parks and playgrounds, or initiatives designed to strengthen community cohesion.
Individuals’ ideas must be sponsored by an organisation such as a sporting club, charity, school, community group or non-government organisation, which is eligible to receive the funding.
If an individuals’ idea is on Local or State Government-owned or managed-lands, the Fund My Neighbourhood team will consult with the relevant councils/agencies.
A total of $20 million has been allocated across the state for Round One of the program. A further $20 million will be available in Round Two in 2018.
Nominations are now open and close on 8 September 2017. Following a verification process, eligible projects will go online for South Australians to vote.
Successful projects will be announced later this year.
For full eligibility criteria and to submit an idea, visit fundmyneighbourhood.sa.gov.au.