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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 Programs - doubling of funding available and extension of application deadline

The Marshall Government has implemented a $350 million stimulus package aimed at safeguarding South Australia’s economy and to protect local jobs from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic and our recent devastating bushfire season.

As part of this stimulus package, the Minister for Planning has doubled the Planning and Development Fund available this year to $50 million, when matched with the local government contribution on a 50:50 basis.

The current grant round, which was due to close on 31 March 2020 has now been extended until Thursday 9 April to give councils more time to submit projects for funding this year.

To be considered for this additional funding, the government is looking for projects that are shovel-ready and able to commence within the coming weeks and months.

The types of projects that local government organisations could propose include ones that revitalise our reserves and parks, create trails and open space linkages, foreshore and riverfront precincts, civic plazas, town squares and main street redevelopments or upgrades.

One of the key elements for these projects is the creation of local employment, however it is equally important that these projects look to improve the public realm, provide public health benefits and support climate change initiatives such as through the provision of more tree canopy.

Please review the Open Space and Places for People Grant Guidelines (PDF, 706 KB) for details of eligibility and assessment criteria.

The application period will close 5.00 pm, Thursday 9 April 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.

Should you require further information please don’t hesitate to contact DPTI on 7109 9113 or 8343 2363 or email

Further information


Dec 2019

Open Space and Places for People grant round opens
9 April 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 9113 or 8343 2363


Page last modified Tuesday, 17 March 2020