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Community Grants

In early 2019, a round of community grants were made available to not-for-profits and local governments across the state to help publicly celebrate the anniversary and recognise the importance of this achievement throughout 2019. A total of $125,000 was given out, at up to $5,000 per grant.

The grant guidelines acknowledged that there are groups of people in our communities who often don’t have the chance to tell their stories. Recognising that it is important for everyone to see a reflection of their lives in history and in future opportunity, initiatives that reflect and/or engage the stories of women from groups such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women; women with disability; and women from diverse backgrounds such as refugee or migrant women were assessed as priority groups.

Grants guidelines (PDF 2.7 MB)

Successful applications

Below is a list of the initiatives that were successful in gaining grant funding through this scheme. We thank all applicants for their interest.



Grant Amount

Australia Day Council of South Australia

Inspiring South Australian Aboriginal Women


City of Adelaide

Civic reception and public campaign to commemorate 125 years of women's suffrage


City of Onkaparinga

‘Women of Courage’ program


City of Tea Tree Gully Library

Series of displays, talks and events from 1 – 18 December to commemorate the 125th Anniversary of the passing of the Adult Suffrage Bill 1894


City of Unley

A month-long suite of activities to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage focusing on younger and older women


City of Marion

A suite of initiatives and events across the City of Marion to increase the knowledge of their residents in the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in SA


District Council of Grant

A ‘Women of the District’ event


Women in Economics Network, South Australian Committee

An event that will explore the parallels between earning the right to vote and participating more fully in society


Fleurieu Folk Festival Incorporated

A themed concert featuring stories and songs by women


Muslim Women’s Association of SA

A Cross-Cultural Exploration of Women's Rights Through Time to Commemorate 125 Years of Women’s Suffrage in SA


Penneshaw Progress Association

Celebrate with an evening of cocktails and comedy


Pooraka Farm Community Centre Incorporated

To provide a series of workshops for women on citizenship


Royal Adelaide Show

Daily demonstrations by female artists during the 2019 Royal Adelaide Show


Radio Italiana

An advertising campaign to incorporate recorded messages that will promote women’s rights


Seeds of Affinity

125th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage in South Australia Afternoon Tea $4,635

Soroptimist International of Torrens Inc.

Information panel and cultural exchange among women who have migrated to Australia from non-English speaking backgrounds


South Australian Council of Social Service Inc (SACOSS)

A series of packaged interviews (for radio broadcast and distribution via podcast), which will raise awareness of the women of the SA suffrage movement and the broader social justice causes they dedicated their lives to.


Speaking Made Easy – The Penguin Club of Australia

'SA Women of Distinction' event series


Spence Club Inc

Gala dinner for 80 women with subsidised ticket cost, to celebrate 125 years of Suffrage $5,000

Spire Community

Intra-cultural celebration to educate, inspire and inform women and men from a wide diversity of cultures


Tao Phung Indochinese Elderly Association of SA Inc

An education and insights tour for local elders within the CALD Indochinese community  $1,670

Women in Agriculture and Business of SA Inc

A one day public event as a State Rural Women’s Gathering with two prominent women guest speakers who will address the theme “Their triumph, our motivation”


Women Lawyers Association of SA Inc

Panel discussion at the Adelaide Town Hall


YMCA of South Australia Youth and Family Services

Hold Fast: A Celebration of Women's Suffrage in South Australia $5,000

YWCA Australia

An event celebrating young women’s civic and political engagement

History Teachers Association of SA The annual national history teachers’ conference on 1-3 October 2019 $2,900

Gladys Elphick Awards Committee of SA Inc

A screening of the film 'Sister If You Only Knew', the documented story of Aunty Gladys Elphick


Australian Migrant Resource Centre

Refugee and Migrant Women’s Banner and Engagement Project


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