Small grants

We have been providing small grants to help South Australian in need for over 160 years.

In 2018 our grants program was renamed, the Bill Cossey AM Grants Program, to honour the memory of Bill Cossey, a former Board Member of the Adelaide Benevolent Society whose a distinguished career in Government and private enterprise was always combined with contributing to the community.

Our small grants program aims to help South Australians who could benefit from assistance during a tough time in their life. Our grants cover items like rent, utility bills or removalists costs when fleeing domestic violence.


The Adelaide Benevolent Society ONLY accepts applications – on behalf of individuals and families – from financial counsellors and support workers employed by recognised agencies. We feel our grants have the most impact if recipients are receiving additional assistance to help them through their tough time.

For assistance with finding a financial counsellor go to: