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 Bill Cossey AM Grants Program is administered by the Wyatt Trust on behalf of the Adelaide Benevolent Society.

Bill Cossey AM and Wyatt Trust applications are considered via referral through identified program areas within organisations that provide holistic or wrap-around financial or housing related services across South Australia.

If you would like to discuss a grant request, please contact The Wyatt Trust at or phone 8224 0074.

Additional Guidance

Guidance for Individuals 

If you are seeking support for yourself or someone you know, National Debt Helpline or Homelessness Connect SA may be able to provide assistance.

If you are looking for a more immediate response, such as food vouchers, chemist vouchers, help towards the cost of bills or material help,  Affordable SA is a community resource to help find local programs.

For assistance with finding a financial counsellor go to: