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Parents in Education funding for school and preschool communities

Our relationships with parents are at the centre of success for every child.

Parents in Education (PIE) funding of up to $5,000 is available for parent engagement projects. The funding is for projects that help parents:

  • engage in their child’s education
  • feel empowered to support learning at home through strong partnerships with schools.

Who can apply

You can apply if you are with a South Australian government school or preschool. Examples include:

  • individual parents
  • parent or caregiver groups
  • governing councils
  • parent clubs.

A school principal or preschool director must endorse the application. One application per school or preschool will be considered.

Key dates

Applications open: Tuesday 15 September 2020

Applications close: Friday 23 October 2020

Apply online

Apply now online.

We will let schools and preschools know the results in Term 1 2021.

Getting ready to apply

To get ready to apply, get started with these points.

  • Promote the funding opportunity to your parent and caregiver community.
  • Look at parent engagement projects that meet the assessment criteria and can get funded.
  • Collect information that you need for your application. This could include project aims and anticipated outcomes, costings and target groups.
  • Think about:
    • who you want involved
    • how can your site help set up the project.
  • Review the department’s parent resources to help children learn.

How we will assess your application

An advisory panel will assess your application. They will look at how you plan to:

  • deliver on one or more the following criteria
  • continue parent engagement during and after the project.

Assessment criteria


Connect learning at home and school. Value and strengthen the connection between children learning at home and school.


Communicate as partners. Welcome, inform and involve parents through clear and respectful communication.


Build identity and belonging. Make sure parents and children feel their culture and identity is visible and respected.


Acknowledge the role of the family. Recognise the important role parents have in their education at school and at home.


Consult on decision making. Include parents in decision making to create shared responsibility and accountability.


Collaborate beyond the school. Work with the wider community to expand student learning and wellbeing opportunities.


Encourage parents and community to participate in a variety of ways.

How you can use the funding

As part of applying, you will need to explain how you plan to spend your funding. When you plan, make sure:

  • you do not apply for more than $5,000
  • the costs will support parents to engage in their child’s learning
  • you seek quotes (if relevant)
  • you think about and include other funding resources for your project
  • you align with government and department policies and all relevant legislation
  • you follow current covid-19 health advice.

Application budgets should:

  • identify costs that can get funded in other ways
  • not be part of the school or preschool’s usual operating costs
  • detail any other funding that the project uses.

You can still have a project that contains some things from the ‘not funded’ lists.

For example, if your project’s budget is for $6,000, but $1,000 of that is for teaching hours, you can still apply. Just tell us the breakdown of who will fund what.

Resources and services – example uses

You can use funding to pay for:

  • design and communication
  • printing and photocopying
  • fees for crèche or out of school hours care
  • putting resources on websites
  • interpreter and translators.

Funding is not intended for:

  • resources and services available through the department
  • first aid training
  • screening checks.

Activities, seminars, workshops and information sessions – example uses

You can use funding to pay for:

  • refreshments and catering
  • fees to attend
  • bus or taxis for parents
  • venue hire for very large groups
  • fees for facilitators and presenters
  • consultations surveys or interviews

Funding is not intended for:

  • gifts for speakers and parents
  • award ceremonies
  • encouragement awards or school celebrations
  • equipment for sports, kitchens, resource libraries, horticulture, camps and excursions – this includes furniture, electronics, books, games and toys
  • wages, teacher TRT or honorariums to any education department employees (excluding OSHC)
  • payments to parents and caregivers.


Parent engagement

Email: education.ParentEngagement [at] sa.gov.au