Go to top of page

Parents in Education funding for school and preschool communities

Parents in Education (PIE) funding of up to $5,000 is available for parent engagement projects. It's open to government schools and preschools.
The funding is for projects that help parents and carers:

  • get involved in their child’s education
  • support learning at home through positive relationships with schools.
Teachers, parents, carers and students at the Adelaide Secondary School of English.
Adelaide Secondary School of English used $2,700 to run workshops with new arrival families about how to access essential services.

How the funding could help your community

If you’re interested in applying, these past and current examples could inspire you.

Connecting families and schools through art, Carlton School, $4,600

This school worked with an Aboriginal Elder and artist to create artwork for the school. The artist worked with families to depict their stories. This helped the school build links with Aboriginal families through story and art. 

The artwork, displayed outside, now welcomes all families when they come to the school.

Improving movement skills in young children, Moonta Kindergarten, $1,000

This kindergarten will hold a workshop for parents – run by a local physiotherapist. There will be ideas, activities and games for families to do together at home. It covers everyday skills like running, jumping, balancing and catching.

The kindergarten will work with families so the knowledge can also be shared in the local community.

Helping families access essential services, Adelaide Secondary School of English, $2,700

This school created a series of 4 workshops for new arrival families. Parents learn practical strategies for all sorts of things, including health appointments, school safety, and financial support. Families and staff can also connect and learn from each other. 

The workshops are led by the department’s community liaison officers. This means the workshops are sensitive to cultural and religious needs. 

Teaching Auslan to parents and students, community school, $2,000

This school created a parent education session around Auslan. Auslan is the main sign language in the Australian Deaf community.

Aside from learning a language, this session is a way for families to learn about what it might be like to have a disability or be Deaf.

The session is a way to extend the Auslan learning from the classroom to the family home. The school hopes it will reach the wider community too.

Creating parent packs to improve literacy, high school, $2,025

This school created resource packs for parents and carers. The packs are helpful when parents:

  • have lower literacy levels 
  • want to be more involved with their child’s learning at home.

There are games and activities that help families and students learn phonics skills together.

Understanding how children learn to read and spell, primary school, $2,000

This school is hosting a series of workshops for parents and carers. The workshops explain how children learn literacy.

Families had contacted the school and asked for help understanding how literacy works. They wanted to know how they can help their children at home.

It’s also a way to strengthen the school’s place in the community as a source of information and support for families.

Who can apply

The application can be made by:

  • school or preschool staff
  • parents and carers
  • parent or carer groups
  • governing councils
  • parent clubs.

A government school principal or preschool director must support the application. Each school or preschool can only apply once every year.

The funding is only for government schools or preschools.

Key dates

Applications open: Monday 11 October 2021

Applications close: Friday 12 November 2021

We will let schools and preschools know the results in Term 1, 2022.

Apply now

Parents in Education funding application form.

Getting ready to apply

Get started with these points.

  • Collect information that you need for your application.
  • Think about your project aims and possible outcomes.
  • Draft a budget.
  • Think about:
    • who you want involved
    • how your school or preschool can help set up the project.
  • Review the assessment criteria below.

How we assess your application

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

  • deliver on one or more of the assessment 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.

Planning how you will 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
  • that the costs will support parent engagement
  • you seek quotes (if relevant)
  • you think about and include other funding resources
  • you follow government and department policies and all relevant legislation
  • you prepare for changes to 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.

Resources and services – examples

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 – examples

You can use funding to pay for

  • Refreshments and catering.
  • Registration fees.
  • Bus or taxi fares 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 carers.

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.

Parent Engagement

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