Community Sports Infrastructure FundOverview
This program aims to provide high quality, accessible community sport and recreation facilities across Victoria by encouraging:
- Increased sport and recreation participation for all Victorians.
- Increased female and junior participation.
- Increased access to sport and recreation opportunities.
- Better planning of sport and recreation facilities.
- Innovative sport and recreation facilities.
- Environmentally sustainable facilities.
- Universally designed facilities.
Grants are available under the following categories:
- Better pools: Up to $3 million
- Major facilities: Up to $800,000 (where the total project cost is more than $500,000, excluding GST)
- Small aquatic projects: Up to $250,000
- Minor facilities: Up to $250,000 for any one project (where the total project cost is up to $1 million excluding GST)
a) Regional planning or facility feasibility - Up to $30,000 for projects focusing on recreation planning or facility feasibility in one municipality.
b) Regional - Up to $50,000 for regional planning initiatives that demonstrate inter-municipal needs and financial support from multiple local government authorities.
Please refer to the Guidelines for the specific funding ratios of each category.
The application process will require the submission of a full application.
- Step 1: Contact Sport and Recreation Victoria (Council must discuss project ideas with a Sport and Recreation Victoria representative before submitting an application.)
- Step 2: Full application (Councils must submit a full application via the grants portal.)
- Step 3: Assessment
Eligible applicants include local government authorities that must directly apply to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
Councils are required to discuss their project(s) with their Sport and Recreation Victoria representative before submitting their project proposal(s) or application(s).
Community organisations can only seek access to support from the fund through the Minor Facilities category by submitting an expression of interest form for Community Organisations directly to their local council.
Community organisations are advised to contact their local council about timelines for expressions of interest.
Eligible projects include a wide variety of sport and recreation planning and infrastructure projects. Proposals must demonstrate how the project:
- Will increase or maintain participation.
- Encourages participation by females, juniors, people living in growth areas and communities experiencing disadvantage.
- Improves health and wellbeing of the community.
- Encourages development of multi-use, shared and co-located facilities.
- Collaborates with schools and community groups.
- Collaborates with State sporting associations or relevant peak bodies.
- Improves environmental sustainability.
- Applies or demonstrates principles of Universal Design.
Priority will be given to communities in areas of need that have experienced natural disasters, such as bushfires, flood and drought, or communities experiencing strong population growth or significant change in circumstances (e.g. economic challenges).
Please refer to the Guidelines for the specific eligible projects of each category.
The main assessment criteria include:
- Project development
- Strategic alignment
- Stakeholder consultation
- Project outcomes
Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of the assessment criteria.
The following are ineligible for funding:
- The purchase of land (in general, the land on which the facility development is proposed will be municipal property, a Crown reserve, land owned by a public authority, or land held for public purposes by trustees).
- Requests for retrospective funding, where projects have commenced construction or are completed prior to the execution of a funding agreement (construction includes, but is not limited to, site clearing, earthworks, building works and any form of early works).
- Requests for ongoing operational costs such as, but not limited to, salaries, electricity, water, asset maintenance and other utilities.
- Upgrading or redeveloping kitchen or public toilet facilities, except as part of a larger project that meets the objectives of the funding program.
- Costs for the design of sport and recreation facilities only (e.g. detailed design of a facility or single site masterplans).
- Routine or cyclical maintenance works.
Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of restrictions.