Local Sport Grant ProgramOverview
This program aims to increase regular and on-going participation opportunities in sport and active recreation.
The objectives of the program are to:
- Increase regular and on-going participation in sport or structured physical activity.
- Address barriers to participation in sport or structured physical activity.
- Assist sport clubs provide quality service to their members.
Grants are available to four project types:
- Sport development: Up to $2,000
- Community sport events: Up to $5,000
- Sport access: Up to $5,000
- Facility development: Up to $20,000
The minimum amount available is $250 for all project types with the exception being for facility development which has a minimum request of $1,000. The maximum available to any one organisation is $25,000 in a financial year. The amount organisations request should reflect the scale of the project/s.
Organisations may only receive State government funding once for the same project or component of a project from this program or any other State government funded grant program. Organisations must contribute to the project, the higher the contribution the more favourably it will be looked upon.
A total funding pool of $50,000 is available for successful projects within each NSW electorate.
Eligible applicants include:
- Incorporated, not-for-profit grassroots sport clubs.
- Licenced sporting clubs, providing the project directly benefits the sport and not the licenced premises.
- Sport clubs associated with a school, church or university, providing they are an incorporated not-for-profit club in their own right.
- Approved Active Kids providers that are not-for-profit providing the project directly benefits the delivery of the Active Kids program.
The applicant organisation must have a Public Liability Insurance with a minimum $5 million cover.
Eligible activities include:
1. Sport club development
- Training programs that will lead to volunteer coaches, officials and club administrators gaining required education and accreditation.
- Projects that improve a club’s community presence, ability to communicate with members or undertake administrative functions.
2. Community sports event
- Events that promote participation in sport and physical activity and provide a focal point for community building and engagement.
- Events that primarily involve sporting competition or mass participation in an organised physical activity.
3. Sports access
- Costs associated with overcoming a barrier to participation in sport.
- Subsidised travel costs to assist club athletes aged under 18 years access first class coaching or participate in higher levels of competition.
4. Facility development
- Projects at sporting clubs and facilities used by sports clubs that:
a) Enhance existing facilities (e.g. watering systems, safety netting, lighting and upgrade of surfaces).
b) Provide ancillary facilities at established facilities (e.g. sun protection shelters, change rooms, shower and toilet blocks).
c) Are for construction of new fixed and portable facilities and infrastructure including capital equipment with a life expectancy of 15+ years.
d) Have received development approval (DA) from the relevant Council or can demonstrate that such approval is not required.
e) Have land owners consent.
The main assessment criteria include the:
- Project will deliver on one or more of the program’s objectives.
- Project will meet an identified need effectively.
- Applicant organisation demonstrates the capacity and experience to deliver the project. Evidence of project partners will be considered as adding to the applicant's capacity to deliver the project.
- Budget is reasonable and cost effective.
The following are ineligible for funding:
- Individuals, groups of individuals and unincorporated organisations
- For profit, commercial organisations
- Organisations Limited by Shares
- Government departments and agencies
- Staff wages and administration costs
- Appearance fees, prize money and trophies/medals
- Presentation/celebration functions
- Food and/or catering
- Medical equipment (defibrillators)
- Private or commercial ventures
Please refer to the Guidelines for complete list of restrictions.