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Local Sport Grant Program


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 $15,000

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 $20,000 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.

Who Can Apply?

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

Eligible activities include:
1. Sport club development
- Training programs that will lead to volunteer coaches, officials and club administrators gaining required education and accreditation (e.g. a club could apply for funds to allow it to run a coach accreditation course).
- Projects that improve a club’s community presence, ability to communicate with members or undertake administrative functions (e.g. a club could purchase accounting software to assist it manage its finances).
- Programs that will increase the skill level of players/participant.

2. Community sports event
- Events that promote participation in sport and physical activity and provide a focal point for community building and engagement (e.g. a club could host a specific event/tournament). An event must be conducted on a specified day or consecutive days at a specified location.
- Events that primarily involve sporting competition or mass participation in an organised physical activity (e.g. an exhibition sporting match or hosting an interstate sports carnival).
- For drought affected regional areas, host a sporting event that attracts tourists and visitors to a region and/or hire of equipment or infrastructure to support the event.

3. Sports access
- Costs associated with overcoming a barrier to participation in sport (e.g. uniforms, registration and equipment such as safety boat; mower/tractor; line marker; portable scoreboard; portable shade shelter).
- Subsidised travel costs to assist rural/remote club athletes aged under 18 years of age to participate in competition.
- Travel interstate will be considered for clubs where access to competition is not available within a reasonable distance in NSW.

4. Facility development - Projects that:
- Enhance existing facilities (e.g. installation of watering systems, safety netting, lighting, upgrade of surfaces and installed electronic scoreboards).
- Provide ancillary facilities at established facilities (e.g. fixed sun protection shelters, change rooms, shower and toilet blocks).
- Are for construction of new facilities and infrastructure.
- Have received development approval (DA) from the relevant Council or can demonstrate that such approval is not required.
- Have land owners’ consent.

Main Assessment Criteria

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 the complete list of restrictions.

Documentation Uploaded
Recipients 2019-10-15 Download
FAQs 2019-10-15 Download
Guidelines 2019-10-15 Download

Use these documents as a guide only - always get the latest direct from the Administrator

Status Pending
Opening Date 14 Oct 2019
Start By Date 11 Nov 2019
Closing Date 25 Nov 2019
Closing Information
This program is available annually. The next funding round is yet to be announced.

Funding Type Grant
Min.Funding $250
Max.Funding $20,000
Co-contribution Yes
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
Sport : General
Gender Any
Age Any
Who Can Apply?
New South Wales
Applicable to Churches No
Eligible Organisation Type(s)
Difficulty Rating
Tier State
Department of Premier and Cabinet
Program Administrator
Office of Sport