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 $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.
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 (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.
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.