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Local Sport Grant Program

Applications closed on Monday 29 February 2016.

View 2015-16 grant receipients


All potential applicants are encouraged to regularly review the frequently asked questions to ensure that their application addresses the relevant requirements.

Also, check out five steps to writing a grant application.

Grant guidelines

Download the Local Sport Grant Program guidelines.

Sport and Recreation, within the Office of Sport, assists the people of NSW participate in sport and active recreation. 

Sport and active recreation deliver many personal and community benefits including developing self-esteem, maintaining health and fitness, nurturing talented athletes and contributing to individual enjoyment of life.

Sport and active recreation can also contribute to a range of government priorities including tackling childhood obesity and building safer communities.

About the Program

The Program aims to increase regular and on-going participation opportunities in sport and active recreation.

There are four project types within the Program:

  1. Sport Club Development
  2. Community Sport Events
  3. Sport Access
  4. Facility Development and Capital Equipment.

Applicants will be required to identify the type of project for which they are applying as different information is required for each project type. An organisation may apply for more than one project but must register separate projects for different project types. An organisation may apply only for one project under each project type.

Program objectives

The overall 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.

Your project must address at least one of these objectives.

Funding available

  • Funding is available for projects throughout NSW
  • $50,000 has been allocated for successful projects within each NSW electorate
  • Applicant must identify the electorate where the project will occur

The maximum amounts available are:

  • Sport Club Development - $2,000
  • Community Sport Events - $5,000
  • Sport Access - $5,000
  • Facility development and capital equipment - $25,000.

The minimum amount available is $250 for all project types with the exception being for facility development and capital equipment which has a minimum request of $1,000.

Organisations may apply for one project per project type. 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.

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 favourable it will be looked upon. This can be a financial contribution or through use of voluntary labour, donated materials and/or equipment or other resources directly related to the project. Third party organisations are also encouraged to contribute, including Local Government Authorities and these contributions will be counted as part of the club contribution.

Funding should be expended within 18 months of the date of signing the funding agreement.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Incorporated, not-for-profit sport clubs. Where applicable, the club will also be affiliated with a recognised State Sporting Organisation.

Who is ineligible to apply?

  • Individuals, groups of individuals and unincorporated organisations
  • Incorporated not-for-profit organisations that are not a sport club
  • For profit, commercial organisations
  • Government departments and agencies
  • Educational institutions including schools and their P&Cs, universities, TAFE, Colleges and child care centres
  • Local Government Authorities operating under the Local Government Act, 1993
  • Local Government Committees
  • State Sporting Organisations
  • National Sporting Organisations

What types of projects may be funded?

Projects eligible to be funded for Sport Club Development include:

  • 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.

Projects eligible to be funded for Community Sport Events include:

  • 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 is conducted on a specified day or consecutive days at specified location/s.
  • Events that primarily involve sporting competition or mass participation in an organised physical activity e.g. a club could organise a community fun-run.  NB:  Does not include regular ongoing weekly/monthly sporting competitions.

Projects eligible to be funded for Sport Access include:

  • Costs associated with overcoming a barrier to participation in sport e.g. sporting equipment and uniforms.
  • Subsidised travel costs to assist club athletes aged under 18 years access first class coaching or participate in higher levels of competition e.g. hire a team bus to a training camp.

Projects eligible to be funded for Facility Development and Capital Equipment include projects at sporting clubs and facilities used by sports clubs that:

  • Enhance existing facilities e.g. watering systems, safety netting, lighting and upgrade of surfaces
  • Provide ancillary facilities at established facilities e.g. sun protection shelters, change rooms, shower and toilet blocks
  • Are for construction of new fixed and portable facilities and infrastructure including capital equipment with a life expectancy of 15+ years
  • Have received development approval (DA) from the relevant Council or can demonstrate that such approval is not required
  • Have land owners consent.

Applications for all project types must clearly demonstrate an identified need for the project and articulate how the project outcomes will be achieved.

If you are not sure of the project type please contact Sport and Recreation on 13 13 02 or email

What costs will NOT be funded?

For all project types, the following costs will NOT be funded:

  • Staff wages and administration costs
  • Appearance fees, prize money and trophies
  • Presentation functions
  • Food and/or catering
  • Private or commercial ventures
  • Events that are organised for the primary purpose of fundraising
  • Insurance (public liability, general liability, etc.)
  • Projects that have already commenced or been completed
  • Purchase of land or rental of premises
  • Purchase of office equipment (e.g. computers, printers, photocopiers etc.)
  • Projects not based in NSW
  • Projects that are the responsibility of another Ministerial portfolio
  • Subsidy for school sporting activities and events