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Surf Club Facility Program

Surf Club Facility Program


This program is part of the NSW Government’s four year commitment to assist with funding the development of local Surf Life Saving Clubs (Surf Clubs). This is the third year of the program, which has seen Surf Life Saving Clubs funded over $12 million to create fit-for-purpose facilities to increase participation, access and safety on our NSW beaches.The 2019/20 program will continue to support Surf Clubs and local communities with a focus on areas affected by severe drought and the 2019/20 bushfires within NSW.


The Program assists Surf Life Saving Clubs throughout NSW to develop their facilities to increase the usage, safety and participation in Surf Life Saving and at Surf Life Saving facilities used by the general public and/or Surf Life Saving Club members. Funding is prioritised in line with:

  • The Premier’s Priorities
  • The Office of Sport strategic plan and priorities and
  • Surf Life Saving NSW strategic plan
  • Support for areas affected by severe drought and the 2019/20 bushfires within NSW

Program Objectives

  • Participation: Increase the usage and/or participant numbers in Surf Life Saving
  • Access: Increase the use of the Surf Life Saving facilities by community groups and/or the general public
  • Safety: Improve safety at Surf Life Saving facilities

Grant Funding

Funding available for this Program is up to $4,000,000

Grants are available from $30,000 - $350,000 per project. Note: Over the lifespan of the program (from 2017/18) a funding cap of $500,000 applies, an individual Club will not be awarded more than $500,000 in total. Organisations may only receive State Government funding once for the same project or same component of a project from this program or any other State Government funded grant program.

Organisations must contribute 25% or more to the project. This can include voluntary labour which should be substantiated with written quotes, donated materials and/or equipment or other resources. Administration costs are to be covered by the applicant and should not be included in the project budget. Funding should be expended within 24 months of the date of signing the funding agreement. Any extension to the funding agreement must be requested in writing and approved by the Office of Sport.

Who is eligible to apply

To be eligible for this grant program, applicants must be a:

  • Surf Life Saving Club in NSW
  • Surf Life Saving NSW Branch. Branches are able to apply for surf club related works e.g. storage sheds for emergency equipment. However, they will only be considered if all applications from Surf Life Saving Clubs in the round receive funding.

Who is ineligble to apply

Applicants that are not affiliated with Surf Life Saving NSW (SLSNSW)

What will not be funded?

  • Projects that have little or no public benefit
  • Projects that are not used primarily for surf lifesaving activities
  • Projects that have been commenced or completed at the time of application
  • Projects that involve the development of private or commercial ventures
  • Projects that are not projected to be completed within 24 months of accepting the grant
  • Purchase of land
  • General annual maintenance e.g. painting
  • Equipment including computers, printers, office machinery, surf boards, stop watches, sails on boats, flagpoles, etc.
  • Requests for grants of more than $350,000 or less than $30,000
  • Requests for more than 75% of the total project cost
  • Applications that have not verified that all other funds are available for the project
  • Applications that do not have the land owner’s consent
  • Requests for feasibility, design or development stages of a project
  • Projects that are in the planning phase and yet to receive development consent from Council (i.e. if a DA is required, council determination must be made at the time the grant application is submitted)
  • Projects not based in NSW

Surf Club Facility Program Guidelines 2019/20 (PDF, 9.2MB)

Apply now

Applications for the Surf Club Facility Program close at 5pm on Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Submit an application