With community sport and recreation activities returning as COVID-19 restrictions ease, the NSW Government has announced a $27.3 million Community Sport Recovery Package to help the sector get back on its feet.
The recovery package announced will ensure that organisations survive the crisis and will help get the millions of NSW residents back participating activities they love in a COVID safe environment.
With 5.4 million adults and 900,000 children participating in sport and recreation as well as 415,000 volunteers and 30,000 employees, the pandemic has placed a major strain on the resources and operations of community sport and recreation organisations.
This funding is in addition to the $35 million of grant programs scheduled for 2020/21, the $127 million continued investment in the Active Kids program for 2020/21, and the previously announced NSW Government COVID-19 economic stimulus package, which provides financial support for businesses across NSW.
Grassroots Sport Fund
The Grassroots Sport Fund (up to $12.5 million) will provide a one-off grant of up to $1,000 to around 12,500 eligible local clubs and associations across the State to assist them when community sport resumes from 1 July 2020.
The Fund will be administered by the Office of Sport through SSOs and SSODs who will be supported to assess the eligibility of their affiliated clubs and associations and make payments to eligible clubs and associations.
The Fund will assist organisations with fixed costs incurred between March and June 2020, where they have not already received financial assistance or relief from local, state or Commonwealth governments or others.
Payments to local clubs and associations can be used for the fixed costs such as insurances, power, telephone and internet, fixed vehicle or equipment costs (lease, registration), and other base operating costs including affiliation fees, EFTPOS and banking fees and IT support arrangements and essential equipment.
Eligible clubs and associations will be contacted directly in early July by their State Sporting Organisation (SSO) or State Sporting Organisation for People with Disability (SSOD) regarding the application process.
Find out more about the Grassroots Sport Fund including eligibility information via the button below.
Support for State Sporting Organisations and Regional Academies of Sport
Funding will be provided to State Sporting Organisations (SSOs), State Sporting Organisations for people with disabilities (SSODs), and Regional Academies of Sport to support their programs and initiatives and to assist in support participation and performance pathways for aspiring athletes across NSW.
The Office of Sport will directly contact eligible SSOs, SSODs and Regional Academies of Sport with further information.
Additional Financial Support
The Office of Sport has a dedicated resource page, providing links and information on other state and federal financial assistance measures available to sport and recreation organisations.
Further information about the Community Sport Recovery Package will be published on this website in the coming weeks.