The NSW Government recognises the critical role local sport infrastructure plays in keeping communities healthy, active and connected.
The NSW Government has committed $50 million to the Greater Cities Sport Facility Fund over two-years, helping create spaces and facilities that enable communities to enjoy and take part in sport.
The Fund will assist eligible organisations to develop quality core sport infrastructure that will meet the current and future needs of the community.
The Fund will support the development of well-designed and utilised new and improved sport infrastructure projects that can directly impact and support participation and performance opportunities in sports at all levels.
The Fund will focus on sporting facilities that deliver the best outcomes for the community. It will ensure that the best possible value for money is achieved.
The NSW Government is also facilitating the Regional Sport Facility Fund stream.
- $50 million has been allocated to the Fund over two-years for sport facility projects.
- The NSW Government is allocating $25 million in 2020/2021 (Round 1).
- The Greater Cities Sport Facility Fund provides grants between $100,000 and $1 million.
For projects costing more than $1 million, a 25 percent financial co-contribution of the grant amount requested will be required. For all other projects, a financial co-contribution will be considered favourably.
The key objectives of the Fund are to:
- increase the number and type of sporting facilities;
- improve the standard of existing sporting facilities;
- increase participation in sport.
Detailed information about eligibility, funding categories, how to apply for funding can be found in the Guidelines below:
Other important documents
Frequently Asked Questions
See our general Grants FAQs here:
Applicants must use the Office of Sport grants online system
Detailed project plans/business cases that are eligible and comply with the application requirements will be assessed against the Fund’s objectives, focus and aim and the assessment criteria: strategic justification, project scope and inclusive design, project affordability and project deliverability.
Assessment criteria is detailed in the Greater Cities Sport Facility Fund Fact Sheet.
No. The application process is competitive. It is anticipated there will be multiple applications competing for the funding available.
Successful applications will be those that best meet the objectives, focus and aim of the program and the assessment criteria.
The sporting organisation recognised by the Office of Sport and Sport Australia as the pre-eminent body for the development of their sport in NSW and Australia.
No. Projects with a capital cost equal to or greater than $5 million must have a letter of support from the relevant State/National Sporting Organisation.
Where the facility provides for a number of sports, a letter from each State/National Sporting Organisation is required. Where a letter of support has not been provided, the Office of Sport reserves the right to recommend to the Grant Assessment Panel to set the application aside from further consideration, at its absolute discretion.
However, to demonstrate project need support letters can be provided by MPs, councils, National/State and local sporting clubs and associations, schools and community groups where available.
List as an attachment and scan all the letters into one PDF document and upload that document.
No. The focus of the Fund is on facility projects that provide benefits to the community, not solely school students. Whilst educational organisations such as schools, TAFEs and universities are not eligible applicants, we encourage partnerships with these organisations to provide the community with access to sporting facilities.
A project between an eligible applicant e.g. council and a public school using the Joint Use Facility Agreement developed by School Infrastructure NSW would be an eligible project. The eligible applicant e.g. council would need to be the applicant under the Greater Cities Sport Facility Fund.
No. The Fund aims to support the capital construction costs of a project.
Yes. However, the grant must be for a different component of the project.
No. The co-contribution must be a financial contribution.
No. The Guidelines state that the minimum grant amount is $100,000. Therefore, the project cost must be at least $100,000.
We expect the amount requested will exceed the funds available per annum and that the available funds will be fully committed.
Yes. Where a Development Application would be required by a council, it must be evidenced as part of the application. A Development Application demonstrates the shovel readiness of a project.
If a Development Application has not been provided (or evidence provided to support that the DA is not required), the Office of Sport reserves the right to recommend to the Grant Assessment Panel to set the application aside from further consideration at its absolute discretion.
Yes. A letter from the landowner must be provided as part of the application.
Where a letter providing landowner consent has not been provided, the Office of Sport reserves the right to recommend to the Grant Assessment Panel to set the application aside from further consideration at its absolute discretion.
No. As councils are expected to also apply, they cannot have access to information on other applications.
Yes. Applications that will develop new or significantly improved walking, running or off-road cycling trails that are an integral component of the sport facility development are eligible. Fixed outdoor exercise equipment is eligible if co-located and integrated into a sport facility development.
Yes. Applicants can submit up to three (3) applications, with each requesting up to $1 million per round. It is up to the applicant if they would like to advise project priorities. As part of the assessment process projects will then be assessed in line with the Guidelines.
No. Packaged up projects will only be accepted if there are multiple project elements within the one project site. Providing new or upgraded lighting across multiple sites will not be eligible.
Yes, only if it is part of the same sport precinct/sports hub/master plan at the same site location.
No. The statutory functions of P & C Associations are aimed at assisting the school with which they are associated and promoting the welfare of the students of that school.
Routine or cyclical maintenance projects are not eligible projects. New and/or upgraded project elements that demonstrate sustainable solution are eligible, including:
- energy efficiencies (e.g. LED lighting upgrade);
- environmental sustainability (solar installation, water harvesting); and
- building facilities/surfaces for increased longevity and use (synthetic upgrades) are part of an eligible project scope.
Incorporation of universal design principles and providing safe, dignified and equitable access through functional space. Designs should be beyond Building Code of Australia or Access standards to ensure facilities are accessible to more people. Refer to https://www.and.org.au/data/Design_ for_Dignity/Design_for_Dignity_Guidelines_ Aug_2016.pdf
Projects need to be able to proceed to procurement stage within the required timeframes and to ensure physical construction works can commence within six months of an executed funding agreement.
Yes. Detailed designs can be considered as part of the project and budget, however the project needs to be able to ensure it can progress to physical project works within six months of signing the funding agreement.
Projects must commence during 2021. Physical construction works are expected to commence within six months of signing the funding agreement. Projects are expected to be completed within two years of the signing of a funding agreement.
Consideration will be given to projects of significant scale and complexity, to have an extension up to three years and will not be discounted.
The assessment process will consider project scale and relative size. Consideration will be given to overall impact, relative economic and sport participation benefits of a smaller project.
All successful applicants will receive detailed information about how they must acknowledge NSW Government funding for infrastructure projects. Projects funded by the Greater Cities Sport Facility Fund will typically require a statement of funding acknowledgment in the applicant’s annual reports and media releases; and a statement and the NSW Government logo included on building signage, related websites and invitations and other funding related materials. Successful applicants will receive full guidelines, logo and signage template files.
Further details about acknowledgment of NSW Government funding for infrastructure projects can be found here.