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1. What is the Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program?

The Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program allocates $4 million over four years to assist sporting clubs across NSW in the purchase and maintenance of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). An AED is a life saving device which delivers a controlled shock to an individual experiencing cardiac arrest, increasing their chances of survival.

2. What is included in an AED package?

Minimum level requirements through the NSW Government tender process include:

  • An Approved AED Product
  • Delivery of AED Product to an agreed location/destination 
  • Face-to-face* AED familiarisation and instruction (within 28 days of delivery) aligned to the ANZCOR Guidelines 7 - Automated External Defibrillation in Basic Life Support which includes:
  1. An explanation of cardiac arrest, CPR and how CPR and a defibrillator help can save a life
  2. Advice on staying calm and dialing 000
  3. How to assess the area for safety and assessing the patient
  4. How the AED Product works
  5. Demonstration of how to use the defibrillator effectively and safely
  6. How to perform CPR in conjunction with the defibrillator 
  7. Defibrillator general care and maintenance.
  • Program of planned AED Product maintenance services for general servicing of AED Products in accordance with a manufacturers specification for a minimum period of six years and reactive AED Product maintenance support services for general repairs (excluding part/materials unless otherwise stated)
  • Temporary AED Product provisions (i.e. AED replacement or loan) for occasions when an AED Product is required for offsite planned maintenance or reactive repairs.

Note: AED package inclusions are outlined by each provider. Inclusions may vary.

3. How much money is available per grant?

​Up to 50 per cent of the AED package in Zones 1 and 2 and up to 75 per cent in Zone 3 with a maximum funding per zone of:

  • Zone 1: $1,250
  • Zone 2: $1,300
  • Zone 3: $1,900

4. How are the zones determined?

The NSW government regions map (see below) has been used to determine the supply and delivery of AED packaged services.


Zones Map for Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program


Click on map to view full size

5. Do we need to contribute funding to the project?

Yes. Applicants will need to contribute at least 50 per cent of the AED package in Zone 1 and 2 and 25 per cent in Zone 3 and any ongoing operating expenses from their own budget (following initial inclusions of their package). This contribution could be higher if a sporting organisation or council chooses a higher level package with additional inclusions.

6. If I choose a higher package will I get more funding?

No. The maximum grant allocation per zone will remain as follows:

  • Zone 1: $1,250
  • Zone 2: $1,300
  • Zone 3: $1,900

7. Who can apply?

  • Incorporated, not-for-profit sports and recreational clubs or other incorporated organisations in NSW that are sport or recreation related
  • State or national sporting organisations on behalf of member clubs located in NSW
  • Licensed sporting clubs, providing that the project directly benefits sporting activities
  • Sport clubs associated with a school, church or university providing they are an incorporated not for profit club in their own right
  • Councils, and sport and recreational facilities owners on behalf of sport and recreational clubs
  • Service clubs such as Rotary, CWA and Lions, on behalf of sports clubs

8. When do applications open and close?

Applications open 2 September 2020 and close 12 April 2021.

The Office of Sport will conduct regular assessments and make recommendations for funding during the program timeline (until 12 April 2021 unless funding allocation is exhausted prior).

Grant assessment dates: 
23 November 2020 
22 February 2021 

9. Will late applications be accepted?

Applications not submitted by 5pm on assessment dates will be considered on the next assessment date. 

The online system will not accept applications submitted after the published closing date and time. Final applications close: 5pm, Monday 12 April 2021 (unless funding allocation is exhausted prior).

If you are having problems submitting your application, you should contact 13 13 02 or email sends e-mail) well in advance of the closing date and in time to seek assistance.

10. What assistance can the Office of Sport staff provide?

The Office of Sport staff are available to provide advice to applicants on interpreting the Program Guidelines. However, staff are not able to provide advice on AED Service Providers, choice of AED packages or talk through the details of an application that may be perceived as providing an unfair advantage to one applicant over another.

11. Can I choose my AED and provider?

Yes, from the list of approved AED Service Providers (PDF, 26.06 KB) available on the Office of Sport website.

12. How will I know which package and provider is best for my club?

Organisations should undertake research, talk to providers and determine the AED products and services that best meet their needs.

13. How was the list of approved AED Service Providers, AED products and services determined?

The approved AED Service Providers, AED products and services displayed on the Office of Sport website have successfully met the minimum requirements through the NSW Government tender process and are required to maintain these requirements under the panel contract with the Office of Sport.

14. Can I buy an AED not on the list using the grant?

No. Not all AED products have been approved under the program. The grant may only be used to purchase the approved AED products and services from approved AED Service Providers available in Program Guidelines.

15. Can I purchase an AED outside of the grant program?

Yes. Organisations may purchase AED products and services at the Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program rate. This should be organised directly with the approved AED Service Provider of your choice (PDF, 26.06 KB).

16. Can clubs claim retrospective funding if we purchase an AED before we know we are successful for a grant?

No, there is no retrospective funding. Funding from the Local Defibrillator Grants Program can only be used to purchase an AED service package once the sport club has been advised it has been successful in obtaining a grant. 

17. Do we need to look after the defibrillator?

Yes. Successful applicants are required to be responsible for the AED.

18. Can organisations make a joint application?

YesApplications involving sports clubs that share facilities are encouraged. 

19. Can organisations submit an application for more than one club or branch?

Yes. However, club, branch or facility must be in the same Zone. A separate application is required for each Zone. A list with club/branch/facility name and contact details must be uploaded.

20. How long do applicants have to purchase an AED package and undertake the familiarisation induction?

Within six months of accepting the funding terms and conditions, organisations must purchase and install an AED and participate in AED familiarisation instruction (within 28 days of delivery).

21. Will all applications receive funding?

No. It is anticipated that there will be multiple applicants competing for the funding available. Organisations may reapply in following rounds or directly purchase an AED package at the competitive Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program rate directly through approved AED Service Providers.

22. What do I need to complete my application?

Organisations will need to select a AED provider and AED package.

  • Organisations should do their homework; talk to providers to determine which approved AED Service Providers, AED products and services that best meet their needs.
  • All sections of the application should be completed. If you fail to complete a mandatory field, you will be prompted to do so. Incomplete applications will be deemed ineligible.

23. When will I know if my application is successful or not?

This will depend on how many applications are received. The Office of Sport will conduct regular assessments and make recommendations for funding during the program timeline (until 12 April 2021 unless funding allocation is exhausted prior).

Grant assessment dates: 
23 November 2020 
22 February 2021 

24. What if my application is unsuccessful?

There is no appeals process for unsuccessful applications under this program. It is recommended that you apply again in the next round of the program. There will be four grant rounds in total over four years. 

25. What if my club is successful?

Successful organisations will enter a service level agreement (PDF, 28.58 KB) with their selected AED Service Provider to purchase an AED package.

Organisations need to provide a copy of their service level agreement (PDF, 28.58 KB) to the Office of Sport when claiming their grant. Grants must be claimed with 28 days of successful advice and 6 months to complete.

26. What is a service level agreement?

service level agreement (PDF, 28.58 KB) to purchase an AED package is between the organisation and their selected AED Panel Service Provider and outlines the agreed package and terms.

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