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Office of Sport

Local Sport Grant Program

The Local Sport Grant Program (LSGP) aims to increase regular and on-going participation opportunities in NSW.

Important dates

The following dates are indicative and apply only to this round.

  • Applications open Tuesday, 12 October 2021
  • Applications close Friday, 19 November 2021 at 1pm
  • Assessment stage November 2021 - February 2022
  • Outcomes advised April 2022 onwards
  • Funding agreements executed for successful projects April 2022 onwards
  • All projects expected to be completed May 2023


Key objectives

The key objectives of the Program align to the Office of Sport Strategic Plan with the specific objectives to:

  • Increase regular and on-going participation in sport
  • Increase participation and access for women, girls and population groups under-represented in participation including, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, people with a disability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (ATSI)
  • Address barriers to participation in sport or structured physical activity
  • Assist sport clubs to provide quality service to their members and meet community needs.

Applications must clearly demonstrate an identified need for the project and articulate how the project outcomes will be achieved. Specifically, applications should demonstrate how the project will address at least one of the above objectives.


Funding availability

The NSW Government has allocated up to $4,650,000 in 2021/22 for this Program.

  • Funding of $50,000 per electorate will be allocated to all 93 electorates throughout NSW
  • Funds from under-subscribed electorates will be made available to over-subscribed electorates
  • Applicant must identify their ‘home ground’ address to ensure the application is assessed in the correct electorate e.g., your training ground

The maximum requested amounts available are:

  • Sport Development: $2,000
  • Sport Event: $5,000
  • Sport Access: $5,000
  • Sport Facility: $15,000

The minimum requested amount available is $500 for all project types. The amount organisations request should reflect the scale of the project/s.

Applicants may apply for one application per project type but should prioritise their projects as the maximum available to any one organisation under this round of the program is $20,000 in a financial year.

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 may contribute to the project. The greater the contribution the more favourably it will be looked upon. Local Government Authorities are encouraged to contribute.


Eligible applicants

  • Incorporated, not-for-profit grassroots sport clubs whose primary focus is to organise sporting activities; deliver ongoing sporting programs; and/or develop member’s skills (see guidelines for a full list of eligible sports)

Applications from Licenced Sporting Clubs may be considered providing the project directly benefits the sport, not the administration processes of the licenced club or upgrades of the licenced premises.

Applications may be considered from Sport Clubs associated with a school, church or university providing they are a not-for-profit club incorporated in their own right.


Ineligible applicants

Ineligible applicants are any organisation types not listed in the ‘Eligible Applicants’ section, and include (but are not limited to): 

  • Individuals, groups of individuals and unincorporated organisations
  • Incorporated not-for-profit organisations that are not a sport associated with the list of sports listed in the guidelines
  • Organisations named by the National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse on its list of institutions that have not joined or signified their intent to join the Scheme are not eligible for funding under this program
  • Clubs whose activities are considered to be of a recreational nature e.g., remote/radio-controlled activities, fishing
  • Sporting zones or sporting groups that are not based at a specific location within an electorate
  • Individual sporting competitions
  • State Sporting Organisations and State Sporting Organisations for People with a Disability
  • National Sporting Organisations
  • Regional Academies of Sport
  • For profit, commercial organisations
  • Organisations limited by shares
  • Government departments and agencies
  • Educational institutions including schools and their Parents and Citizens (P&C’s), Universities, TAFE, Colleges and childcare centres
  • Local Government Authorities operating under the Local Government Act, 1993
  • Local Government Committees
  • Organisations that are the responsibility of another Minister’s portfolio
  • PCYCs, YMCA/YWCA, Scouts/Girl Guides, Gyms, and Surf Life Saving

Types of projects

There are four project types within the Program:

Sport Development

Sport Event

Sport Access

Sport Facility

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. 

To be considered eligible, the project must be submitted through the Office of Sport SmartyGrants website.  

All project types will be required to comply with the Public Health Orders and COVID-19 Safety Plan requirements at time of activity. 


Projects eligible to be funded for Sport 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
  • Facilitation of programs that will increase the skill level of players/participants
  • Projects that improve a club’s community presence, ability to communicate with members or undertake administrative functions, e.g., a club could develop or upgrade their website or, purchase accounting software to assist it manage its finances


Projects eligible to be funded for Sport Event 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 within their electorate. An event must be conducted on a specified day or consecutive days at a specified location
  • Events that primarily involve sporting competition or mass participation in an organised sport, e.g., an exhibition sporting match, hosting a gala day, regional or state championships
  • Regional clubs host a sporting event that attracts tourists and visitors to the region

Note: An event does not include regular ongoing weekly/monthly sporting competition/activities. The event date must be included in the application. Events must be held within 12 months of funding being announced. Events are not to be scheduled prior to 1 January 2022. Consideration should be given to travel restrictions and scheduling when preparing for the event.


Projects eligible to be funded for Sport Access include:

  • Costs associated with overcoming a barrier to participation in sport, e.g., training and playing sport equipment
  • Subsidised travel costs to assist junior teams (aged under 18 years of age) access to first class coaching, or travel from rural/ remote areas to participate in competition
  • Defibrillators / Automated External Defibrillators


  1. Travel interstate will only be considered for clubs close to state borders where access to competition is not available within a reasonable distance in NSW, e.g. hire of a bus for weekly competition at away ground games. 
  2. Subsidised registration fees for senior players (this does not apply to juniors who are able to access the Active Kids vouchers).
  3. AEDs – Applicants must rely on their own enquiries as to the suitability of any AED Service Provider they engage.
    • The provision of an AED package must include:
      • An AED
      • AED familiarisation instruction
      • A minimum of six years of essential defibrillator maintenance.
      • Medical Emergency Plan
    • Funding for AED does not include:
      • Ongoing maintenance outside of the scope of the maintenance schedule and any extended warranty as specified by the Approved AED Panel Service Provide
      • Accredited CPR, first aid, ongoing or additional face to face AED familiarisation instruction
      • Out of warranty repair of equipment
      • Replacement costs of consumables including batteries and electrode pads
      • Replacement or temporary replacement of the AED if it is damaged or unrecoverable through wear and tear, vandalism, accident, theft or misuse
      • General first aid maintenance items or equipment (items requiring cleaning and disinfecting after use)

This is a general guide only. Sport clubs/organisations should refer to the details set out in the particular AED Providers’ packages when making a choice of provider.


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

  • Enhance existing facilities, e.g., installation of watering systems, safety netting, lighting, installed electronic scoreboards or, upgrade of surfaces.

  • Provide ancillary facilities at established facilities, e.g., fixed sun protection shelters, change rooms, shower and toilet blocks

  • Are for construction of new facilities and infrastructure

  • Have received Development Approval (DA) from the relevant Council, or can demonstrate that such approval is not required, and have evidence of landowner’s consent. NB: This documentation is required before your club submit an application 

Note: This project type does not include capital equipment and/or portable equipment (this would be captured as part of Sport Access above) 

If you are not sure of the project type, please contact the Office of Sport. The Office of Sport may use its discretion, once the grant program has closed to move the application to a more suitable project type. If this does occur the relevant funding limits will apply.

The Local Sport Grant Program will not fund the following projects or project components:

  • Staff wages and administration costs
  • Subsidised registrations for junior players who have access to the Active Kids voucher
  • Accommodation, food/catering
  • Appearance fees, prize money and trophies/medals
  • Presentation/celebration functions
  • Entertainment
  • Medical equipment (excluding defibrillators)
  • Private or commercial ventures
  • Events that are organised for the primary purpose of fundraising, including charity fundraising events
  • Individual scholarships/sponsorships
  • Insurance (public liability, general liability, etc.)
  • Retrospective funding e.g., projects that have already commenced or been completed
  • Purchase or rental of land or premises; vehicles; office equipment (e.g., office furniture, printers, photocopiers etc.)
  • Projects not based in NSW
  • Subsidy for school sporting activities and events
  • Supplier discounts as a club contribution to the project

Funding requests for any of the above costs should not be included in the application.

Contact us

Get in touch for more information about eligibility criteria, timeframes, and costs; or if you have any questions about the application process.

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Applications closed Friday, 19 November at 1pm


2021/22 Guidelines

Potential applicants are encouraged to review our frequently asked questions to ensure that their application addresses the relevant requirements.

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