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Multi-Sport Community Facility Fund

The NSW Government has committed $200 million to the Multi-Sport Community Facility Fund, recognising the critical role local sport infrastructure plays in keeping communities healthy, active and connected.

Important dates

  • Applications open - Monday 29 November 2021
  • Applications close - 1pm, Friday 25 February 2022
  • Outcomes advised - May 2022 onwards
  • Funding agreements executed for successful projects - within 3 months of notification of outcomes
  • Projects to be completed by 30 June 2025. Construction must commence in 2022.

Key objectives

The primary objectives of the Fund are to: 

  • Increase the number and type of multi-sport facilities
  • Improve the standard of existing multi-sport facilities
  • Increase the utilisation of sport facilities
  • Support the equitable provision of, and access to multi-sport facilities to grow sport participation for women and girls
  • Provide inclusive and accessible multi-sport facilities that support sport participation for people with disability, First Nations peoples and people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Secondary objectives of the Fund are to:

  • Establish a diversified funding model
  • Improve operational sustainability
  • Promote and incorporate environmental sustainability and climate resiliency into design, construction and operation.

Funding availability

The NSW Government is allocating $100 million in 2021/2022 (Round 1).

The Multi-Sport Community Facility Fund grants are for the capital cost of the project only. Applicants are responsible for project administration costs, non-fixed or movable equipment and the ongoing operation of the facility.

The grant amount requested by an applicant must be a minimum of $1 million and cannot exceed $5 million. All applications are required to provide a minimum 50% financial co-contribution of the grant amount requested (e.g. if an applicant’s grant amount requested is $2 million, they must demonstrate at least a $1 million financial co-contribution). A Hardship Form will be available to applicants that cannot meet the requirement. The Grant Assessment Panel, at its total discretion, will decide whether a hardship application is accepted. For more information, read the guidelines.

Eligible applicants

Eligible applicants are:

  • Local government authorities in New South Wales
  • Regional Joint Organisations of councils, the Lord Howe Island Board and the Unincorporated Far West groups
  • NSW Office of Sport recognised NSW State Sporting Organisations and State Sporting Organisations for People with Disability (including National Sporting Organisations where the state body is part of a unitary governance model)
  • Incorporated, community-based, not-for-profit sporting organisations (clubs and associations whose primary purpose is to organise sporting activities/deliver sport programs)
  • Organisations providing sport and recreation programs that benefit the community, such as PCYCs, YMCA and YWCA
  • NSW based professional sporting organisations competing in a national or state competition
  • Private enterprises (for-profit organisations).

Applications involving partnerships between groups are encouraged and will be considered favourably, for example a council or sport and a Department of Education specialist sport high school. A council may submit an application on behalf of a sporting club or association, however council will be the grant recipient and responsible for project delivery.

Ineligible applicants

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

  • Individuals
  • Schools, TAFEs, and Universities
  • Parents and Citizens (P&C’s) Associations
  • Progress Associations
  • Other community based or religious groups that do not have a primary purpose of sport and/or recreation
  • NSW Government agencies.

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.

Types of projects

To be considered eligible, the project must:

  • Be submitted through the Office of Sport SmartyGrants website
  • Meet the eligibility check criteria
  • Be on land within NSW and applicants must submit a landowner consent form for the project on the land on which the facility is to be developed
  • Be an eligible project type.

For projects located on public land, a landowner consent form or signed letter of consent from the appropriate authorised delegate must be provided. For example, for projects located on public school land, including specialist sport high schools a letter of support for the specific project must be provided from School Infrastructure NSW as part of the application.

Additional information also sought includes evidence of applicant’s tenure and lease arrangements.

Examples of eligible project types include: 

  • Construction of new or upgraded multi-sport unisex and universally designed change rooms to be inclusive and female-friendly, including parent and child change spaces and officials’ areas (this includes pre-constructed modular facilities)
  • Indoor sport complexes which cater to more than one sport
  • Aquatic and leisure centres
  • Amenity buildings such as kiosks, club rooms, change rooms and grandstands that are universally designed and enhance community connectivity and multi-purpose use
  • New and significant multi-sport upgrades to playing surfaces (fields and courts), specifically multi-sport upgrades and resurfacing that supports increased use and/or improves safety
  • New and upgraded provision of disability access and universally designed amenities that are beyond compliant and provide dignified inclusion in sport participation
  • Provision of administration facilities for a sporting organisation that is attached to a new or existing sport facility that supports multiple sports
  • Environmentally and operationally sustainable initiatives that support water and energy savings including water harvesting, new or upgraded irrigation infrastructure, more efficient lighting including technology-controlled and LED lighting and installation of solar panels and smart metering technology
  • New and upgraded all weather facilities including synthetics, shelter for outdoor activities, and irrigation projects
  • Digital technology uplift projects, including installation of WIFI, increased automation and other innovative smart technologies
  • Projects that improve the storage, security and safety capability of facilities
  • Construction of new or significantly improved walking, running, fixed outdoor exercise equipment, or off-road cycling trails that are an integral component of the sport facility development.

The Multi-Sport Community Facility Fund will not fund the following projects or project components: 

  • Facility planning including preparation of feasibility studies, business cases and masterplans
  • That do not meet relevant Australian standards
  • On private land unless there is clear public benefit to the community’s interest in sport and active recreation and have documented consent from the landowner
  • Facilities where little or no public access is available
  • Related primarily to operational expenditure, including but not limited to regular repairs and maintenance
  • For any costs associated with preparing and submitting the funding application
  • For the maintenance or construction of local roads, car parks (public or private) or any other core service infrastructure works that are the ordinary responsibility of council, other level of government or private enterprise
  • Related to buying or upgrading non-fixed equipment (e.g. computers, office goods, footballs, clothing and footwear, ride-on mowers)
  • For the purchase or lease of land/facility
  • Related to administrative or running costs that are normally the responsibility of businesses, state agencies or local councils
  • Requests for retrospective funding, where projects have commenced construction or are completed prior to the execution of a funding agreement, or which would proceed without any NSW Government financial assistance
  • Projects that have already been funded by the NSW Government unless significant new and additional scope is identified
  • Arts, music, craft and recreation facilities that provide experiences that do not meet the definition of sport and active recreation
  • General maintenance or replacement through normal wear and tear (e.g. painting, running costs and minor repairs to existing facilities)
  • Repair of facilities where the damage can be covered by insurance
  • Playgrounds and playspaces, including aquatic playspaces
  • Upgrading or redeveloping kitchen or public toilet facilities, except as part of a larger project that meets the objectives of the Fund
  • For the building or upgrade of licensed areas and gaming areas
  • Projects located outside eligible local government areas

Each application will be checked for eligibility by Office of Sport staff. All applications, including those with uncertain eligibility assessments will be referred to the Grant Assessment Panel for a final determination on eligibility.

Application process

Step 1 - Check your eligibility

  • Before you apply, please read the guidelines and related materials including the 2021/2022 application checklist to make sure you understand all relevant requirements.
  • Find out if your organisation is eligible to apply referring to Eligible applicants section in these Guidelines.

Step 2 - Prepare your application

  • Applying for the Multi-Sport Community Facility Fund is a simple process using the SmartyGrants platform
  • You can download a copy of the application form from the SmartyGrants website prior to commencing your application.
  • For projects costing $5 million or more a business case is required to be submitted as part of your application. The business case template is available below. 
  • Applicants are permitted to use their own format given it follows the same structure as the business case template.
  • NSW Government Business Case Guidelines are available to support preparation of a business case that includes a case for change, cost benefit analysis, financial analysis, commercial analysis and management analysis.
  • The complexity and the size of the business case should be proportional to the scope, value and complexity of the project.
  •  To submit a complying application all mandatory fields must be completed, and mandatory support documents must be uploaded and submitted.

Step 3 - Submit your application

  • Visit sport.smartygrants.com.au/MSCFF-2021
  • Complete the application by filling in each of the sections (including a business case for projects costing $5 million or more and supporting documentation).
  • Submit the application by the closing date and time of 1pm, Friday 25 February 2022.

Supporting documents

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Resources

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

View supporting documents here.

Watch the Multi-Sport Community Facility Fund information session and download presentation here.

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