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NSW Asian Cup 2015 Legacy Fund

The NSW Asian Cup 2015 Legacy Fund (the Fund) is an initiative of the NSW Government, Football NSW (FNSW) and Northern NSW Football (NNSWF), which has been established with the NSW Government’s surplus from the 2015 AFC Asian Cup to provide funding assistance to community football clubs (Clubs) to partner with local stakeholders to improve the quality, availability and standard of their facilities.

About the Program

The Fund aims to improve football facilities (including FUTSAL) for a variety of benefits including increasing participation, improving safety and security, assisting in building stronger communities through football and improving the overall football experience for all stakeholders.

This Fund is being offered in order to:

  • Meet strategic goals to grow, develop and promote the game of football
  • Assist Clubs, member zones and associations in securing and/or leveraging financial commitments from various levels of government, other sport user groups, sponsors, local community and business organisations and/or other strategic partners to contribute towards funding the upgrade of community football facilities
  • Build stronger communities through football.

Fund key objectives

The key objectives of the Fund are to:

  • Improve the quality and/or quantity of community football club facilities
  • Improve the football experience for players, referees, coaches, administrators and spectators
  • Provide opportunities for more participants to play more football, more often
  • Improve safety at community football facilities (e.g. upgrade of field to provide a safer playing field, access pathways for players, disability ramps)
  • Promote inclusive football opportunities within Clubs (e.g. upgrade of amenities to increase female participation, provision of disability access, upgrade of referee amenities)
  • Increase security at community football facilities (e.g. installation of perimeter fencing).

Funding available

The Fund may fund up to 50% of the net project costs, with a maximum funding contribution of $150,000 per project. The minimum amount an applicant can apply for is $50,000.

The level of funding for each project is at the complete discretion of the NSW Asian Cup 2015 Legacy Fund Committee (the group that will oversee the Fund – the Committee).

Applicants must contribute 50% or more of the funding required for their project, and this can include contributions of voluntary labour, donated materials and/or equipment or other resources. It is also expected that the Applicants will cover any administration costs incurred with the project.

Organisations are eligible to make application for one project only.

Further assistance with a multi-party funding strategy can be obtained by registering the project with the Australian Sports Foundation (ASF), allowing donors to use the ASF’s tax deductible status to claim tax relief for any donation of $2 or more.
Applicants requesting a funding contribution must provide evidence that their 50% contribution has been secured.

Appropriate evidence includes:

  • Bank statements/loan details;
  • Local Council resolution
  • Letter from the General Manager of the Local Council confirming Council’s contribution
  • List of volunteer contributions
  • Letters that advise of other grants awarded
  • Letters that advise of other contributions e.g. from business partners/other sport users.

Who is eligible to apply?

Incorporated clubs, member zones and associations, bodies or other deliverers that are affiliated, recognised and/or sanctioned by FNSW or NNSWF. Clubs must be domiciled in NSW and their home venue must be located in NSW.

Who is ineligible to apply?

1. Individuals, groups of individuals and football organisations or deliverers who are not affiliated, recognised and/or sanctioned by FNSW or NNSWF.

These include but are not limited to:

  • Private football academies
  • Hyundai A-League or Westfield W-League Clubs
  • Government departments and agencies
  • Local Councils
  • Community organisations not affiliated with the sport of football.

2. Clubs that are domiciled outside of NSW or their home venue is outside NSW.

What types of projects are eligible for funding?

The Fund can be used for all community football facility development or enhancement. Funds can be used to upgrade existing pitches, amenities or facilities, or for the development and construction of new pitches, amenities or facilities.
Upgrades and improvements could include pitch drainage, irrigation or resurfacing, seating, canteens, lights, fencing, drainage, change rooms, match official amenities or storage spaces.

What costs will NOT be funded?

  • Purchase of land
  • Projects that are in the planning phase and require, but are yet to receive, development consent from Local Council or Government Agency
  • General maintenance or replacement through normal wear and tear (e.g. painting, running costs and repairs to existing facilities)
  • Equipment (e.g. computers, office goods, footballs, clothing, uniforms and footwear)
  • Rent or associated occupancy payments
  • Requests for feasibility, design or development stages of a project
  • Projects that are not primarily used for the Club’s football activities
  • Projects that will not be completed within a two year timeframe, from agreement of funding to completion
  • Projects that have commenced or been completed
  • Wages for administrative and/or executive staff
  • Administration costs.

NSW Asian Cup Legacy Fund guidelines (PDF, 2.44 MB)

2017/18 NSW Asian Cup 2015 Legacy Fund recipients

Applications closed: 2 March 2018

2017/18 NSW Asian Cup 2015 Legacy Fund recipients


All potential applicants are encouraged to regularly review the frequently asked questions to ensure that their application addresses the relevant requirements.

Check out five steps to writing a grant application.

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