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Sport Development Grant Program

The Sport Development Grant Program (SDGP) is an application based grant program only available to NSW State sporting organisations (SSOs). This also includes State sporting organisations for people with disability (SSODs). Organisations eligible for this program must be a recognised sport who receives funding under Sport and Recreation’s Sport Development Program (SDP). 

Funding available:

  • Grants from $5,000 - $50,000
  • Applicants may apply for multiple projects, however the maximum available to any one organisation is $50,000 p.a. The amount organisations request should reflect the scale of the project
  • Funding is available for events and projects conducted in NSW only

Organisations must contribute to the project. Projects that evidence a high organisational contribution are more likely to be given favourable consideration. Organisational contributions that would be favourably considered would be:

  • Financial
  • Voluntary labour
  • Donated/sponsored materials and/or equipment
  • Other resources directly related to the project.

The applicant is also responsible for all project administration costs.

The type of projects that may be funded under this program are:

Increase regular and on-going participation in sport Projects that attract new participants to the sport and/or assist existing participants to increase their participation frequency.
Improve pathways for athlete, coach and official development Projects will lead to improved athlete achievement and/or the development of coaches and officials, including gaining accreditation.
Improve sport governance Projects that increase the effectiveness of boards including improvements to board processes, performance reporting, stakeholder relationships, strategic planning and whole of sport communication.
International and national sporting events projects The event must provide opportunities for talented athletes, officials and coaches to develop their skills through exposure to and participation in the event.  The event must be part of the competition pathway for the sport (for example World Championships, Olympic qualifier). Events must be sanctioned or endorsed by a recognised international or national body (or equivalent). 
Research initiatives Research projects that contribute to the information/evidence base and will assist sport organisations to make evidence based decisions about the operations, planning and future delivery options.

Definition - State sport organisations are defined as those administering a sport that meets the definition of sport and takes responsibility for the development of their sport in the state.


For any enquiries on the Sport Development Grant Program, please email our Grants Unit(link sends e-mail).

Applications closed: 14 September 2018

View 2018-19 grant recipients

View 2017-18 recipients 

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