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Local Sport Grant Program

Applications closed: Monday 5pm 25 November 2019

2019/20 Local Sports Grant Program recipients

2018/19 Local Sport Grant Program recipients

2017/18 Local Sport Grant Program recipients


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

Also, check out five steps to writing a grant application.

About the Program

The $4.6 million Local Sport Grant Program aims to increase regular and ongoing participation opportunities in sport and active recreation in NSW.

Sport and active recreation is important, contributing significantly to our health, economy, social wellbeing and the liveability of our cities and communities. 

The program supports the NSW Government’s commitment to enhance the quality of life of the people of NSW. 

This year’s program has been established to:

  • target opportunities specifically for women and girls
  • overall participation opportunities 
  • support local communities affected by drought.

The Local Sports Grant funding is available across all electorates in NSW.

There are four project types within the Program:

  1. Sport Development
  2. Community Sport Events
  3. Sport Access
  4. Facility Development.

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. 

Program objectives

The overall objectives of the Program are to:

  • Increase regular and on-going participation in sport or structured physical activity.
  • Address barriers to participation in sport or structured physical activity.
  • Assist sport clubs provide quality service to their members. 
  • Increase the number of well-managed facilities that meet the needs of users.

Your project must address at least one of these objectives and align to the Office of Sport Strategic Plan. 

Funding available

  • Funding is available for projects throughout NSW.
  • $85,000 has been allocated to Zone 1 electorates - regional drought affected areas (Appendix 2). 
  • $35,000 has been allocated to Zone 2 electorates (Appendix 2).
  • Any remaining funds from under-subscribed electorates will be made available to over-subscribed electorates in the same Zone.

Applicant must identify the electorate where their ‘home ground’ is situated as well as the GEO code of the location e.g. your training ground or where your organisation is based.

The maximum amounts available are:

  • Sport Development: $2,000
  • Community Sport Events: $5,000
  • Sport Access: $5,000 
  • Facility development $15,000.

The minimum amount available is $250 for all project types with the exception being for facility development which has a minimum request of $1,000.

The maximum available to any one organisation is $20,000 in a financial year. The amount organisations request should reflect the scale of the project/s.

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 must contribute to the project, the higher the contribution the more favourably it will be looked upon. This can be a financial contribution or through use of voluntary labour, donated materials and/or equipment or other resources directly related to the project. Third party organisations are also encouraged to contribute, including Local Government Authorities and these contributions will be counted as part of the club contribution.

Funding should be accepted and claimed within 28 days of successful notification and should be expended within 18 months of the date of signing the funding agreement.

Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible for this grant program, applicants must be an:

  • Incorporated, not-for-profit grassroots ‘sport club’ (see the definition in the FAQ) and refer to list of sports at Appendix 3
  • Applications from Licenced Sporting Clubs may be considered providing the project directly benefits the sport and is not located within 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 and incorporated in their own right.

Who is ineligible to apply?

Applicants that are not eligible include:

  • Individuals, groups of individuals and unincorporated organisations
  • Incorporated not-for-profit organisations that are not a Sport associated with the list of sports at Appendix 3
  • Remote/Radio controlled recreation activities
  • For profit, commercial organisations
  • Organisations Limited by Shares
  • Government departments and agencies
  • Educational institutions including schools and their P&Cs, Universities, TAFE, Colleges and child care centres
  • Local Government Authorities operating under the Local Government Act, 1993 
  • Local Government Committees
  • State Sporting Organisations and State Sporting Organisations for People with a Disability
  • National Sporting Organisations
  • Regional Academies of Sport
  • Sporting Zones or Organisations not based at a specific Location 
  • Organisations that are the responsibility of another Minister’s portfolio
  • Cultural Community groups
  • PCYCs/YMCA/Scouts 

What types of projects may be funded?

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.
  • Projects that improve a club’s community presence, ability to communicate with members or undertake administrative functions e.g. a club could purchase accounting software to assist it manage its finances.
  • Programs that will increase the skill level of players/participants.
Projects eligible to be funded for Community Sport Events 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. 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 physical activity e.g. an exhibition sporting match or hosting an interstate sports carnival. 
  • For drought affected regional areas, host a sporting event that attracts tourists and visitors to a region and/or hire of equipment or infrastructure to support the event

Note: An event does not include regular ongoing weekly/monthly sporting competitions/activities and does not include the cost of food.

The event date must be included in the application.

Projects eligible to be funded for Sport Access include:
  • Costs associated with overcoming a barrier to participation in sport e.g. uniforms, registration and equipment (sport equipment includes, safety boat; mower/tractor; line marker; portable scoreboard; portable shade shelter) 
  • Subsidised travel costs to assist rural/remote club athletes aged under 18 years of age to participate in competition
  • Travel interstate will be considered for clubs where access to competition is not available within a reasonable distance in NSW.

Note: Sport Access projects do not include food or accommodation costs.

Projects eligible to be funded for Facility Development include projects at sporting clubs and facilities used by sports clubs that:
  • Enhance existing facilities e.g. installation of watering systems, safety netting, lighting, upgrade of surfaces and installed electronic scoreboards
  • 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. NB: This documentation is required before your club can submit an application.
  • Have land owners’ consent.

Documentation is required to be uploaded in the application for all Facility Development projects.

Applications for all project types must clearly demonstrate an identified need for the project and articulate how the project outcomes will be achieved.

    If you are not sure of the project type please contact Sport and Recreation on 13 13 02 or email

    What costs will NOT be funded?

    For all project types, the following costs will NOT be funded and should NOT be included in the application budget:

    • Staff wages and administration costs
    • Accommodation
    • Appearance fees, prize money and trophies/medals
    • Presentation/celebration functions
    • Food and/or catering
    • Entertainment
    • Medical equipment (including defibrillators) 
    • Private or commercial ventures
    • Events that are organised for the primary purpose of fundraising, including charity fundraising events
    • Individual Scholarships/sponsorships 
    • Council costs incurred in securing Development Approval 
    • Insurance (public liability, general liability, etc.) 
    • Projects that have already commenced or been completed
    • Projects for the construction/upgrade of roads, carparks or playgrounds
    • Purchase of land or rental of premises 
    • Purchase of vehicles
    • Purchase of office equipment (e.g. office furniture, printers, photocopiers etc.) 
    • Event projects not based in NSW
    • Subsidy for school sporting activities and events 
    • Facility projects that have not received development approval (DA) from the relevant Council or cannot demonstrate that such approval is not required. 

    Local Sport Grant Program Guidelines 2019/20