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Local Sport Grant Program

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

Fund Information

All applicants should read the guidelines for more detailed information about this program.

The Local Sport Grant Program (LSGP) aims to increase regular and on-going participation opportunities in sport in NSW.  Through this program we are working towards our goals to achieve: 

Participation: Everyone in NSW participating in Sport and active recreation throughout their life 

Places and Spaces: Everyone in NSW having access to places and spaces for sport and active recreation

Sector Sustainability: The sector continues to grow sport and active recreation across NSW. 

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

There are four project types within the Program:

1.    Sport Development
2.    Sport Event
3.    Sport Access
4.    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. 

The overall objectives of the Program are to:

  • Increase regular and on-going participation in sport 
  • Increase participation and access for women, girls or population groups with low rates of participation
  • Address barriers to participation in sport or structured physical activity
  • Assist sport clubs to provide quality service to their members and meet community needs. 

Your project must address at least one of these objectives and demonstrate how it aligns to the Office of Sport Strategic Plan (PDF, 4.48 MB)

Funding available to this program is $4,650,000

$50,000 will be allocated to all 93 electorates throughout NSW

  • Any remaining funds from under-subscribed electorates will be made available to over-subscribed electorates
  • Approved funding for projects that are declined, withdrawn or are unable to go ahead will be re-allocated to the next ranked project(s) in the same electorate
  • Applicants must identify the NSW electorate where their ‘home ground’ is situated as well as the GEO code of the location e.g. your training ground

The maximum amounts available are:

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

The minimum requested amount available is $500 for all project types.

The maximum available to any one organisation under this round of the Local Sport Grant Program 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. NB Supplier discounts should not be included in the budget as an applicant contribution. 

Local Government Authorities are encouraged to contribute, and these contributions will be counted towards the club project contribution.

For successful projects, the terms and conditions of the grant must be accepted, and the grant claimed within 28 days of notification by the Office of Sport.

** refer to the program guidelines for clarification on voluntary labour

To be eligible for this grant program, the applicant must be an:

  • Incorporated, not-for-profit grassroots ‘sport club’ (see the definition in the FAQ) and refer to list of sports at Appendix B in the Guidelines
  • 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 that are incorporated in their own right.

Applicants that are not eligible 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 at Appendix B in the Guidelines
  • Clubs whose activities are not considered to be active in 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 P & Cs, 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
  • PCYC’s / YMCA / Scouts/Gyms /Surf Life Saving 

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 active recreation 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 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 

NB:  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 receiving funding.

Events are not to be scheduled prior to 1 January 2021 and will be required to comply with the Public Health Orders and COVID-19 Safety Plan requirements at time of hosting.

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 
  • 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.
  • Sport access projects must comply with public health advice at the time of the activity
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, 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 and have evidence of landowners’ consent. NB: This documentation is required before your club submits an application.

This project type does not include capital equipment and/or portable equipment (this is captured in the ‘sport access’ project type.


If you are not sure of the correct project type, please refer to Appendix A or contact the Office of Sport by email at

The item costs below will not be funded and should not be included in the application budget 

  • Staff wages and administration costs
  • Subsidised registrations 
  • Accommodation, Food/catering
  • Appearance fees, prize money and trophies/medals
  • Presentation/celebration functions
  • Entertainment
  • Medical equipment (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 prior to the advertised closing date for applications
  • 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 should not be included as an applicant contribution

Local Sport Grant Program Guidelines 2020/21 (PDF, 672.96 KB)

Local Sport Grant Program Guidelines 2020/21 (PDF, 672.96 KB)


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.

Key information

Applications are closed.

Guidelines (PDF, 672.96 KB)

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