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The NSW sporting sector is made up of many diverse organisations with different organisational structures; membership bases and sizes; geographic reach, organisational health maturity and financial health. For many sporting and recreation organisations, COVID-19 is having a direct financial impact on your operations.

For many sporting and recreation organisations, COVID-19 is having a direct financial impact on your operations. This resource has been developed to provide guidance on the resources and initiatives available to sport sector organisations and will be updated regularly.

2021 financial assistance

Sport and recreation organisations, businesses and individuals may be eligible for a number of financial assistance measures under financial assistance packages announced by both the NSW Government and Australian Government in response to the July 2021 COVID-19 outbreak in Greater Sydney and NSW.

The NSW Government has announced a major new grants package and changes to the Dine & Discover program to help organisations and people across NSW impacted by the current COVID-19 restrictions.

The Federal Government’s COVID-19 Disaster Payment will be available from 1 July 2021 for eligible people in a Commonwealth-declared COVID-19 hotspot in Sydney.

Download a summary of financial assistance available.

Visit here for more information on financial assistance support for individuals and organisations.

Visit here for more information on organisation and business support

Visit Service Australia for information on the COVID-19 Disaster Payment.




Many government agencies, as well as not-for-profits and private sector organisations offer grants that sport and active recreation organisations can access. Grants can be a good way of getting access to funding to improve operations, subsidise access for participants, run events and develop infrastructure. Below is a list of grants that sport and active recreation organisations may be able to access

Office of Sport grants

Each year the Office of Sport provides millions in government grants to nurture sporting talent, help build sports facilities and develop the industry as a whole.

For more information visit Office of Sport

Community Building Partnerships

The NSW Community Building Partnership program awards grants for community infrastructure projects.

The NSW Government is investing in infrastructure projects that deliver positive social, environmental and recreational outcomes, while promoting community participation, inclusion and cohesion.

For more information visit Community Building Partnerships

Office of Responsible Gambling – Infrastructure Grants

The NSW Government offers grants to communities across NSW to support the building, renovation and fit-out of infrastructure. Funding is available for arts and cultural 

infrastructure, sport and recreation infrastructure and projects that assist communities with essential infrastructure and disaster readiness.

Infrastructure Grants are made possible through the NSW Government’s Clubgrants Category 3 Fund, which reinvests a contribution from the state’s registered clubs gaming machine profits back into community projects.

For more information visit Office of Responsible Gambling

Showground Stimulus Funding Program

As part of the NSW Government’s $2.3 billion Health and Economic Stimulus Package (COVID Stimulus), $25 million over two years has been allocated to fund maintenance and improvement works at showgrounds around the state.

The objectives of the Showgrounds Stimulus Funding Program are to:

  • protect public health and safety and enhance community use and experience of showgrounds

  • maximise opportunities for economic growth relating to showgrounds

  • provide facilities that support a range showground uses

  • promote the sustainability of showgrounds across NSW

  • stimulate economic growth over short-term timeframes in local economies impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information visit Crown Lands


Clubs NSW - ClubGRANTS

ClubGRANTS is one of Australia’s largest grant programs, providing more than $100 million in cash each year to a variety of worthy causes across NSW.

Charities, sporting organisations and not-for-profit community groups are among tens-of-thousands of worthy causes funded through the program each year.

Applicants should be aware that ClubsGRANTS funding is likely to reduce in the short term as a response to economic uncertainty and the fact that clubs are not trading.

For more information visit ClubGRANTS

Facebook Small Business Grants programme (COVID-19)

Facebook is providing US$100 million across 30,000 eligible small businesses in more than 30 countries where Facebook has a local office (Australia included) through their Small Business Grants programme. To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • Have between 2 and 50 employees
  • Have been in business for over a year
  • Have experienced challenges from COVID-19
  • Be in or near a location where Facebook operates

For more information visit Facebook Small Business Grants programme (COVID-19)

Sport NSW grants summary

Each year there are various grants provided by organisations and government departments which can provide much needed support and funds to nurture sporting talent, help build sports facilities and develop the industry as a whole.

Sport NSW monitors these available grants and provides a regularly updated full summary of grant programs available to the sport sector.

Learn more


NSW Government COVID-19
For the latest updates and information about the NSW Government response to COVID–19

Service NSW support for businesses (13 77 88)
Information on the relief packages and financial and practical assistance available to businesses and non-for-profit organisations. (13 28 46)
Find financial assistance, eligibility and timing for the new government support for Australian businesses and which re also applicable to non-for-profit organisations.

NSW Fair Trading (13 32 20) 
Information on consumer, business and non-for-profit rights, including tenancy and rent advice.

Revenue NSW
Information on NSW payroll tax and land tax support relating to COVID-19

NSW Small Business Commissioner
Information for small businesses to help manage their small business during the crisis and into the recovery phase.

Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission
Information for charities whose operations may be affected by COVID-19.

Institute for Community Directors
Information and resources for Directors of community organisations impacted by COVID-19.

Australian Securities and Investment Commission
Australian Securities and Investment Commission Guidelines for public company meeting upcoming AGM and financial reporting requirements.

NSW Treasury
Visit NSW Treasury for up to date information about the NSW Government economic response to COVID-19.

Australian Government Treasury
Visit the Australian Treasury website for up to date information about the Commonwealth Government economic response to COVID-19.

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