Grants and Funding

Swimmers waiting at the starting blocks at NSW State Open

Your club could be eligible for a range of state and federal government grants and funding opportunities to assist with the costs of new and improved infrastructure, the development and delivery of sport programs, and purchasing equipment.

We regularly notify clubs of these opportunities. We also maintain a list of current opportunities here. Take a look at our list below to see what is available to help your club with vital funding assistance right now.

Before applying for a government grant, you might find it helpful to read these tips:

  • NSW Community Building Partnership
  • The NSW Community Building Partnership program 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.

    The 2020 Program guidelines will be published in April 2020.

    Applications open Monday 4 May 2020 and close Friday 12 June 2020. For more information and to apply, click here.

  • Sunsuper's Dreams for a Better World community grants
  • To assist not-for-profit organisations or community groups that dream of helping to create brighter futures for Australians or a more active community or support others to live better. The three rounds for 2020 are Better Living, Brighter Futures and Active Community with a total of $150,000 available.

    Applications close on Friday, 26 June 2020Click here for more information or to apply.

  • Budget Direct Sponsorship
  • Budget Direct Sponsorships help groups in their efforts to build happy and healthy neighbourhoods by providing financial assistance for those striving to make a difference in their local community. Amounts of $1000 - $5000 are available for organisations, which includes sports clubs that promote health and wellbeing.

    Each year, there are four rounds of sponsorship funding. Round 1 applications for 2020/21 financial year will open on 1 July 2020. For more information and to apply, click here.

  • SAF Building Up Grants
  • The Sport Access Foundation has opened its 2020 Grants Program, offering grants that are focussed on the mental health and well-being of young Australians. Young Australians living with a disability are often more isolated due to pre-existing medical conditions and will be experiencing many emotions, particularly as opportunities to stay active and play sport have been impacted.

    The following grants are available this year:

    • BlueScope Building Up Grants - to assist young Australians living with a disability invest in their overall education, physical and mental well-being.
    • PICA Group Kick Start Grants - to ensure as many young children living with a disability can rejoin their sporting club when sport recommences.
    • SAF Pathway to Paralympics Grants - to help potential future Paralympians with some of the additional costs incurred when competing at the highest level.
    • SAF No Barriers Grants - to help individuals with a disability overcome the initial start-up to participating in sport.

    Applications close on Friday, 21 August 2020. Click here for more information or to apply.

  • NSW Government COVID-19 grant
  • Sporting organisations affected by the COVID-19 shutdown are eligible for grants of up to $10,000 under a new assistance scheme announced by the NSW Government. 

    Find out more and apply here.

  • ClubGRANTS Category 2 Fund
  • This grant supports general community development and support activities, such as junior sport/grassroots sport. There is no standard funding amount due to the different sizes of clubs and areas. It is advisable to contact the Local Committee and consider the amount the amount of funding available in your area. The grant is administered by the NSW Government and is available year-round.

    To be eligible, you must be a not-for-profit organisation and provide the following projects and/or services:

    • community welfare or social services
    • community development
    • community health services or employment assistance activities.

    You are also eligible if your organisation is involved in community or professional sport.

    For more information and to apply, click here.

  • The Awesome Foundation
  • The Awesome Foundation is an international philanthropic organisation devoted to forwarding the interest of awesomeness in the universe. Every month TAF award a no-strings-attached grant of $1,000 to a project deemed ‘Awesome.’ Projects include – innovative ideas, ideas with passion and purpose, local projects and community benefit. Anyone is eligible for a grant — individuals, groups, and organisations alike.

    Visit The Awesome Foundation for more information and to apply.

  • The Dylan Alcott Foundation
  • Support inclusivity at your club. The Dylan Alcott Foundation is committed to helping young Australians with disabilities overcome the barriers of entry to sport and education by providing fundraising for grants, scholarships and mentoring.

    You can find out if any of your members are eligible and encourage them to apply here

  • Play for Purpose - Sports and Charity Raffle
  • Proudly supported by Sport Australia, Play For Purpose is an innovative fundraising solution, that rewards both clubs and supporters alike! This world-first fundraising raffle is free for clubs to participate in, and gives clubs access to large prize pools and powerful e-commerce technology, with no financial risk.

    Find out more and apply today here

  • Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program
  • The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program aims to give the thousands of small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia an opportunity to apply for funding that can support broad community needs. This program is an evolution of the long-running Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC) program that FRRR ran for 34 rounds over a 16-year period. 

    The program criteria are deliberately flexible, and with applications being accepted all year round, communities have increased access to funds that can be used where and when a community knows it’s needed.

    For more information and to apply, click here.

  • City of Sydney Council quick response grants
  • The City of Sydney's quick response grants sponsors a wide variety of projects and support individuals and projects that contribute to:

    • increased engagement of individuals and teams in sporting, academic, cultural and environmental fields
    • improved relative equality, resilience and adaptive capacity of the city's diverse communities
    • enhanced positive social, cultural and sustainability outcomes for local communities related to the support for City strategic priorities.

    To help individuals and organisations through the COVID-19 pandemic, City of Sydney Council are releasing an extra $500,000 in quick response grants.

    These are rolling grants – there is no application deadline. Find out more and apply here.  

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