A number of state and federal government grants are currently available to help clubs with the costs of new and improved infrastructure, the delivery of essential sport programs and purchasing life-saving equipment. We’ve compiled a shortlist of the best opportunities available to swim clubs right now. The Local Sport Grant and Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program are closing soon (Monday, 25 November 2019).
Local Sports Grant Program: up to $20,000 in state government funding for projects that focus on sport development, community sport events, sport access and facility development
NSW sporting clubs can access up to $20,000 in state government funding via the NSW Office of Sport’s $4.6 million Local Sport Grant Program.
Grants are awarded for projects which focus on sport development, community sport events, sport access and facility development.
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 to provide quality service to their members, and
- increase the number of well-managed facilities that meet the needs of users.
This year’s program has been established to:
- target opportunities specifically for women and girls
- overall participation opportunities, and
- support local communities affected by drought.
Applications close at 5 pm on Monday, 25 November 2019. For more information and to apply, click here.
Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program: Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) provided at a reduced cost
The Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program allocates $4 million over four years to assist sporting clubs across NSW in the purchase and maintenance of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).
An AED is a life saving device which delivers a controlled shock to an individual experiencing cardiac arrest, increasing their chances of survival.
The Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program provides NSW sports clubs and councils the opportunity to acquire an AED package for their club or sports facility at a reduced cost.
An AED package will include:
- An AED
- AED familiarisation instruction (within 28 days of delivery)
- A minimum of six years of essential AED maintenance
Applications close at 5 pm, Monday 25 November 2019. For more information and to apply, click here.
Driving Social Inclusion Grant: funding for sporting programs that help increase participation of vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals in the community
The Australian Government has announced up to $19 million (GST exclusive) for the Driving Social Inclusion through Sport and Physical Activity grant opportunity to run over two years from 2019-2020 to 2020-21.
This grant opportunity will use sport and physical activity projects to address inclusion issues for vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals and seeks to enhance wellbeing and instil a sense of community belonging.
Using sport and physical activity, the grant opportunity aims to contribute to the building of resilient, cohesive and harmonious communities to ensure that individuals, families and communities have the opportunity to thrive and have the capacity to respond to emerging needs and challenges.
The grant opportunity will target the following community groups to engage in sport and physical activity projects:
- newly arrived migrants and refugees
- people with a physical or mental disability, and
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The intended outcomes of the grant opportunity are to:
- increase the participation of vulnerable, disadvantaged individuals and families from targeted community groups in sport and physical activity
- increase community pride and connection within targeted community groups, and
- increase the range of flexible, community based, participation opportunities available.
Applications close at 2 pm, Thursday 12 December 2019. For more information and to apply, click here.
Clubgrants Category 3 Fund (Infrastructure Grant): $100,000 to $300,000 per project in state government funding for the building, renovation and fit-out of infrastructure
The NSW Government offers grants to communities across NSW to support the building, renovation and fit-out of infrastructure. The infrastructure grants come from reinvesting a proportion of the state’s gaming machine profits back into community projects.
Funding is available for sport and recreation, arts and cultural infrastructure, as well as projects that assist communities with essential infrastructure and disaster readiness.
The grant funding can be used toward the costs of construction, alteration, renovation, completion and fit-out of building and community infrastructure in the following areas:
- Arts & Culture: $50,000 to $200,000 available per project
- Disaster Readiness & Community Infrastructure: $10,000 to $200,000 available per project
- Sport & Recreation: $100,000 to $300,000 available per project
Applications close at 5 pm, Monday 16 December 2019. For more information and to apply, click here.