Up to $3 M is available to provide high quality, accessible community sport and recreation facilities across Victoria.

 

  Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program

 

About

The Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program is a Victorian Government funding program that helps provide high-quality, accessible community sport and recreation facilities across Victoria.

The Community Facility Funding Program provides grants for planning, building new, and improving existing facilities where communities meet, interact and participate in sport and recreation. Funding is available under the following categories:

    • Better Pools – Grants are available to provide high-quality aquatic leisure facilities through new or redeveloped aquatic leisure centres
    • Major Facilities – Grants (where the total project cost is more than $500,000, excluding GST) are available to develop or upgrade major sport and recreation facilities
    • Seasonal Pools – Grants are available to rejuvenate seasonal swimming pools in rural, regional and outer metropolitan municipalities that are significantly isolated from a year-round aquatic centre
    • Minor Facilities – Grants are available for community groups, working in partnership with local government authorities, to develop or upgrade community sport and recreation facilities
    • Soccer Facilities – Grants are available for local soccer clubs working with local government authorities, to upgrade existing or develop new facilities to maximise participation opportunities in soccer
    • Planning – Funding is available for planning initiatives that address the future sport and recreation needs of communities through better information gathering, consultation and strategic planning, including:
      • projects focusing on recreation planning or facility feasibility in one municipality
      • regional planning initiatives that demonstrate intermunicipal needs and financial support from multiple local government authorities

 

Objectives

The main objectives of the Community Facility Funding Program is to encourage:

  • increased sport and recreation participation
  • increased access to sport and recreation opportunities
  • better planning of sport and recreation facilities
  • innovative sport and recreation facilities
  • environmentally sustainable facilities
  • universally designed facilities.

 

Success Stories

Greater Shepparton City Council

Bulletpoint assisted the Greater Shepparton City Council to receive $7.19 million towards the Greater Shepparton Regional Sports Precinct.

This project will substantially expand the capacity of the 65 hectare Greater Shepparton Regional Sports Precinct (GSRSP) by building new fields and facilities for a range of sports.

It will provide modern infrastructure for the site, including a linking boulevard, fencing, landscaping, playgrounds,signage, car parks, traffic signals and supporting works.

The project will include construction of five new football fields, a new synthetic hockey pitch and athletics track, and eight new netball courts, together with upgrades to existing multipurpose fields. New lighting, pavilions and improved spectator amenities feature in most elements of the project.

 

Eligible Projects

A wide variety of sport and recreation planning and infrastructure projects will be considered for funding.

Improving participation outcomes is a key objective of the program. Applications must clearly demonstrate how the proposals will improve participation outcomes.

    • Specifically, proposals should demonstrate how the project:
      • will increase or maintain participation
      • encourages greater female participation
      • encourages development of multi-use facilities
      • collaborates with schools and community groups
      • collaborates with State Sporting Associations or other relevant peak bodies
      • improves environmental sustainability
      • implements Universal Design principles
    • Priority will be given to communities in areas of need that have experienced natural disasters, such as bushfires, flood and drought or communities experiencing strong population growth
    • Local government authorities should make timely contact with peak bodies, local leagues/associations, State Sporting Associations and Regional Sports Assemblies (where appropriate) to seek their input into the planning and design of facilities and support for participation/programming initiatives

    • Local government authorities are encouraged to explore funding models that demonstrate stakeholder commitment to the project
    • Facilities planned in functional, self-contained stages are eligible.
    • Projects on private land are eligible, but will be subject to the establishment of a legally binding agreement between the organisation and local government to ensure ongoing public access. Such proposals should demonstrate evidence of a legally binding agreement in the Full Application
    • Projects on school land are eligible subject to a completed Community Joint Use Proposal (to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development)

 

Eligible Applicants

Only local government authorities can apply directly to the Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) for funding from this program. Community organisations can only access funds from the Minor Facilities and Soccer Facilities categories by submitting an Expression of Interest Form for Community Organisations directly to their local council. Community organisations are advised to contact their local council about timelines for expressions of interest. Local government authorities are required to discuss their project proposals with DPCD staff before submitting them.

 

Funding

The Community Facility Funding Program provides grants for planning and building new and improving existing facilities where communities meet, interact and participate in sport and recreation in the following categories:

    • $3M for Better Pools
    • $650,000 (where the total project cost is more than $500,000 excluding GST) for Major Facilities
    • $200,000 Seasonal Pools
    • $100,000 for any one project (where the total project cost is up to $500,000 excluding GST) for Minor Facilities
    • $100,000 for up to two projects for Soccer Facilities
    • $30,000 for projects

      focusing on recreation planning or facility

      feasibility in one municipality (Planning)

    • $50,000 for regional planning initiatives that demonstrate intermunicipal needs and financial support from

      multiple local government authorities (Planning)

 

Timing

The 2015-2016 Community Facility Funding Program  is now open. The application process will be undertaken in two stages.

  • Stage One: Project Proposals – closing date: 30 April 2014
  • Stage Two: Full Applications closing date: 23 July 2014

 

Expert Assistance

Writing a good quality grant application is a critical element in the application process. An application needs to be well thought through, written concisely, have clear objectives and purpose, and show clear links to the objectives of the grant guidelines.

The grant application must answer all questions, provide all required information and respond to the merit criteria. It should also reflect yo