What is the Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Short-term Survival Package?

The Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Short-term Survival Package is a grant to support the operational viability of community sport and active recreation organisations impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

 

Background

The Victorian Community Sport Sector Short-term Survival Package initiative is part of the Victorian Government’s new Experience Economy Survival Package providing urgent support to help a range of key attractions, organisations and associations ride out the economic impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and help them reboot, rebound and recover.

The program model will be delivered through the following streams:

  • Stream 1: State-wide Operational Sustainability funding for State Sporting Associations, State Sport and Recreation Bodies, Regional Academies of Sport and Regional Sports Assemblies.
  • Stream 2: Grassroots Operational Support funding for community sporting and active recreation organisations including associations, leagues and clubs, to maintain operational viability.

 

Funding

The Community Sport Sector Short-term Survival Package includes $40 million for community sport organisations in four categories:

  • grants of up to $350,000 available for large state sporting associations (applications now closed)
  • grants of up to $200,000 available to smaller state sporting associations; regional sports assemblies and academies and other state sport and recreational bodies (applications now closed)
  • grants of up to $15,000 are available for associations and leagues (applications currently open)
  • grants of $1,000 are available for individual clubs (applications currently open).

 

Eligible Projects

Stream 1

The funding under Stream 1 is to support the operational viability of the following organisational types:  State Sporting Associations, State Sport and Recreation Bodies, Regional Academies of Sport and Regional Sports Assemblies.

Funding will support:

  • operational sustainability over the period 1 March 2020 to 31 August 2020 and,
  • planning and preparation of a Return to Play plan.

Stream 1 will prioritise support to organisations impacted by COVID-19 restrictions demonstrating:

  • loss of revenue
  • draw down of available cash reserves
  • ineligibility for support announced through other Commonwealth and State stimulus packages, or inadequate support to ensure operational viability.

Stream 2

Stream 2 Category 1 will provide support to Associations and Leagues impacted by COVID-19 restrictions demonstrating:

  • loss of revenue
  • ineligibility for support announced through other Commonwealth and State stimulus packages, or inadequate support to ensure operational viability.

Stream 2 Category 2 will provide support to community organisations delivering sport and active recreation programs anywhere in Victoria to support operational viability.

 

Eligible Applicants

The Victorian Community  Sport Sector Short-term Survival Package is a program for community sport and active recreation organisations operating within Victoria.

Target organisations for this program are:

  • State Sporting Associations (SSAs) – there are 78 recognised SSAs in Victoria. SSAs are the pre-eminent governing bodies for sport in Victoria and are responsible for the development of their sport within the state, from community participation and competitions through to high performance.
  • Associations and Leagues– there are more than 400 associations and leagues affiliated with recognised SSAs who administer programs and competitions. There are also associations and leagues that administer programs and competitions independently of SSAs, for example the Victorian Churches Football Association. An association or league is comprised of member clubs and administers the competition between these clubs over the course of a season.
  • Clubs – there are approximately 8,000 sport and active recreation clubs affiliated with recognised SSAs and an estimated 4,000 other sport and active recreation clubs throughout Victoria. Clubs are not-for-profit incorporated associations delivering recreational, instructional and/or competitive physical activity opportunities to community participants.
  • Regional Academies of Sport – there are six Academies based in Victoria. They assist in the development of Victoria’s regional elite athletes. Athletes (both able-bodied and athletes with a disability) from a wide range of sports receive high-performance services through scholarship programs.
  • Regional Sport Assemblies – there are nine Regional Sport Assemblies in Victoria that provide volunteer support, information and training and development opportunities to local clubs in rural and regional Victoria and provide a vital link between local clubs and state and national bodies.
  • State Sport and Recreation Bodies (SSRBs) – there are 33 State Sport and Recreation Bodies. They are classified as not-for-profit organisations that are active in the sport and recreation sector but do not govern a sport. These bodies either work with particular cohorts (e.g. multicultural groups and disability groups), work as a peak organisation in the sector, advance an aspect of the sector (e.g. aquatic environments) or develop broader recreational pursuits (e.g. camping or nature play).

To be eligible for funding under Stream 1, organisations must meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate the organisation is recognised (or is in the process of gaining recognition) as a State Sporting Association (SSA), State Sport and Recreation Body (SSRB) or peak body
  • Be non-government, not-for-profit and regist