Up to $5M is available from Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund to create spaces and places that enable communities to participate in sport at all levels.
Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund
The Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund has been established by the NSW Government to create spaces and places that enable communities to participate in sport at all levels.
The fund will invest in new and existing facilities to improve the quality and quantity of sports infrastructure across Greater Sydney.
The main objective of the Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund is to ensure funding is allocated to those sporting facilities that deliver the best outcomes for the communities they support. The aim is to ensure that the right investments in community sport facilities are made and that the best value possible is achieved.
The overall program objectives are to:
- Increase the number and type of sport facilities
- Improve the standard of existing sport facilities
- Increase participation in sport.
An allocation of $100 million is available over three (3) years for sport facility projects. There will be approximately $33 million available per year for the next three (3) years. The Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund provides grants between $500,000 and $5 million.
For projects costing more than $1 million a 25 per cent financial co-contribution of the grant amount requested will be required.
Projects seeking funds of less than $500,000 and/or projects that are not the focus of the Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund will be encouraged to consider an application under other grant programs e.g. Local Sport Grant Program, Community Building Partnership Program, Office of Responsible Gambling Infrastructure Grants.
The strongest proposals will:
- Create sporting facilities capable of attracting and hosting regional, state and national championships and/or professional matches;
- Remove barriers to promote inclusion in sport such as upgrading the provision of disability access, amenities for female participation and officiating amenities; and
- Develop environmentally sustainable sport and recreation facilities such as through installing drainage or rainwater tanks, or upgrading lighting.
Types of projects that could be funded include:
- The development and construction of new sport facilities or the upgrade and/or expansion of existing sport facilities;
- Amenity buildings such as storage, kiosks, club rooms, change rooms and grandstands;
- Facilities classified as Tier 3 stadia under the NSW Stadia Strategy (typically facilities with a maximum capacity of 10,000 to 20,000 people with limited or no corporate facilities, but capable of hosting state level competitions and exhibition or pre-season matches for sporting teams playing in national competitions);
- Multi-sport, multi-purpose facilities; and
- Significant single-sport facilities, which provide benefits to other sports and/or the community.
Eligible applicants are:
- 33 local government authorities in Greater Sydney;
- NSW state sporting organisations or the national sporting organisation where the state body is part of a unitary governance model;
- Incorporated, community-based, not-for-profit sporting organisations (clubs and associations whose primary purpose is to organise sporting activities/deliver sport programs) and organisations providing sport and recreation programs that benefit the community, such as PCYCs, YMCA and YWCA;
- Organisations that own and administer public parklands; and
- Private enterprises.
Project applications involving partnerships between groups are encouraged.
Applications close 20 September 2019.