Local Sport Grant Program

What is the Local Sport Grant Program?

The Local Sport Grant Program (LSGP) is a grant opportunity which aims to increase regular and on-going participation opportunities in sport in NSW.

There are four project types within the Program:

1.    Sport Development
2.    Sport Event
3.    Sport Access
4.    Sport Facility

Applicants will be required to identify the type of project for which they are applying as different information is required for each project type. An organisation may apply for more than one project but must register separate projects for different project types.



The goal of the Local Sport Grant Program is to achieve:

  • Participation: Everyone in NSW participating in Sport and active recreation throughout their life
  • Places and Spaces: Everyone in NSW having access to places and spaces for sport and active recreation
  • Sector Sustainability: The sector continues to grow sport and active recreation across NSW.

The overall objectives of the Program are to:

  • Increase regular and on-going participation in sport
  • Increase participation and access for women, girls or population groups with low rates of participation
  • Address barriers to participation in sport or structured physical activity
  • Assist sport clubs to provide quality service to their members and meet community needs.



Funding available to this program is $4,650,000

$50,000 will be allocated to all 93 electorates throughout NSW

  • Any remaining funds from under-subscribed electorates will be made available to over-subscribed electorates
  • Approved funding for projects that are declined, withdrawn or are unable to go ahead will be re-allocated to the next ranked project(s) in the same electorate
  • Applicants must identify the NSW electorate where their ‘home ground’ is situated as well as the GEO code of the location e.g. your training ground

The maximum amounts available are:

  • Sport Development: $2,000
  • Sport Events: $5,000
  • Sport Access: $5,000
  • Sport Facility $15,000.

The minimum requested amount available is $500 for all project types.

The maximum available to any one organisation under this round of the Local Sport Grant Program is $20,000 in a financial year. The amount organisations request should reflect the scale of the project/s.


Eligible Projects

Applicants can use the grant funding for the following activities:

Projects eligible to be funded for Sport Development include:

  • Training programs that will lead to volunteer coaches, officials and club administrators gaining required education and accreditation e.g. a club could apply for funds to allow it to run a coach accreditation course
  • Facilitation of programs that will increase the skill level of players/participants
  • Projects that improve a club’s community presence, ability to communicate with members or undertake administrative functions e.g. a club could develop or upgrade their website or, purchase accounting software to assist it manage its finances

Projects eligible to be funded for Sport Event include:

  • Events that promote participation in sport and physical activity and provide a focal point for community building and engagement e.g. a club could host a specific event/tournament within their electorate. An event must be conducted on a specified day or consecutive days at a specified location
  • Events that primarily involve sporting competition or mass participation in an organised sport e.g. an exhibition sporting match, hosting a gala day, regional or state championships
  • Regional clubs host a sporting event that attracts tourists and visitors to the region

Projects eligible to be funded for Sport Access include:

  • Costs associated with overcoming a barrier to participation in sport e.g. training and playing sport equipment
  • Subsidised travel costs to assist junior teams (aged under 18 years of age) access to first class coaching, or travel from rural/remote areas to participate in competition
  • Travel interstate will only be considered for clubs close to state borders where access to competition is not available within a reasonable distance in NSW. e.g. hire of a bus for weekly competition at away ground games.
  • Sport access projects must comply with public health advice at the time of the activity

Projects eligible to be funded for Sport Facility include projects at sporting clubs and facilities used by sports clubs that:

  • Enhance existing facilities e.g. installation of watering systems, safety netting, lighting, upgrade of surfaces and installed electronic scoreboards.
  • Provide ancillary facilities at established facilities e.g. fixed sun protection shelters, change rooms, shower and toilet blocks.
  • Are for construction of new facilities and infrastructure.
  • Have received development approval (DA) from the relevant Council or can demonstrate that such approval is not required and have evidence of landowners’ consent. NB: This documentation is required before your club submits an application.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible for this grant program, the applicant must be an:

  • Incorporated, not-for-profit grassroots ‘sport club’ (see the definition in the FAQ) and refer to list of sports at Appendix B in the Guidelines
  • Applications from Licenced Sporting Clubs may be considered providing the project directly benefits the sport, not the administration processes of the licenced club or upgrades of the licenced premises
  • Applications may be considered from Sport Clubs associated with a school, church or university providing they are a not for profit club that are incorporated in their own right.



Applications close 7 October 2020.


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