Up to $10M is available from the Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund to develop regional sporting facilities and infrastructure.

Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund

Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund

The Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund will foster the benefits of sport in communities.  This fund will invest in new and existing venues to improve the participation and performance in sports at all levels.

The NSW Government is determined to ensure regions remain vibrant communities. The Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund will ensure that NSW has a network of spaces and places that enable quality sport and active recreation participation and performance at all levels.

 

Objectives

The fund objectives are to:

  • increase the number and type of regional sporting facilities
  • improve the standard of existing regional sporting facilities
  • increase participation opportunities in sport
  • provide infrastructure that enables economic growth and boost productivity.

 

Funding

Funds allocated with the Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund will be provided in two categories:

  • regional sport hubs
  • regionally significant sport facilities.

The Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund provides grants between $1 million and $10 million for regional sport hubs or regionally significant sport facilities.

Projects will only be considered where there is a minimum financial co-contribution towards the project of 25 per cent of the total grant amount, unless financial hardship can be demonstrated. Projects with greater financial co-contribution will be considered favorably.

It is expected that funding will be spent within three years of approval being granted.

 

Eligible Projects

The Regional Sports Infrastructure fund will increase the number of regional sporting facilities and the standard of
existing sporting facilities, as well as increase regular and on going participation opportunities.

Priority for funding will be given to proposals which:

  • provide an economic benefit such as increased tourism or the creation of jobs
  • meet a demonstrable need in the community
  • establish regional sports hubs
  • enhance regionally significant sporting facilities
  • can be used by more than one sporting code
  • are aligned with the facility plans of state sporting organisations, regional sporting associations and local sporting clubs
  • are identified in the Office of Sport’s regional sport and active recreation plan
  • are financially sustainable
  • provide the highest net benefits
  • increase participation opportunities in sport
  • provide infrastructure that enables economic growth and boosts productivity.

Types of projects that could be funded include:

  • regionally significant sport facilities
  • 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 and dressing rooms
  • facilities classified as Tier 3 stadia under the NSW Stadia Strategy (typically facilities with a maximum capacity 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)
  • high performance Centres of Excellence; regional Centres of Excellence; multi sport, multi purpose facilities; and significant single sport facilities.

 

Eligible Applicants

Funding for the Regional Sports Infrastructure fund is available to:

  • local government authorities in all 92 regional local government areas, Lord Howe Island and the  Unincorporated Far West
  • state sporting organisations
  • incorporated, community-based, not-for-profit sporting organisations (clubs or district associations)
  • educational organisations (such as schools, TAFEs and universities) in conjunction with local councils and local or state sporting entities
  • private enterprises.

Project nominations involving partnerships between groups are encouraged.

For a proposal to be successful, the land on which the facility is to be developed must be one of the following:

  • Crown reserve land
  • land owned by a public authority (for example municipal property)
  • land held for public purposes by trustees under a valid lease, title or trust deed that adequately protects the interests of the public
  • private land that benefits the community’s interests in sport and recreation.

 

Timing

Applications close 4 May 2018.

 

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