What is SPORTAUS Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program?
The SPORTAUS Community Sport Infrastructure Grant is a program that supports small to medium scale projects to improve local community sport infrastructure which will support greater community participation in sport and physical activity and/or offer safer and more inclusive community sporting hubs.
In the 2018 Budget, the Australian Government announced it would invest $29.7 million in 2018-19 to improve local community sport infrastructure.
The objective of these grants is to support local communities to participate, recreate, learn and develop together. The grant has two guiding themes: Community Sporting Hubs and Inclusion. Both are focussed on encouraging greater levels of participation in community sport and physical activity.
The theme of Community Sporting Hubs revives the role of community sporting clubs and facilities as central to the functioning of local communities, increasing their relevance to new and existing participants. Community Sporting Hubs will support use of infrastructure by new and diverse community groups, positioning local sporting facilities as relevant, central gathering places; the new ‘town hall’.
The theme of Inclusion supports the important role that community sport infrastructure plays in offering welcoming, inclusive and accessible participation opportunities for all members of the community. As Australia’s population grows and diversifies, Inclusion projects will ensure community sport infrastructure evolves to meet changing needs of new user groups.
Specifically, the SPORTAUS Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program aims to:
- support increased growth in sport and physical activity participation;
- encourage development of multi-use, shared and co-located facilities;
- offer a range of flexible, community based, participation opportunities;
- prioritise opportunities for women and girls, multicultural communities and people of all abilities to play sport and be physically active;
- increase engagement and reach in local communities; and
- promote community pride, connection and leadership.
Three grant streams are available to cater for capital projects of small to medium scale. The maximum grant amount is $500,000.
- Stream 1 up to $50,000
- Stream 2 $50,001 to $200,000
- Stream 3 $200,001 to $500,000
Examples of eligible projects may include:
- upgrades to playing surfaces, including multi-sport upgrades and resurfacing that supports increased use;
- Building, expanding and/or upgrading change rooms, particularly for girls and women and officials’ areas;
- External entry/exit accessible amenities;
- Improved sports lighting and safety lighting, including installation of solar panels;
- Improvements to ground and court capacity that support increased use;
- Improvements to spectator amenities; and
- Internal/external amenity uplift.
Applications for other projects that meet the objectives of the program are encouraged.
Expenditure of grant funds is restricted to activities directly related to project details which have been specified in the funding agreement.
To be eligible for the SPORTAUS Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program, applicants must be one of the following Australian entity types AND have been operating for 12 months or longer:
- A sporting organisation, such as a community sports club or registered sport association;
- A local government entity;
- An education institution in an outer regional, remote, or very remote location, and only if community sport infrastructure exists on land owned or managed by the institution’s council/board of management;
- A not-for-profit (NFP) organisation whose NFP status must be demonstrated through one of the following:
- Current Registration with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC);
- State or territory incorporated association status; or
- Constitutional documents and/or Articles of Association that demonstrate the not-for- profit character of your organisation.
Applications close 14 September 2018.
The Morrison government used a $100 million community sports program as a slush fund for its re-election campaign, overlooking projects approved by an independent panel in favour of splashing cash in marginal seats.
A scathing report from the Australian National Audit Office has found Nationals deputy leader Bridget McKenzie, who oversaw the program as sports minister, ignored merit-based recommendations by Sport Australia for almost half the successful projects in favour of seats critical to the government’s re-election hopes.
It is the second time the federal government has been warned to lift its performance on the use of taxpayer funds in three months, after a review in November found a $220 million jobs scheme has suffered from conflicts of interest and personal intervention by ministers.
The auditor then savaged the government’s management of the sweeping policy to create “jobs and growth” in 10 regions as part of its promise at the 2016 election, with some decisions skewed in favour of Coalition seats.
The review into the Community Sports Infrastructure Grant, released on Wednesday, revealed 41 per cent of projects awarded funding were not recommended by Sport Australia based on assessment against the programs’s published criteria.