Up to $5,000 is available from Sporting Club Grants to buy new sports uniforms and equipment, as well as funding to expand coaches and officials’ skills.
Sporting Club Grants Program
The Sporting Club Grants Program provides grants to assist in the purchase of sports uniforms and equipment and to improve the capacity and accessibility of Victorian clubs and other community sport and recreation organisations and increase the skills of their coaches, officials and managers.
The Sporting Club Grants Program contributes to the Victorian Government’s sport and recreation policy priorities and provides a single entry point for community sport and active recreation clubs to access funding that will assist in addressing a range of barriers to community participation right across the state.
The program has three funding categories:
Category 1: Uniforms or Equipment
Grants up to $1000 to purchase uniforms or other equipment essential for participation.
Category 2: Skill Development
Grants up to $2000 to improve the skills of club members by providing training for coaches, officials, administration staff and management committees.
Category 3: Club Operational Capacity
Grants up to $5000 to improve the operational effectiveness and efficiency of clubs through strategic planning or, to increase community participation through accessible sport and active recreation opportunities.
Category 4: Aboriginal Participation
Grants of up to $1000 for uniforms and equipment, up to $2000 for skills development training and up to $750 for travel to competition or training.
The purchase of sporting uniforms or equipment that is essential for participation, safety, or first aid equipment for immediate attention to injury that may occur participating in sport or active recreation.
Eligible items may include but are not limited to:
- Uniforms, for example:
- Jumpers, tracksuits, socks, football boots, shirts, bathers, leotards, runners, shorts, skirts, hats and pants.
- Equipment, for example:
- Bats, match balls, racquets, badminton nets, team equipment kits, equestrian jumps, first aid equipment, goal post padding, protective equipment including gloves, helmets and batting pads, and temporary shade structures
Initiatives to improve the skills of club members through training for coaches, officials, administration staff and management committee members.
Examples of initiatives may include but are not limited to:
- participation in courses (coaching or umpiring accreditation, first aid, etc)
- workshops for administrators and committee members in financial management, governance or information technology.
Initiatives to improve the operational effectiveness and efficiency of organisations. For example:
- preparation of a business plan
- development of policy and procedure manual(s)
- development of a club or organisation website
- establishment of a new organisation.
Initiatives to increase community participation through accessible sport and active recreation opportunities. For example:
- sessions of a sport or active recreation activity for older adults or young mothers
- promotional materials, such as Koori-specific club information flyers or information in other languages
- partnerships between local sports clubs and health centres or providers of participation opportunities in sport and recreation for people with a disability.
- the purchase of equipment that is essential to participation in sport or active recreation or required to develop programs that will provide opportunities for Aboriginal Victorians to participate in sport and active recreation
- travel and accommodation costs over a 12-month period for athletes, coaches, officials or teams that are required to travel to train or compete. For example, an athlete or team that is regularly required to travel to train, or a regional club that is required to travel to a number of other towns in order to compete in their local competition or carnivals
- initiatives to improve the skills of the Aboriginal community members/volunteers of an organisation that is targeting increasing participation in sport and active recreation for Aborginal Victorians. For example, coaching, administration and committee management.
Community organisations delivering sport and active recreation programs anywhere in Victoria may apply. Applicants must:
- be non-government, not-for-profit and registered as an incorporated body at the time of application and for the project duration. If an applicant organisation is not registered as an incorporated body, it must arrange for a legally constituted organisation to manage the grant funds
- possess an Australian Business Number (ABN) or provide a completed Australian Tax Office form (Statement by a supplier) so that no withholding tax is required from the grant payment
- adhere to the Victorian Code of Conduct for Community Sport
- have satisfactorily met reporting requirements on any grants received from Sport and Recreation Victoria.
- school sport and recreation clubs are only eligible to apply if players are not current students
- university sport clubs that participate in inter-varsity competitions are not eligible
- any club or organisation can only submit one application in Category 1 and one in either Category 2 or 3 in each funding round
- any club or organisation can only receive one grant in Category 1 and one in either Category 2 or 3 in each calendar year
Applications close 24 January 2018.