What is the Sporting Club Grants Program?
The Sporting Club Grants Program is a grant opportunity 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 equipment, including first aid equipment, essential for participation.
Category 2: Skill Development
- Grants to improve the skills of organisation members by providing training for coaches, officials, administration staff and management committees.
- Up to $2,000 for individual organisations.
- Up to $5,000 for leagues, associations or an organisation that collaborates with multiple organisations to deliver training for a broad range of participants.
Category 3: Organisation Operational Capacity
- Grants up to $5000 to improve the operational effectiveness and efficiency of organisations through strategic planning or, to increase community participation through accessible sport and active recreation opportunities such as pilot programs.
Category 1: Uniforms and Equipment
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.
Funding for active recreation clubs and associations to encourage people to participate in nature-based outdoor activities for example equipment for sporting activities at camps, first aid kits for outdoor activity groups etc.
Eligible items may include but are not limited to:
Uniforms, for example:
Equipment, for example:
- match balls
- team equipment kits
- first aid equipment
- protective equipment including gloves, helmets and batting pads.
Category 2 : Skill Development
Initiatives to improve the skills of organisation members and organisation sustainability through training for coaches, officials, administration staff and management committee members.
Examples of initiatives may include but are not limited to:
- participation in courses for coaches, referees, umpires and officials. This includes sports first aid and sports training level 1 or 2
- workshops for administrators and committee members in financial management, governance and committee management, volunteer management, club administration, information technology or Member Protection Information Officer training.
Category 3 : Organisation Operational Capacity
Initiatives to improve the operational effectiveness and efficiency of organisations. Additionally, initiatives such as a pilot program to increase community participation through accessible sport and active recreation opportunities.
- preparation of a business plan / strategic plan / succession plan
- development of policy and procedure manuals
- development of a club or organisation website
- start-up costs associated with the development of sport and active recreation programs, such as an alternative, modified or pilot programs, that aim to increase the equity, diversity and inclusiveness of sport and recreation for low participation groups or increase the membership base for clubs. This can include promotional material, equipment, uniforms, and training
- support active recreation organisations and sporting clubs that will deliver more flexible, social and less structured activities that aim to increase participation – for example come and try activities or social programs
- promotional materials, such as Aboriginal-specific club information flyers or information in other languages.
Community organisations delivering sport and active recreation programs anywhere in Victoria may apply.
Active Recreation Organisations must be affiliated with Sport and Recreation Victoria’s recognised State Sport and Recreation Bodies. This list can be found on the Sport and Recreation Victoria’s website
Organisations residing close to state borders should contact Sport and Recreation Victoria for guidance with applications.
Eligible 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
- be an incorporated separate legal entity that can be sued in child abuse proceedings and be appropriately insured against child abuse if the funding is for the delivery of services to children. Further information got to Child sexual abuse insurance requirements for non-government organisations
- adhere to and enforce the Fair Play Code (or) their relevant state sporting association code of conduct/member protection policy, which incorporates the Fair Play Code
- comply with the expectations of the Victorian Anti-doping Policy 2012
- have satisfactorily met reporting requirements on any grants previously received from Sport and Recreation Victoria
- have not received any sporting club grants in any round from the previous financial year.
- be aware that it is a requirement of this grant that if an institution has been named in an application or receives a Notice of Redress Liability, they must join or intend to join the National Redress Scheme.
We highly recommend you contact your Sport and Recreation Victoria regional contact to discuss projects under Category 3.
- Eastern Metro, North West Metro and Southern Metro region please email Sport and Recreation Victoria grants
- Barwon South Western region, please contact Evan Wilkinson, 03 5215 6036
- Gippsland region, please contact Michael Meyer, 03 5177 2548.
- Grampians region, please contact Michelle Anderson, 03 5333 6413
- Hume region, please contact Erin Styles, 03 5722 7134
- Loddon Mallee region, please contact Jesse Sherwood, 03 5434 5549
Applications close 29 September 2020.
Sporting clubs from across Victoria are being urged to apply for funding to boost their equipment, skills and administration expertise.
Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence today announced that applications are now open for the latest round of the Victorian Government’s 2020-21 Sporting Club Grants Program.
The grants provide clubs with up to $1,000 for new uniforms and equipment, up to $5,000 for the training of coaches, officials and volunteers and up to $5,000 to improve club operational effectiveness.
The funding will help people of all ages and abilities take part in grassroots sport, no matter where they live and is a great boost for clubs during the coronavirus pandemic.
Previous grant recipients include Altona Laverton Eagles Basketball Club which scored $1,000 to purchase new uniforms and Bittern Tennis Club which received $5,000 to develop a plan for increased membership, participation and sustainability.
The Sporting Club Grants Program is part of the Government’s commitment to make sport more accessible and inclusive, build sustainable sport and recreation, and increase local participation.