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.

Funding categories

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.

What types of activities might be funded?

Category 1

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.

or

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 for on field participants.

Category 2

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.

Category 3

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.

What will not be funded?

The Sporting Club Grants Program will not fund the following:

  • project activity beginning, or uniforms or equipment purchased, prior to the eligible commencement date for each funding round (i.e. the following 1 January or 1 July)
  • personal protective equipment such as mouth guards
  • personal flotation devices
  • defibrillators
  • material/s from which sporting uniforms will be made
  • fixed playing surfaces and structures (for example, synthetic pitch, goal posts)
  • capital expenditure including the purchase of land (for example, permanent shade structures, permanent fencing, fixed lighting, permanent practice wickets, ramps and other permanent structures)
  • repair of equipment, structures and playing surfaces (for example, golf course, turf wicket pitch)
  • non-playing/participation equipment (for example, public address systems, banners, trophies, videos, sunshades, carpet/lino, clubroom items, wicket covers, scoreboards, GPS)
  • canteen items (for example, microwave ovens, soft drink, food, alcohol, cooking utensils)
  • maintenance equipment (for example, lawn mowers, rollers, line marker, hose, compressors)
  • purchase or leasing of vehicles (for example, boats, bikes, golf carts, jet-ski, go-kart), trailers and accessories
  • firearms (for example, rifles, pistols), scopes and ammunition
  • applications from schools, hospitals, or individuals
  • ongoing operational costs (for example salaries for ongoing positions, rent, electricity and other utilities)
  • requests for existing activities (only new projects will be considered)
  • applications under Category 1 from clubs or organisations that have received a grant under Category 1 in the current calendar year
  • applications under Category 2 or 3 from clubs or organisations that have received a grant under either of Category 2 or 3 in the current calendar year
  • projects considered the responsibility of other agencies, including those that currently receive significant financial support from other funding bodies or programs at local, state or federal government level
  • training courses to enhance the physical skills of participants
  • equipment aimed at enhancing the physical skills of participants (for example, agility ladders, bowling machines)

Program Guidelines

Eligibility

Community organisations delivering sport and active recreation programs anywhere in Victoria may apply.

Note:

  • 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.

We highly recommend you contact your Sport and Recreation Victoria regional contact to discuss projects under Category 2 and 3.

  • Eastern Metro, North West Metro and Southern Metro region please contact Laura Armstrong, 03 9096 9856.
  • Barwon South Western region, please contact John O’Brien, 03 5226 4928.
  • Gippsland region, please contact Michael Meyer, 03 5177 2548.
  • Grampians region, please contact Michelle Anderson, 03 53336413
  • Hume region, please contact Mandy Nelson, 03 5722 0667
  • Loddon Mallee region, please contact Jesse Sherwood, 03 5434 5549

Application Process

Applications will be considered in two assessment rounds each year as detailed in the table below:

2016 Funding Round 1

  • Activity Commencement Date: 1 January 2016 – 30 June 2016
  • Applications Open: 24 August 2015
  • Applications Close: 23 September 2015

2016 Funding Round 2

  • Activity Commencement Date: 1 July 2016 – 31 December 2016
  • Applications Open: 21 January 2016
  • Applications Close: 3 March 2016

Important steps

There are some important steps to consider before submitting an application.

Step 1: Check your eligibility

Check the detailed information contained in the program guidelines to see if your organisation and your proposed activity is eligible.

Step 2: Apply using Grants Online

Make sure you have the information you need on hand including required documents, and click on ‘Start new application’ to submit your application through Grants Online. You will receive an Application Number when you submit an application online. Please quote your Application Number in all correspondence relating to your application.

Apply Now

Start new application:

Category 1: Uniforms or Equipment -  Apply now 

Category 2: Skill Development - Apply now 

Category 3: Club Operational Capacity - Apply now

To access a saved draft application visit Grants Online web site

Mandatory Attachments

Category 1

All applications must provide a quote prepared within the past 12 months for the uniforms or equipment intended to be purchased. The quote must include:

  • details of item type
  • number of items to be purchased
  • individual and total cost of items to be purchased.

Applications submitted without an adequately detailed quote, will not be eligible for funding. Please refer to the information on:

Category 2 and 3

All applications must document the cost of course and workshops or provide a quote for external services to verify the project costings.

The program will not fund uniforms or equipment that have already been purchased or projects that have already started prior to the eligible commencement date for each funding round.

Program area and assistance

Read more about Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV)

For general Sport and Recreation Victoria grant enquiries:
Phone: 1300 366 356 for the cost of a local call (except from mobile phones); or
Email: grantsinfo@sport.vic.gov.au
Open Monday - Friday, 8.30am - 5pm except public holidays