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Significant Sporting Events Program

The Significant Sporting Events Program helps sporting, community and event organisations to deliver significant sporting events in Victoria.

Important dates

Open: 1 July 2024

Close: 31 August 2024

Program guidelines

Significant sporting events program application guidelines ( 120.6 KB)

Funding grants available

Grant type

Grant description

Maximum grant value

Event assistance grants

Available to event organisers seeking funding support to assist with general operational costs associated with hosting events.


Event development grants

Available to develop or expand events, or for events with high operational costs (typically more than $200,000).


Strategic event planning grants

Available to State and National Sporting bodies to assist with the development of sport strategic event plans that seek to identify future events that could be hosted in Victoria, and the requirements for doing so.


* Higher grant amounts may be available and will be considered on a case by case basis by Sport and Recreation Victoria.


The following organisations are eligible for funding:

  • National sporting organisations
  • State sporting associations
  • Regional sports assemblies
  • Local government authorities (LGAs)
  • Sport conference organisers
  • Local sporting clubs and associations
  • Private event organisations
  • Not for profit organisations
  • Venues.

Applicants are required to submit their applications at least 6 months prior to the event.

Please note - eligibility is subject to additional supporting documentation.

In addition, to be eligible for funding applicants must:

  • be an incorporated body, cooperative or association (including business associations)
  • possess an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be financially solvent.

Please refer to the guidelines for further information.

Funding rounds

The Significant Sporting Events Program is open all year, with six funding rounds each year.

Annual funding round

Funding round opens

Applications closing date

Indicative notification of outcome

Round 1

1 July

31 August


Round 2

1 September

31 October


Round 3

1 November

31 December


Round 4

1 January

Last day of February


Round 5

1 March

30 April


Round 6

1 May

30 June


Apply now

Please call the Events unit of Sport and Recreation Victoria prior to submitting an application on (03) 9623 1429 or email (include 'Significant Sporting Events Program' as the subject line)

Event assistance grants

Start New Application

Access Saved Application

Event development grants

Start New Application

Access Saved Application

Strategic event planning grants

Applications will be accepted via email only.

To submit your proposal please email

Funding Conditions

Successful applicants must enter into a Funding Agreement within one month of receiving confirmation of a successful event submission, or the funding may be withdrawn.

Funding agreements establish the parties and outline their commitments and obligations to each other, as well as setting out the general funding terms and conditions. Payments for funded events will be made in accordance with the payment milestones and deliverables set out in the Funding Agreement.

Payments are made following the completion of the event; 80% is paid at the conclusion of the event with 20% paid upon completion of post-event reporting requirements.

A Funding Agreement is required to be executed (signed) by both parties. The Agreement sets out the:

  • activity details
  • funding amounts and payment schedule
  • agreed milestones and deliverables
  • reporting requirements, including post-event statutory declaration
  • acknowledgement of support from the Victorian Government and publicity requirements
  • other activity specific requirements/notices.

Funds must be spent on the Event as described in the application and outlined in the Funding Agreement unless changes are agreed to in writing.

Successful recipients of SSEP funding must comply with all Laws including all applicable Commonwealth and Victorian equal opportunity, anti-discrimination, affirmative action, and privacy legislation. In addition, they must ensure their event complies with all obligations in relation to the following policies:

Program area and assistance

For general information about the Significant Sporting Events Program please contact the Department’s Customer Contact Centre on 1800 325 206 between 9 am and 5pm on Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

To speak with a member of the Significant Sporting Events Program please contact the Events Unit on (03) 9623 1429 between 9 am and 5 pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) or contact us.

Page last updated: 19 Jul 2024
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