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Sporting Club Grants Program

The Sporting Club Grants Program provides funding for community sport and active recreation organisations across Victoria.

Important dates

Close: 20 March 2024

Program guidelines

2023-24 Sporting Club Grants Accessible Program Guidelines ( 11.4 MB) 2023-24 Sporting Club Grants Accessible Program Guidelines ( 89.4 KB)

About the program

Access to this funding helps grassroots clubs and organisations address barriers in participation, develop safe and sustainable practices and build social and active local communities.

This program assists organisations to:

  • acquire uniforms and equipment that are essential for participation , first-aid and safety
  • attract, build the capability and retain a skilled workforce – both volunteer and paid
  • increase equity, diversity and inclusiveness
  • implement good governance practices
  • increase participation of individuals and communities who participate less
  • create opportunities so Victorians can participate in ways that suit them
  • build a robust sector that responds to current and changing community needs
  • support athletes to achieve success in their sport at the highest level.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet all 9 eligibility criteria listed under Section 4: Who Can Apply of the Program Guidelines.

Applications are only accepted from community-based organisations involved in the delivery of sport and active recreation in Victoria.

Applicants must be non-government, not-for-profit, operating in Victoria and registered as one of the following entities:

  • an incorporated association
  • a company limited by guarantee
  • an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation.

Program dates

Round 2

Funding is available for projects commencing, items purchased or travel taking place from 21 March 2024.

  • Applications open: Tuesday 20 February 2024
  • Applications close: 4 pm Wednesday 20 March 2024
  • Notification of outcomes: May 2024

Funding Categories

In 2023-24, there are 4 funding categories.

Eligible applicants can only submit one application in one of the following 3 categories:

Category 1: On-field Uniforms or Equipment

Up to $1,000 to purchase on-field playing uniforms, participation equipment for competitors and active participants, safety, injury prevention and first-aid equipment.

Category 2: Volunteers and Officials

Up to $2,000 for projects that provide practical improvements to strengthen volunteering and officiating.

Category 3: Access and Engagement

Up to $1,000 to assist with funding for tools and resources that improve accessibility, governance and strengthen engagement with members and participants.

OR

Up to $4,000 to plan and deliver a new sport or active recreation program.

Eligible applicants can submit one or more applications in the following category.

Category 4: Competitors

Up to $750 towards the costs of travel, accommodation and event registration fees for individual athletes selected to attend representative competition, selection trials or training camps.

Funding notes for Round 2

All Categories

Organisations that are not eligible to receive funding in Round 2 of the 2023-24 Sporting Club Grants program are:

  • Grant recipients from the 2022-23 Sporting Club Grants program (with the exception of applying in Category 4: Competitors); and
  • Grant recipients in Categories 1, 2 or 3 from Round 1 of the 2023-24 Sporting Club Grants program.

Before applying, please check the list of previous grant recipients available below.

Categories 1, 2 or 3

Eligible applicants can only submit one application across Categories 1, 2 and 3.

If multiple applications are submitted by the same applicant, the first application submitted (by date and time) will be considered and all subsequent applications will be ineligible.

Category 4: Competitors

Organisations that are not eligible to apply or receive funding through Category 4: Competitors, in Round 2 of the 2023-24 Sporting Club Grants program are:

  • Organisations the received $2,250 or more in total funding through grants received in Category 4 in Round 1 of the 2023-24 program. These organisations are not eligible to receive additional funding through Category 4 in Round 2.

All other applicants can submit one or more applications in Category 4: Competitors

  • Applications can only be submitted by eligible organisations on behalf of athletes - we do not accept applications directly from individuals.
  • Organisations need to submit a separate application for each athlete they are requesting funding to support. Team applications are not eligible through this program.

Application questions and guidance

The Application Questions and Guidance document is intended to assist applicants prepare the information they will require to apply for funding.

Outlined in the document will be:

  • the questions you will be asked
  • details you will need to provide
  • tips to submit your application online through the DJSIR grants portal.

All applicants must submit a completed online application via the DJSIR grants portal before 4pm on Wednesday 20 March 2024. You cannot submit an Application Question and Guidance document as your application.

You can download the Application Questions and Guidance documents here:

Category 1: Application Questions and Guidance Document Category 1 (PDF 521.22 KB) PDF icon

Category 2: Application Questions and Guidance Document Category 2 (PDF 462.83 KB) PDF icon

Category 3: Application Questions and Guidance Document Category 3 (PDF 462.62 KB) PDF icon

Category 4: Application Questions and Guidance Document Category 4 (PDF 458.15 KB) PDF icon

What's new

What's new for the program in 2023-24?

This year, the Sporting Club Grants program provides funding for athlete travel.

Funding is only available for individual athletes, attending events taking place from 21 March and before 25 September 2024.

Please note

  • Organisations seeking funding for multiple athletes, must submit a separate application on behalf of each individual athlete. Each application must include all necessary information in relation to competition and costs.
  • Assessment questions in Category 4 are directed at the athlete that funding will support and must be answered by the athlete. Answers must be in their own words. These questions are on page 19 of these Program Guidelines.

We will only accept one application per athlete. This includes attending a different competition over the event period, or if the athlete is competing for a separate organisation or in another sport.

Applicants should review all details under Section 5: Funding Categories of the Program Guidelines.

Apply now

Applicants must submit a completed application via the DJSIR Grant Portal before 4pm on Wednesday 20 March 2024.

You must apply for funding within the category for which your project is supported. Applications submitted in the incorrect category will be ineligible for funding.

Below, please select the category you wish to apply for then click Start a new application to commence your application. When prompted, applicants need to create a new account or log-in using an existing account on the Grants Portal.

  • Category 1: On-field Uniforms or Equipment (applications closed)
  • Category 2: Volunteers and Officials (applications closed)
  • Category 3: Access and Engagement (applications closed)
  • Category 4: Competitors (applications closed)

Additional information

See the following resources for more information:

Frequently asked questions

Below are some FAQs. For more detailed information, please refer to the Program Guidelines.

Can I submit a separate application in all four categories?

No. Applicants can only submit one application, across Categories 1, 2 and 3.

If multiple applications are submitted by the same applicant, the first application submitted will be considered and all subsequent applications will be ineligible.

All applicants can submit one or more applications in Category 4.

Our organisation received a grant in 2022-23, can we apply again this year?

Organisations that received a grant from the 2022-23 Sporting Club Grants program are not eligible to receive funding in 2023-24 through Categories 1, 2 or 3. Before applying, please check the list of previous grant recipients below.

All eligible organisations can apply for funding through Category 4: Competitors.

Our organisation received a grant in Round 1 of the 2023-24 program, can we apply again in Round 2?

Grant recipients in Categories 1, 2 or 3 from Round 1 of the 2023-24 Sporting Club Grants program are not eligible to apply or receive funding in Round 2, with the exception of applying in Category 4.

Organisations that received $2,250 or more in total funding through grants received in Category 4 in Round 1 of the 2023-24 program, are not eligible to receive additional funding through Category 4 in Round 2.

Can I use an Auspice Organisation?

Yes.

If the applicant is not an incorporated association, a company limited by guarantee or an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation, it must nominate an Auspice Organisation to receive and auspice any grant funds paid in the event of a successful application. The applicant must attach a letter from your Auspice Organisation to their application, to confirm they agree to act as your Auspice Organisation.

Will you contact me if there are problems/questions about our application?

No.

Applicants will not be contacted during the assessment phase to clarify or request further information. Applications are assessed on the details submitted, to maintain fairness and the integrity of the application process.

When do I need child abuse insurance?

Child abuse insurance of $5 million, exclusive of public liability insurance is required for Category 2 or Category 3 projects, where funds will be directly used to deliver activities or services to persons under the age of 18 on a recurring basis.

Written advice must be provided by the insurance provider and included in the application.

Child abuse insurance is not required for all Category 1 or Category 4 applications.

For further clarification on child insurance requirements for this program, please contact Sport and Recreation Victoria prior to submitting your application.

Contact information

For preliminary information on this grant program please call 1800 325 206 or contact us.

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Page last updated: 05 Jun 2024
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