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Sustainable Volunteer Workforce Program 2024 to 2027

The Sustainable Volunteer Workforce Program 2024 to 2027 will provide grants for initiatives which aim to build a sustainable volunteer workforce and support volunteer engagement, retention and find ways to better support the workforce to deliver sport and active recreation in regional Victoria.

Grant amount

Funding of up to $450,000 over 3 years (2024–25 to 2026–27) is available to eligible organisations.

Important dates

Open: 4 July 2024

Close: 19 August 2024

Program guidelines

Sustainable Volunteer Workforce Program Guidelines ( 343.1 KB) Sustainable Volunteer Workforce Program Guidelines ( 89.2 KB)

About the program

The program seeks to increase the productivity, capability and resilience of the community sport and active recreation workforce (including paid staff and volunteers) and support its operational sustainability. The program will achieve this by supporting initiatives that help a variety of sporting and active recreation organisations engage, retain, build capability, and alleviate burden on volunteers in regional Victoria.


Applications are accepted from Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV) recognised:

  • Victorian State Sporting Associations (SSAs)
  • Victorian State Sport and Active Recreation Bodies (SSARBs)
  • Regional Sports Assemblies (RSAs) and Regional Sport Victoria.

The list of recognised Victorian sport and recreation organisations can be found in the Our sector section of our website.

Applicant organisations must also meet the detailed eligibility criteria set out under section '2. Who can apply?’ in the Program Guidelines.


Applications are now open and will close at 11:59 pm on Monday 19 August 2024.


Funding of up to $450,000 over 3 years (2024–25 to 2026–27) is available to eligible organisations.

How to apply

Eligible organisations may submit one application using the Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions (DJSIR) online grants portal.
Recognised organisations will receive an email with information to support the application process, including:

  • the link to apply through the online grants portal
  • a mandatory template to be completed and attached as part of the application
  • a list of all other mandatory attachments.

Make sure you have the information you need on hand including required documents and click on ‘Start new application’ to submit your application through the online grants portal.

If you are a SRV recognised organisation and have not received this email, or if you require any other assistance with an application please contact us.

Please quote the application number received upon submission of your application in all correspondence relating to your application.

Application assessment

Applications will be assessed in accordance with the assessment criteria and process set out in the program Guidelines.

Assessment will commence on conclusion of the application period with organisations notified of the outcome of their application by the end of October 2024.

Information session

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the online information session organised by Sport and Recreation Victoria on Wednesday 10 July 2024 at 10:30 am to 12:00 pm.

An email invitation for the session will be sent to SRV recognised organisations.

Frequently asked questions

A list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) has been developed to assist organisations when considering their application for the Sustainable Volunteer Workforce Program.

See the FAQs page.

Program assistance and accessibility

For any accessibility or general Sport and Recreation Victoria grant enquiries please contact us.

Page last updated: 19 Jul 2024
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