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Aboriginal Sport Participation Grant Program

The Aboriginal Sport Participation Grant Program provides grants to assist Aboriginal Victorians to participate in Aboriginal sport carnivals, buy sports uniforms and equipment, as well as funding for travel and accommodation expenses for athletes to compete in state and national competitions.
  • Funding categories

    The program has three categories:

    CATEGORY 1 – Aboriginal Sport Carnivals

    Grants up to $1,500 for travel and accommodation costs for teams to participate in State-wide or National Carnivals

    CATEGORY 2 – Uniforms or Equipment

    Grants of up to $1,000 for individuals, teams, clubs and associations to purchase sporting uniforms and/or equipment.

    CATEGORY 3 – Athlete Participation Support

    Grants of up to $750 for athletes and coaches to assist with travel and accommodation costs to compete or train in regional, state and national competitions or representative teams.

  • What types of activities might be funded?

    CATEGORY 1 – Aboriginal Sport Carnivals

    Grants up to $1,500 for travel and accommodation costs for teams to compete in State-wide or National Carnivals.

    Eligible items may include but are not limited to:

    Travel, for example:

    • Coach/Bus hire
    • Fuel
    • Expenses need to travel to Aboriginal Sporting Carnivals
    OR

    Accommodation, for example:

    • Booking Fee
    • Accommodation expenses

    CATEGORY 2 – Uniforms or Equipment

    Grants of up to $1,000 for individuals, teams, clubs and associations to purchase sporting uniforms and/or equipment.

    Eligible items may include but are not limited to:

    Uniforms, for example:

    • jumpers
    • tracksuits
    • socks
    • boots
    OR

    Equipment, for example:

    • bats
    • match balls
    • team equipment kits
    • first aid equipment
    • protective equipment including gloves, helmets and batting pads.

    CATEGORY 3 – Athlete Participation Support

    Grants of up to $750 for athletes and coaches to assist with travel and accommodation costs to compete or train in regional, state and national competitions or representative teams.

    Eligible items may include but are not limited to:

    Travel, for example:

    • Coach/bus travel fairs
    • Flights
    • Fuel
    • Expenses need to travel to compete or train in regional, state and national competitions or representative teams.
    OR

    Accommodation, for example:

    • Booking fee
    • Accommodation expenses
  • What will not be funded?
    • Teams that have received a previous grant from this program in the previous round.
      • Please note a club, association or Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation can submit more than one application where multiple teams from the same community are competing in the same event. For example, the club, association or Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation can apply for both women’s and men’s teams from their association competing in a Carnival.
    • applications from school sport and recreation clubs for current students
    • applications to deliver services to children if the organisation is not an incorporated separate legal entity and cannot provide evidence of appropriate insurance that covers child abuse
    • funding will not be provided to an organisation that has been notified by the National Redress Scheme Operator that it was named in an application prior to 1 July 2020, and does not join or intend to join the Scheme by 31 December 2020.
    • funding will not be provided to an organisation named in an application in National Redress Scheme for the first time and receives a Notice of Redress Liability after 1 July 2020, and does not join the Scheme within six months from the date of the Notice of Redress Liability.
    • applications that are not from Victorian incorporated organisations
    • applications from school sport and recreation clubs for current students
    • university sport clubs that participate in inter-varsity competitions
    • applications with generic or replicated responses
    • requests for existing activities (only new projects will be considered)
    • project activity beginning, or uniforms or equipment purchased, prior to the closing date of each round
    • ongoing operational costs (for example, salaries for ongoing positions, rent, electricity and other utilities)
    • 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.
  • Who can apply?

    Aboriginal Individuals and teams that are not affiliated with a club or association can apply for a grant in categories 1 and 2 but must have an arrangement with an organisation from the list at Attachment 1 of these guidelines to manage the grant funding on their behalf through a funding agreement with the department.

    Aboriginal Community groups that are not incorporated may also apply for a grant for their community members (Aboriginal individuals or teams) but must have an incorporated association acting as an auspicing body to manage the funding on their behalf through a funding agreement with the department.

    Incorporated sporting clubs and associations or Aboriginal Community Controlled organisations may apply for a grant on behalf of the members (Aboriginal individuals or teams) and will be expected to manage the funding through a funding agreement with the department.

    Auspice organisations

    Please note that individuals or teams that are not affiliated with a club or association must contact the call centre advising they require an auspice. The call centre will refer the individual or team onto the Aboriginal Programs team, Sport and Recreation Victoria. The Aboriginal Programs team will advise the individual or team what the process is when entering into auspicing arrangements with an organisation listed on Attachment 1.

    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 (the Scheme). For more information on the Scheme please visit the NRS website
  • Application process

    Applications for 2020-21 will be considered in one assessment round.

    Round 1

    Applications Open: 9 November 2020

    Applications Close: 20 December 2020

    Outcomes to be notified: February 2021

    Applications for 2021-22 will be considered in two assessment rounds.

    Round 1

    Applications Open: 31 May 2021

    Applications Close: 18 July 2021

    Outcomes to be notified: September 2021

    Round 2

    Applications Open: 18 October 2021

    Applications Close: 12 December 2021

    Outcomes to be notified: February 2022

    How will applications be assessed?

    Eligible applications will be assessed against the program guidelines.

    Please note that the assessment process may take at least two months from the closing date. Applicants will receive written notification of the outcome of their application.

    Eligibility does not guarantee success. It is expected that more applications will be received than can be funded.

    Submitting an application

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

    Step 1: Check your eligibility

    Check the detailed information contained in this guide to see if your organisation and your proposed activity is eligible. Other important information about this grant program and the application process can be found on the Sport and Recreation Victoria website at <https://sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/sporting-club-grants-program>.

    We highly recommend you contact the Aboriginal programs team to discuss your project.

    Email: aboriginal.programs@sport.vic.gov.au

    Contact details can be found on the Sport and Recreation Victoria website at < https://sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/aboriginal-sport-participation-grant-program> under the eligibility section.

    Step 2: Apply online using My Grants

    To apply, go to the grants section of the Sport and Recreation Victoria website found at <https://sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/aboriginal-sport-participation-grant-program>.

    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.

    Advantages of applying online

    Submitting your application online through Grants Online ensures it is received by Sport and Recreation Victoria immediately and can be processed in the most efficient way. If you need assistance with applying online, please call the Grants Information Line on 1800 325 206 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

    Attaching required information

    You can attach documents to your online application as long as they are in an acceptable file type (e.g. Word, Excel, PDF, or JPEG) and don’t exceed the maximum file size. Remember these tips:

    • attached files must not be larger than 5MB in size
  • Grant acquittal

    Organisations successful in obtaining a grant can complete the grant acquittal process by downloading the grant evaluation report and return with supporting documentation as outlined in the report.

    Please return all documentation electronically by email as outlined in the report.

    Grant acquittal can be completed as soon as all grant funds have been spent.

    NOTE: the above report contains interactive form fields - please do not print and hand write in the fields

    An accessible word version of the acquittal form can be obtained by emailing aboriginal.programs@sport.vic.gov.au

  • Program area and assistance

    Read more about Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV)

    For general Sport and Recreation Victoria grant enquiries:
    Phone: 1800 325 206 for the cost of a local call (except from mobile phones); or
    Email: aboriginal.programs@sport.vic.gov.au
    Open Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm except public holidays

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Last updated on 23/11/2020