Only local government authorities can apply directly to Sport and Recreation Victoria for funding from this program.
Councils are required to discuss their project(s) with their Sport and Recreation Victoria representative before submitting their Application.
Community organisations are advised to contact their local council to further discuss project proposals. Councils may auspice projects on behalf of community organisations.
- Application process
Check your eligibility
Only local councils are able to submit applications directly to Sport and Recreation Victoria.
Any clubs wishing to discuss a project should contact their local council who will provide further advice.
Process for councils
The application process will require the submission of a Full Application.
Step One: Contact Sport and Recreation Victoria
Council must discuss project ideas with a Sport and Recreation Victoria representative before submitting an application. They will provide:
- Advice on the most appropriate funding opportunity for your project
- Guidance on the development of those proposals that have merit, that align with program objectives and that are ready to proceed
- High level design advice
Step Two: Full Application
Councils must submit a Full Application via web link.
All supporting documentation should be emailed to Better Stadiums Fund 2018-19 copying in your Sport and Recreation Victoria representative. Please quote your project name in the subject line of your email (e.g. Smith Reserve Multi-Purpose Indoor Stadium). Attach all documents to one email, zipping the files if required.
You can also send attachments on a CD or USB, quoting your project name, to:
Community Infrastructure Programs
Sport and Recreation Victoria
Department of Health and Human Services
GPO Box 4057
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Application(s) must be submitted by 11.59 pm on Monday 6 August 2018.
If you need assistance with applying online, please call the Grants Information Line on 1300 366 356 between 8.30 am and 5 pm weekdays.
Step 3: Assessment
Full Applications will be assessed against the Better Indoor Stadiums Fund assessment criteria and the required documents.
There are a number of common features in successful applications. Good applications are well planned, involve co-ordination and collaboration with Sport and Recreation Victoria, involve relevant stakeholder consultation, are clear about what they are aiming to achieve and are ready to proceed. Answering each of the assessment criteria questions will help applicants develop a more thorough project proposal.
Questions about Project Development, Strategic Justification, Stakeholder Engagement and Participation Outcomes are incorporated under the assessment criteria section. The percentage weightings allocated to each criterion represents the importance of the different weighting Sport and Recreation Victoria will use to assess project applications.
- Additional information
- Fact Sheet Competitive Neutrality (Word)
- Fact Sheet Project Management Framework (Word)
- Fact Sheet Schedule of Use (Word)
- Schedule of Use Template (Excel)
- Schedule of Use Example (Excel)
- Project Governance Template (Word)
- Fact-Sheet Capital-Replacement-Plan (Word)
- Capital Replacement Plan Template (Excel)
- Fair Play Code Form for Tenants (Word)
- Fact Sheet Environmentally Sustainable Design (Word)
- Fact Sheet Universal Design (Word)
- Fact Sheet In-Kind Labour and Voluntary Support (Word)
- In-Kind and Voluntary Support Template (Word)
- In-Kind and Voluntary Support Example (Word)
- SunSmart Online Shade Audit Tool
- Netball Australia National Facilities Policy (pdf)
- Healthy Choices Policy Guidelines for Sport and Recreation Centres (pdf)
These publications are intended for use as a guide only and further specialist advice should be sought on the specifics of your project:
- Sport and Recreation Victoria Infrastructure Grants – Acknowledgement and Publicity Guidelines (pdf)
- Sport and Recreation Victoria Infrastructure Grants – Acknowledgement and Publicity Guidelines (Word)
- Design for Everyone Guide
- Female Friendly Sports Infrastructure Guidelines
- Netball Australia National Facilities Policy
- Netball Victoria Facility Manual
- Artificial Grass For Sport Guide (pdf)
- Artificial Grass For Sport Guide (Word)
- Tennis Australia National Tennis Facility Planning and Development Guide
- Community sporting facility lighting guide (pdf)
- Community sporting facility lighting guide (Word)
- Engaging culturally and linguistically diverse women and girls in sports
- Women in sport and recreation in Australia
- Barriers to sports participation for women and girls
- Retaining the Membership of Women in Sport
- Community Cricket Guidelines
- Program area and assistance
Read more about Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV)
For assistance with a project idea and/or an application contact your Sport and Recreation Victoria representative.
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 Grants information
Open Monday - Friday, 8.30am - 5pm except public holidays
The Better Indoor Stadiums Fund is a Victorian Government funding program that helps provide indoor multi-sports stadiums across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.