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Community Sport Sector Short-term Survival Package

The $40 million Community Sport Sector Short-term Survival Package provides grants to support the operational viability of community sport and active recreation organisations impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This initiative is part of the Victorian Government’s new Experience Economy Survival Package providing urgent support to help a range of key attractions, organisations and associations ride out the economic impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and help them reboot, rebound and recover.

What grants are available?

The Community Sport Sector Short-term Survival Package includes $40 million for community sport organisations in four categories:

  • grants of up to $350,000 available for large state sporting associations (applications now closed)
  • grants of up to $200,000 available to smaller state sporting associations; regional sports assemblies and academies and other state sport and recreational bodies (applications now closed)
  • grants of up to $15,000 are available for associations and leagues (applications now closed)
  • grants of $1,000 are available for individual clubs (applications now closed).

For specific details on the program, including the objectives of the fund, the number of applications that can be submitted under each stream, the grant amounts available and eligibility of applications please refer to the guidelines.

  • Apply now
    • All program funding streams are now closed
  • Program area and assistance

    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

  • FAQ's

    What is the Experience Economy Survival Package?

    The Victorian Government’s new Experience Economy Survival Package provides urgent support to help a range of key attractions, organisations and associations ride out the economic impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and help them reboot, rebound and recover.

    The package will support the associated experience industries – including sport, active recreation and racing - through targeted funding that aims to ensure their ongoing viability and solvency and to protect their ability to recover. It will ensure our state’s best experiences are still available for visitors and locals to enjoy when it is safe to do so.

    What grants are available for community sport and active recreation?

    The package includes $40 million for community sport organisations, including state sporting associations, leagues and clubs, which will support the community sport and recreation sector.

    • Grants of up to $350,000 will be available for large State Sporting Associations (applications now closed)
    • Grants of up to $200,000 are available to Smaller State Sporting Associations, Regional Sports Assemblies, Regional Academies of Sport and other State Sport and Recreational Bodies for operational support (applications now closed)
    • Grants of up to $15,000 are available for Associations and Leagues (applications now closed)
    • Grants of up to $1,000 for clubs (applications now closed).

    This package will help meet immediate financial needs with further support to be considered in the coming months.

    Why is the funding needed?

    Since the start of the pandemic, community sport revenue has dropped significantly, putting at risk the viability of clubs, leagues and state sporting associations.

    The package will provide community sport organisations, including state sporting associations, leagues and clubs, with valuable support over the next six months to ride out coronavirus (COVID-19) and help them to revive and recover.

    The package includes $40 million for community sport organisations to help them meet fixed costs to ensure they can remain operationally viable.

    The boost in funding will ensure community sport can safely operate and reactivate at the other side of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

    What type of grants are available for community sport?

    Ensuring community sport and active recreation organisations survive this crisis and come back better than ever is critical to our economic and social recovery, and to our physical and mental wellbeing.

    The Victorian Community Sport Sector Short Term Survival Program provides grants in two streams.

    State-wide Operational Sustainability grants will support State Sporting Associations with grants of up to $350,000 while State Sport and Recreation Bodies, Regional Academies of Sport and Regional Sports Assemblies will be eligible for grants of up to $200,000. Applications for this stream are now closed.

    Grassroots Operational Support grants will provide funding for associations and leagues of up to $15,000 while clubs and organisations delivering community sport and active recreation can apply for grants of up to $1,000 to maintain operational viability and roll out a return to play.

    What other support may be available to community sporting organisations?

    This funding support builds on the Victorian Government’s $1.7 billion Economic Survival Package, which includes:

    • full payroll tax refunds and waivers for the 2019-20 financial year to small and medium-sized businesses with payroll of less than $3 million
    • the same businesses will also be able to defer any payroll tax for the first three months of the 2020/21 financial year until 1 January 2021
    • the $500 million Working for Victoria Fund to help workers who have lost their jobs find new opportunities and providing vital contributions to our state’s response to the pandemic.
    • the $500 million Business Support Fund to support the hardest hit sectors, with the criteria recently expanded to include any business (excluding sole traders) with a wages bill less than the payroll tax threshold of $650,000 who are participating in the Commonwealth JobKeeper program, regardless of the sector they operate in.

    To learn more about measures in place to support businesses during this crisis, please visit Business Victoria.

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Last updated on 03/07/2020