Only local government authorities can apply directly to the Department of Health and Human Services for funding from this program.
Councils are required to discuss their project(s) with their Sport and Recreation Victoria representative before submitting their Application(s).
Community organisations can only seek access to support from the fund through the Minor Facilities category by submitting an Expression of Interest Form for Community Organisations (Word) directly to their local council. Community organisations are advised to contact their local council about timelines for expressions of interest.
- Application process
Process for clubs
Only local councils are able to submit applications directly to Sport and Recreation Victoria. Local clubs and community organisations are encouraged to contact their local council to discuss potential projects. As a guide clubs and community organisations can review the Expression of Interest Form for Community Organisations (Word).
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 the grants portal.
All supporting documentation should be emailed to Community Sport Infrastructure Fund copying in your Sport and Recreation Victoria Representative. Please quote your project name in the subject line of your email (e.g. Smith Reserve Lighting). 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 & Regional Facilitation Group
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 25 June 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 Three: Assessment
Full Applications will be assessed against the Community Sports Infrastructure 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 other relevant stakeholders, outline proposed outcomes and are clear about what issue they are trying to address. Answering each of the assessment criteria questions will help applicants develop a more thorough project proposal.
Questions about Project Development, Strategic Alignment, Stakeholder Consultation and Project Outcomes are incorporated under the assessment criteria section for each category. The percentage weightings allocated to each criterion represents the importance and the different weighting Sport and Recreation Victoria will use to assess project applications.
- Additional information
Fact sheets and templates
- Fact Sheet Competitive Neutrality (Word)
- Fact Sheet Project Management Framework (Word)
- Project Management Template (Word)
- Fact Sheet Schedule of Use (Word)
- Schedule of Use Template (Excel)
- Schedule of Use Example (Excel)
- Fact-Sheet Capital-Replacement-Plan (Word)
- Capital Replacement Plan Template (Excel)
- Detailed Area Schedule Example and 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)
- Project Governance Template (Word)
- SunSmart Online Shade Audit Tool
These publications are intended for use as a guide only and further specialist advice should be sought on the specifics of your project:
- Design for Everyone Guide
- Sport and Recreation Victoria Infrastructure Grants – Acknowledgement and Publicity Guidelines (pdf)
- Sport and Recreation Victoria Infrastructure Grants – Acknowledgement and Publicity Guidelines (Word)
- Femal Friendly Sport Infrastructure Guidelines
- This Girl Can - Helping women and girls get active
- AFL Preferred Facility Guidelines
- AFL Unisex Amenitites Guidelines
- Netball Australia National Facilities Policy (pdf)
- Netball Victoria Facility Manual
- Community Cricket Facilities Guidelines
- Tennis Australia National Tennis Facility Planning and Development Guide
- Artificial Grass For Sport Guide (pdf)
- Artificial Grass For Sport Guide (Word)
- Croquet Facility Guide
- Community sporting facility lighting guide (pdf)
- Community sporting facility lighting guide (Word)
- Good Play Space Guide: "I can play too" (pdf)
- Good Play Space Guide: "I can play too" (Word)
- Pool Concourse Guidelines
- ARV Functional Design Brief Template
- PLA Open Space Planning Guide
- Female participation in sport and physical activity a snapshot of the evidence
- Physical activity across life stages
- Provision of drinking water fountains in public areas
- Welcoming Sport
- 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
- 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 Community Sports Infrastructure Fund provides grants for planning, building new, and improving existing facilities where communities conduct, organise and participate in sport and recreation.