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National Sport Organisations and Professional Clubs Coronavirus (COVID-19) Short-term Survival Funding Program

The new $16 million National Sport Organisations and Professional Clubs Coronavirus (COVID-19) Short-term Survival Program will provide professional sport with the opportunity to apply for funding to support business operations over the coming months, to ride out coronavirus restrictions and help organisations to reboot, rebound and recover.

The program 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.

The program is open to Victorian-based: 

  • Professional Teams (competing in a national or international competition)
  • National sport organisations (recognised by Sport Australia)
  • Entities performing NSO functions under licensing agreements

Funding streams include:

  • Stream 1: $9 million to support the solvency of professional teams and National Sport Organisations (NSOs) with professional teams
  • Stream 2: $7 million to support the solvency of NSOs without professional teams

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.

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  • Program area and assistance

    For assistance with your application contact Luke Mason, Director State Facilities, Major Projects and Camps at luke.mason@sport.vic.gov.au

    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 recently announced the $150 million Experience Economy Survival Package to help sport and racing organisations, community sport, creative and tourism industries.

    What is the National Sport Organisations (NSO) and Professional Clubs Coronavirus (COVID-19) Short-term Survival Funding Program?

    The NSO and Professional Clubs Coronavirus (COVID-19) Short-term Survival Program (the program) will provide eligible sport organisations with the opportunity to apply for funding to support business operations over the coming months, to ride out coronavirus restrictions.

    Who can apply?

    The program will be open to Victorian-based:

    • Professional Teams (competing in a national or international competition)
    • NSOs (recognised by Sport Australia)
    • Entities performing NSO functions under licensing agreements

    Evidence of NSO and professional club recognition is required (see program guidelines)

    What can I apply for?

    Eligible expenses are those that have been paid, are unavoidable during the eligibility period (1 March to 31 August 2020) and are essential to maintain operational viability.  

    Eligible expenses can only be claimed from this fund where they cannot be funded via an alternative funding source or an application for this support has been unsuccessful.

    Eligible expenses that are being subsidised or waived through other support cannot be claimed.  Further information on eligible and ineligible expenses is provided in the program guidelines.

    What information do I need to provide?

    Funding will be based on evidence of demonstrated need, including an assessment / validation of revenue and expenditure. Further detail is available in the program guidelines.

    What do I do if my application is successful?

    Sport and Recreation Victoria will inform you if your application is successful and will provide further detail regarding execution of funding agreements.

    When can I get the funds?

    Funds will be available to successful organisations when funding agreements are executed.

    What if I need additional funds?

    Organisations are required to apply for all other relevant state and Federal government coronavirus (COVID-19) assistance packages, as well as relevant Sport Australia funding before seeking funding through this grant program.  

    How do I report on the funding?

    Reporting requirements will be outlined in funding agreement conditions however all grants will require a standard project acquittal report on completion.

    What is a return to play plan?

    The Victorian Government has consulted with sporting organisations, the Victorian Chief Health Officer and Australian Health Protection Principal Committee to resolve a position on return to play for major sporting codes.  For high performance and professional sport, new guidance for professional sport codes will support National Sporting Organisations and professional clubs to develop their return to play plans and risk mitigation plan strategies. This will ensure professional players, coaches, trainers and support staff can return to their place of work and resume their jobs.

    Professional teams will need comprehensive coronavirus (COVID-19) risk management and community safety plans and to adhere to strict hygiene practices in order to resume activities. Enforcement and compliance of the coronavirus (COVID-19) risk management and community safety plans will be the responsibility of individual peak sport and governing bodies.

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Last updated on 03/07/2020