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Sporting Club Grants Program

The Sporting Club Grants Program provides grants to assist in the purchase of sports uniforms and equipment and to improve the capacity and accessibility of Victorian clubs and other community sport and recreation organisations and increase the skills of their coaches, officials and managers.

Sport and active recreation play an important role in the lives of Victorians. It provides settings for social interaction, sharing common interests, achieving personal bests and community inclusion.

Sporting clubs play a big part in shaping and supporting local communities. Being part of a sporting club provides a socially valued role for participants and creates a sense of community cohesion.

The Sporting Club Grants Program contributes to the Victorian Government’s sport and active recreation policy priorities and provides a single entry point for community sport and active recreation clubs to access funding that will assist in addressing a range of barriers to community participation right across the state.

For specific details on the program, including the objectives of the funding, the grant categories and amounts available and eligibility of applications, please refer to the guidelines below.

Program Guidelines

  • Funding categories

    The program has four funding categories:

    Category 1: Uniforms or Equipment

    Grants up to $1,000 to purchase uniforms or equipment that is essential for participation, safety or first aid equipment for immediate attention to injury that may occur participating in sport or active recreation.

    Uniforms play a key role in increasing the confidence of girls to participate in sport and physical activity.

    For guidance on uniforms that encourage girls to play sport and be physically active, please see a summary of Victoria University research findings, backed by the Victorian Government, that examines the role that uniforms play in increasing the confidence of girls to participate in sport and physical activity.

    Category 2: Skill Development

    Grants to improve the skills of organisation members by providing training for coaches, officials, administration staff and management committees, including:

    • Up to $2,000 for individual organisations.
    • Up to $5,000 for leagues, associations or an organisation that collaborates with multiple organisations to deliver training for a broad range of participants.

    Category 3: Organisation Operational Capacity

    Grants up to $5,000 to improve the operational effectiveness and efficiency of organisations through strategic planning or, to increase community participation through accessible sport and active recreation opportunities such as pilot programs.

    Category 4: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Recovery

    Grants to provide support to sport and active recreation organisations to be COVIDSafe and assist with return to play costs and initiatives, including:

    • Up to $2,000 for community sporting and active recreation clubs.
    • Up to $5,000 for leagues and associations affiliated with recognised state sporting associations or state sport and recreation bodies.

    Category 5: Circuit Breaker Event Support

    • Grants of $2,000 for Victorian sport and active recreation organisations with a payroll of up to $3 million to compensate for irrecoverable costs greater than $2,000 arising directly from the cancellation or postponement of events during the five-day circuit breaker lockdown from 13 to 17 February 2021.

    Organisations are eligible to apply under Category 5 in this round regardless of whether they received funding in the previous round or under other program categories.

  • What types of activities might be funded?

    Category 1: Uniforms and Equipment

    Eligible items may include but are not limited to:

    • uniforms, for example playing jumpers, tracksuits, socks and boots; OR
    • equipment, for example, bats, match balls, team equipment kits, first aid equipment, protective equipment including gloves, helmets and batting pads.

    Category 2 : Skill Development

    Examples of initiatives may include but are not limited to:

    • participation in courses for coaches, referees, umpires and officials. This includes sports first aid and sports training level 1 or 2
    • workshops for administrators and committee members in financial management, governance and committee management, volunteer management, club administration, information technology or Member Protection Information Officer training.

    Category 3 : Organisation Operational Capacity

    Examples of initiatives may include but are not limited to:

    • Preparation of a business, strategic or succession plan.
    • Development of policy and procedure manuals.
    • Development of a club or organisation website.
    • Start-up costs associated with the development of sport and active recreation programs, such as an alternative, modified or pilot programs, that aim to increase the equity, diversity and inclusiveness of sport and recreation for low participation groups or increase the membership base for clubs. This can include promotional material, equipment, uniforms, and training.
    • Support for active recreation organisations and sporting clubs that will deliver more flexible, social and less structured activities that aim to increase participation – for example come and try activities or social programs.
    • Promotional materials, such as information flyers or information in other languages.

    We highly recommend you contact your Sport and Recreation Victoria regional contact to discuss projects under Category 3:

    • Eastern Metro, North West Metro and Southern Metro region please email Sport and Recreation Victoria grants
    • Barwon South Western region, please contact Evan Wilkinson, 0438 945 385
    • Gippsland region, please contact Michael Meyer, 0419 561 917
    • Grampians region, please contact Michelle Anderson, 0409 976 736
    • Hume region, please contact Erin Styles, 0408 129 266
    • Loddon Mallee region, please contact Jesse Sherwood, 0417 154 778.

    Category 4: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Recovery

    Examples of initiatives may include but are not limited to:

    • Record keeping initiatives, for example software for improved tracking and registration of every person who attends the club for a period of more than 15 minutes.
    • Physical distancing initiatives, for example introducing a booking system to limit the number of clients who can participate in a sporting or recreational activity.
    • Hygiene and cleaning initiatives, for example supplies for increased cleaning practices, including between each activity, class or training session to ensure equipment is cleaned between each user.
    • Shared equipment initiatives, uniforms and sporting goods, for example extra equipment or bibs to avoid shared use during activities, classes or training sessions.
    • Club member/volunteer hygiene initiatives, for example providing tissues and no-touch waste receptacles, such as foot pedal-operated rubbish bins, hand sanitiser/soap, single-use paper hand towels or hand-drying machines.
    • Signage and posters, for example costs associated with design, printing and laminating of signage relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) policy and practices.

    Category 5: Circuit Breaker Event Support

    Irrecoverable costs of more than $2,000 associated with the cancellation of events during the five day circuit breaker lockdown from 13 to 17 February 2021.

    For example:

    • the loss of perishable goods (e.g. food or flowers) that were not used in other ways
    • cancellation fees and charges that were not refunded (e.g. facility/coach/officials)
    • booking cancellations that were not refunded
    • other costs and losses incurred that could not be reasonably avoided and were not recovered.
  • Who can apply?

    Community organisations delivering sport and active recreation programs anywhere in Victoria may apply.

    Active recreation organisations must be delivering an activity that is supported by a recognised State Sport and Recreation Body. A list of recognised bodies can be found on the Sport and Recreation Victoria website.

    Sport disciplines delivered by applicants must be a person-centric physical activity. This includes modified sports and does not include animal obedience or showing. A discipline supported by another government portfolio will also not be supported (for example harness racing and ballet).

    Organisations residing close to state borders should contact Sport and Recreation Victoria for guidance with applications.

    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 Taxation Office Statement by a Supplier form 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. Click here for further information about this requirement.
    • 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.
    • 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 two assessment rounds.

    2020/21 Round 1

    Applications for Round 1 have closed.

    2020-21 Round 2

    Applications open: 12 February 2021

    Applications close: 11 May 2021 @ 5PM (or until funding is exhausted)

    Outcomes announced: within four to six weeks after an application is submitted and no later than June 2021

  • Apply now

    Submitting an application

    Step 1: Check your eligibility – Check the detailed information contained in the program guidelines to see if your organisation and your proposed activity is eligible.

    Step 2: Apply using the DJPR Grants Portal – Make sure you have all required information and documents on hand and click on ‘Start a new application’ to commence your application through the DJPR Grants Portal. You will receive an application number when you submit the application. Please quote your application number in all correspondence relating to your application.

    • Category 1: Uniforms or Equipment (closed)
    • Category 2: Skill Development (closed)
    • Category 3: Organisation Operational Capacity (closed)
    • Category 4: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Recovery (closed)
    • Category 5:Circuit Breaker Event Support (closed)
    • Complete a saved application
  • 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.

    Sporting Club Grant Acquittal Report

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

    Accessible Sporting Club Grant Acquittal Report (Word)

  • 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
    Open Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm except public holidays

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Last updated on 09/04/2019