The State Government of Victoria is seeking applications for the Sporting Club Grants Program for grassroots sport and active recreation organisations across Victoria.
Access to this funding helps clubs and organisations address barriers in participation, develop safe and sustainable practices, and build social and active local communities.
This program assists organisations to purchase sports uniforms and equipment, increase the skills of coaches, officials, volunteers and administrators, and supports improvements to club capacity and accessibility.
The Sporting Club Grants Program assists Victorian sport and active recreation organisations to:
- purchase uniforms and equipment
- increase the skills of coaches, officials, volunteers and administrators
- create new participation initiatives; and
- improve accessibility and strengthen capacity
- Projects or items that will increase participation in communities or population groups with existing low levels of participation in sport and physical activity. Such population groups include people with a disability, women and girls, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, LGBTQI+ and older adults;
- Applicants located in areas identified with high levels of socio-economic disadvantage (supported by 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics Census data) or that can demonstrate circumstances of disadvantage; and
- Applicants that have not previously received funding from the Sporting Club Grants Program.
- Category 1: Uniforms or Equipment
- You can apply for Up to $1,000 to purchase unforms or participation equipment
- Round 2 for 2022-23 will prioritise funding under Category 1 for:
- Gender, age or size specific uniforms or modified equipment that creates equity and/or matches the capabilities of participants
- Adapted equipment that supports players or participants with a disability
- Uniforms for competitors and active participants
- Organisations that aim to minimise the costs to participate
- Category 2: Skill Development
- You can apply for Up to $2,000 for training or courses that improve the skills of coaches, officials, volunteers and administrators
- Round 2 for 2022-23 will prioritise funding under Category 2 for:
- Projects that improve the skills of volunteers, with the goal of volunteer retention
- Training or courses for guides, supporters or attendants that work alongside people with a disability to allow them to fully participate in sport or active recreation
- Training courses that provide a certified accreditation or qualification
- Category 3: Operational Capacity
- You can apply for Up to $5,000 for projects that create new participation opportunities, improve accessibility or strengthen operational capacity
- Round 2 for 2022-23 will prioritise funding under Category 3 for:
- New or enhanced systems that reduce the burden on workforce
- Projects that increase entry level opportunities to engage new participants
- Applications that demonstrate clear timelines and a readiness to proceed with activity
- Applicants must be a community sport or active recreation organisation operating in Victoria and meet all of the following criteria:
- The applicant must be non-government and not-for-profit.
- At the time of submission of the application and the duration of the project, the applicant must be operating in Victoria and registered as:
- An incorporated association
- A company limited by guarantee
- An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation
- If the applicant is not an incorporated association, a company limited by guarantee or an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation, it must nominate an auspice organisation to receive and auspice any grant funds paid in the event of a successful application. In such instances, the nominated auspice organisation must:
- Be non-government and not-for-profit
- Be operating in Victoria and registered as an incorporated association, public company limited by guarantee or an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation
- If the application is successful, enter into a Grant Agreement with the Department
- Auspice arrangements cannot be used for projects or activities seeking funding to deliver services to persons under the age of 18.
- The applicant must be delivering a sport or activity that is a person-centric physical activity. Active recreation organisations that encourage people to participate in nature-based, outdoor activities (including sporting activities at camps) are eligible for funding.
For more information, visit State Government of Victoria.