Funding Opportunities

Funding and grants

There are various funding bodies that provide grants to local sporting clubs and associations to assist with upgrading facilities, developing skills, purchasing equipment or supporting athletes.

Open Grants

In 2011, Jean Cowan generously bequeathed funds to support individuals by enabling their participation in netball within Victoria. This funding provides financial assistance to support:

- the purchase of uniforms;
- payment of membership fees;
- the purchase netball equipment;
- and other similar or requisite expenses.

To apply for financial assistance supported by the Jean Cowan Bequest, please forward an Expression of Interest to the Executive Assistant to the CEO via email outlining the reasons for your request, your interest and involvement in netball and how the financial assistance will benefit your participation in netball.  You will need to provide a letter of support from your association or league in support of this application.   Maximum funding per individual Netball Victoria Member application is $250.

The Local Anti-Racism Initiatives Grants Program 2021 provides funding to community organisations to deliver activities and initiatives that empower local communities to tackle racism. Funding will be offered in two streams and the activities must be delivered between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2022.

The two funding streams are:
Social cohesion and community harmony stream – grants range from $50,000–$149,999 for one year for local initiatives that promote and foster social cohesion, community harmony and anti-racism.
Anti-racism stream – grants range from $150,000–$500,000 for one year for local anti-racism initiatives.

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.

The Heart Foundation has up to twenty $10,000 grants for new, innovative projects that get more people moving in schools, universities or local community groups.
The Heart Foundation strongly encourages innovative projects that specifically support people not meeting Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines, people at risk of chronic disease, and people living in communities with high levels of physical inactivity, including rural and remote regions. This includes people identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and people with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The Change Our Game Community Activation Grants Program funds one-off community level events that celebrate the role of women and girls in sport and active recreation.
Grants of up to $10,000 are available to support community sport and recreation organisations to deliver events that promote gender equality. Activities do not have to be women-only events but can also include events that are open to the whole community (men and boys as well as women and girls).

Activate grants support local initiatives at a grassroots level, with projects delivered within local AVID communities.
AVID’s Community Sponsorship and Grants Program is divided into three categories: Build, Connect, Activate. The program offers a range of grants, each designed to help communities prosper, with a focus on promoting local growth and regional sustainability.

The Resilient Australia Awards celebrate and promote initiatives that build whole of community resilience to disasters and emergencies around Australia, as well as images capturing resilience in action. The awards recognise collaboration and innovative thinking across all sectors.

This grant provides assistance to grassroots sport and active recreation clubs and organisations to replace essential sporting or first aid equipment that has been lost or destroyed as a consequence of fire, flood, significant storm event, theft or criminal damage

Bushfire Recovery Grants for Community Facilities have been established to support local organisations to repair and improve damaged or destroyed community facilities in fire affected communities.
The maximum amount of funding available is $50,000. 

The Significant Sporting Events Program helps sporting, community and event organisations to deliver significant sporting events in Victoria.

The objective of the WorkSafe Club Safety Fund is to provide financial support at a local level to assist with occupational health and safety initiatives at a club level. The WorkSafe Club Safety Fund provides grants up to the value of $1,500 per application.  

Ongoing grants

The Awesome Foundation is an ever-growing worldwide community devoted to forwarding the interest of awesome in the universe.
The Foundation distributes $1,000 grants, no strings attached, to projects and their creators. 

The Reece Grant will be directing all funds raised to projects dedicated to the Bushfire Rebuild. The total pool of funding available is $150,000. 

This grant program will provide organisations in Darebin, Moreland and Yarra Councils with funding for projects that directly respond to the impacts of COVID-19. Priority will be given to projects that demonstrate:
Building Community Resilience
Developing Organisational Resilience and Capacity
Fostering Cultural Vibrancy 

Global Fund for Women invests in women's groups that advance the human rights of women and girls. They strengthen women-led groups by providing grants ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 per year for operating and project expenses. 

They provide flexible, core-support grants for operating and program expenses, give multi-year grants as often as possible, and offer travel and event organizing grants to support knowledge-exchanges and convenings.

General Support Grants, Travel Grants and Crisis Grants are available. 

How to win a grant

Securing a grant requires a lot of effort and hard work. Sports Community has compiled a number of resources to help put you ahead of the pack. Click here for more information.

    There are various funding bodies that provide grants to local sporting clubs and associations to assist with upgrading facilities, developing skills, purchasing equipment or supporting athletes. Funding opportunities are available at both the national and state level and also remember to check your local council’s website for community grants relating to the sporting sector.

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