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

Rebuilding Regional Communities (RRC) offers grants up to $10,000 to respond to ongoing impacts and recovery from the COVID pandemic.

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 Emergency Sporting Equipment Grant Program helps Victorian sport and active recreation community organisations replace Essential Sports Equipment that has been lost or destroyed as a consequence of unpreventable and exceptional events such as fire, flood, significant storms, theft or criminal damage. 

Each year the Victorian Sport Awards honour those who have made an outstanding contribution to sport in Victoria as an individual or team recognising athletes, coaches, administrators and volunteers from both metropolitan and regional areas in Victoria. It is through your nominations that we can identify and celebrate these people in our sporting community.

Striving to make a difference in your local community but need a financial leg-up?
Budget Direct helps groups — including registered organisations, small community groups, not-for-profits and government bodies — throughout Australia in their efforts to build happy and healthy neighbourhoods.
If your organisation is eligible, you can apply for a Budget Direct sponsorship of $1,000, $2,500, or $5,000.
This one-off cash donation can be spent as your organisation sees fit.

Over the last five years, Woolworths has shown its continual support for grassroots netball with donations worth over $1.1 million provided to more than 285 netball clubs and associations across Australia through its community grants program.
In 2022, through the Woolworths Pick Fresh Play Fresh netball grants program, netball clubs and associations around Australia will be able to create more opportunities for kids to play netball and learn lifelong healthy eating habits.
So, get ready to Pick Fresh Play Fresh!

The 2022 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund (LSIF) is a state-wide competitive Victorian Government investment program that funds the development of high-quality, accessible community sport and active recreation infrastructure.

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 clubs and organisations to purchase sports uniforms and equipment, increase the skills of coaches, officials, volunteers and managers, and supports improvements to club capacity and accessibility.

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) 
Small and vital grants up to $10,000 are for broad initiatives that strengthen local people, places, and climate solutions with a preference for smaller communities.

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. 

Developed in partnership with legal firm MinterEllison, the Board Observership Program offers community partners the opportunity to invite senior corporate professionals to attend their organisation’s board meetings as an observer for 12 months.

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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