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

The Country Football and Netball program provides funding to assist regional football and netball clubs, associations and umpiring organisations to upgrade and develop facilities in rural, regional and outer metropolitan locations.

The Victorian Government has launched a new round of grants for eligible small to medium businesses, including employing and non-employing businesses impacted by the recent restrictions in Victoria.

The Get Active Kids Voucher Program helps eligible families get their kids involved in organised sport and recreation activities by reimbursing the cost of membership and registration fees, uniforms and equipment. Eligible children may be able to receive up to $200 each.

The 2021 Australia Post Community Grants is accepting applications for community‑led, local projects that connect individuals and communities to improve mental health and wellbeing.

The Jean Cowan Bequest has been established to honour the memory of an extraordinary woman and her contribution to netball within Australia.

General Information
During Jean’s netball career, she was President of both Netball Victoria and Netball Australia, was inducted as a Netball Victoria Life Member, Legend of the Game and a member of the Team of the Century.

Jean was also named Patron of Netball Victoria in 1988.

Jean Cowan generously bequeathed funds for an individual to enable their participation in netball within Victoria. Areas of assistance which Jean expressed include:

- To purchase uniforms;
- Pay for membership fees;
- To purchase netball equipment;
- Other similar or relevant 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.

Please provide a supporting letter from your Club, Association or League in support of your application and any quotes or supporting documentation that outlines what you are requesting to be funded.

Applications will be assessed on a needs basis by the relevant Netball Victoria staff.  Approvals will also be subject to an annual budget until the bequest funds are exhausted.

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

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.  

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.

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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