On Monday 21 December, the NSW Government opened the highly anticipated Greater Cities and Regional Sport Facility Fund.
The two-year program will see $50 million available to organisations and councils in 2020/21 with a further $50 million available next financial year.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the Fund will stimulate local economies, boost employment, and promote healthy lifestyles across the State.
“Investing in new and existing sports infrastructure is vital to improving the health and wellbeing of people right across NSW,” Mr Barilaro said.
Acting Minister for Sport Geoff Lee said inclusive projects that encouraged the participation of females and people with a disability will be prioritised.
“The Greater Cities and Regional Sport Facility Fund will inject $100 million across metro and regional NSW as the State recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Lee said.
The Greater Cities and Regional Sport Facility Fund will provide grants from $100,000 – $1 million.
For projects costing more than $1 million, a 25 percent financial co-contribution of the grant amount requested will be required. For all other projects, a financial co-contribution will be considered favourably.
The Greater Cities and Regional Sport Facility Fund directly complements the five key pillars in the NSW Football Infrastructure Strategy 2020-30, they are as follows:
- Improving existing venue capacity
- Inclusive football facilities
- Homes of football
- Planning for growth and demand
- Partnerships and investment
The fund has three key objectives that projects will need to achieve:
- increase the number and type of sporting facilities
- improve the standard of existing sporting facilities
- increase participation in sport
Applications open: 21 December 2020
Applications close: 26 February 2021, 5pm.
Outcomes advised: April 2021
For further information on the fund please see the links below and familiarise yourself with the guidelines for the fund that relates to where your facility is located: