Australian Government Grants
Australian Sports Commission
There are a number of opportunities for individuals and sporting organisations to receive funding through the Australian Sports Commission (ASC).
- National Officiating Scholarship Program
The National Officiating Scholarship program is aimed at elite officials within targeted sports to provide support in their development to reach the highest level of officiating.
- dAIS – Athlete Grant
The dAIS scheme provides an opportunity for athletes in Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games sports to receive a direct cash grant from the Australian Government.
- Elite Indigenous Travel and Accommodation Assistance Program
The Elite Indigenous Travel and Accommodation Assistance Program (EITAAP) provides funding for Indigenous sportspeople who have been selected in an official state/territory team to compete at national championships or the official Australian team to compete at an international competition. The program assists with eligible out-of-pocket travel and accommodation expenses only.
- Local Sporting Champions Grants Program
The Local Sporting Champions (LSC) program is an Australian Government initiative designed to provide financial assistance for young sportsmen and women aged 12-18.
- Women Leaders in Sport Grant Program
The Women Leaders in Sport grant program provides female administrators, coaches and officials with opportunities to undertake intermediate to advanced training within the sport industry to reach their leadership potential. Grants are available for individuals and organisations in the areas of coaching, communications/media/marketing, governance, management/administration and officiating.
NSW State Government Grants
Office of Sport
Community Building Partnerships
ClubGRANTS Category 3 Fund
Stronger Communities Fund
NSW Asian Cup 2015 Legacy Fund
Local Sport Grant Program
Community Development Grants Program
Stronger Communities Program
Local Sport Defibrillator Program – OPENS in late 2017.
Grants & Funding Workshops
Do you want to apply for a grant but don’t know where to start or you have been applying for grants but have been unsuccessful, then maybe you need to attend a Grants Workshop?
Education Courses & Workshops – Sport & Recreation
The Community Funding Webpage – Winning Grants Seminars, Top Tips, Samples of winning grants and other resources.
Applying for Grants
Grants vary according to the relative grant criteria so ensure that you read all grant information and criteria in full before applying.
Most grants are offered to assist sport with facility development or improvements, grounds development, equipment purchases or the development of players, administrators or volunteers. Grants can also be offered for development in specific areas such as women’s, indigenous, officials and disability.
How much money will you get?
Grant amounts vary. Your organisation might also be expected to contribute a proportional amount of money to the project.
When submitting a grant application ensure that:
- you have read the grant criteria
- the application is completed in full
- the information provided is accurate and truthful
- you have provided the correct information
- you have answered any questions asked in the application
- you have included any Council related project information e.g. The project has Council approval or pre-approval or Council is a partner in the project.
- your own contact details, phone numbers and email addresses are provided and are correct.
- Plans, approvals, birth certificates, references and any other documents as required in the criteria have been included.
- the application form is signed
- you have made a copy of the application and the documentation before lodging
- the Grant Application is lodged by the Due Date
Remember to ensure the information provided is truthful, don’t exaggerate the facts as the information you provide will be checked by the grant provider.
If you are unsuccessful in your first application, don’t let this deter you from applying again as the quantity and quality of applications lodged varies each round.
Complete your application in full and lodge it prior to the closing date and then phone or email the organisation to check that your application has been received.
For most Government grants you will need to be an affiliated member of Football NSW either directly or through your local football Association. You may also need to be an Incorporated organisation and/or a registered not-for-profit organisation. You may also need to provide an ABN number. Ensure you read the criteria and check these requirements well in advance of the lodgement date.
Your Grant Application Has Been Approved – now what?
If you are fortunate enough to have your application approved then well done, you’re over the first hurdle. You may now be requested to provide more detailed information or costings.
If it is a project grant you may also be asked to provide:
- Council approval or pre-approval on Council letterhead
- Project plans – these might include timelines, key tasks, project specifications
- Detailed budget – income sources, matched funding, other grants, specific expenditure.
- Invoice – they may require you to issue an invoice to them for the grant amount
- Your bank details – to enable them to make a payment to your bank account
For individual athlete grants and scholarships or education or volunteer grants this could include:
- Travel records or detailed travel log book for travel grants
- Fuel receipts for travel grants or other receipts
- Letter confirming your position in the team
- A copy of the Invoice for an education course or scholarship
- A letter confirming your voluntary position at the club
These requirements can vary depending on the type of grant approved.