There are numerous grants and funding opportunities available for clubs that can help to purchase equipment, upgrade facilities or boost membership numbers. In addition to grants your Club may apply for, there are many individual funding opportunities for athletes and technical officials. We encourage clubs to become familiar with both individual and club grants, in order to best serve their members.
If your Club is looking for assistance with a grant application, Community Door’s article “The who, what, where, when, why and how of grant writing” has some very useful information. The Business Queensland Website also provides a list of things to check to ensure you have the best chance of succeeding with your application.
These include things such as:
- Have you assessed your eligibility before applying?
- Is your project relevant to the funding body?
- Have you understood the funding objectives?
- Have you followed the application guidelines and used the required forms?
- Have you fully considered how much work is involved in applying for a grant?
- Does your application make statements that are backed by supporting material?
- Is your explanation of your project focused and clear?
- Have you addressed the impact of your work on the wider community or industry?
- Have you underestimated the amount of competition for funding?
- Have you stressed the importance of funding to your project's success?
- Have you explained how your ideas will be translated into action?
- Has your business made the grant application a priority?
- Have you proven you need funding support?
- Get Playing Place and Spaces - Funding to Improve Facilities
- Get Going Clubs - funding to help clubs grow
- Get Playing Plus - funding to help improve infrastructure
- Female Facilities Program - Funding to Develop Female Facilities
- Get Started Vouchers
- Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery Program (SRDRP)
- Giving for Grassroots
- Westfield AU Local Heroes
- Sport Australia Community Sport Infrastructure
- Holden Home Ground Advantage
- Gambling Community Benefit Funding Programs
Get Playing Places and Spaces provides funding for infrastructure development so that more Queenslanders can be involved in sport and active recreation. Eligible organisations can apply for up to $150,000 (GST exclusive). Organisations will need to contribute a minimum of 20% to the total eligible project costs.
Through the Get Going Clubs program, clubs can apply for funding from the Queensland Government to improve their capabilities in delivering sport and active recreation activities in Queensland communities.
Eligible not-for-profit sport and active recreation organisations can apply for funding of up to $7,500 (GST exclusive).
Get Playing Plus is part of the Queensland Government’s Get in the Game initiative designed to support sport and recreation at the grassroots level. Projects must be a new or major upgrade to an existing place or space that supports participation in sport and recreation activities. Departmental funding contributions for projects are between $200,000 and $1,500,000 (GST exclusive); depending on the geographic location of the project.
The Female Facilities Program aims to assist sport and recreation organisations and local governments to develop functional and inclusive female change rooms and amenities that meet the current and future needs of sport and recreation participants.
Eligible organisations can apply for up to $500,000 (GST exclusive).
Watch this case study video to see how a Queensland sporting organisation has successfully integrated female facilities into their club, with support from Sport and Recreation Services.
As part of the Queensland Government’s Get in the Game initiative to support sport and recreation at the grassroots level Get Started Vouchers are available to assist children and young people who can least afford, or may otherwise benefit from, joining a sport or active recreation club. Eligible children and young people can apply for a voucher valued up to $150, which can be redeemed at a sport or recreation club that is registered for Get Started Vouchers.
To accept Get Started vouchers at your Club, you must be registered. You can check whether your Club is registered on the Get Started Club Locator.
The Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery Program (SRDRP) supports not-for-profit sport and recreation organisations with funding to re-establish their facilities and activities after extreme natural events, including flooding and associated damage.
Funding of up to $5000 (Level 1) and $20,000 (Level 2) may be available for eligible sport and recreation organisations located in areas declared under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
Giving for Grassroots is the Australian Sports Foundation’s small grants program dedicated to initiatives that help increase participation in grassroots and community sport across Australia. The funds for the program come from the generous donations of passionate sports fans in Australia. The Giving for Grassroots program grants up to $10,000 to community-based organisations, schools and clubs.
Westfield AU Local Heroes is a community recognition and grants program, connecting and enriching communities. Individuals are nominated and voted for by their communities, with three finalists per Westfield Living centre each awarded a $10,000 grant to support their affiliated organisation’s work, programs or activities.
Supporting small to medium scale projects up to $500,000 to improve local community sport infrastructure that will support greater community participation in sport and physical activity and/or offer safer and more inclusive community sporting hubs.
The Holden Home Ground Advantage was started in 2014 to help grassroots sport grow. Funding is for projects life facility upgrades, new uniforms or equipment.
The Gambling Community Benefit Fund Commemorative grants are for major capital works, equipment, event or transportation requirement valued from $35,000 to $250,000.
While the Gambling Community Benefits Fund grants are for not-for-profit groups operating in Queensland can apply for grants from $500 to $35,000 through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF). This fund is Queensland’s largest one-off grants program, distributing approximately $54 million per year.
The fund allocates grants to not-for-profit community groups, to enhance their capacity to provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities.