There are numerous grants available for parents and kids, Clubs and individuals. For Clubs, these can help with purchasing equipment, upgrading facilities and boosting membership numbers. For parents and individuals, financial support can aid with the costs associated with pursuing sporting dreams.
Some helpful hints and tips:
- Each year there are millions of dollars available in the form of grants for eligible organisations and individuals – it is a competitive industry!
- A lot of funding programs require the organisation to contribute some of its own funds to the initiative. Think carefully about what resources you have and don’t over commit.
- Guidelines will be published to accompany the application for all funding programs. Get a copy of this document well before the due date, read it carefully and follow the guidelines exactly.
- Most grant applications require details of the organisation, project description including the aims and objectives, an outlining budget and other supporting material. Letters of support can be obtained from many supporting organisations including Swimming Queensland. Please don’t leave this to the last minute as you may not get one in time.
- Allow yourself as much time as you can to gather all the relevant information and submit the best application you can.
Grants for Parents and Kids
Get Started Vouchers program
- Round 8 vouchers are now fully allocated
- A voucher of up to $150 is available for children and young people who can least afford or may otherwise benefit from joining a sport or recreation Club.
- Parents can apply for a voucher to help pay for Club membership and participation fees.
- Clubs must be registered with the Get Started Vouchers program to accept vouchers.
- Referral agents (such as police officers and school guidance counsellors) can refer eligible children and young people for a voucher.
Other funding sources
- The Young Athletes Travel Subsidy (travel subsidy) replaced the Young Athlete Assistance Program on 1 July 2015 and aims to foster the development of young athletes and support elite athlete pathways by providing financial assistance to help alleviate the costs associated with attending championship events.
- The Local Sporting Champions Program gives young athletes (aged 12–18) grants of up to $500 to pay for travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at recognised sporting championships.
- Read about what other grants and funding are available for young people.
Grants for Athletes
The Young Athletes Travel Subsidy (travel subsidy) replaced the Young Athlete Assistance Program on 1 July 2015 and aims to foster the development of young athletes and support elite athlete pathways by providing financial assistance to help alleviate the costs associated with attending championship events.
Athlete scholarships are available through the Australian Institute of Sport.
The Elite Indigenous Travel and Accommodation Assistance Program helps Indigenous people with travel costs (petrol or air travel) and accommodation expenses.
The state sport and recreation organisation for your activity may have information about what funding is available for your chosen sport.
Your local council may offer financial help for athletes.
Townsville City Council provides funding to local athletes to attend national and international competitions.
Grants for Clubs
Upgrading sport and recreation facilities
- The Get Playing Places and Spaces Program is available for eligible not-for-profit sport and recreation organisations, with up to $100,000 to help improve your facilities.
- The Get Playing Plus Program is available for eligible councils and not-for-profit sport or recreation organisations, with up to $1,500,000 to help improve your infrastructure.
- The Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery Program is available for eligible not-for-profit sport and recreation organisations to apply for up to $25,000 to support the re-establishment of club operations following severe weather events. This program closed on 30 June 2015.
- QRAA offers grants and funding to help with the cost of repairs to eligible not-for-profit organisations affected by a natural disaster.
- Your local council may provide funding to help you upgrade your facilities or recover from a disaster.
- Brisbane City Councils offers community grants to help not-for-profit organisations improve their facilities and services.
- Register your Club to accept Get Started Vouchers—up to $150 can be used by eligible children to help pay for Club membership and/or participation fees through the Get Started program.
- The Get Going Clubs Program can help you grow your Club—up to $7,500 is available for eligible not-for-profit organisations for projects that create more opportunities to participate.
Other funding resources
- Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation (QORF) has a list of grants and funding resources.
- Community door provides information about funding for organisations to deliver community services.
- Not-for-profit community groups can apply for funding between a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $35,000 through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.
- Volunteering North Queensland has information about funding programs for community and not-for-profit groups.