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There are numerous grants available for athletes, clubs and other individuals.  For Clubs, these can help with purchasing equipment, upgrading facilities and boosting membership numbers.  For athletes and other individuals, financial support can aid with the costs associated with pursuing sporting dreams. We have listed some below for you, but we also reccomend checking with your Local Government/Council directly.

Some helpful hints and tips:

Grants for athletes/individuals

Get Started Vouchers

Get Started Vouchers are to be used to help pay for club membership and/or participation fees at a registered Get Started Vouchers clubGet Started Vouchers provide up to $150 to those who can least afford to join a sport or recreation club. The predominate eligibility criteria for the program is for the child/young person, or the parent, guardian or carer, to hold a valid Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card with the child/young person’s name on it.


Young Athlete/Official Travel Subsidy

The Young Athletes Travel Subsidy 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 travel subsidy provides financial assistance through three event tiers and supports attendance at specific state, national and international events.  Officials (such as coaches, referees and scorers) officiating at eligible events can also apply for assistance if they meet the eligibility criteria.

The travel subsidy will allow up to a maximum of $1,200 in financial assistance over the three event tiers, once every two calendar years. Eligible athletes and officials can apply for one event per tier once every two calendar years.  The following travel subsidy amounts are available under the three event tiers:

  •          state or state school event—$200
  •          national or national school event—$400
  •          international event—$600.

Applications must be correctly submitted within six months of attending the event to be eligible.  For further information on how to apply, please click on the following link: https://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/athletes/yats/applying 

Local Sporting Champions

The Local Sporting Champions (LSC) program is an Australian Government initiative designed to provide financial assistance for young sportsmen and women aged 12-18.

If successful, applicants will receive a $500 grant that can be used towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at an official national sporting organisation (NSO) endorsed state, national or international sporting championships, or a School Sport Australia state, national or international championships.


Elite Indigenous Travel and Accomodation Assistance Program

The Elite Indigenous Travel and Accommodation Assistance Program (EITAAP) is an initiative that is jointly managed by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C).

Funding is for athletes, coaches, managers or officials to assist with out-of-pocket travel and accommodation expenses when attending eligible national championships or international competitions.


Grants for Clubs

Get Playing Place and Spaces - funding to improve facilities

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 per cent to the total eligible project costs. 


Get Going Clubs - funding to help clubs grow

Get Going Clubs provides funding to local and regional sport and active recreation organisations to improve their capabilities to better deliver 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 - funding to help improve infrastructure

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.


Female Facilities Program - funding to develop female facilities

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.


Get Started Vouchers - funding to help kids participate

Get Started Vouchers is one of the funding programs that comprise the Queensland Government’s Get in the Game initiative to support sport and recreation at the grassroots level. Get Started Vouchers assists children and young people who can least afford, or may not otherwise be able, to join 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. 

Incorporated not-for-profit Queensland sport and recreation clubs, P & C Associations established under the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 and registered Queensland sport and recreation businesses (excluding unincorporated not-for-profit clubs) affiliated with one of the listed State/National Level Organisations are eligible to register for Get Started Vouchers.


Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery Program (SRDRP)

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).


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