Office of Sport Local Sport Grant Program

The Office of Sport’s Local Sport Grant Program is currently accepting applications. The Program aims to increase regular and on-going participation opportunities in sport and active recreation. Beyond that, the objective is to address barriers to participation in sport or structured physical activity and assist sports clubs in providing service to their members

This year the program will have two focus areas: Targeted opportunities specifically for women and girls and overall participation opportunities.

Applications from the following will be eligible:

  • Incorporated, not-for-profit grassroots sport clubs.
  • Applications from Licenced Sporting Clubs may be considered providing the project directly benefits the sport and not the licenced premises.
  • Applications may be considered from Sport Clubs associated with a school, church or university providing they are an incorporated not for profit club in their own right.
  • Applications from approved Active Kids providers that are not-for-profit may be considered providing the project directly benefits the delivery of the Active Kids program.

The following types of projects may be funded:


Projects eligible to be funded for Sport Development include:
  • Training programs that will lead to volunteer coaches, officials and club administrators gaining required education and accreditation e.g. a club could apply for funds to allow it to run a coach accreditation course.
  • Projects that improve a club’s community presence, ability to communicate with members or undertake administrative functions e.g. a club could purchase accounting software to assist it manage its finances.
  • Programs that will increase the skill level of players/participants.
Projects eligible to be funded for Community Sport Events include:
  • Events that promote participation in sport and physical activity and provide a focal point for community building and engagement e.g. a club could host a specific event/tournament.  An event must be conducted on a specified day or consecutive days at a specified location.
  • Events that primarily involve sporting competition or mass participation in an organised physical activity e.g. a club could organise a community fun-run.  NB:  Does not include regular ongoing weekly/monthly sporting competitions.
Projects eligible to be funded for Sport Access include:
  • Costs associated with overcoming a barrier to participation in sport e.g. subsidised registration fees for members, uniforms or equipment.
  • Subsidised travel costs to assist club athletes aged under 18 years of age access first class coaching within NSW, or rural/remote travel of more than 100kms (return trip) to participate in a competition.
Projects eligible to be funded for Facility Development include projects at sporting clubs and facilities used by sports clubs that:
  • Enhance existing facilities e.g. watering systems, safety netting, lighting and upgrade of surfaces
  • Provide ancillary facilities at established facilities e.g. fixed sun protection shelters, change rooms, shower and toilet blocks
  • Are for construction of new facilities and infrastructure
  • Have received development approval (DA) from the relevant Council or can demonstrate that such approval is not required
  • Have land owners consent.


Funding is available for projects across NSW, with $50,00 allocated for successful projects within each NSW electorate.

The maximum amounts available are:

  • Sport Development – $2,000
  • Community Sport Events – $5,000
  • Sport Access – $5,000
  • Facility Development – $20,000.

The minimum amount available is $250 for all project types with the exception being for facility development which has a minimum request of $1,000.

Applications for the Local Sport Grant Program close on Friday 24 August 2018. To view the Local Sports Grant Program guidelines, application restrictions and to apply for funding, please visit the Office of Sport.

Information from: Office of Sport