Sport Australia (formerly known as the Australian Sports Commission) has released the Australian Government’s National Plan – Sport 2030. The National Plan has a renewed vision to build the world’s most active sporting nation, known for its integrity, sporting success and world leading sports industry.
Sport Australia, working alongside high performance leader the AIS, will provide a coordinated approach to sport from grassroots participation to international competition. Sport Australia’s expanded vision will also include an enhanced role to increase physical activity more broadly.
In conjunction with the launch of the National Plan: Sport 2030, Federal Minister for Sport, Bridget McKenzie launched a new grant program known as the Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program.
The grant program has a total of $29.7 million allocated in the 2018-19 budget to improve local community sport infrastructure. This investment will support minor capital projects of small to medium scale.
Eligible organisations can apply for grants up to $500,000 to upgrade and develop community sport infrastructure. This new grant program will support local communities to develop facilities that encourage greater levels of participation in community sport and physical activity.
Examples of eligible projects may include:
- upgrades to playing surfaces, including multi-sport upgrades and resurfacing that supports increased use;
- building, expanding and/or upgrading change rooms and officials’ areas;
- external entry/exit accessible amenities;
- improved sports lighting and safety lighting, including installation of solar panels;
- improvements to ground and court capacity that support increased use;
- improvements to spectator amenities; and
- internal/external amenity uplift that support increased use.
Three grant streams are available:
- Stream 1 up to $50,000
- Stream 2 $50,001 to $200,000
- Stream 3 $200,001 to $500,000
Grant open: 2 August 2018
Grant close: 14 September 2018
Announcement Period: 1 November 2018 onwards
Co-contributions: Whilst not mandatory, co-contributions (including in-kind) will be considered favourably and scored higher where co-contributions exist for projects.
For more information on the Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program and to view the guidelines please see the Sport Australia website.
Other grants closing shortly include:
NSW Community Safety Fund – Closes 10 August 2018
Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund – Closes 31 August 2018
Local Sport Grant Program – Closes 24 August 2018
Local Sport Defibrillator Program – Closes 14 September 2018
For other grants see the link for details.