Sporting Club Grants Program

The Sporting Club Grants Program provides grants to assist in the purchase of sports uniforms and equipment, to improve the capacity and accessibility of Victorian clubs and other community sport and recreation organisations and increase the skills of their coaches, officials and managers.

The program has four funding categories:

Category 1: Uniforms or Equipment – Grants up to $1000 to purchase uniforms or other equipment essential for participation.

Category 2: Skill Development – Grants up to $2000 to improve the skills of club members by providing training for coaches, officials, administration staff and management committees.

Category 3: Club Operational Capacity – Grants up to $5000 to improve the operational effectiveness and efficiency of clubs through strategic planning or, to increase community participation through accessible sport and active recreation opportunities.

Category 4: Aboriginal Participation – Grants of up to $1000 for uniforms and equipment,
up to $2000 for skills development training and up to $750 for travel to competition or training.

What types of activities might be funded?

Category 1
The purchase of sporting uniforms or equipment that is essential for participation, safety, or first aid equipment for immediate attention to injury that may occur participating in sport or active recreation.

Eligible items may include but are not limited to:

  • Uniforms – Jumpers, tracksuits, socks, football boots, shirts, bathers, leotards, runners, shorts, skirts, hats, pants, etc.
  • Equipment – Bats, match balls, racquets, badminton nets, team equipment kits, equestrian jumps, first aid equipment, goal post padding, protective equipment including gloves, helmets and batting pads, temporary shade structures, etc.

Category 2
Initiatives to improve the skills of club members through training for coaches, officials, administration staff and management committee members.

Examples of initiatives may include but are not limited to:

  • Participation in courses (coaching or umpiring accreditation, first aid, etc.)
  • Workshops for administrators and committee members in financial management, governance or information technology

Category 3
Initiatives to improve the operational effectiveness and efficiency of organisations.  For example:

  • Preparation of a business plan
  • Development of policy and procedure manual(s)
  • Development of a club or organisation website
  • Establishment of a new organisation.

Initiatives to increase community participation through accessible sport and active recreation opportunities.  For example:

  • Sessions of a sport or active recreation activity for older adults or young mothers
  • Promotional materials, such as Koori-specific club information flyers or information in other languages
  • Partnerships between local sports clubs and health centres or providers of participation opportunities in sport and recreation for people with a disability

Category 4
Initiatives to assist participation for Aboriginal Victorians, including:

  • the purchase of equipment that is essential to participation in sport or active recreation or required to develop programs that will provide opportunities for Aboriginal Victorians to participate in sport and active recreation
  • travel and accommodation costs over a 12-month period for athletes, coaches, officials or teams that are required to travel to train or compete. For example, an athlete or team that is regularly required to travel to train, or a regional club that is required to travel to a number of other towns in order to compete in their local competition or carnivals
  • initiatives to improve the skills of the Aboriginal community members/volunteers of an organisation that is targeting increasing participation in sport and active recreation for Aboriginal Victorians. For example, coaching, administration and committee management.

For more information, visit sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/sporting-clubs-grants-program