Skip to content
Grants and Funding

Move It AUS - Participation

To be eligible to apply for the Participation Grant Program, applicants must have been operating for 12 months or longer as one of the following entity types:

Stream 1

Program funding will be provided to a primary grant applicant. Each grant will have one primary grant applicant.

To be eligible, primary applicants must be one of the following Australian entity types and must have been operating for 12 months or longer:

  • Sporting Organisations (excluding National Sporting Organisations*)
  • Non-Government Organisations (NGO)** including physical activity organisations***; and/or
  • Local Government Organisations.
    • The Australian Capital Territory Government does not have Local Government entities and is therefore eligible to apply.

*As defined in Appendix A of the Progam Guidelines.
**NGO is defined as an organisation which is neither a government department or a business operating for profit.
***Entities must have been operating with a Not for Profit status for at least 12 months.

Stream 2

Program funding will be provided to a primary grant applicant. Each grant will have one primary grant applicant.

To be eligible, primary applicants must be one of the following Australian entity types and must have been operating for 12 months or longer:

  • National Sporting Organisations including National Sporting Organisations (NSO) and National Sporting Organisations for people with Disability (NSOD) as recognised by Sport Australia. (Please see Australian Sports Directory for a list of eligible organisations)

Before applying for the Move It AUS - Participation Grant Program, please read the Program Guidelines carefully to ensure you understand the relevant requirements and expectations of this grant.

To apply, you must:

  • consider all eligibility and selection criteria;
  • consider attachments to the application and information required to support your application; and
  • submit an online application during the funding application period.

Program Guidelines

The Move It AUS - Participation Grants Program Guidelines set out the funding requirements for the Participation Grant Program (the Program).

The Australian Sports Commission (ASC), referred to in these guidelines as ‘Sport Australia’, is responsible for administering the Program.

Eligibility

Refer to Section 5 of the Move It AUS - Participation Grants Program Guidelines to ensure that your organisation and project is eligible.

Selection Criteria

Refer to Section 6 of the Move It AUS - Participation Grants Program Guidelines to ensure that you understand the selection criteria which applications will be assessed against.

Notification

All applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their grant application.

Successful applicants must enter into a funding agreement with Sport Australia. The type of funding agreement will depend on the size and complexity of your project.

You will have 30 days from the date of a written offer to execute a funding agreement with Sport Australia (‘execute’ means both you and the Sport Australia have signed the agreement). The offer may lapse if both parties do not execute the grant agreement within this time. In certain circumstances, we may extend this period.

For further information please see Sections 9 and 10 of the Move It AUS - Participation Grants Program Guidelines.

To be eligible to apply for a Move it AUS - Participation Grant, primary grant applicants must be one of the following entity types and have been operating for 12 months or longer:

Stream 1

Program funding will be provided to a primary grant applicant. Each grant will have one primary grant applicant.

To be eligible, primary applicants must be one of the following Australian entity types and must have been operating for 12 months or longer:

  • Sporting Organisations (excluding National Sporting Organisations*)
  • Non-Government Organisations (NGO)** including physical activity organisations***; and/or
  • Local Government Organisations.
    • The Australian Capital Territory does not have local government organisations therefore, ACT funded organisations are eligible to apply

*As defined in Appendix A of the Program Guidelines
**NGO is defined as an organisation which is neither a government department or a business operating for profit.
***Entities must have been operating with a Not for Profit status for at least 12 months

Stream 2

Program funding will be provided to a primary grant applicant. Each grant will have one primary grant applicant.

To be eligible, primary applicants must be one of the following Australian entity types and must have been operating for 12 months or longer:

  • National Sporting Organisations including National Sporting Organisations (NSO) and National Sporting Organisations for people with Disability (NSOD) as recognised by Sport Australia. (Please see Australian Sports Directory for a list of eligible organisations)

You are ineligible to apply if you are:

  • a for profit organisation
  • an individual, partnership or trust;
  • a school; or
  • a Commonwealth, state or territory government agency or body (including government business enterprises but excluding the Australian Capital Territory).

Expenses that are required to support the delivery of the project and can demonstrate achievement against the selection criteria. This may include:

  • New or modified sports, gym or lifesaving equipment
  • Training or accreditation required for coaches and/instructors to deliver a program
  • Transport for participants to and from a program
  • Venue or facility hire for the duration of a program
  • Development of new sport or physical activity programs that address barriers to participation
  • Assets (not capital) e.g. sports equipment, required to deliver the program
  • Marketing and educational material to promote the project, engage and inform participants
  • Staff costs, including wages, to administer the program

Examples of ineligible program delivery expenses may include:

  • Memberships e.g. to community centres, gyms or swimming pools
  • Purchasing uniforms
  • Catering costs e.g. morning/afternoon tea
  • Insurance costs
  • Infrastructure costs including, but are not limited to: permanent structures in excess of the project delivery requirements e.g. buildings, sheds, outdoor/permanent gym equipment
  • Capital assets e.g. motor vehicles and machinery, computers, physical activity tracking devices. It is not the intention of this grant program to fund programs where the purchase of capital assets are the main (or major) outcome.

Please note the lists above are not exhaustive, for more information about potential project spending eligibility please call +61 2 6214 1555 or email participationgrants@sportaus.gov.au

Yes. Universities and higher education institutions are eligible to apply for funding as a primary applicant provided they are a not-for-profit institution.

For-profit universities and higher education institutions may still participate in the project as a partner organisation to a primary applicant.

  • Get inactive people moving in their local community
  • Build awareness and understanding of the importance of physical activity across all stages of life
  • Improve the system of sport and physical activity by targeting populations at risk of inactivity, across all life stages
  • Delivering ongoing impact through the development of sector capability (Stream 2 only)

Programs that:

  • Activates available research (through delivery) which results in the development of positive physical activity experience for one or more of the targeted population groups.
  • Engages Australians that are currently inactive to increase physical activity levels in local communities. This includes women and girls, early years (age 3-7) – focus on the development of Physical Literacy, youth (ages 13-17), people from rural and remote communities, people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, low-medium income households or low socio economic status (SES).
  • Employs behaviour change principles and practices in their implementation and delivery.
  • Addresses common barriers to participation (cost, time, access, delivery method) and employs common drivers (eg: product design, market insights, communication, workforce and delivery method)
  • Activates the “Move it AUS” campaign within target population groups.
  • Directly addresses priority initiatives in Sport 2030.

Examples of projects/activities that will not be funded include:

  • Stand-alone, one off events
  • Catering
  • Uniforms
  • Indirect research costs
  • Established projects that are already operating (and do not offer increased scope, reach or scale)
  • Ongoing operational costs beyond the life of the Project
  • High performance sport (including elite and representative sport)
  • Purchase of capital assets (e.g. buildings, motor vehicles, furniture, digital technology)
  • Infrastructure related projects
  • Requests for retrospective funding
  • International travel

Please refer to Section 5 of the Move It AUS - Participation Grants Program Guidelines for further details of ineligible projects and activities.

Grants between $25,000 and $250,000 (Stream 1) or $100,000 and $1 million (Stream 2) per eligible organisation.

There is a minimum grant amount for each stream:

  • Stream 1 - $25,000
  • Stream 2 - $100,000

There is no mandatory co-contribution requirement for either grant stream. However co-contributions can be made for any grant application.

Applications must be submitted by a single eligible organisation.

However, Sport Australia encourages primary grant applicants to consider partnering with other organisations (including those not eligible to be a primary grant applicant) to enhance the delivery of the project. Partner organisations may assist with:

  • providing expertise in the needs of inactive Australians and/or the development of appropriate sport and physical activity programs;
  • the education of and communication to stakeholders;
  • supporting the delivery of the project; and
  • monitoring, evaluating and reporting project outputs and outcomes.

Sport Australia will seek national coverage across the total grant pool, however it is not a requirement for projects to be delivered on a national scale. Given that the intent is to ensure that as many inactive Australians as possible have access to this program, applicants should maximise the reach of their program (number of participants / communities involved) and the location (considering delivery in rural, remote and lower socio-economic locations).

Please note:

  • all grantees must include a list of locations in which delivery will occur prior to the commencement of delivery.
  • Sport Australia may work with grantees to target specific locations. This will ensure communities who are inactive will benefit from the program and will help to manage the national distribution of the Program.

Eligibility and Selection criteria apply.

Before you apply, please read the Move It AUS - Participation Grants Program Guidelines and related materials to make sure you understand all relevant requirements.

All applications must be submitted online via SmartyGrants during the funding application period (open 7 January and closing 18 February 2019).

Further information can be found on the How to Apply tab and in Section 7 of the Move It AUS - Participation Grants Program Guidelines.

All sections of the online application should be completed. If you fail to complete a mandatory field you will be prompted to do so. Incomplete applications cannot be submitted.

The amount of additional information required is relative to the project size, complexity and grant amount requested. Refer to Section 7.1 of the Move It AUS - Participation Grants Program Guidelines to ensure that you understand which attachments are required to support your application.

You will be able to upload and submit your attachments via the SmartyGrants online application form.

Eligible applications will be assessed against the following selection criteria:

  1. Getting the inactive active (Stream 1 and 2 - 30%)
  2. Changing attitudes towards sport and physical activity (Stream 1 - 30% and Stream 2 – 15%);
  3. Project Delivery (Stream 1 and 2 - 40%), and
  4. Delivering the outcomes of “Building a More Active Australia” (Sport 2030) (Stream 2 only – 15%)

Assessment of applications will be made against each of the selection criteria.

6.1 Selection Criteria 1 – Getting the inactive active (Stream 1 and 2 - 30%)

Increasing participation in sport and/or physical activity, particularly amongst inactive Australians  

This will be demonstrated through:

  1. Providing a clear understanding of current market insights for target population(s), including barriers such as personal, environmental and social factors that contribute to inactivity.
  2. Outlining how your organisation will use these insights to address barriers to participation and meet the needs of targeted participants through project design.
  3. Detailing how your organisation will engage with inactive Australians in their local communities to deliver projects that support them to get active.

6.2 Selection Criteria 2 – Changing attitudes towards sport and physical activity

(Stream 1 - 30% and Stream 2 – 15%)

Building awareness and understanding of the importance of being physical activity

This will be demonstrated by identifying how the project will:

  1. Promote the holistic benefits of being active including physical, psychological, cognitive and social benefits.
  2. Communicate with inactive Australians to promote the opportunity and engage with the project.
  3. Support ongoing participation in sport and physical activity beyond the project.
  4. Promote and align with the “Move it AUS” campaign.

6.3 Selection Criteria 3 – Project Delivery (Stream 1 and 2 - 40%)

Capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project

This will be demonstrated by:

  1. Providing a project plan that effectively outlines the project scope, key deliverables, milestones, costs, marketing, risk management and timeframe. Where relevant this must include:
    1. Evidence that the project complies with your organisation’s child safety framework consistent with the guidance set out in Sport Australia’s Member Protection Policy template. *(this applies to any project that will work with children and young people).
    2. Evidence that the project complies with your organisation’s policies and procedures for working with vulnerable people. *(this applies to any project that will work with vulnerable people).
  2. Demonstrating value for money through provision of a detailed budget.
  3. Outlining relevant organisation experience working with and engaging target population(s)
    1. Including alignment with current strategy and/or development plans.
  4. Outlining skills and experience of the project team to manage both the project and the grant funding.
  5. Demonstrating the capability and capacity of the delivery network/workforce (this may include partnering with organisations who have complementary skills and experience).
  6. Outlining the expected reach of the project including the number of participants who will have the opportunity to participate, the number of locations, and your access to suitable facilities.

6.4 Selection Criteria – Delivering the outcomes of “Building a More Active Australia” (Sport 2030) (Stream 2 only – 15%)

Develop sector capability that continues to get inactive Australians moving across all stages of life

This will be demonstrated by:

  1. The scale and reach of the project.
  2. Detailing how the project aligns and promotes the Sport 2030 priority of “Building a more Active Australia”.
  3. Outlining how the project will promote and develop active local communities by aligning and amplifying the messages of the Federal Government’s “Move it AUS“ platform.
  4. How your organisation will contribute to the growing evidence base relating to getting inactive Australians moving.
    1. Including how the project learnings and findings will be shared to develop sector capability.

Refer to Section 6 of the Move It AUS - Participation Grants Program Guidelines for selection criteria.

Refer to Section 8 of the Move It AUS - Participation Grants Program Guidelines for application assessment.

No. The application process is competitive and it is anticipated that requests for funding may be greater than the total available funding pool.

Successful applications will be those which best meet the grant program objectives and can demonstrate impact, strategic value and capacity to deliver projects in response to the selection criteria.

No. Successful applicants are not guaranteed to receive the full amount of funding requested.

Sport Australia reserves the right to recommend grant amounts which may differ from the amount requested.

Projects can commence after a funding agreement has been executed. Projects must commence by May 2019 and be completed within the timeframe specified in the funding agreement.

Successful grantees are required to submit Progress and Financial reports in line with the funding agreement. Required details for reports include:

  • delivery locations;
  • progress against agreed project milestones;
  • contributions of participants directly related to the project;
  • expenditure of grant funds against deliverables; and
  • evaluation of increased participation levels and physical activity in older Australians.

Milestones and the amount of detail provided in reports will be proportionate to the project size, complexity and grant amount.

Sport Australia will monitor project progress by assessing submitted reports, and may also conduct site visits to confirm details as necessary. In some cases, Sport Australia may need to re-examine claims, seek further information or request an independent audit of claims and payments.

If you become aware of a breach of terms and conditions under the funding agreement Sport Australia must be contacted immediately either via +61 2 6214 1555 or participationgrants@sportaus.gov.au

Refer to Section 10 of the Move It AUS - Participation Grants Program Guidelines for applicable monitoring and compliance requirements.

If you need further guidance in the application process, are unable to submit an online application or wish to withdraw a submitted application, you can contact Sport Australia via +61 2 6214 1555 or participationgrants@sportaus.gov.au

Sport Australia staff are available to assist you in understanding the purpose of the grant, application requirements, and submitting your application. Staff can assist over phone +61 2 6214 1555 or participationgrants@sportaus.gov.au

We cannot review application drafts.

We do not accept applications submitted via post. If you think you will have difficulty submitting your application online, please contact us by phone on via +61 2 6214 1555 or participationgrants@sportaus.gov.au

Once your application has been submitted you cannot make any changes.

If you find an error in your application after submitting it, you should notify Sport Australia immediately by emailing participationgrants@sportaus.gov.au and quoting your application reference number.

You can submit multiple applications for different projects, providing each one meets and can demonstrate eligibility requirements.

There is no limit. Organisations can submit multiple applications.

We cannot accept late applications, additional information or requests to change your submission after the closing date.

A letter of support from the Board and/or a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the primary grant applicant and the partner organisation that outlines the roles and responsibilities of each organisation within the partnership.

Return to top