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Regional Sport Events Fund

Funding opportunity for Councils in eligible LGAs to host sporting events that encourage visitation to regional Australia, engage communities and reinvigorate local economies.

Sport Australia’s Regional Sport Events Fund will invest $1.9 million to support Local Government Councils in regional and remote Australia to host sporting events.

Events can range from ‘come and try days’ to larger events including elite sporting exhibitions and state level competitions that reinvigorate local economies, engage communities and encourage greater visitation to regional Australia.

As regional Australia recovers from the impacts of COVID-19, sporting events will play an increasingly important role in reconnecting and revitalising communities right across the country.

The funding will be available to over 400 eligible Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Very Remote, Remote, Outer Regional and Inner Regional areas to partner with their local clubs/associations and sporting event organisers to host a wide range of sporting events in their communities.

Regional Sport Events Fund - Guidelines

Important dates

  • Applications open:
    Stream 1 - Tuesday 8 March 2022
    Stream 2 - Monday 11 April 2022
  • Applications close:
    Stream 1 and 2 - Closed 2pm Friday 29 April 2022
  • Notification of outcomes and funding announcements:
    Stream 1 - Ongoing
    Stream 2 - May 2022


The objective of the Regional Sport Events Fund (the Fund) is to support LGA Councils in identified regional locations to host sporting events that will:

  • encourage greater visitation to regional Australia
  • reinvigorate local economies
  • provide opportunities for community members to reconnect and celebrate through sport

Grant streams

Two funding streams are available:

  • Stream 1 – grants between $1,000 and $10,000 to support small community sporting events in Very Remote, Remote, Outer Regional and Inner Regional areas.
  • Stream 2 – grants between $15,000 and $50,000 to support large regional sporting events in Very Remote, Remote, Outer Regional and Inner Regional areas.

Program eligibility

To be eligible to receive funding through the Fund, applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • be the Local Government Council that represents an eligible LGA listed in Appendix B
  • Not be (and ensure any partner organisation is not) an organisation that is named by the National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse on its list of institutions that have not joined or signified their intent to join the Scheme (
  • have a Child Safe policy (or equivalent)
  • the event must include a minimum of one sport which is listed within the ASC Sport Directory.
  • the event must be held within the boundaries of the primary applicant's LGA
  • Have no outstanding debts through other funding programs administered by Sport Australia

Who is not eligible as a primary grant applicant?

You are ineligible to apply as a primary grant applicant if you are a:

  • An LGA Council that is not listed in Appendix B of the Program Guidelines and is located or operating in a metropolitan area as defined by ARIA+
  • Any organisation or person that is not an LGA Council

How to apply

Before you apply, please read the Program Guidelines to make sure you understand all relevant requirements.

Note: Only one application is allowed per Primary grant applicant per stream.

All applications must be submitted online during the application period. No late submissions will be accepted after the application closing time.

To apply, you must:

  • Submit an online application form via SmartyGrants
  • Provide all the information we need to assess your application
  • Consider all eligibility and selection criteria and ensure you have addressed the relevant criteria

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