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Grants and Funding

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.

Frequently asked questions

To be eligible to receive funding through the Regional Sport Events Fund (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 (www.nationalredress.gov.au)
  • 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
Sporting organisations are not eligible to apply for the Fund. Sporting organisations can partner with eligible LGA Councils as partner organisations or delivery partners.
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

Please refer to section 10 of the Regional Sport Events Fund Guidelines to ensure you understand the criteria which applications will be assessed against.

The ASC has adopted the Commonwealth Child Safe Framework, including the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations. Under the Framework, the ASC is required to ensure organisations we fund meet minimum child safety requirements. We have asked applicants to provide a copy of their Child Safe Policy (or equivalent) as evidence for how they meet child safety requirements.

LGAs seeking grant funding for child related projects (for example, hosting an u18 regional sport competition) will also be expected to comply with the National Principles for Child Safe Organisation and legislation relating to the employment or engagement of people working with children and vulnerable people and mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect.

The National Principles for Child Safe Organisations have been endorsed by all State Governments. However, each State and Territory has different legislation relating to child protection and the implementation of the Principles.

You may be able to provide other information to support the application. If you do not have a Child Safe Policy, you could provide evidence on how your LGA complies with child safety requirements in your state. For example, compliance with Working With Children Checks / Blue Card System, a child and youth risk management strategy.

Alternatively, if an LGA is hosting an event in partnership with another organisation (for example, sporting organisation), the partner organisation may have a Child Safe Policy (or equivalent) which would be in place for the event.

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.

You are ineligible to apply for funding if you are:

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

The objective of 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; and
  • provide opportunities for community members to reconnect and celebrate through sport

Potential funding amounts are between $1,000 and $10,000 (Stream One) or between $15,000 and $50,000 (Stream Two)

Stream One is a non-competitive demand grant program with funding amounts of between $1,000 and $10,000 available to support small community sporting events. Eligible applicants will be required to satisfy the assessment criteria requirements as outlined in section 10.1 of the Guidelines.

Eligible applications for events under Stream One will be awarded funding up to the requested amount until the total available funding allocation has been exhausted. The application period will close at this time.

Stream Two is a competitive grant program with funding amounts of between $15,000 and $50,000 available to support large regional sporting events. Eligible applicants will be required to address the assessment criteria requirements in section 10.2 of the Guidelines.

Not all eligible applicants for Stream Two funding will be found successful. It is anticipated that request for funding may be greater than the total available funding pool.

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.

Sport Australia staff are available to assist you in understanding the purpose of the fund, application requirements, submitting your application and technical difficulties. Please contact Sport Australia at regionalsporteventsfund@ausport.gov.au.

Sport Australia 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 at regionalsporteventsfund@ausport.gov.au

If you find an error in your application after submitting it, you should notify us immediately at regionalsporteventsfund@ausport.gov.au.

Sport Australia does not have to accept any additional information nor requests from you to correct your application after the closing time.

Councils in eligible LGAs are invited to submit a maximum of one application per stream. Any subsequent applications submitted will be ineligible for assessment.

No late application submissions will be eligible after the application closing time.

Applicants must declare if the Project involves any vulnerable people and/or children in your application.

Sport Australia may request that your organisation provide evidence that it has in place appropriate policies for safeguarding such individuals.

If your application is successful, all personnel working on the Project must maintain all relevant working with vulnerable people or working with children checks.

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