DEVELOPING FUNDING APPLICATIONS

There are several grants open to sporting clubs usually ranging from $1,000- $7,500 for training and development or up to $35,000 for larger projects, equipment and infrastructure. Other opportunities include subsidies for larger projects that do require a contribution from the applicant organisation.

To have improve chances of success clubs need to be prepared ahead of time; that is, know what they need, the cost of the project and the urgency of the need. This is done through following the simple steps outlined below:

Step 1: Identify projects, things you wish to seek funding for.

This is best done by holding a planning meeting that includes all stakeholders.

Make sure you minute the meeting and record the projects identified.

Step 2: Categorise the Projects.

Training and Education, Participation, Facility Development, Meeting member needs, Legislative/Organisation requirements, etc.

Step 3: Prioritise the projects.

Are they High need – e.g. Safety, to meet members’ needs, part of long term plan, strengthening club diversity etc.

Step 4: Develop Project Plan

This does not need to be too formal but you will need to know:

  • What needs to be done.
  • How will it be done.
  • Who will carry out the work.
  • How much will it cost.
  • How long will it take to complete.
  • Do you need/have planning permission

Step 5: Benefits Statement

You need to know:

  • Who will it benefit from the project.
  • Will it improve member services.
  • Will it attract new members.
  • Is it a safety or organisational requirement.

Step 6: Supporting Documentation.

Most funding applications need supporting documentation, these will usually include:

  • Copy of your incorporation Certificate
  • Details of your committee
  • Costs of project and/or quotes
  • Letters of Support including State/Zone/Other Clubs Local Government
  • Proof of tenure; eg Lease etc
  • Planning Approval if indicated
  • Budget

Step 7: Identify Funding Sources and relevant Dates

This can be done by:

  1. Searching: https://www.communitygrants.gov.au/grants
  2. Registering on both:

Not all programs are suited however:

  • Qld Government NPSR services,
  • Gambling Community Benefit Fund,
  • DSS Volunteer Small Equipment Grants
  • Various Local Government Programs often address Club project requirements.

Step 8: Read the Funding Guidelines of potential sport and recreation funding programs.

This will assist with identifying which program is most suited to your particular needs.

Step 9: Seek assistance if needed.

Learn more about Sport & Recreation Qld Grants & Funding.

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