Funding for Community Sporting Clubs. Last updated: 02 Feb, 2018

Now open: Applications close 2 March 2018 at 4pm.

Active Club Grants

In 2016–18, VicHealth’s Active Club Grants will provide funding to increase the opportunities Victorians have to participate in community sport clubs.

The funding will prioritise two outcome areas:

  • Focus area 1: Female participation 
  • Focus area 2: Participation in social and modified forms of sport

VicHealth is inviting Victoria’s community sporting clubs to address these factors by either creating new sport opportunities or by implementing, within your own club, an existing program created by a State or National sporting organisation.

How much should I apply for? View more

You can submit two separate applications – one for each tier – but your club can only be successful once.

All applications must be submitted online in accordance with timelines and processes outlined, and late applications will not be accepted.

Tier 1: Up to $3,000 – Open to all eligible clubs

This tier is where the majority of available funds will be allocated, allowing VicHealth to support a wide range of clubs across the state. 
If your club applies under the $3,000 category, you can request a maximum of $500 for marketing, promotional or other publicity activities to help promote the program or participation opportunity to the community. 

Tier 2: Up to $10,000 (limited to 12 successful grants per round)

The $10,000 funding grant is open to clubs that can make a big impact by engaging more people in physical activity through sport. Clubs applying for this grant should be able to demonstrate a membership base of over 200, the ability to reach a large number of community members through a program or multiple teams, or experiencing significant demand resulting from population growth. 

This funding tier is limited to 12 successful grants per round, and is highly competitive. 

If your club applies under the $10,000 category, you can request a maximum of $1000 for marketing, promotional or other publicity activities to help promote the program or participation opportunity to the community.

All applications must be submitted online in accordance with timelines and processes outlined.

Funding level requirements

Tier 1: $3,000

Your club is required to:

  • register for VicHealth’s Active Club Grants using the online application system. You will need to register your details before completing the application form.
  • complete the online application form, ensuring you answer all relevant questions and submit the application by the grant closing time.
  • provide pricing quotes for all items or activities intended to be purchased under the grant, excluding marketing costs (this can include quotes from suppliers, letters/emails from relevant organisations, screenshots of costs, and should be provided in a combined PDF file).

Tier 2: $10,000

Your club is required to:

  • register for VicHealth’s Active Club Grants using the online application system. You will need to register your details before completing the application form.
  • complete the online application form, ensuring you answer all relevant questions and submit the application by the grant closing time.
  • provide pricing quotes for all items or activities intended to be purchased under the grant, excluding marketing costs (this can include quotes from suppliers, letters/emails from relevant organisations, screenshots of costs, and should be provided in a combined PDF file).
  • submit a 2-minute video to explain how the grant will benefit the club and create new opportunities for people to participate in sport. As 2 minutes is not a long time, you will need to make it relevant. Just talk to a camera or smart phone. VicHealth will be assessing the quality of the idea for the participation opportunity, not the quality of the video. 
  • provide video consent form

Focus area 1: Increasing female participation in sport View more

VicHealth funding is available to support clubs to implement initiatives that will engage more women and girls in sport.

Almost half as many women take part in organised sport compared to men, and women are most likely to stop playing sport as teenagers.

There is more momentum in female sport than ever before, but we need to offer more opportunities for women and girls to get involved in sport at the community level.

We encourage your club to think about how you can offer more opportunities for female participation, including

  • new teams
  • new competitions
  • new programs.
Focus area 2: Supporting social and modified sport View more

VicHealth funding is available to support clubs to implement new social or modified sport programs that target less active Victorians.

Social sport opportunities are more flexible or social and less structured than traditional sport activities. 
These programs have greater emphasis on fun, social interaction and enjoyment, and less emphasis on performance, results and competition. 
Social sports may have many elements of traditional sport but are primarily 

  • for fun and friendship 
  • to introduce someone to a sport
  • to bring people back to sport that have dropped out due to injury, time commitments or other circumstances. 

Modified sports are existing sports activities which have had changes made to best suit the needs and abilities of inactive or somewhat active people, and increase the accessibility of activities to a wider audience. 
This may include changes to rules, type of equipment, playing area, duration of games and/or scoring to suit skill level/ability.
Sport activities and programs can be modified based on factors, including age, disability, skill level, fitness level, facility availability, location or time and includes 

  • introductory junior programs
  • sport-based fitness programs (e.g. Cardio Tennis, Fit Football)
  • programs designed for people with a disability.
Assessment View more

Grants will be assessed by the following criteria

  • What: A clear description of the participation initiative/s you intend to implement to increase the physical activity levels of women and girls or less active Victorians through sport  
  • Who: A clear description of the specific target audiences you will look to engage (e.g. older adults, parents of existing child participants, teenagers, people with a disability, retirees)
  • Why: A clear rationale to support your initiative and demonstrate why your club is applying for this grant, including indicative community interest and demand
  • How: A clear description of how you will implement this participation initiative and why you think it will work
  • Impact: A clear description of how many participation opportunities will be created, and how many participants will benefit 
  • Sustainability: A clear description of how the initiative will be sustainable after the Active Club Grant funding has ended
  • Partners: List who you will partner with, and what role these partners will play to ensure a successful initiative.

Eligible/ineligible items

We fund:

  • Core participation equipment required to run the program  (e.g. equipment required to implement a State Sporting Association program or support new teams to participate)
  • Start-up costs associated with delivering or facilitating  participation activities or programs (e.g. education directly related to the participation opportunity, accreditation, training  or licence fees to become a qualified deliverer of sport activities, team affiliation costs to enter league/association/competition for first season). 
  • Reference or resource materials required to implement a State Sporting Association or National Sporting Organisation program (e.g. videos, training manuals, branding requirements).
  • Core safety or injury prevention items to ensure safe participation of your new participants (e.g. goal padding, helmets) 
  • Marketing, promotional or other publicity activities to help promote the program or participation opportunity to the community.

We don't fund

  • Projects that do not address VicHealth’s strategic imperative of increasing physical activity. 
  • Activities expected to be covered by the club or participants, including venue hire, insurance, individual player registrations 
  • One-off or ongoing fees for coaches, umpires, instructors, trainers/physiotherapists or other paid officials to deliver sessions/support teams
  • Equipment that will not remain the property of the club/organisation.
  • Fixed infrastructure or capital works.

A full list of ineligible equipment items can be found here.

What's VicHealth looking for? View more

We want community sporting clubs to increase the amount of participation opportunities across Victoria, particularly for women and girls, and less active community members.

To be eligible for the grant, you need to:

  • be based in, and conduct activities in Victoria
  • be a community sporting club where the club’s primary sport activities align with a recognised State Sporting Association under the classification provided by Sport and Recreation Victoria as of round opening
  • be an incorporated association, or a company limited by guarantee 
  • have acquitted previous grants awarded to it by VicHealth (to the satisfaction of VicHealth)
  • be able to purchase all requested items within six months of receiving funds (if successful under the $3,000 tier) or 12 months of receiving funds (if successful under the $10,000 tier)
  • have not received an Active Club Grant in the past two financial years. However this condition will be removed for clubs that demonstrate disadvantage and hardship due to flood, drought, bushfires or other natural disasters. A list of ineligible clubs can be viewed on the Active Club Grants webpage.

 

Aboriginal community controlled/led sport clubs are also encouraged to apply.  

 

Who can't apply?

  • Local government, Regional Sports Assemblies, State Sporting Associations, or National Sporting Organisations.
  • Schools, churches, community support groups or health services.
  • Professional sport bodies and elite sport teams.
  • Organisations where the purpose of funding is to support in activities where the head is a deliberate target or where activity involves striking or kicking another individual with intent to injure.
  • Active recreation clubs/organisations.

 

Key dates View more
 Activity Date
Opening date Tuesday 30 January 2018
Closing date 4pm, Friday 2 March 2018
Notifications anticipated by May 2018
Funding commences June 2018

Where to seek advice

We advise you to contact your relevant State Sporting Association or National Sporting Organisation to discuss potential opportunities for your club to administer a program for your community.

Sport development staff from local governments or Regional Sports Assemblies can provide advice on how to implement programs that will attract new audiences to your club.

 

What if i still have questions?

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions

Please contact us at activeclub@vichealth.vic.gov.au 
or (03) 9667 1308. We will review every email and voicemail and respond as soon as possible.