The Community Sports Infrastructure Fund provides grants for planning, building new, and improving existing facilities where communities conduct, organise and participate in sport and recreation.
The Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is a Victorian Government funding program that helps provide high quality, accessible community sport and recreation facilities across Victoria by encouraging:
Increased sport and recreation participation for all Victorians
Increased female and junior participation
Increased access to sport and recreation opportunities
Better planning of sport and recreation facilities
Increase integrated school and community sport and active recreation infrastructure
Innovative sport and recreation facilities
Environmentally sustainable facilities
Universally designed facilities.
Funding is available under the following categories:
Better Pools – Grants of up to $3 million are available to provide high-quality aquatic leisure facilities through new or redeveloped aquatic leisure centres.
Major Facilities – Grants of up to $800,000 (where the total project cost is more than $500,000, excluding GST) are available to develop or upgrade sub-regional and regional sport and active recreation facilities.
Small Aquatic Projects – Grants of up to $250,000 are available to improve and upgrade aquatic facilities, seasonal pools and develop new water play spaces.
Minor Facilities – Grants of up to $250,000 are available for community sport and recreation groups, working in partnership with local government, to develop or upgrade community sport and recreation facilities.
Recreation Planning or Facility Feasibility - Grants of up to $30,000 for projects focusing on recreation planning or facility feasibility in one municipality
Regional - Grants of up to $50,000 for regional planning initiatives that demonstrate inter-municipal needs and financial support from multiple local government authorities.
For specific details on the number of applications that can be submitted under each category please refer to the guidelines.
Only local government authorities can apply directly to the Department of Health and Human Services for funding from this program.
Councils are required to discuss their project(s) with their Sport and Recreation Victoria representative before submitting their Application(s).
Community organisations can only seek access to support from the fund through the Minor Facilities category by submitting an Expression of Interest Form for Community Organisations (Word) directly to their local council. Community organisations are advised to contact their local council about timelines for expressions of interest.
Only local councils are able to submit applications directly to Sport and Recreation Victoria. Local clubs and community organisations are encouraged to contact their local council to discuss potential projects. As a guide clubs and community organisations can review the Expression of Interest Form for Community Organisations (Word).
Process for councils
The application process will require the submission of a Full Application.
Step One: Contact Sport and Recreation Victoria
Council must discuss project ideas with a Sport and Recreation Victoria representative before submitting an application. They will provide:
Advice on the most appropriate funding opportunity for your project
Guidance on the development of those proposals that have merit, that align with program objectives and that are ready to proceed
High level design advice.
Step Two: Full Application
Councils must submit a Full Application via the grants portal.
All supporting documentation should be emailed to Community Sport Infrastructure Fund copying in your Sport and Recreation Victoria Representative. Please quote your project name in the subject line of your email (e.g. Smith Reserve Lighting). Attach all documents to one email, zipping the files if required.
You can also send attachments on a CD or USB, quoting your project name, to:
Community Infrastructure & Regional Facilitation Group Sport and Recreation Victoria Department of Health and Human Services GPO Box 4057 Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Application(s) must be submitted by 11.59 pm on Monday 25 June 2018.
If you need assistance with applying online, please call the Grants Information Line on 1300 366 356 between 8.30 am and 5 pm weekdays.
Step Three: Assessment
Full Applications will be assessed against the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund assessment criteria and the required documents.
There are a number of common features in successful applications. Good applications are well planned, involve co-ordination and collaboration with Sport and Recreation Victoria, involve other relevant stakeholders, outline proposed outcomes and are clear about what issue they are trying to address. Answering each of the assessment criteria questions will help applicants develop a more thorough project proposal.
Questions about Project Development, Strategic Alignment, Stakeholder Consultation and Project Outcomes are incorporated under the assessment criteria section for each category. The percentage weightings allocated to each criterion represents the importance and the different weighting Sport and Recreation Victoria will use to assess project applications.
For assistance with a project idea and/or an application contact your Sport and Recreation Victoria representative.
For general Sport and Recreation Victoria grant enquiries: Phone: 1300 366 356 for the cost of a local call (except from mobile phones); or Email Grants information Open Monday - Friday, 8.30am - 5pm except public holidays