Community Sports Infrastructure Fund
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
- innovative sport and recreation facilities
- environmentally sustainable facilities
- universally designed facilities.
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. 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 $650,000 (where the total project cost is more than $500,000, excluding GST) are available to develop or upgrade major district and regional sport and recreation facilities.
- Small Aquatic Projects – Grants of up to $200,000 are available to improve and upgrade aquatic facilities, seasonal pools and develop new water play spaces.
- Minor Facilities – Grants of up to $100,000 for any one project (where the total project cost is up to $1,000,000 excluding GST) are available for community sport and recreation groups, working in partnership with local government, to develop or upgrade community sport and recreation facilities.
- Cricket Facilities - Grants of up to $100,000 are available to assist local councils, cricket associations and local cricket clubs to upgrade and develop cricket specific club infrastructure including new buildings, grounds, and training facilities.
- Female Friendly Facilities – Grants of up to $100,000 are available to build new and upgrade existing, outdated change facilities at sports clubs around the state that cater for female sport, with a focus on promoting female and family friendly environments.
- Planning – Funding is available for planning initiatives that address the future sport and recreation needs of communities through better information gathering, consultation and strategic planning, including:
- Grants of up to $30,000 for projects focusing on recreation planning or facility feasibility in one municipality
- Grants of up to $50,000 for regional planning initiatives that demonstrate inter-municipal needs and financial support from multiple local government authorities.
- Grants of up to $30,000 for female participation strategies
*For specific details on the number of applications that can be submitted under each category please refer to the guidelines.
- Community Sports Infrastructure Fund Guidelines 2018-19 (pdf, 1.31 MB)
- Community Sports Infrastructure Fund Guidelines 2018-19 (docx, 147.87 KB)
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 Project Proposal(s) or application(s).
Community organisations can only seek access to support from the fund through the Minor Facilities, Cricket Facilities and Female Friendly Facilities categories by submitting an Expression of Interest Form (docx, 96.26 KB) for Community Organisations directly to their local council. Community organisations are advised to contact their local council about timelines for expressions of interest.
Process for clubs
Only local councils are able to submit applications directly to Sport and Recreation Victoria. Community organisations can seek access to support from the fund through the Minor Facilities, Cricket Facilities and Female Friendly Facilities categories by submitting an Expression of Interest Form for Community Organisations directly to their local council.
Any clubs wishing to discuss a project should contact their local council who will provide further advice.
Process for councils
The application process will require the submission of both a Project Proposal and Full Application for all categories.
This approach gives applicants the opportunity to receive advice on their proposals earlier and supports clubs and local groups to work more closely with their council to develop projects proposals for funding, while reducing the work involved in developing full applications.
Step One: Contact Sport and Recreation Victoria
Council must discuss project ideas with a Sport and Recreation Victoria representative before submitting a Project Proposal. They will provide:
- advice on the most appropriate form of support 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: Project Proposal
Project Proposals can be submitted via Grants Online by 11.59pm Wednesday 7 June 2017.
Project proposals will be assessed by the alignment of the project’s proposed outcomes and the program objectives, criteria, and project readiness.
A concept or schematic plan should be submitted at the project proposal stage, if available.
Step Three: Notification
Sport and Recreation Victoria will advise councils (via email) of Project Proposals supported to Full Application stage from Monday 24 July 2017.
Step Four: Full Application
Councils notified of supported Project Proposals in Step Three will be invited to submit a Full Application via web link. Full Applications may only seek an amount equal or lesser than that approved in Step Three and should not change in scope.
All supporting documentation should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org copying in your Sport and Recreation Victoria Representative. Please quote your category and project name in the subject line of your email (e.g. Minor – 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 & Human Services
GPO Box 4057
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Full applications will be assessed against the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund assessment criteria and the required documents. The more effort applied to providing and addressing these questions and providing relevant supporting documentation, the more likely the project will attract grant funding.
Application(s) addressing all criteria and including all additional information must be submitted by 11:59pm on Monday 11 September.
If you need assistance with applying online, please call the Grants Information Line on 1300 366 356 between 8.30 am and 5.00 pm weekdays.
Fact sheets and templates
- Fact Sheet Competitive Neautrality (docx, 127.18 KB)
- Fact Sheet Project Management Framework (docx, 161.67 KB)
- Fact Sheet Schedule of Use (docx, 180.89 KB)
- Schedule of Use Template (xlsx, 42.09 KB)
- Schedule of Use Example (xlsx, 44.01 KB)
- Fact-Sheet Capital-Replacement-Plan (docx, 126.17 KB)
- Capital Replacement Plan Template (xlsx, 13.88 KB)
- Code of Conduct Form for Tenants (docx, 119.61 KB)
- Fact Sheet Environmentally Sustainable Design (docx, 138.68 KB)
- Fact Sheet Universal Design (docx, 128.41 KB)
- Fact Sheet In-Kind Labour and Voluntary Support (docx, 90.14 KB)
- In-Kind and Voluntary Support Template (docx, 59.46 KB)
- In-Kind and Voluntary Support Example (docx, 60.22 KB)
- SunSmart Online Shade Audit Tool
These publications are intended for use as a guide only and further specialist advice should be sought on the specifics of your project:
- Artificial Grass For Sport Guide (pdf, 2.26 MB)
- Artificial Grass For Sport Guide (docx, 326.21 KB)
- Tennis Australia National Tennis Facility Planning and Development Guide
- Netball Court Planning Guide (pdf, 392.98 KB)
- Netball Court Planning Guide (doc, 52kb).docx (docx, 51.4 KB)
- Victorian Government acknowledgment and publicity guidelines (docx, 184.65 KB)
- Community sporting facility lighting guide (pdf, 1.68 MB)
- Community sporting facility lighting guide (doc, 398.5 KB)
- Good Play Space Guide: "I can play too" (pdf, 1.42 MB)
- Good Play Space Guide: "I can play too" (docx, 118.06 KB)
- Skate Facility Guide (pdf, 1.99 MB)
- Skate Facility Guide (docx, 198.24 KB)
- ARV Indoor Aquatic and Recreation Facility Development Guidelines
- ARV Functional Design Brief Template
- AFL Unisex Amenitites Guidelines
- PLA Open Space Planning Guide
- Government as 'Smart Client' Guide
- Engaging culturally and linguistically diverse women and girls in sports
- Women in sport and recreation in Australia
- Barriers to sports participation for women and girls
- Retaining the Membership of Women in Sport
- Community Cricket Guidelines
Program area and assistance
Read more about Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV)
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
Open Monday - Friday, 8.30am - 5pm except public holidays