Participation Grants/Funding for Sport & Recreation

Participation Grants/Funding for Sport & Recreation       
Prepared by  Prepared by: Chris Hume, Senior Research Consultant, Clearinghouse for Sport, Sport Australia
evaluated by  Evaluation by:   Greg Blood, AIS Emeritus Researcher (December 2016); Jeff Dry, Consultant, OneEighty Sport and Leisure Solutions (December 2016)
Reviewed by  Reviewed by network: Australian Sport Information Network (AUSPIN)
Last updated  Last updated: 4 January 2018
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The benefits of sport, physical activity and active recreation to individuals and communities are well documented. These benefits range from maintaining individual physical fitness and social connectedness to the economic impact of sporting events and feelings of national pride. Australian sporting organisations and sports clubs play a pivotal role in the delivery of sport across the sector. Many of these clubs and organisations are not-for-profit entities and funding for operational costs, facility and equipment purchase and maintenance, and participation programs is often a major issue.

In Australia, funding for organisations and/or individuals involved in sport and active recreation is available from a range of sources but the majority of capital comes from national, state, territory and local government programs. Funding is channelled directly through sport and recreation agencies and, more broadly, through programs for community groups to achieve a range of development goals through sport, physical activity, and/or recreation. 

This portfolio provides information on a number of ways in which the sport sector and organisations can access financial support to assist in the development and sustainability of participation pathways.

Key Messages 


Sporting organisations can access a broad range of funding programs from government and non-government sources.


Funding through programs for community groups can be used to achieve a range of social policy goals through sport, physical activity and/or recreation.

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