Participation Grants and Funding for Sport and Recreation

Participation Grants and Funding for Sport and Recreation

Prepared by : Christine May, Senior Research Consultant, Clearinghouse for Sport
Reviewed by network : Australian Sport Information Network (AUSPIN), May 2019
Last updated : 03 December 2019
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Participation Grants & Funding for Sport and Recreation
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Australian governments invest in the sport and active recreation sector by leveraging a range of inter-related public policy themes including, community participation, infrastructure, major events, and building a robust sports industry.

This financial assistance is delivered in a number of ways including the provision of grants and other concessions to organisations, community groups and individuals. Our topic here primarily focuses on the financial assistance provided by federal, state and territory governments in Australia.

Key messages


    Australian governments (federal, state and local) invest over AU$1.3b annually in the sport and active recreation sector.


    Increasing community participation in physical activity, including sport and active recreation, is seen as a key target in helping to achieve health and social public policy objectives at national, state, and local levels.


    Organisations, community groups and individuals can apply to access a broad range of funding programs and other concessions from government and non-government sources.

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