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Wollongong City Council

Sports Grants

Assistance for Sports Clubs and Associations

We help sports clubs and associations that use Council sportsgrounds to look after and improve their facilities.

Council part-funds approved projects, with additional funding by clubs, peak bodies and / or government programs.

Our Sports Facilities Grants supports our Sportsgrounds and Sporting Facilities Strategy PDF, 1009.57 KB by funding small and medium-sized projects that:

  • Increase opportunities for people to participate in sport
  • Increase sportsground capacity and allow sites to be used for multiple sports and groups
  • Renew and enhance existing sporting infrastructure, with a focus on gender equity, accessibility and storage
  • Invest in infrastructure to support and accommodate emerging sports and independent recreational pursuits.

Applications for this program have now closed for 2022.

Program details

This project is open to sporting clubs that are:

  • Incorporated
  • Not for profit
  • Based or operating within the Wollongong City Council Local Government Area on land categorised as 'sportsground' under section 36(4) of the Local Government Act (1993).

Grants range from a minimum of $5,000 to a maximum of $100,000, excluding GST.

Examples of projects that may be eligible for support through this program include:

  • Minor refurbishment of amenities / change rooms focusing on gender equity and accessibility
  • Storage facilities
  • Seating and portable grandstands
  • Upgrade of canteen (excluding appliances)
  • Fencing improvements
  • Painting
  • Score boards
  • Sportsfield light globe / luminaire replacement and upgrade to LED
  • Aeration, top-dressing and turf improvements such as fertilising, spraying etc
  • Resurfacing and drainage
  • Ground Irrigation
  • Court resurfacing
  • Awning and shade structures
  • Water and bottle refill stations.

The following activities are not eligible for support through this program:

  • Projects on private land or Council land not categorised as a Sportsground
  • Construction projects without Development Consent
  • Project proposals that do not meet applicable Building Codes or Australian standards
  • New sportsfield lighting projects
  • New amenities
  • Expenses for external marketing, advertising products, or event promotion
  • Training courses, uniforms, safety apparel, end of year celebrations and trophies.

You will need to attach supporting documents to your application. These include:

  • A letter of support from the club or existing users of the sportsground
  • A letter of support from the peak body / sports association, noting its support and alignment to increasing sports participation
  • Formal written quotations to align with Council's procurement requirements.

All applications must be submitted on the application form above, and in accordance with the information on this page.

Applications will be assessed against a set criteria including how the project:

  • Increases sports participation opportunities
  • Increases sports participation opportunities for females
  • Increases sports participation opportunities for juniors, the ageing population. or disadvantaged members of the community
  • Provides opportunities for increased shared use of facilities to other sports user groups
  • Addresses current challenges / shortfalls to your sport
  • Directly impacts your sport at a local, district and / or regional level if the project doesn’t proceed
  • Includes a level of financial co-contribution towards the project.

Assessments will be made by representatives of Council’s Sports and Facilities Reference Group, and ranked to determine the priority of any grant funding.

All successful applicants will be required to sign a funding agreement with Council. Projects must be completed by in accordance with the funding agreement requirements.

ActivityDate
Applications open6 July 2022
Online information session5.30pm, 19 July 2022
Applications close5pm, Friday 5 August 2022
Applications assessedAugust 2022
Applicants advised of outcomeSeptember 2022
Funding agreements to be signed and returned to Council30 September 2022
Funds made available to successful applicantsafter November 2022

Further details about project requirements will be made available to successful applicants in their funding agreement.

For more information email or call us on (02) 4227 7111.

Wollongong City Leisure Centres

Our Leisure Centres at Beaton Park and Lakeside offer support programs for local athletes, coaches, and not-for-profit groups wanting to hold fundraising activities at our Centres.

Please visit the Leisure Centres' website for more information.

National and International Selection

Teams or individuals from our city who are selected for national or international sports events can apply for support through our Minor Donations program.