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Funding and grants

For athletes

Kids and young people

Get Started voucher program

  • Round 5 vouchers are now fully allocated and must be presented to a Get Started club by 11 May 2015.
  • voucher of up to $150 is available for eligible children and young people aged between 5 and 17 who find it difficult to afford the costs to join a sport or recreation club.
  • Parents can apply for a voucher to help pay for club membership and participation fees.
  • Clubs must be registered with the Get Started program to accept vouchers.
  • Referral agents (such as police officers and school teachers) can refer eligible children and young people for a voucher.

Other funding sources

  • The Young Athlete Assistance Program gives eligible athletes under 18 who have competed or officiated at a state, national or international championship $200 towards the cost of travel and accommodation.
  • The Local Sporting Champions Program gives young athletes (aged 12–18) grants of up to $500 to pay for travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at recognised sporting championships.
  • Read about what other grants and funding are available for young people.

For clubs and organisations

Upgrading sport and recreation facilities

  • The Get Playing program is available for eligible not-for-profit sport and recreation organisations, with up to $100,000 to help improve your facilities.  Closed on 1 September 2014 (round 3). 
  • The Get Playing Plus program is available for eligible councils and not-for-profit sport or recreation organisations, with up to $1,500,000 to help improve your infrastructure. Closed on 20 October 2014 (round 1). 
  • The Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery program is open for applications, with up to $25,000 to support  eligible organisations affected by Tropical Cyclone Marcia and the associated heavy rain.
  • QRAA offers grants and funding to help with the cost of repairs to eligible not-for-profit organisations affected by a natural disaster.
  • Your local council may provide funding to help you upgrade your facilities or recover from a disaster.
    • Brisbane City Councils offers community grants to help not-for-profit organisations improve their facilities and services.

Club assistance

  • The Get Going program can help you grow your club—up to $10,000 is available for eligible not-for-profit organisations for projects that create more opportunities to attract members. Closed on 1 September 2014 (round 3).
  • The Sport and Recreation Industry Development program provides up to $300,000 in funding for state-wide programs, services and events that increase participation in sport and active recreation.

Other funding resources

  • Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation (QORF) has a list of grants and funding resources.
  • Community door provides information about funding for organisations to deliver community services.
  • Not-for-profit community groups can apply for funding between a minimum of $500  and a maximum of $35,000 through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.
  • Volunteering North Queensland has information about funding programs for community and not-for-profit groups.
  • Community and volunteer groups can apply for small grants of up to $5000 toward the cost of equipment and materials through the Caring for our Community grants initiative. In some cases, up to $15,000 may be granted for more significant essential equipment.
  • Register your club to accept sports vouchers—up to $150 can be used by eligible children to help pay for club membership and/or participation fees through the Get Started program.

Help with writing your funding application

Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery program

The Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery program is open for applications, with up to $25,000 to support eligible organisations affected by Tropical Cyclone Marcia and the associated heavy rain.

National sport grants and scholarships

The Australian Sports Commission has grants and scholarships to help people in sport.

Need to improve your skills?

Register for a free workshop in your area on things like grant writing, coaching and financial management.

Get in the Game

Our Get in the Game initiative supports sport and recreation at the grassroots level.

Read more.

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31 March 2015

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