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About the State Development Program

Funding has now closed.

The State Development Program (the program) for 2017–2019 provides funding to Queensland based state level sport and active recreation organisations. The program aims to support a robust, innovative sport and recreation sector to deliver state-wide initiatives, services and events to maximise participation and governance in sport and active recreation.

Who can apply?

Organisations eligible to apply must:

  • operate as a state level not-for-profit organisation and be incorporated under the:
    • Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (Queensland)
    • Corporations Act 2001 (Commonwealth)
    • Cooperatives Act 2002 (Commonwealth)
  • have a primary objective of sport and/or active recreation in their constitution
  • conduct activities throughout Queensland on a state-wide basis
  • have local and/or regional affiliated not-for-profit organisations as members in Queensland
  • be the recognised state affiliated member of the national organisation recognised by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) (where relevant)
  • be incorporated for at least the last three years
  • have policies and practices that encourage participation regardless of gender, age, race, ability or location.

Where there is more than one organisation operating at a state level for a sport and/or recreation activity, then only one organisation for that activity will be eligible for funding (exceptional circumstances may apply).

Organisations that are non-compliant with previous funding conditions under all programs to the department’s satisfaction may not be eligible for funding.

New organisations are those organisations that were not funded under the Queensland Sport and Recreation Industry Development Program 2014-2016 and meet the eligibility criteria. These new organisations will only be considered where it can be demonstrated that the organisation:

  • has at least 200 full active members in Queensland
  • delivers activities across at least four SRS regional areas.

New organisations must contact the department for advice and assistance.

Funding categories

  • Organisational Support—support is available for governance, grassroots support and participation initiatives for eligible organisations.
  • Special Initiatives—categories include Strategic Projects, Indigenous Sport Grants and Championship Events.

Organisations can also apply for one project in up to two categories below (i.e. maximum of two applications across different categories). 


Eligible projects

Strategic Projects

  • Innovative projects (co-contribution of 20% or greater of total project cost required)

Indigenous Sport Grants

  • Participation and/or training and development activities in rural and remote communities
  • Development of competition pathways

Championship Events

  • Assistance to host State, National or International championships outside of South-East Queensland

More information

State Development Program Guidelines (PDF, 729KB).


For further information on the funding program, email


For further information on the funding program, email

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Last updated
14 July 2017
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