Grants & Funding

There are a range of opportunities available for both athletes and organisations to access funding in Queensland.

Queensland Government

Queensland Government funding programs provide new and improved opportunities for people to participate in sport and active recreation.

For Children:

  • FairPlay vouchers support families with up to $150 per child towards the cost of sport and recreation club membership fees. There are 2 Rounds per calendar year. There is a limit of 1 voucher per child per calendar year.
  • The Emerging Athlete Pathways (EAP) program supports eligible young athletes, coaches and officials aged 10-18 years to progress on a development pathway by providing financial assistance to help alleviate the costs associated with attending state, national and international events. Note: Applicants are required to travel at least 125km (one-way) from their home to the event location.
    For eligibility information and a list of eligible events visit https://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/emerging-athlete-pathways

For Clubs and Organisations:

  • Register your organisation to accept FairPlay vouchers. Up to $150 can be used by eligible children to help pay for club membership, registration and/or participation fees for registered organisations.
  • Active Clubs provides funding of $2,500 to support volunteers and provide flexible and safe physical activity opportunities to increase sport and recreation participation. Round 3 of Active Clubs is now closed and will provide $5 million (GST exclusive) to support projects of $2,500 (GST exclusive) to provide responsive assistance to clubs and organisations through Accelerate 2022-2025. Congratulations to all recipients.
  • Queensland Government – Get In The Game
    The Queensland Government’s Get in the Game initiative supports sport and recreation at the grassroots level. Two streams – Get Playing Places & Spaces and Get Going Clubs – enable clubs to apply for grants of up to $100,000 and $7,500 respectively.
  • Minor Infrastructure Program provides funding for infrastructure projects that enhance community participation opportunities through the provision of spaces that are:
    • Safe – reduced exposure to health and safety risk
    • Quality- meeting standard required for community level participation
    • Efficient – more efficient use of the places and spaces (can be used by more people, cater for more activities, be used for longer hours)
    • Inclusive and accessible – enhancing usability of places and spaces and ensuring no one is excluded from participation
    • Projects must deliver new, upgraded or replacement infrastructure.
      Project costs must not exceed an estimated total project cost of $1 million (GST exclusive).
  • Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery Program Level 1 provides up to $5,000 for eligible not-for-profit sport and recreation organisations to support the re-establishment of club operations following significant weather events.
  • Sport and Recreation Recovery Grant provides up to $20,000 for sport and active recreation organisations who have also applied for Level 1 Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery Program and the Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Recovery Grant (QRIDA).


Office of Liquor and Gaming

Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF)

The Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) is Queensland’s largest one-off community grants program and distributes approximately $60 million each year to not-for-profit community groups. The GCBF funding helps these groups to provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities.

In 2023, the GCBF program has 4 funding rounds available:

  • $100,000 super round for all priorities—closes 28 February 2023
  • $35,000 standard grant round—closes 31 May 2023
  • $35,000 standard grant round—closes 31 August 2023
  • $35,000 standard grant round—closes 31 October 2023

For further information and the link to apply:  https://www.justice.qld.gov.au/initiatives/community-grants


Sport Australia 

Federal Government (Australian Sports Commission)

The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) is the Australian Government agency responsible for supporting and investing in sport. The ASC comprises; Sport Australia — responsible for driving the broader sport sector including participation, supporting activities linked to sport and sport industry growth, and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) — leading our high-performance sport system.

The ASC provides opportunities for individuals and sporting organisations to receive funding through Sport Australia.

  • Local Sporting Champions program provides financial assistance for coaches, officials and competitors aged 12-18 participating in state, national or international championships. If successful, applicants will receive $500-$750 towards the cost of attending their championships.
  • Local Para Champions program provides financial assistance for coaches, officials and competitors aged 12-24 participating in state, national or international championships for athletes with a disability. If successful, applicants will receive $750-$1000 towards the cost of attending their championships.
  • Women Leaders in Sport program empowering women in sport and helping to create a culture which values gender equity. This is through opportunities via Executive Programs, Leadership Workshops, Individual Grants and Organisational Grants.

There are other opportunities for individuals and sporting organisations to receive funding outlined at https://www.sportaus.gov.au/grants_and_funding


Australian Sports Foundation 

The ASF funds programs designed to increase healthy activity levels and grow participation in sport. Grants are distributed to support projects that improve access to sport for a range of people and communities.

The Australian Sports Foundation’s focus is on helping kids get active, breaking down the barriers of entry for women and girls, and on bringing more diversity to sport. We work towards an Australia where sport is accessible for all.

ASF Grant information is available here: https://asf.org.au/grants


Other Sport and Recreation funding sources

  • Your local council may provide funding to support not-for-profit organisations


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