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Active Regional Communities Grants

Opportunities for regional people to participate in sporting and active recreational activities.

The Active Regional Communities (ARC) Grants program aims to increase the opportunities for regional people to participate in sport and active recreation activities in regional Western Australia and is tailored to meet the ever-changing demands and challenges of sport and active recreation groups within the nine diverse regions of the State.

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Regional organisations
  • Local governments
  • State Sporting Associations
  • Active recreation organisations
  • Sport or active recreation clubs

Categories and amounts

  • Participation (Grants up to $5000)
  • Capacity Building (Grants up to $5000)
  • Event Hosting (Grants up to $5000)

Club Night Lights Program

Providing financial assistance to community groups and local governments to develop sports floodlighting infrastructure.

The Club Night Lights Program exemplifies the State Government’s commitment to the development of sustainable floodlighting infrastructure for sport across the State.

The purpose of the program is to provide financial assistance to community groups and local governments to develop sports floodlighting infrastructure. The program aims to maintain or increase participation in sport and recreation with an emphasis on physical activity, through rational development of good quality, well-designed and well-utilised facilities.

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Local governments
  • State Sporting Associations
  • Active recreation organisations

Categories and amounts

Coach and Official Education Subsidy

Providing support and development opportunities for regional coaches and officials to achieve their goals.

The Coach and Official Education Subsidy provides funding to assist volunteer coaches and officials who reside in regional Western Australia with out-of-pocket travel and accommodation costs to participate in sport specific courses to obtain high level accreditations, within their sports coaching and officiating pathway. It is recognised that not all accreditations are available throughout regional Western Australia therefore this subsidy will contribute towards their travel costs to participate in courses.

Available for

  • Individuals

Categories and amounts

Community Place Based Grants

Co-designed, place based structured holiday and out-of-school activity programs.

The Community Place Based Grants program provides funding for the development and delivery of co-designed, place based structured holiday and out-of-school activity programs in the Kimberley, Goldfields, Pilbara and Gascoyne regions.

The program includes a process to work with local government, Aboriginal leaders and service organisations, to embed sport and recreation in community-led activities and events that target vulnerable and at-risk youth and their families.

The aim is to fund programs for multiple years to ensure a consistent quality approach to programs to get traction, build capacity and have a collective impact.

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Regional organisations
  • Regional local governments
  • Sport or active recreation clubs

Categories and amounts

Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund

The Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) exemplifies the Western Australian Government's commitment to the development of sustainable infrastructure for sport and recreation across the State.

The purpose of the program is to provide Western Australian Government financial assistance to community groups and local government authorities to develop basic infrastructure for sport and recreation.

The program aims to increase participation in sport and recreation, with an emphasis on physical activity, through rational development of sustainable, good quality, well-designed and well-utilised facilities.

Through CSRFF, the State Government will invest annually in the development of high-quality physical environments in which people can enjoy sport and recreation.

There is $12 million available for allocation in the 2021/22 funding round.

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Local governments
  • Sport or active recreation clubs

Categories and amounts

Country Sport Enrichment Scheme

The Country Sport Enrichment Scheme helps regional Western Australia experience and conduct major sporting events and sport development initiatives.

The Country Sport Enrichment (CSES) scheme provides support to organisations to deliver high level events or competitions or provide access to sport development opportunities for regional Western Australia.

Available for

  • Regional organisations
  • Local governments
  • State Sporting Associations
  • Sport or active recreation clubs

Categories and amounts

  • Country Sport Enrichment Scheme (Up to $30,000 per application per financial year)

Every Club Grant Scheme

Eligible local governments and State Sporting Associations are supported to build the governance, planning and management practices of clubs.

The Every Club Grant Scheme aims to ensure clubs are supported to build their organisational capacity and capability through accessible and flexible club development services.

The department provides funding to eligible local governments and State Sporting Associations to:

  • Provide education, training and professional development opportunities for the sport and recreation club workforce.
  • Support clubs to adopt governance, planning and management practices.
  • Facilitate partnerships between Local Government Authorities, State/Regional Sporting Associations and sport and recreation clubs.  

Available for

  • Local governments
  • State Sporting Associations

Categories and amounts

  • Metropolitan local governments ($5000 to $30,000)
  • Regional local governments ($5000 to $40,000)
  • State Sporting Associations ($5000 to $15,000)

Innovation Challenge Program

A grants program for organisations, providing investment for innovative projects that increase physical activity participation in the community.

The Innovation Challenge Program, administered by the department in partnership with Healthway, is a grants program for organisations, providing investment for innovative projects that increase physical activity participation in the community.

The program is designed to encourage business innovation and the use of technology to drive and grow sport and recreation. Projects will be supported based on community need, innovation, sustainability of outcomes and consideration of return on investment. 

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Local governments
  • State Sporting Associations
  • Active recreation organisations
  • Education institutions
  • Community sport clubs
  • Peak bodies
  • Tertiary organisations

Categories and amounts

KidSport

KidSport enables Western Australian children to participate in community sport and recreation.

KidSport enables eligible Western Australian children aged 5 to 18 years to participate in community sport by offering them financial assistance of up to $150 per calendar year towards club fees. In 2021, all eligible children will be able to access two KidSport vouchers with the second becoming available from 1 July 2021.

Available for

  • Individuals

Categories and amounts

  • KidSport application ($150)

North West Travel Subsidy

North West Travel Subsidy aims to assist young athletes from the North West with travel costs.

The North West Travel Subsidy (NWTS) aims to encourage participation in identified sport and active recreation activities for athletes living in the regions of the Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne and other remote locations within the Mid West and Goldfields regions.

Available for

  • Community organisations

Categories and amounts

  • Individual (Gascoyne to Perth) (Up to $600 per person)
  • Individual (Gascoyne inter-regional) (Up to $600 per person)
  • Individual (Pilbara to Perth) (Up to $700 per person)
  • Individual (Pilbara inter-regional) (Up to $600 per person)
  • Individual (Kimberley to Perth) (Up to $800 per person)
  • Individual (Kimberley inter-regional) (Up to $600 per person)
  • Team (Gascoyne to Perth) (Up to $2000 per sport)
  • Team (Gascoyne inter-regional) (Up to $2000 per sport)
  • Team (Pilbara to Perth) (Up to $2300 per sport)
  • Team (Pilbara inter-regional) (Up to $2000 per sport)
  • Team (Kimberley to Perth) (Up to $2500 per sport)
  • Team (Kimberley inter-regional) (Up to $2000 per sport)
  • Team (other regional remote locations) (Up to $2000 per sport)
  • Individual (other regional remote locations) (Up to $600 per person)

Regional Athlete Support Program

Developing young regionally-based talented athletes to train and compete in regional WA.

The Regional Athlete Support Program is a statewide network supporting regional-based talented athletes, coaches and officials which allows athletes to continue their development and progress along the athlete pathway from their home environment.

Available for

  • Regional organisations
  • State Sporting Associations

Categories and amounts

Regional Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme

The Regional Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme provides funding assistance to regional Western Australian athletes who aspire to reach their full sporting potential.

The Regional Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme (ATSS) is an initiative supporting regional athletes who have progressed into the high performance pathway of their chosen sport and are pursuing regional, state and national representation.

Eligible regional athletes can receive funding for out-of-pocket travel and accommodation expenses directly related to competitions and programs in accordance with the performance level categories and eligibility criteria outlined in the application guidelines.

Subsidies for regional athletes are provided through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions Program.

Available for

  • Individuals

Categories and amounts

  • Category 3 (Up to $500 plus regional athlete support for eligible athletes)
  • Category 5 (Regional athlete support for eligible athletes up to $500)
  • Category 4 (Regional athlete support for eligible athletes up to $500)

Regional Organisation Grants

Regional Organisation Grants (ROG) aims to improve the quality of sporting and active recreation opportunities for people in regional Western Australia whilst assisting the department meet its regional strategic outcomes.

The Regional Organisation Grants (ROG) program aims to improve the quality of sporting opportunities for people in regional Western Australia, whilst assisting the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) meet its regional strategic outcomes. 

ROG is a funding scheme only available to not-for-profit community organisations involved in the conduct of sport or physically active recreation and whose activities meet the primary objectives of this program.

Available for

  • Regional organisations

Categories and amounts

  • Category A: Regional ($20,001 to $50,000)
  • Category B: District or Zone ($5000 to $20,000)

Regional Servicing Grants

Improving capacity and participation growth.

Regional Servicing Grants aim to improve the capacity and grow participation at a regional level through a State Sporting Association (SSA), and to improve the quality of sporting opportunities for people in regional Western Australia.

Available for

  • State Sporting Associations
  • Industry representative bodies

Categories and amounts

Sport Development Funding Program

Supporting State Sporting Associations (SSAs) to deliver programs, services and policies to help them to stabilise operations and build capacity.

Available for

  • State Sporting Associations

Categories and amounts

  • Category C and D (up to $40,000)
  • Category E and F (up to $30,000)
  • Provisional (up to $20,000)

Targeted Participation Program

The Targeted Participation Program (TPP) provides funding for organisations to promote participation and active engagement of Western Australian communities in sport and active recreation.

The focus is on evidence-based low participation groups. The targeted populations are:

  • disengaged youth
  • Aboriginal
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD)
  • people with disability
  • seniors (60+)
  • insufficiently active
  • adolescent girls (12 to 17)
  • low socio-economic.
The department and Healthway are seeking applications for co-designed projects that create quality, affordable sport and active recreation opportunities with a focus on engaging low participation groups.

Projects are required to increase participation in physical activity and ensure participation pathways into community sport or active recreation either by:

  • piloting an innovative targeted concept; or 
  • expanding an evidence-based program.
Please contact the department to discuss any potential projects.

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Local governments
  • State Sporting Associations

Categories and amounts

  • Category two (up to $50,000)
  • Category one ($50,001 to $150,000)

WA Hiking Participation Grants

Growing hiking participation in Western Australia.

The WA Hiking Participation Grants program is aimed at growing participation in hiking in Western Australia through the development and delivery of new opportunities for participation, skill development and/or building the capacity of leaders (including guides, instructors and volunteers).

Applicants are encouraged to be creative and innovative in the development of their projects. Projects should align with the WA Hiking Strategy, encourage participation and capitalise on the benefits of trail running and bushwalking.

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Local governments
  • Local active recreation clubs and associations

Categories and amounts

Page reviewed 15 July 2021