Tanya Davies MP. Member for Mulgoa.

NSW Government Offers Funding to Grassroots Sports

Thursday March 6, 2014

Round Two of the NSW Sport and Recreation Participation and Facility Program is

now open for submissions. Local State MPs, Tanya Davies, Stuart Ayres and Bart

Bassett are encouraging local sporting organisations and councils to apply for NSW

Government funding to help build sporting facilities and boost sports participation in

their communities.

“The Sport and Recreation Participation and Facility Program assists grassroots

organisations improve local sporting facilities as well as encouraging families in our

community to get involved in recreational activities” said Tanya Davies, Member for

Mulgoa.

There are two distinct project types within the Participation and Facility Program,

participation projects and facility development projects.

“The grant program assists with funding the construction of new or enhancement of

existing facilities and assists with funding programs that deliver a service that will

assist people to become more active,” Stuart Ayres, Member for Penrith said

Grants are capped at $10,000 for participation projects and $25,000 for facility

projects. NSW community based not-for-profit incorporated organisations and NSW

Local Government Authorities may apply for multiple projects or project types;

however the maximum available to any one organisation is $50,000 in a financial year.

Organisations must contribute 50% or more to the project.

“By improving the grassroots infrastructure, the NSW Government is also helping to

strengthen our local communities through sport” said Bart Bassett Member for

Londonderry.

Organisations may only receive State Government funding once for the same project

or component of a project from either this program, the Community Building

Partnership Program or any other State Government funded grant program.

Minister for Sport and Recreation, the Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP added that this round

would be the first with new guidelines following a change to the Sport and Recreation

Participation and Facility Program criteria.

“I want to make sure the funding delivers the best bang for the taxpayers buck,” Ms

Upton said.

“As a result local councils will be required where possible to partner with a community

organisation to ensure any new facilities or programs meet communities’ needs.”