Play Our Way program

The Play Our Way program will provide greater opportunities for women and girls to access, participate and remain involved in sport and physical activity.

About the program

The Australian Government is providing $200 million for the Play Our Way program. The program will run over 3 years from 2024–25 to 2026–27.

The program will provide funding for local solutions and improvements that address participation barriers faced by women and girls. The following types of organisations can apply for funding through a competitive grant opportunity:

  • local governments
  • community organisations
  • not-for-profit organisations
  • sporting organisations.

Successful organisations will use the grants to:

  • provide safe, inclusive, quality and sustainable facilities, equipment and initiatives
  • help women and girls to remain involved in sport and physical activity for life.

We designed the program with help from experts across sport and government. This includes an expert advisory panel of women with experience in community and professional sport.

Grant opportunity

On 18 March 2024, the Play Our Way program grant opportunity opened for applications. Applications will close at 2 pm on 29 April 2024 (AEST).

Applicants will be able to apply for funding under 2 streams:

  • Facilities 
  • Participation and Equipment.

Full details are available on GrantConnect. All questions about the program should be directed to Grant.Atm@health.gov.au.

We held a sector webinar on Friday 22 March 2024. Visit the webinar page for more details or to watch the recording.

Why it is important

Sport and physical activity are important to physical and mental health and wellbeing. Participating in sport also helps to foster a strong sense of community belonging and pride.

Women in Australia are under-represented in sport and physical activity. The Play Our Way program will support ongoing involvement in sport and physical activity by giving women and girls:

  • more equal opportunities
  • access to facilities, equipment and initiatives.

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