Community sport

Community sport provides the opportunity for as many people as possible to participate in sport. We support community sport through grants and programs.

More than 8 million Australians use community sporting facilities every year.

Community sport, with its focus on participation, benefits us by improving our:

  • physical health by reducing the risk of chronic conditions
  • mental health particularly by reducing isolation
  • potential through new challenges and personal goals.

Learn more about the benefits of exercise and physical activity.

How we support community sport

We support schools, local clubs and groups, and local governments to develop sporting facilities and activities.

We support a number of initiatives to give everyone the opportunity to take part in sport.

Women and girls in sport

The Women Leaders in Sport (WLIS) program helps women to reach their full leadership potential in the sports industry. The Australian Sports Commission manages the program in partnership with the Office for Women.

The Play Our Way program will support local governments and community, not-for-profit, and sporting organisations to deliver initiatives to make sport more welcoming and equitable for women and girls.

The grant opportunity will fund projects across 2 streams: 

  • Facilities – to support new and upgraded facilities, playing areas or spaces for sport and physical activity, specifically for women and girls. 
  • Participation and equipment – to support sustainable and enduring sport participation programs, and/or new or upgraded equipment, specifically for women and girls.

Sport in schools

The Sporting Schools program, delivered by the Australian Sports Commission, aims to increase the amount of sport in schools. Research shows fitter kids achieve better academic results. Kids who grow up playing sport are 10% more likely to remain active as adults.

A 2020 review found this program is delivered efficiently and is meeting its objectives.

Increasing social inclusion through sport

This grant program funds sport projects for vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. It supports projects aimed at:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • migrants and refugees
  • women and girls
  • people with a physical or mental disability.

Community sports infrastructure

The Australian Government supports sports infrastructure projects ranging from small community facilities to major sporting venues.

No funding opportunities are currently open.

Grants and funding opportunities

A variety of grant and funding opportunities support community sporting organisations.

State and territory governments also provide grants and funding:

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