Grants & Funding
Local Sports Infrastructure Fund (LSIF) for 2020-21
The new $22 million Local Sports Infrastructure Fund (LSIF) for 2020-21 program was released yesterday by the Victorian Government (https://sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/local-sports-infrastructure-fund). The LSIF is part of the $175 million Local Sports Grants initiative and is one of a suite of infrastructure programs, which includes the World Game Facilities Fund, Community Cricket Program, Community Sports Infrastructure Loans Scheme, and the Motor Sports Program which are investing millions across Victoria.
It provides a range of grant opportunities across five funding streams, of which only two are able to be accessed by local organisations:
- Female Friendly Facilities
- Community Facilities
Only Local Government Authorities and the Alpine Resort Boards are eligible to apply directly to the Fund, so to be considered for the fund football clubs will need to submit a Community Organisations Expression of Interest Form to your local council which is linked here.
Looking for funding?
If you are seeking funding for your Club, whether it be for a community service, fundraiser or refurbishment of amenities blocks there is some good news for you. Community grant applications are generally split into three different paths that can be accessed by clubs. All levels of government give out grants, as do many foundations and some corporations.
The keys to success in getting a grant are subtly different for each type of grant maker. You have to know the difference, so you know how to pitch your proposal.
One of the easiest ways to find out about the many different grants available is by clicking one of the following links.
Government – Local Council, State & Federal Grants
Many people think of foundations when they think of grants, but in fact it is local government that provides the overwhelming majority of grants funding in Australia.
Generally, government grant makers are impartial, unbiased, and outcomes-oriented. Learn how the government in question thinks – look up their policy documents and use them as background when you’re interpreting their grant application forms.
Government grant makers are also relatively inflexible and can seem obsessed with detail, particularly those at the state and federal level, which are often relatively far removed from the groups being funded. Knowing exactly what you want to achieve with your project and relating the project to the key government community strategic plan outcomes will give you a better chance of a stronger successful application.
Prior to submitting an application for this funding, clubs are encouraged to write a letter of introduction to the relevant council general manager, administrator, councillors and council workers and request a meeting to discuss the project proposed further.
Victorian LGA’s all have a range of Community Grants. In the main most Community Grants programs are open to not-for profit groups, organisations and clubs to deliver projects and activities that support the current Council Plan priority areas.
Clubs should look on their LGA website search for Grants and will find the range and type of grants available. In most cases Councils with have a Community Grants Officer who will be able to assist.
The SRV Sporting Club Grants Program provides grants to assist in the purchase of sports uniforms and equipment and to improve the capacity and accessibility of Victorian clubs and other community sport and recreation organisations and increase the skills of their coaches, officials and managers.
General tips to stand out for all grant types:
- The best way to negotiate the world of grants is to think about your needs before you start thinking about what’s available.
- Hold a brainstorming session and make a list of all the things your Club would like to do, if only it had the money.
- Make it a living list that’s accessible to key people within the organisation and can be added to and refined as new needs arise and old ones subside. Use this list to inform your decisions about which grants you want to apply for.
- Grant-making is personal
- State and local government need to deliver on promises, policies and outcomes, the better you can tailor your application to match their required outcomes, the more likely you are to be successful.
- Don’t be afraid to reach out to a Community Grants Officer and have a meeting to cultivate a relationship, and unless they specifically say not to, always push for a face-to face meeting.
- It is important to be relevant to the funder and use evidence.
- Establish a specific need in the geographical area and prove how your club will realistically address this.
- It’s all about building and cultivating an ongoing meaningful relationship. Honest, transparent and responsible behaviour will help you achieve this aim.
- Great groups will attract and retain grantors and supporters due to the good reputation they build. Having a strong record and strong relationships will make it easier to obtain funding next time.