There are 1,400 registered clubs in NSW, from bowling clubs to bocce, to bingo and badminton. This is a truly diverse industry, which brings people and communities together. With 5.7 million memberships, these clubs are at the heart of every community, increasing social cohesion, a sense of belonging, and in many cases, an improved health and wellbeing.
With more than 41,400 employed staff and more than 44,000 volunteers, clubs are the lifeblood of communities across NSW. Almost half of the state’s clubs are located in regional areas, so their importance to our areas cannot be underestimated.
Since the ClubGRANTs scheme began, close to $1 billion has been delivered to recipients such as Surf Life Saving, the Ted Noffs Foundation, Vision Australia and Legacy. ClubGRANTS funding is available to community groups, charities and sporting teams across NSW, with the intention of building or enhancing programs, activities and infrastructure. Funding is allocated from the state budget, and topped up by around 500 clubs who voluntarily donate to the program.
Category 3 of the program, which opened on 25 August, is dedicated to supporting large-scale community infrastructure projects. A great success story is the recent announcement that funding through this program will rejuvenate the Lake Jindabyne parkland precinct into a universal access playground and fitness area.
Over the next four years, suburbs and towns will benefit from $50 million in Category 3 funding, including:
- $32 million for sports and recreation infrastructure;
- $10 million for cultural infrastructure; and
- $8 million for emergency services infrastructure.
This round of sports and recreation infrastructure and grants will range from $500,000 up to a $1 million.
Only 16 projects will be supported, and we all know diligence is the mother of good luck, so we encourage you and your local club to get your application in early and make it convincing! An application guide can be found here and submissions can be lodged here.