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VicHealth Partnership Grants


VicHealth has redesigned and amplified their upcoming grant round to address the immediate needs of our community and increased our available funding pool of $2.5 million. VicHealth is offering grants of up to $3K, $10K or $50K for local organisations who can support young people (aged 0-25 years) or Victorians experiencing disadvantage, by creating meaningful social connection, providing opportunities for physical activity or by addressing food security issues.

VicHealth understands how challenging it has been for local organisations during the pandemic, which is why they’ve simplified their grant applications and sped up the assessment process so successful organisations can get the support they need to make a difference in their communities as soon as possible.

These grants merge previous funding rounds into one, replacing regular VicHealth funding opportunities such as Active Club Grants and Partnership Grants so that all local organisations who can create meaningful social connection, opportunities for physical activity and address food security can apply. 

What will VicHealth fund?

VicHealth has researched what would make the greatest difference to the health and wellbeing of Victorians in 2020 and 2021. This is what they’ve found out, so this is what we’ll fund:

  • What do Victorians need? Social connection, physical activity and food security. Your project/idea must cover at least one of these priority areas. Learn more about what kind of ideas we’ll fund in in our Grant Guidelines document (coming soon)
  • When do they need it? Now – ASAP – and throughout 2021. You must deliver your idea between November 2020 and November 2021. 
  • Who needs it most? Young people and Victorians experiencing disadvantage have been the most significantly impacted by 2020 events. Your project/idea must support these priority groups to be considered for funding. See our Grant Guidelines document for more information (coming soon)
  • Where can our funding make the most difference? Local Victorian communities. 
  • How can you help? On 16 September, register via our new VicHealth Community Portal, then fill in our new, streamlined application form (takes roughly 30 minutes). 
  • Questions? See the FAQs below, then read our Grant Guidelines document (coming soon). If you still have questions get in touch at

How much funding can you get?

Each applicant can apply for one of three funding options:

  1. Up to $3,000
  2. Up to $10,000
  3. Up to $50,000

The total funding pool is up to $2.5 million.

To apply, head to VicHealth’s website – applications open 16th September.

Sporting Club Grants

The 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.

Activities that can be funded include:

Category 1: Uniforms and Equipment

The purchase of sporting uniforms or equipment that is essential for participation, safety, or first aid equipment for immediate attention to injury that may occur participating in sport or active recreation.

Funding for active recreation clubs and associations to encourage people to participate in nature-based outdoor activities for example equipment for sporting activities at camps, first aid kits for outdoor activity groups etc.

Eligible items may include but are not limited to:

Uniforms, for example:

  • jumpers
  • tracksuits
  • socks
  • boots


Equipment, for example:

  • bats
  • match balls
  • team equipment kits
  • first aid equipment
  • protective equipment including gloves, helmets and batting pads.

Category 2 : Skill Development

Initiatives to improve the skills of organisation members and organisation sustainability through training for coaches, officials, administration staff and management committee members.

Examples of initiatives may include but are not limited to:

  • participation in courses for coaches, referees, umpires and officials. This includes sports first aid and sports training level 1 or 2
  • workshops for administrators and committee members in financial management, governance and committee management, volunteer management, club administration, information technology or Member Protection Information Officer training.

Category 3 : Organisation Operational Capacity

Initiatives to improve the operational effectiveness and efficiency of organisations. Additionally, initiatives such as a pilot program to increase community participation through accessible sport and active recreation opportunities.

For example:

  • preparation of a business plan / strategic plan / succession plan
  • development of policy and procedure manuals
  • development of a club or organisation website
  • start-up costs associated with the development of sport and active recreation programs, such as an alternative, modified or pilot programs, that aim to increase the equity, diversity and inclusiveness of sport and recreation for low participation groups or increase the membership base for clubs. This can include promotional material, equipment, uniforms, and training
  • support active recreation organisations and sporting clubs that will deliver more flexible, social and less structured activities that aim to increase participation – for example come and try activities or social programs
  • promotional materials, such as Aboriginal-specific club information flyers or information in other languages.

For more information, or to apply head to the Sport and Recreation Victoria website.

If you wish to apply to develop a Strategic Plan, South West Sport can provide your organisation with a quote (to facilitate the strategic planning process) for your application please contact us via

Community Sport Sector Short-term Survival Package 2.0

The $40 million Community Sport Sector Short-term Survival Package provides grants to support the operational viability of community sport and active recreation organisations impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This initiative is part of the Victorian Government’s Experience Economy Survival Package providing urgent support to help a range of key attractions, organisations and associations ride out the economic impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and help them reboot, rebound and recover.

What grants are available?

The Community Sport Sector Short-term Survival Package includes $40 million for community sport organisations in two streams:

  • Stream 1 – grants for state sporting associations, regional sports assemblies and academies and other state sport and recreational bodies (open until 5pm Monday 21 September 2020)
  • Stream 2 – grants of up to $2,000 are available for associations and leagues and grants of up to $1,000 are available for individual clubs and community sporting and active recreation organisations. A top-up grant of $1,000 for associations and leagues and $500 for clubs and community sporting and active recreation organisations will be provided automatically to organisations who received a grant through the first funding round of this program – you will not need to re-apply to receive this funding (open until 5pm Friday 16 October 2020)

For more information, or to apply visit the Sport and Recreation Victoria website.

Community Sports Infrastructure Loans Scheme

Providing organisations access to low interest rate loans between $500,000 and $10 million to deliver community sport and recreation infrastructure.

A second round of the $100 million Community Sports Infrastructure Loans Scheme (CSILS) has been confirmed by the Minister for Community Sport to open for application on 1 October 2020. This follows a successful first round in 2018-19 which saw 19 organisations awarded loans to support the delivery of over $282 million in community sport and recreation infrastructure.

The 2020 CSILS will support the delivery of a new round of community sport and recreation infrastructure by providing organisations access to government guaranteed loans between $500,000 and $10 million. Successful applicants, delivering community sport and active recreation infrastructure that respond to issues identified in the sport and recreation industry and that contribute to the outcomes sought in the Active Victoria Strategic Framework will be granted low-interest loans though Treasury Corporation Victoria with Sport and Recreation Victoria subsidising interest repayments.


  • Loans scheme applications open – 1 October 2020
  • Loans scheme applications close – 1 December 2020
  • Announcements: April 2021 onwards

For more information, or the program guidelines, go to the Sport and Recreation Victoria website.

Para-sport Equipment Fund

The Para-sport Equipment fund is a joint initiative of Paralympics Australia and Sport Australia, supported by Paralympics Australia’s sponsors and donors.

It is designed to provide opportunities for Australians with disabilities to participate and compete in Para-sport by addressing some of the most significant challenges faced by Para-athletes and programs; the costs associated with obtaining Para-sport equipment, which in many cases must be customised for the participant.

Delivered in collaboration with Paralympics Australia’s key stakeholders, the fund aims to offer a range of equipment access solutions for Para-athletes and participation programs to enable more people with a disability to participate in Para-sport.

The primary focus of the program is to support individuals and programs at the entry participation level, however Para-athletes and programs with a focus of higher levels within the pathway may also be considered.

As a result of the effects of COVID-19 across the sport industry, the closing date for applications for Round 5 has been extended to close at 5:00pm Friday 6 November 2020.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications by Friday 11 December 2020.

Information on eligibility requirements and the selection process.

Visit Paralympics Australia for more.

Access for All Abilities Project

Regional Sport Victoria has identified the need to undertake an Access for All Abilities (AAA) Needs Analysis and Mapping Project across the State. There is currently no aggregated data at a regional level to identify the participation trends and needs of people with a disability in sport and active recreation.

We are looking to gather data from across the State to inform our planning, support and resourcing within community sports clubs for people with a disability in Regional Victoria.

By gathering this data, we will be able to:

  • Identify and map current sport and active recreation participation opportunities for people with a disability.
  • Assess the demand for sport and active recreation opportunities and identify gaps to determine opportunities for development.
  • Identify barriers and enablers to participation for people with a disability.
  • Identify barriers and enablers for parents/carers/caregivers in supporting individuals with a disability to participate in sport and active recreation.
  • Unpack how individuals with a disability would like to participate in sport (playing and ’non-playing’ participation).
  • Identify how people with a disability access information. This can inform future promotion of opportunities.
  • Identify pathway gaps for people with a disability.

Information collated at a State level will:

  • Contribute to the evidence base on participation of people with a disability.
  • Inform the development of future participation opportunities for people with a disability.
  • Inform capacity building initiatives with sport and active recreation providers.
  • Support the planning and prioritising of resources.

If you are a person with a disability or parent/caregiver/guardian of a person with a disability we would love it if you could complete a quick survey and share your experiences, it will ensure there is South West Victoria representation in the State-wide reporting.