Funding for Clubs & Associations

There are various funding bodies that provide grants to local sporting clubs & associations. Grants are available to upgrade facilities, develop skills, purchase equipment or support athletes. As well as those grant opportunities outlined above, below is a list of websites to help you search for funding that suits your particular needs.

  • Community GrantGuru is Australia's largest FREE searchable listing of nation-wide grants and funding programs for community-based and nonprofit organisations. Community GrantGuru covers grants and funding sources for Sport, Community Services, Environment, Community Infrastructure, Mulitcultural projects, Volunteers, Awards, Safety and much more. Visit Community Grant Guru and register yourself, your Association or Club to receive notification on grants and funding programs throughout South Australia and nationwide.
  • Our Community is a world-leading social enterprise that provides advice, tools and training for Australia's 600,000 community groups and schools, and practical linkages between the community sector and the general public, business and government. The Community Funding Centre found on the Our Community website provides free help sheets, services, newsletters, books and training to help community groups improve their fundraising abilities and become healthier and more viable. Visit for further information.
  • Game On Partnerships will support projects that align with Game On: Getting South Australians moving by addressing issues and barriers and/or capitalising on opportunities.

    Performance Pathway Partnerships will support State Sporting Organisations to develop and operate their performance pathways so that South Australian high-performance athletes can achieve their potential in Olympic, Paralympic, or Commonwealth Games sports.

Funding for Athletes

Listed below are some funding options for athletes. Please check with the providers directly for information.

  • Sport Australia - Local Sporting Champions Grant is offered to young people aged between 12-18 years attending a State, National or International competition as an athlete, coach, umpire or referee. Grants are offered to the value of $500. Please refer to the Local Sporting Champions website for information on eligibility, applications and FAQ’s.
  • Sport Australia Women Leaders in Sport (WLIS) program is an Australian Government initiative that is managed by Sport Australia in partnership with the Office for Women.  The WLIS program aims to provide women with development opportunities to reach their leadership potential in the sports industry. For further information please visit the Women Leaders in Sport website.
  • Many local councils in South Australia offer financial grants and assistance to athletes in their areas. These can range from $50-$500 annually, depending on level of competition and age.  Please contact your local council for more information. 


Please download the PDF below if you would like some tips for writing a grant application.

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