Grant funding in Australia is offered by a broad range of institutions including government departments, corporations, non-profit organisations, foundations, educational institutions and trusts. In support of surf life saving clubs in New South Wales, SLSNSW provides grant support to NSW surf life saving clubs through The Surf Life Saving Foundation’s Grant Seeking Unit (GSU). The GSU is a national grant research and writing support unit for Surf Life Saving entities across Australia. The following grant opportunities have been identified by the GSU as potentially suitable for surf life saving clubs in NSW to apply to for funding.

GSU Grant Seeking Guide

For assistance with your application you may wish to refer to the GSU’s Grant Application Guide for Clubs which provides general guidance and surf life saving specific template responses to common grant application questions.

If you require further support or guidance, please contact Zan Marshall on (07) 3177 5814 from the Grant Seeking Unit.

Surf Club Facility Grant Program

The NSW Government’s $2 million Surf Club Facility Grant Program for 2016-17 is open for applications from 21 December to 10 February.

Surf clubs can apply for grants from $40,000 to $350,000 to help develop their facilities and address significant building condition issues. These improvements will increase usage and safety for surf club members and the wider community.

This vital funding program has delivered $22 million over the last 11 years to surf clubs throughout NSW.

Types of projects that will be funded include:

  • construction of new surf club facilities;
  • capital enhancement of the facilities at existing clubs; and
  • priority will be given to those clubs identified as being in a poor or unserviceable condition.

To view the guidelines, get more information or to apply visit or phone 13 13 02.

Applications close on 10 February 2017.

Lifesaving Equipment Grant

The annual Lifesaving Equipment Grant (LEG) proudly funded by the NSW Government and facilitated by Surf Life Saving NSW is once again open by application to all NSW Lifesaving Services; (Surf Clubs, Branches and Support Operations). The Lifesaving Equipment Grant aims to provide contestable financial assistance to NSW Lifesaving Services to promote maintenance and upgrade of operational gear and equipment items essential to Lifesaving operations.

To get more information or to apply visit the Lifesaving Equipment Grant page on our website.

Applications close on 3 February 2017.

NSW Transurban Community Grants Program

Transurban - operator of a number of Sydney roads including the Hills M2, Lane Cove Tunnel, Eastern Distributor, Cross City Tunnel, M5 Southwest, and Westlink M7 - has opened a new round of its community grants program which will close on 20 February 2017, offering grants of up to $3,000 to not-for-profit organisations near our roads that are supporting local communities.

Transurban invites you to consider applying for a grant if you have a community or environmental project they can help support. This can include specific projects that might be made possible with grant assistance, or the everyday needs of your organisation serving the community

Details about the grants program including eligibility requirements, selection criteria, previous recipients and a link to the online application form can be found at

Applications close on 20 February 2017.

Australian Sports Commission Elite Indigenous Travel and Accommodation Assistance Program

The ASC Elite Indigenous Travel and Accommodation Assistance Program is open for applications. This is an ongoing opportunity which closes 30 June 2017.

This is a small grant opportunity for individuals aged 12 years or older to apply for financial assistance towards travel and accommodation costs associated with competing, coaching or officiating at a national or international sporting championship event.

Eligible sportspersons can apply for up to a maximum of $1,000 per financial year for eligible national championships and up to a maximum of $3,000 per financial year for eligible international competitions.

Download Memo: ASC Elite Indigenous Travel & Accommodation Assistance Program for further information.

2016 NSW Emergency Financial Assistance

Surf Life Saving Clubs in areas effected by the recent storms may be eligible for emergency financial assistance.

Please click here for further information.


ClubsNSW is the peak representational body for the NSW club industry and aims to deliver a range of services to create an environment for long-term sustainability in the industry, as well as to improve conditions for both those working within the club industry and for the local communities they support.

Part of the role of ClubsNSW is to deliver the ClubGRANTS program which is a funding scheme designed to ensure larger clubs across NSW contribute to the provision of frontline services for local community organisations, sporting groups and charities that make a difference in their local area.

ClubGRANTS provides funding under three categories and the amount provided is dependent on the funding available in your area. For more details on the program please click here.

Keep NSW Beautiful Community Litter Grants

Round 3 of the Keep NSW Beautiful Community Litter Grants is now open. Funded by the NSW waste levy, the program commenced in 2013 and provides financial support for the implementation of projects which make long term impacts on preventing and reducing litter in NSW. All organisations applying for a grant must first conduct a Local Litter Check, which uses specific methodology to collect information on a litter ‘hotspot’ and compare it with a clean area. The comparison allows you to drill down what will be most effective in your community.

Your club will receive a $500 reimbursement for completing your local litter check, after which you are then eligible to design a litter reduction grant project and request up to $5,000 (GST inclusive). The grant is a great opportunity for your members to work together (and with others in the local community!) on addressing litter problems being experienced around the club. Applications are open until 1 March 2017, and full details including the application process are available here.

Australian Sports Commission Elite Indigenous Travel & Accommodation Assistance Program

The Elite Indigenous Travel and Accommodation Assistance Program (EITAAP) is an initiative that is jointly managed by the Australian Sports Commission and Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport.

The program is designed to provide financial assistance for Indigenous sportspeople who are involved in mainstream official national championships and international sporting competitions.

Funding is available for travel and accommodation expenses up to $1,000 per person for national competitions and $3,000 per person for international competitions during a financial year.

Indigenous sportspeople including athletes, coaches, managers, officials and trainers can apply if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • They are involved or compete in a sport recognised by the ASC
  • They are selected in a state or national team endorsed by their State Body
  • They have their application sponsored by State Body

The program is not suitable for: * Individuals under 12 years of age * Events that involve prize money * Indigenous-only teams

Please note once you have been selected in the team, you can submit your application either prior to the championships/competition commencing or up to two months following the event taking place.

The program is open for applications on an ongoing basis and further details can be viewed at the following website:

Please note – if your club would like the GSU to review your draft application or if you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact:

Zan Marshall
Research & Communications
Grant Seeking Unit, Surf Life Saving Foundation
Direct Line - (07) 3177 5814
Email –