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.

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.

Beach Safety Equipment Fund 2016-17

The third instalment of the federally funded Beach Safety Equipment Grant is now open. Clubs are reminded that the BSEF funding approvals are dependent on the completion of the annual SLSNSW compliance requirements.

Instructions and timelines for acquiring and acquitting the funding can be found via SLSA Circular: Beach Safety Equipment Fund 2016-17.

NSW Sport & Recreation Local Sport Grant Program

The NSW Sport & Recreation Local Sport Grant Program 2016-17 is now open.

The program aims to increase regular and on-going participation opportunities in sport and active recreation, and is a great opportunity for Clubs and Branches to apply for assistance with a variety of funding priorities.

Each NSW State Electorate has a total of $50,000 to award under the program, with the following four projects types available:

Project Type Maximum Funding Amt
Sport Development $2,000
Community Sport Events $5,000
Sport Access $5,000
Facility Development $20,000

Applications must be submitted by 11 November 2016 and full details including access to the online application system are available here.

Australian Sports Commission Local Sporting Champions Program 2016-17 Round 2

Round 2 of the 2016-17 Australian Sports Commission Local Sporting Champions Program is open. The program is designed to provide financial assistance for young people aged 12-18 participating in state, national and international level sporting championships as either an athlete, coach or official.

Funding of up to $500 for individual applicants is available, to contribute to the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment required for participation in the nominated championships.

You can apply to the program once you have been selected to attend the championships and your participation has been confirmed. It is essential that you submit your application prior to the event to be eligible.

Applications to the current round must be lodged by 31 October 2016. Full program details including access to the application form are available here.


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 –