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.


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.

ClubsNSW ClubGRANTS Category 1

Grants are open for the following Council areas:

Funding priorities under Category 1 include volunteer emergency services, however local priorities can provide more specific information via links above.

ClubsNSW ClubGRANTS Category 3

Grants of $100,000 to $300,000 are available for Sport & Recreation projects for use towards the costs of construction, alteration, renovation, completion and fitout of buildings.

More information via Memo: ClubGRANTS Category 3 2017-18 Infrastructure Grants.

Surf Club Facility Program

Stuart Ayres MP has announced that the NSW Government’s Surf Club Facility Grant Program for 2017-18 is open for applications until 31 August 2017.

In a fantastic show of support for volunteer surf lifesavers in NSW, the Government has doubled the funding available to surf clubs from $2 to $4 million. Surf clubs can apply for grants from $30,000 to $350,000 to help develop their facilities and address significant building condition issues.

In addition, surf clubs which have already received the maximum funding of $400,000 are eligible to apply for new facility funding.

The 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 poor or unserviceable condition.

To apply and view the guidelines for completing funding applications visit

NSW Government Stronger Country Communities Fund

The first round of this program is open now, closing 9/8, however as this grant is run by LGA, only four LGAs with SLSCs/Branches in them will be apply to apply under this first round, with lots more eligible in rounds two and three in September and October 2017.

The four LGA’s able to apply in this round are: Shoalhaven, Nambucca, Clarence Valley and Kiama.

Key details:

  • Funding for infrastructure projects in regional NSW communities (outside Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong) to improve the lives of residents and enhance the attractiveness of these areas as vibrant places to live and work, e.g. building new community facilities or refurbishing existing facilities.
  • Minimum grant of $100,000, however it is generally seeking projects of the range of $250,000 to $1 mil.
  • Priority will be given to projects that support/create jobs.

More information via Memo: NSW Stronger Country Communities Fund.

Australian Government Stronger Communities Programme

This grant offers eligible not for profit organisations from $2,500 to $20,000 to fund small capital projects that deliver social benefits across Australia. Total funding for the project from the Commonwealth cannot exceed 50 per cent of the total eligible project cost, so applicants must be able to match the requested amount $1:$1 (in cash and/or in kind).

This grant opportunity officially opens Monday 7 August 2017, but we advise Clubs and Branches to check with their local MP’s electorate office as some are commencing the grant process earlier than the official date. More information via Memo: Australian Government Stronger Communities Programme.

2017 NSW Emergency Financial Assistance

Far North Coast Surf Life Saving Clubs in areas affected by the recent flooding may be eligible for emergency financial assistance.

Please click here for further information.

Telstra Kids Fund

Under this program permanent Telstra Group employees can apply for $1,200 of funding to support a local community project that helps kids (18 year or younger) to play and learn.

In the previous round, this grant was only open three calendar days before all grants were allocated so if a club/Branch is keen to apply, we recommend that it get as ready as possible prior to the application opening to allow an application to be lodged on the day the Fund opens. More information via Memo: Telstra Kids Fund July 2017.

NSW Community Building Partnerships

The NSW Community Building Partnership applications are open and will close 9 August 2017.

The Program funds community infrastructure projects in every NSW State Electorate.

This Program offers from $2,500, with the average grant being approximately $20,000, for:

  • construction of new community infrastructure; or
  • refurbishment, repair and maintenance to existing community infrastructure; or
  • the purchase of capital equipment with a minimum individual asset value of $2,500 and a projected life expectancy of 5+ years.

More information via Memo: NSW Community Building Partnership.

Keep NSW Beautiful Community Litter Grants

The Keep NSW Beautiful Community Litter Grants are 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 will close as remaining grant funds are expended; full details including the application process are available here.