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.

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 (Opening July 2017)

The next round of the Telstra Kids Fund grant program will open in July 2017. 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.

The Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program

Applications are open to Australian junior athletes (under 21 years), with each scholarship consisting of the opportunity of a lifetime to draw on the experience and wisdom of The Sport Australia Hall of Fame Members for a 12 month period, in addition to receiving a cash grant and international airfare.

Closing date for all applications is Monday 10 July 2017. Further information via Memo: The Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program.

Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience Emergency Management Disaster Resilience Scholarships

The million dollar scholarship fund has been established to recognise the complex service delivered by volunteers and the high-level skills and leadership required to respond to emergency situations. Funding is available for the reimbursement of education and training costs for volunteers in an emergency management agency that wish to undertake studies in accredited units or courses in emergency and disaster management vocational training/education and higher education. Reimbursement is made upon the successful completion of each unit.

The amount of funding depends on the level and type of qualification intended and the number of units of study intended to complete in the funding period, with the maximum amount capped as follows:

  • Up to $12,000 for vocational education and training (Diploma and Associate Diplomas only are likely to be funded initially, not courses at the Certificate I-IV level)
  • Up to $25,000 for higher education

There are four rounds of the program with the first round opening 1 June 2017 and closing 14 July 2017. For more details please visit and for further information regarding SLSNSW endorsement please download Memo: AIDR Emergency Management Volunteer Scholarships.

MidCoast Council Stronger Communities Fund

The NSW Stronger Communities Fund Community Grants is now open and closes 9 June 2017. This funding program aims to kickstart the delivery of projects that improve community infrastructure and services.

Grants of $5,000 to $50,000 are available for incorporated, not-for-profit community groups for projects that build more vibrant, sustainable and inclusive local communities.

Full details including the application process are available via Memo - MidCoast Council Stronger Communities Fund.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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: