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.

Emergency Management Disaster Resilience Scholarships

This 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
• Up to $25,000 for higher education

For further details Click Here.

NSW Sport & Recreation Local Sport Grant Program

The NSW Sport & Recreation Local Sport Grant Program 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 Amount

Sport Development -$2,000
Community Sport Events - $5,000
Sport Access -$5,000
Facility Development -$20,000

Applications must be submitted by 6 October 2017.

For further details Click Here.

NSW Government Stronger Country Communities Fund

Tranche C of this program is open now, closing 18 October.

The LGA’s able to apply in this tranche are: Central Coast Council, Bega Valley Shire, Port Stephens Council, Byron Shire Council, Lake Macquarie City Council, Kempsey Shire Council, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and Ballina Shire Council.

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 Sports Commission Local Sporting Champions Program 2017/18

Round 2 of the ASC Local Sporting Champions Program 2017/18 is open for applications. This is a small grant opportunity for individuals aged 12-18 to apply for financial assistance ($500) towards costs associated with competing, coaching or officiating at state, national and international sporting championship events.

The program runs three rounds every twelve months – with Round 2 closing on 31 October it represents a good opportunity moving in to summer and the Surf Sports season.

More information via Memo: ASC Local Sporting Champions Program.

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.

Port Macquarie Hastings Council Grants 2017/18

This grant provides funding across a number of categories which may be suitable for an application from the following eligible clubs/branch:

• SLS Mid North Coast Branch
• Camden Haven SLSC
• Port Macquarie SLSC
• Tacking Point SLSC
• Wauchope Bonny Hills SLSC

Please click here for further information on how to apply.

TeamUp Peers Creating Change Grant

The TeamUp Peers Creating Change Grant is now open, closing 14/10. This is the first time that it has been offered. There are three funding categories – up to $1,000, up to $5,000 and up to $10,000 to help people set up new peer groups, grow existing groups, or connect a peer group to the wider community through a project or campaign.

The focus of the funding body and grant is very much on the person with the disability/their family member, so not only would any group need to include the parents of young people with special needs, the parents would need to be the leaders/facilitators. It would not be suitable for a group only involving SLSC volunteers who are not parents of the young people.

Visit for further information.

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.

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.