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Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund

Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund

Applications closed: 31 August 2018

Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund Guidelines (PDF, 2MB)

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Introduction to the 2018 Fund

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Feedback to 2018 Expression of Interest Applicants

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All potential applicants are encouraged to regularly review the frequently asked questions to ensure that their application addresses the relevant requirements.

The Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund has been established by the NSW Government to create spaces and places that enable communities to participate in sport at all levels.

The fund will invest in new and existing facilities to improve the quality and quantity of sports infrastructure across Greater Sydney.

About the program

The main objective of the Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund is to ensure funding is allocated to those sporting facilities that deliver the best outcomes for the communities they support.

The aim is to ensure that the right investments in community sport facilities are made and that the best value possible is achieved.

Program objectives

The overall program objectives are to:

  • Increase the number and type of sport facilities
  • Improve the standard of existing sport facilities
  • Increase participation in sport.

Funding available

An allocation of $100 million is available over three years for sport facility projects. There will approximately be $33 million available per year for the next three years.

Funding for individual projects:

  • The Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund will provide grants between $500,000 and $5 million for sport facility projects.
  • For projects worth more than $1 million a 25 percent financial co-contribution of the grant amount requested will be required.


Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund guidelines (PDF, 2MB)

Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund fact sheet (PDF, 425KB)

    What types of projects will be funded?

    The following types of projects are the focus of the Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund:

    • New or upgraded facilities to provide for the increased participation of women and girls
    • The development and construction of new sport facilities or the upgrade and/or expansion of existing sport facilities
    • Multi-sport, multi-purpose facilities
    • Amenity buildings such as storage, kiosks, club rooms, change rooms and grandstands
    • High performance centres/centres of excellence
    • Multi-use facilities primarily intended to be used for sport, and which can also be used for other events that contribute to the local community
    • Facilities that promote inclusion in sport, and especially remove barriers to participation for people with disability.


    Funding is available for projects in all Greater Sydney local government areas, from eligible applicants.

    Eligible applicants are:

    • NSW state sporting organisations or the national sporting organisation where the state body is part of a unitary governance model 
    • Incorporated, community-based, not-for-profit sporting organisations (clubs and associations whose primary purpose is to organise sporting activities/deliver sport programs) and organisations providing sport and recreation programs that benefit the community, such as PCYCs, YMCA and YWCA 
    • Private enterprises
    • Public parklands owned and managed by government
    • 33 local government authorities in Greater Sydney:
      Western City Central City Eastern City North South
      Blue Mountains Blacktown Bayside Hornsby Georges River
      Hawkesbury Cumberland Burwood Hunter's Hill Canterbury-Bankstown
      Penrith Parramatta Canada Bay Ku-ring-gai Sutherland
      Camden The Hills Inner West Lane Cove  
      Campbelltown   Randwick Northern Beaches  
      Fairfield   Strathfield Mosman  
      Liverpool   Woollahra Willoughby  
      Wollondilly   Waverly Ryde  
          City of Sydney North Sydney  


      Expressions of Interest and detailed applications/business cases that are eligible and comply with the application requirements will be assessed against the program objectives, project types and three assessment criteria – strategic alignment, affordability, deliverability.

      Criteria 1: Strategic alignment

      The strategic assessment considers alignment of the project with a range of strategic priorities for sport and recreation including NSW Government priorities, state/national sporting organisation and local council strategic plans. The project’s capacity to improve participation in sport and the use of sporting facilities will also be assessed.

      The assessment also considers the urgency and continuing need for the project to be delivered.

      Criteria 2: Affordability

      All proposals need to demonstrate affordability of the project relative to the available funding, taking into account net lifecycle costs, and allowing for ongoing operating and maintenance requirements.

      This also includes an assessment of a range of fundamental project planning requirements.

      The assessment focuses on the robustness of the project cost planning, including if the funding is for a new or existing asset, how detailed and realistic the budget is, if other funding has been secured, and if the nominating organisation has an existing plan and budget in place to manage project costs.

      The organisation must also have the capacity and financial sustainability to fund and manage ongoing operation and maintenance of the infrastructure over its lifetime.

      For projects costing over $1 million, applicants must provide a minimum financial co-contribution of 25 per cent of the total grant amount. For other projects, a financial co-contribution will be considered favourably.

      Criteria 3: Deliverability

      All applicants will need to demonstrate they have the capacity to deliver the project through robust strategies for procurement, project management and risk management.

      Additionally the applicant will need to clearly demonstrate how any partnership model (including asset management) would be administered to deliver the project.

      NOTE: The Office of Sport reserves the right to apply more detailed criteria for the detailed application/business case stage which will be disclosed to shortlisted applicants.

      How to apply

      The Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund is administered by the Office of Sport.

      Applying for the Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund is a two-step process.

      Step 1: Submit an Expression of Interest

      Applicants must supply high-level technical and administrative information about the project by 5pm on Friday 31 August 2018. The proposal must include a realistic budget and identify other funding partners.

      Depending on the sports that are proposed to utilise the facility, a Statement of Support from the relevant state/national sporting organisation or organisations can be included with the Expression of Interest. Projects costing more than $2 million must have a Statement of Support from the relevant state sporting organisation (SSO). 

      The NSW Government will review Expressions of Interest against the program objectives and eligibility criteria outlined in this document, and assessment criteria contained in the fact sheet.

      Applicants can seek advice and assistance from the Office of Sport on eligibility criteria and program objectives.

      Please refer to the Expression of Interest checklist when you are preparing and submitting an Expression of Interest.

      Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund 2018 Expression of Interest checklist (PDF, 333KB)

      Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund 2018 Expression of Interest form (PDF, 75KB)

      Statement of Support from SSO (PDF, 37KB)

      Step 2: Submit a detailed application/business case

      If an Expression of Interest is successful, the applicant will be requested to formally submit a detailed application (project plan and budget) or a business case, based on the scope of the project.

      Relevant parties will be required to provide significantly more detail regarding their project, including information on their ability to carry out the project in the appropriate time frame and the competitiveness of the proposal against factors such as value for money, sustainability and the level of contingency/risk.

      A detailed application is required for projects under $5 million and a business case is required for projects over $5 million.

      Please use detailed application templates (project plan and budget) when you are preparing a detailed application for projects under $5 million.

      A sample business case template is available for applicants with projects valued over $5 million.

      Business case template

      Detailed application project plan template (Word)

      Detailed application project budget template (Excel)

      To submit your detailed application or business case

      Detailed Applications/Business Cases must be submitted via the Office of Sport’s Objective Connect secure document management system.

      Information on how to access the system and load documents will be provided to stage 2 applicants by the Office of Sport.

      The NSW Government can provide guidance on business case development

      Office of Sport staff can be contacted on:
      Phone: 13 13 02

      Opening and closing dates 2018

      • The Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund opens for Expression of Interest on Friday 1 June 2018.
      • The Expressions of Interest can be submitted over a three month period.
      • Expressions of Interest for the first round will close at 5pm on Friday 31 August 2018.

      Apply now

      Expressions of Interest for the Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund closed on Friday 31 August 2018.