Apply for a Capital Development Grant

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Capital development grants offers financial assistance to not-for-profit organisations to improve sport and recreation infrastructure. Funding is provided as a one off grant with the goal of benefiting sporting and recreation groups as well as the general community.

A capital development grant can cover up to 50% of the total project cost but not exceeding $30,000.

Applications for capital development grants are now open. Before applying it is critical that you read through all of the grant information below.

Apply for a capital development grant

Grant information

Who is eligible for a capital development grant?

Who can apply?

  • Incorporated, not-for-profit organisations

Who cannot apply?

  • Individuals
  • For profit organisations and businesses

Projects that may be funded include:

  • Improvements to pavilions and club rooms, including kitchens, bathrooms and social space
  • Improvements to sporting and recreational facilities
  • New infrastructure initiatives to encourage active living
  • Sustainability improvements
  • Projects that reduce risk/safety
  • Storage improvements 
  • Fencing.

Projects that won't be funded include:

  • Maintenance works considered as your organisation/ clubs responsibility under the current Tenancy or Lease agreement with Council;
  • Projects which exclude access to the public or community groups;
  • Ongoing administration/operational costs;
  • Works that have already been started or completed;
  • Sportsfield Lighting Upgrades; and
  • Appliances and/or non-permanent equipment.

Application dates

  • Applications open - 1 July 
  • Applications close - 17 August 
  • Evaluation  - 18 August to 30 October
  • Notification by 31 October



Application priority

Priority will be given to projects that address the following objectives:

  • Improve access for disadvantaged groups (e.g. disability, cultural, low socio-economic) to sport and recreation facilities

  • Improve existing Council sport and recreation facilities and increases its range of users

  • Demonstrates clear evidence of the long term benefits to the wider community.

  • Improves opportunities for female participation in the sport and recreation environment.

Assessment criteria

Capital development grant assessment criteria
Criteria Weighting
Clear evidence of demand for the project and the ongoing benefits to community participation 40%
Detailed information of project planning (i.e draft designs / budget / permit requirements outlined / timelines / quotes) 35%
Demonstrated capacity to deliver project successfully (including commitment of funds, planning and deliver of the project by qualified tradespersons, and support ongoing maintenance) 15%
Demonstrated increased opportunities for female participation and/or disadvantaged groups 10%


What to include in your application

  • Draft plans endorsed by the project partners;
  • Quotes, internal cost estimates;
  • Evidence of confirmation of funding sources (e.g. Letter from funding provider confirming contribution, latest bank statements);
  • Letters of support from organisations that clearly indicate how the applicant group will either support or benefit from the project;
  • Project Management Framework completed;
  • Current Annual Report or Business Plan; and
  • Where applicable, evidence of permits required should the project be successful


What if you're successful?

Council will review applications after 18 August and notify applicants of the outcome by 31 October. All applicants will be notified via email.

Prior to works commencing all successful applicants must:

  • Sign a funding agreement; and
  • Submit a project management framework to Council.


  • Payments of grants will be done via EFT;
  • 90% of the monies will be transferred once a funding agreement has been signed by both parties; and
  • The remaining 10% will be transferred upon competition and inspection of works by Council.


  • Approval for any variation to projects outside of the completion timeframe must be received in writing to be considered by Council.