Sport organisations in Queensland have until June 30 to apply for the COVID SAFE Active Kickstart program – featuring a $2000 grant.
The funding is designed to help these sporting organisations to restart their activities and competitions safely following Covid-19.
Applications first opened on May 25 but the deadline to get this in has been extended to June 30. The Queensland Government has addressed relevant details to be met when applying.
Organisations will be eligible to apply as long as they meet the following criteria:
- Registered with an ABN
- local or regional level Queensland not-for-profit sport or recreation organisation or not-for-profit community organisations
- Sport or recreation clubs associated with a Queensland university.
When applying, there must be no outstanding compliance issues with the Office of Fair Trading spanning more than six months – and no debt owing to the department. Organisations are advised to provide clear and accurate information to secure their chances of a successful application.
The funding of $2,000 (excluding GST) can be used for one of the following categories as outlined by the Queensland government. The funds can be dispersed across multiple projects under one of the individual sections:
- equipment to help deliver quality physical activity experiences e.g. equipment to improve the quality or safety of physical activity experiences (including balls, bats, racquets, helmets, batting pads, goal post padding)
- training to help deliver quality physical activity experiences e.g. coach/official/instructor education and accreditation
- equipment to improve your ability to manage the organisation: e.g. office equipment/software to assist organisations with financial/administration management
- training to improve your ability to manage the organisation e.g. governance, financial or volunteer management training/courses/conferences
- catering/food purchases to set up for restart post COVID-19 e.g. replace perishables that expired during COVID-19 restrictions
- operational expenses including costs to deliver activities, utilities, ground and facility maintenance costs, safety and sanitisation requirements e.g. water and electricity utilities bills, COVID-19 related signage, and sanitisation stations
The following list has been identified as areas that will not receive funding:
- White goods
- Capital works or fixed structures (e.g. shade sails and stands)
- Discreet consultancy without any education/training for the organisation (e.g. developing a strategic plan/grant application or administration fees)
- Feasibility studies/research
- Prizes/giveaways/alcohol/recognition items/merchandise
- Wages of ongoing/seasonal nature (e.g. paid coaches).
For clubs looking to apply for the COVID SAFE Active Clubs Kickstart program, the online portal is available here.