Football NSW grants webinar set for February

The 2022 season is about to begin which means that Football NSW’s next grants webinar is set to take place at the start of February to mark the occasion.

The webinar will be hosted by Football NSW in conjunction with The Grants Guy’s Keith Whelan, and will be held on Wednesday February 2 at 7pm.

Keith Whelan from ‘The Grants Guy’ has extensive experience in drafting, reviewing, assessing, and appraising grant applications. He also develops grants calendars and funding strategies for organisations to approach these grants in a proactive manner.

Whelan started out writing and proof-reading grants for organisations in Australia in 2012, which is how he got to become ‘The Grants Guy’.

He has worked with not-for-profits, charities, universities, government departments & agencies, sports clubs, Aboriginal groups, arts organisations and educational bodies.

The upcoming webinar will focus on the Multi-Sport Community Facility Fund.

The Multi-Sport Fund was recently made available by the NSW Office of Sport, with $100 million being allocated in Round 1 of the fund.

Applications for the first round of the Multi-Sport fund close on Friday, February 25, 2022, at 1pm.

The Multi-Sport Community Facility Fund is a fantastic opportunity for clubs and associations to collaborate with local councils in order to negotiate upgrades and developments to local football facilities and infrastructure.

The upcoming webinar details are as follows:

Date: Wednesday February 2 2022

Time: 7pm to 8pm

Where: Online via Zoom.

Register: Football NSW have provided this link to register.

This week’s football funding news ahead of election

With the final debate conducted and early voting now open, the Australian Federal election is just a weekend away.

Across the week, the major parties once again announced investment and funding promises into football across the country.

Both Liberal and Labor parties supported funding for lighting upgrades at Allan and Don Lawrence Field in Thornton, New South Wales. A 45-minute drive out of Newcastle, the home of the Thornton Junior Football Club has been promised investment no matter who is elected.

Current Labor Member for Paterson Meryl Swanson and Liberal candidate for Paterson Brooke Vitnell would both see $150,000 invested as part of the #EQUALISER campaign.

After a lobbying process, the upgrades will add to the campaign’s goal to produce more female friendly facilities across the state to increase participation numbers in female football.


In Tasmania, Football Tasmania has welcomed Federal Labor’s commitment last week to a facility upgrade at Tynwald Park if elected to govern.

The Tynwald Park component forms part of a broader $5 million commitment to partner with the Derwent Valley Council to deliver the New Norfolk Sports Package.

The upgrades would include improvements to changing room facilities for the New Norfolk Panthers.

It is another boost to football in Tasmania, which has been promised a swathe of funding from both major parties if elected in various regions of the state.

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Also in Tasmania, the Liberal Party announced on Thursday that they will commit $480,000 towards upgrading Cardigan Street, home of the Somerset Sharks.

The announcement was made by Member for Braddon Gavin Pearce and will see the clubrooms and building extended if the Coalition forms government after the election.

Major parties support lighting upgrade at Thornton’s Allan and Don Lawrence Field

Thornton Junior Football Club is expected to receive new lighting after Labor and Liberal candidates for Paterson signalled funding if elected on May 21.

Allan and Don Lawrence Field needs new lights installed to increase Friday night competition and mid-week training opportunities.

Member for Paterson Meryl Swanson championed the opportunity if Labor is elected.

“You have my commitment that I am going to be taking this request, from this club, and others forward to the October budget if we are elected under an Albanese Government, to make sure that we do upgrade the lights here,” Swanson told Northern NSW Football.

Liberal candidate for Paterson Brooke Vitnell is equally confident of a funding outcome for Thornton Junior Football Club.

“I’m going to be rattling the can around if I’m given the great opportunity to represent this community in two weeks’ time. I’ll be hunting for funding for organisations just like this and I’m pretty darn determined and pretty good at what I do too,” Vitnell told Northern NSW Football.

Increasing participation opportunities, particularly for women and girls, is central to any funding commitment from the major parties. A cash injection will come off the back of lobbying from Northern NSW Football’s #EQUALISER campaign.

Northern NSW Football CEO David Eland outlined only 25 per cent of football facilities in Paterson are regarded as being female friendly.

“As Australia’s largest team participation sport, the football community has asked government to deliver an equaliser for women and girls’ football ahead of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup to be held in Australia and New Zealand,” Eland told Northern NSW Football.

Thornton Junior Football Club is thriving with 500 participants, including more than 100 females.

“We have experienced 45 per cent growth in players over the last five years and installing new lights at our home ground will increase our capacity to provide positive football experiences and get more girls playing,” Thornton Junior FC club secretary Kristen Birkett told Northern NSW Football.

“Thanks to both Meryl and Brooke from the Labor and Liberal parties for their commitment to our community and getting more girls active.”

NNSWF Community Football Manager Ross Hicks said the #EQUALISER campaign was designed to support grassroots football to deliver new, or improved, female-friendly facilities through direct engagement with the government during the 2022 federal election.

“A Football Australia audit of 3,000 facilities showed only 35 per cent are female friendly. We agree this needs to change if we want to hit our goal of 35 per cent female participation by 2023. With a home World Cup next year, now is the time for the upgrade,” Hicks told Northern NSW Football.

The $150,000 project has been approved and costed by Maitland City Council.

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