Significant Sporting Events Program returns for 2023-24 financial year

Significant Sporting Events Program 2023-24

The Victorian Government’s Significant Sporting Events Program is back for the 2023-24 financial year, with six funding rounds available in total.

The program offers funding for football clubs to host and run events, based around the operational costs it takes to get these off the ground.

Round 1 is now open for applications until August 31, but there are plenty of opportunities all year round, as per the following:

Annual funding round Funding round opens Applications closing date Indicative notification of outcome
Round 1 1 July 31 August October
Round 2 1 September 31 October December
Round 3 1 November 31 December February
Round 4 1 January Last day of February April
Round 5 1 March 30 April June
Round 6 1 May 30 June August

In its entirety, the following organisations are eligible for funding:

  • National sporting organisations
  • State sporting associations
  • Regional sports assemblies
  • Local government authorities
  • Sport conference organisers
  • Local sporting clubs and associations
  • Private event organisations
  • Not for profit organisations
  • Venues.

Applicants are required to submit their applications at least six months prior to an event, with the timings important for any seasonal events that either begin or conclude campaigns.

With the Matildas doing the nation proud in the Women’s World Cup, the grants on offer can help to celebrate any contributions that women and girls make to our game.

It is encouraged to call the Events unit of Sport and Recreation Victoria prior to submitting an application on (03) 9623 1429.

For full details and to apply, click here.

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White City SC to continue supporting its esteemed youth system

White City Soccer Club are a Serbian Australian community football entity based in south-west Sydney that is a successful recipient of the Local Sport Grant Program.

Founded in 1982, synonymous within the south-west Sydney community, the club has boasted an esteemed grassroots and junior football repertoire.

Driven on the ambition of providing players within the community its rendition of the best possible opportunity.

The development of potential and existing players to grow, prosper and develop their raw ability has been symbolised through the talent WCSC have produced.

Throughout the tremendous contributions the club made within its grassroots programs, which culminated in those players emerging for clubs across the top tiers of Australian Football.

It was through Futsalroo legend Radovan Filipovic, who is most notably the clubs highest achieving alumni, given his contribution to the nation as a Futsalroo captain.

The club have experienced fruitful tenures within football across Sydney, having climbed to the first tier of NSW Football throughout the 1990s.

Currently the club are custodians of the Southern District Football Association, with the spotlight purely on the youth in whom have relished within their respective age-group competitions.

In conjunction with the Fairfield City Council, WCSC have successfully applied and received financial support on behalf of the NSW government, under the Local Sport Grant program initiative.

In accordance to the Local Sport Grant Program website, the club have received a grant of $9,340.00.

The statement in the Local Sport Program Grant website disclosing the following press release:

“By purchasing 4 sets of quality portable goals that can be used by all teams for training and which will facilitate us hosting gala days for juniors.

“We will improve our programs and enhance the experience of all WCSC players and coaches to grow and maintain active sports participation.”

The newly founded financial influx will be targeted towards the investment of portable equipment in which can be used to improve player training sessions, and allow for the facilitation of gala days.

Variety Children’s Charity guiding kids within the community

VCC are a charitable organisation dedicated in pathing a future filled with prosperity for children, regardless of ability or circumstance.

Elevating children who experience disabilities, difficulties and illnesses, VCC act as a support system for those in need when they require it most.

VCC NSW and ACT have invited schools and non-for-profit organisations to apply for a grant of up to $10,000, to allow these respective entity’s to acquire sport equipment.

In an effort to promote accessibility and inclusivity in the community for children aged from birth until early adult-hood, the grant requested must relate directly to the benefit of young citizens within the region of application.

As of 2023, VVC Australia had positively impacted 181,281 kids in need.

The grant of up to $10,000 provided by VCC NSW/ACT has effectively impacted football entities within both regions.

Despite NSW providing funding to 579 successful sporting entity’s across the state under the Local NSW Sports Grant umbrella, the opportunity for further or a newly established influx of finance has the capacity to occur.

New training equipment, coaching and player development programs are attainable by such community clubs who are fuelled by volunteers.

Acknowledging the ever-growing participation of football amongst young participants within the NSW and ACT, a grant can always enable a club of any level to prosper.

Through the installation of new equipment and development programs, young participants become further involved, immersed and tantalized by the idea of football.

Confidence is instilled through the natural progression of each youth participant, equating to better outcomes related to the improvement of a players technical ability, fitness and skill-level.

Culminating in football entity’s growing through the newly reinvigorated youth teams.

Although the grant may not be of large proportions, the ripple effect it may have upon a club has the potential to lay upon a new foundation of a clubs success moving forward.

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