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Sport and recreation funding, grants and scholarships

Supporting the sport and recreation industry by providing funding for projects, facilities and events.

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The department, through grants and scholarships, provides funding to organisations who facilitate sport and active recreation. Funding is important to support the industry and provide active opportunities for every Western Australian. There are a wide range of avenues to obtain funding (outlined below). These include funding for sport and community organisations, facilities, and special funding for regional areas.

Our team’s core business is to support the development of a sustainable and diverse sport and recreation system that encourages participation, develops talent and contributes to the health and wellbeing of individuals and groups in WA.

In 2010/11, $3 million was received by our department from the SWA to fund approximately 70 community organisations.

Types of programs funded include:

  • Club Development Officer Scheme.
  • Recreation Industry Leaders (through Organisational Sustainability Program).
  • Seniors Recreation Council.
  • Various community organisations for recreation programs and initiatives that promote and develop inclusive sport and recreation environments.
  • Community Participation Funding (small grants).

Funding for sports organisations

The Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme provides funding assistance to Western Australian Athletes who aspire to reach their full sporting potential.
The Community Sporting Club Equipment Subsidy Scheme provides valuable assistance to local sporting clubs in Western Australia to help increase and upgrade shared sporting equipment for club members.
The aim of the Country Sport Enrichment Scheme is to help country Western Australia experience and conduct major sporting events and sport development initiatives.
Enabling WA children to participate in community sport and recreation, no matter their financial circumstances.
The Organisational Sustainability Program (OSP) was developed to refine the way in which the Department works with key organisations in the WA sport and recreation industry to enable them to meet the challenges they face.
Sport 4 All is a new $20 million state government initiative to increase the number of kids at community sport and recreation clubs.
The Western Australian State Government through the Department of Sport and Recreation and Lotterywest provides significant financial assistance to sport in Western Australia through the Sports Lotteries Account.

Funding for facilities

The Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) exemplifies the Western Australian Government's commitment to the development of sustainable infrastructure for sport and recreation across the State.

Funding for regional areas

Active Regional Communities (ARC) caters for both sporting and active recreational groups through funding from the Sports Lotteries Account (sporting groups) and the Sports Wagering Account (active recreation groups).
The Community Pools Revitalisation Program (CPRP) is a new initiative that can provide up to $30,000 per annum to maintain, upgrade or improve regional aquatic centres.
Developing young regionally-based talented athletes to train and compete in regional WA.

Funding for community organisations

This scheme funds initiatives that target low participation populations, particularly culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) and aboriginal.

Training and development

The National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) and National Officiating Accreditation Scheme (NOAS) use competency based training principles, which involves assessment of the coach or official in order to gain an accreditation.
The Sport and Recreation Career Pathways Program gives participants an increased understanding of the industry and develops skills that will increase their capacity to work within the sport and recreation industry. Participants are selected into the program through an application process.
The Department of Sport and Recreation also offers a sports related Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment.
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The Dr Heather MacGowan, OAM, Scholarship recognises the life's work and achievements of an inspirational and extraordinary woman.
FutureNow – Creative and Leisure Industries Training Council Inc brings together industry leaders, training organisations and action groups to make recommendations to government regarding workforce development strategies for Western Australia.
Mentoring is an effective way for coaches and officials to learn and develop under the supervision of a senior coach or official. Mentors can assist with coaching or officiating skills improvement and be a sounding board for problems.
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