Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF)

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.

Purpose 

The purpose of the program is to provide Western Australian Government financial assistance to community groups and local government authorities to develop basic infrastructure for sport and recreation.

The program aims to increase participation in sport and recreation, with an emphasis on physical activity, through rational development of sustainable, good quality, well-designed and well-utilised facilities.

Through CSRFF, the State Government will invest annually in the development of high-quality physical environments in which people can enjoy sport and recreation.

There is $7 million available for allocation in the 2016/17 funding round. $500,000 is allocated within the $7 million available to projects that provide sport and recreation infrastructure to remote Aboriginal communities and regional communities with a significant aboriginal population.

Snapshot

Types of projects

Priority will be given to projects that lead to facility sharing and rationalisation. Multi-purpose facilities reduce infrastructure required to meet similar needs and increase sustainability. 
The type of projects which will be considered for funding include: 

  • Upgrade and additions to existing facilities where they will lead to an increase in physical activity or more rational use of facilities.
  • Construction of new facilities to meet sport and active recreation needs.
  • Floodlighting projects.
  • New or replacement synthetic surfaces.  Where an application is made for a new or replacement synthetic surface, evidence of long-term community planning for all nearby facilities is required.
  • Resurfacing of synthetic playing pitches or courts. It is expected that facility managers will budget for these items as part of the ongoing operation of the facility, frequently over 7 to 10 years. Whilst eligible, they are considered a low priority for funding and may only attract a reduced grant.

Types of CSRFF grants

There are three types of CSRFF grants – small grants, annual grants and forward planning grants.

Maximum amount 

The maximum standard CSRFF grant approved will be no greater than one-third of the total estimated cost (excluding GST) of the applicant's project. 

If the applicant is registered for GST, the grant is grossed up with the GST amount.

Payments 

Annual and Forward Planning grantees are able to claim 25% of their grant upon the signing of a major works contract. 50% of the grant may then be claimed once expenditure has reached 50%. The final 25% of the grant is to be claimed upon the completion of the project. It is important to note that the CSRFF program still primarily operates on a reimbursement basis. Grantees are required to demonstrate that the expenditure of funds has occurred prior to submitting a claim for payment.

Under the CSRFF Small Grants program applicants can receive an upfront grant payment upon the signing of a works contract (copy of signed contract to be provided to the department) or where no formal works contract exists, payment will be determined on a case by case basis in consultation with the applicant. Upon completion of a project the applicant will be required to acquit the grant by providing the CSRFF claim forms and sufficient evidence of expenditure. 

Electronic Fund Transfers for grant payments are payable to the applicant/grantee only. This may have taxation implications for grantees. If grantees wish specific advice relating to their grant, this can be obtained from the Australian Taxation Office. Please note depending upon the value of the project and/or grant, the Australian Taxation Office may require than an organisation be registered for GST.

A CSRFF grant will only be available in the financial year(s) in which it is offered. Grants that are not claimed in the year(s) of offer will be withdrawn. CSRFF grants are available only for expenditure on the project for which the grant is provided.

Priority 

Priority will be given to projects that lead to facility sharing and rationalisation. Multi-purpose facilities reduce infrastructure required to meet similar needs and increase sustainability.

Eligible applicants

Applicants must be either a local government authority, not-for-profit sport, recreation or community organisation and incorporated under the WA Associations Incorporation Act 1987. Clubs must demonstrate equitable access to the public on a short-term and casual basis.

The type of projects which will be considered for funding include:

  • Upgrade and additions to existing facilities where they will lead to an increase in physical activity or more rational use of facilities.
  • Construction of new facilities to meet sport and recreation needs.
  • New or replacement (not resurfacing) of synthetic surfaces. Where an application is made for a new or synthetic surface, evidence of long-term planning for all nearby facilities is required.
  • Floodlighting projects – where an application is made for floodlighting projects, evidence must be provided that demonstrates if a transformer upgrade is required.

Development bonus

Some applications will be eligible for up to one half of the project cost. This eligibility will be measured against key development principles. Applicants will have to show their eligibility through Part 3 of the application form. Meeting Development Bonus criteria will not automatically ensure the applicant is eligible for 50% of the project cost.

Applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria to be eligible for a development bonus:

  • Location – regional, remote or growth areas
  • Co-location of sports and facilities
  • Sustainability initiatives – water saving, energy reduction etc
  • Increased participation – new users, increased participation from existing users, special interest groups participation etc.

It is essential that grant applicants discuss and determine their eligibility for a development bonus with their local DSR office before applying.

Not funded 

Funding is not available for:

  • Projects that commence before approvals are announced
  • Development of privately-owned facilities
  • Arts, music and craft facilities
  • Facilities considered to be a full State Government responsibility, proposed by either government departments, schools or parents and citizen associations
  • Recurring maintenance or operating costs of existing facilities
  • Purchase of land, landscaping, car parks, access roads and other infrastructure costs
  • Stand-alone playgrounds
  • Bikeways or pathways acting as transport routes
  • Non land-based facilities, e.g., boat launching ramps, ocean pools and marinas
  • Non-fixed equipment
  • Fixed sports specific equipment (e.g. electronic targets, scoreboards)
  • Facilities or fixtures for the express purpose of serving alcohol
  • Projects that do not meet Australian design standards
  • Projects that have already received a CSRFF grant and are seeking an additional grant to meet cost increases
  • Applicants/projects that have received a CSRFF grant in the past and have not satisfactorily acquitted that grant. In some cases this may apply to localities where other significant projects have not been progressed. An assessment will be made in November and if no physical progress has occurred, new applications may not be recommended.
  • Projects that have State Government funding in excess of 83.33% of the total project cost.

More information

Kent Burton
CSRFF Officer
Telephone 08 9492 9759
Facsimile 08 9492 9711
Email Kent Burton
Nic Daxter
Administration Officer – CSRFF
Telephone 08 9492 9765
Facsimile 08 9492 9711
Email Nic Daxter