Active Regional Communities Grants

Active Regional Communities (ARC) Grants aims to increase the opportunities for country people to participate in sport and active recreation activities in regional Western Australia. It is tailored to meet the ever-changing demands and challenges of regional sport and active recreation groups within the nine diverse regions of Western Australia.

The ARC Grants have two specific funding categories:

  1. Initiative funding
  2. Event hosting

ARC Grants are designed to support sport and active recreation opportunities to assist the Department to meet its regional strategic outcomes. It caters for both sport and active recreation groups through funding from the Sports Lotteries Account (sporting groups) and the Sports Wagering Account (active recreation groups).  ARC Grants are aimed at the club level or to those groups who are not participating in the Department’s Organisational Sustainability Program (OSP).

The objectives of an ARC Grant are to:

  • Provide opportunities for participation at all levels through sport and active recreation programs, competitions and events.
  • Improve the skills and capabilities of the sport and active recreation sector through education and training programs.
  • Grow and strengthen the sport and active recreation sector through initiatives that improve the organisational governance in regional sport and active-recreation.
  • Assist in the hosting of regionally based sport and active recreation events (refer Event Hosting).

Who is eligible for assistance?

You are eligible to apply if you are a:

  • Regional sporting, club or active recreation organisation recognised as the peak regional representative body.
  • Not-for-profit organisation based in regional Western Australia involved in the conduct of sport or physically active recreation.
  • State Sporting Association or industry peak body overseeing regional operations.
  • In the absence of a suitable sport or recreation organisation, a local government is eligible to apply.

To be eligible to receive Department funding, an organisation must:

  • Be incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 (Western Australia).
  • Have an Australian Business Number (ABN).
  • Be affiliated where appropriate with a State Sporting Association/industry peak body recognised by the Department.
  • Have acquitted all previous DSR grants prior to the application being submitted unless the grant is still current.

Organisations/associations must be:

  • Affiliated with a State Sporting Association/industry peak body recognised by the Department.
  • Incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 (Western Australia).
  • Have an Australian Business Number (ABN).
  • Have acquitted all previous department grants.

Organisations not eligible include:

  • Individuals
  • Groups of individuals
  • Organisations seeking funds for metropolitan based programs
  • State Government departments and agencies
  • Educational institutions including schools, universities and TAFE colleges.

When are applications due?

Applications are accepted throughout the year and must be lodged at least four (4) weeks prior to the project/event start date.

How many times can I apply?

Organisations can only apply once per year to receive an initiative grant, although you can target more than one category per application.

Funding categories

  • Initiative funding
    • Capacity building – initiatives that improve the knowledge, skills and capabilities of people involved in a sport or active recreation organisation.
    • Participation – initiatives that increase community and player participation with a focus on targeting new members.
  • Hosting an event
    • Assistance to host the running of significant inter-regional or higher level competition as recognised by the State Sporting Association. 

Initiative Grants funds up to $5000 with organisations needing to demonstrate a significant contribution (up to 25%) towards the cost of the project/event and/or in-kind contribution.

Category guidelines

Initiative funding

Funding availability

Funding ranges up to $5,000 per annum. Applications are a request for financial assistance only. Organisations must show a significant contribution towards the cost of the project/event including a cash component (up to 25%) and/or in kind contribution.

How many times can I apply?

Organisations can only apply once per year to receive an Initiative Grant although you can target more than one category per application.  A particular program/project can only be funded for a maximum of three (3) years which would be reviewed and assessed annually by the regional office as to the state government investment value.

Hosting an event 

Funding availability

Funding ranges up to $5,000 per annum. Applications are a request for financial assistance only. Organisations must show a significant contribution towards the cost of the project/event including a cash component (up to 25%) and/or in kind contribution.                                                        

How many times can I apply?

Organisations can only apply once per year to receive any funding support towards hosting of an event which is deemed at the desired level.  Annual events can only be funded for a maximum of three (3) years which would be reviewed and assessed annually by the regional office as to the state government investment value.

How do I apply?

Completed application forms are submitted through the Department’s regional office in which the applicant body is located and/or the program/event is being conducted. All supporting documentation is required with each application.

What happens when an application is submitted?

An assessment will be made to determine if the application is eligible by assessing it against the criteria. If approved, a grant agreement will be entered into which outlines the grant conditions and acquittal requirements. Once signed and returned, the grant will be paid directly to the applicant body (organisation/association).

Grant monies will not be paid directly to an individual. The applicant body will be responsible to forward any approved funding to individuals as deemed necessary and be responsible for the acquittal of the grant.

Do I need to provide evidence that I have achieved agreed outcomes?

At the completion of the project, the applicant body will need to complete the acquittal documentation – “Acquittal Statement” and “Key Results Schedule” and forward to the department to demonstrate that the funds have been spent in accordance with the outlined grant agreement.

Failure to comply in the above will jeopardise future payments from the Department.