Targeted Participation Program Funding Scheme guidelines

About the program

Applications close 5.00pm 28 February 2018

The Targeted Participation Program (TPP) Funding Scheme provides funding that enables organisations to promote the participation and active engagement of Western Australian communities in sport and active recreation. The focus is on evidenced based low participation groups. Each year the target populations and priority locations may change, pending current data available and assessment of need. However, these will align to Sport and Recreation (WA), a division of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries Investment Framework.  

Sport and Recreation (WA) is seeking applications for projects that create quality, affordable sport and active recreation opportunities with a focus on engaging the evidence based low participation groups.  

Projects are required to increase participation in physical activity and encourage pathways into community sport and active recreation. Initiatives that can provide evidence of collaboration with key service providers, sport and community groups are encouraged to apply.

Applicants may request funding between $5,000 and $15,000, with projects to commence between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019.

Target populations and priority locations

Target populations will be determined based on a combination of data including, the 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics census, Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA), and other relevant statistical information.

2018 target populations and priority locations are listed on the Sport and Recreation (WA) website.


Applications must address at least three of the objectives.

  • Increase the physical activity levels of low participation target groups
  • Increase the transition of participants from community programs into sport and active recreation pathways
  • Provide opportunities to improve the skills and capacity of the community group and their volunteers through education, mentoring and training programs
  • Increase participant wellbeing and self-esteem through connection to the sport and active recreation community
  • Increase partnerships between community service organisations and sport and active recreation groups to deliver the project.


A human activity involving physical exertion and skill as the primary focus of the activity, with elements of competition where rules and patterns of behaviour governing the activity exist formally through organisations and is generally recognised as a sport.
Active Recreation
Activities engaged in for relaxation, health and wellbeing or enjoyment, with the primary activity requiring physical exertion, and the primary focus on human activity.

Important dates

  • Grant round opens 29 January 2018
  • Grant round closes 28 February 2018
  • Assessment and recommendation process March and April 2018
  • Applicants notified May 2018
  • Grant agreements finalised May and June 2018
  • Projects commence 1 July 2018 onwards.

Funding may be used for

Metropolitan and regional applicants

  • Training of volunteers (e.g. Working with Children Checks/First Aid training for volunteers)
  • Coach and trainer payments
  • Venue hire
  • Equipment hire
  • Workshop facilitation/forums
  • Program coordinators
  • Marketing/communication costs – maximum 5% of total grant amount (cannot include merchandise purchasing)
  • Administration – maximum 10% of total grant amount
  • Refreshments – maximum 5% of total grant amount and must demonstrate need and be integral to program outcomes.

Regional applicants only

(Must be integral to program)

  • Travel – maximum 10% of total grant amount. Travel and accommodation costs only available for service providers based in Perth travelling to a regional location
  • Transport – maximum 10% of total grant amount e.g. participant bus transport or fuel costs.

Funding may not be used for

  • Merchandise or purchase of equipment (e.g. clothing, water bottles, mugs, key rings, goals, balls etc.)
  • Prize money/trophies
  • Individual membership fees
  • Insurance
  • Construction of sport or recreation facilities
  • Projects undertaken outside of Western Australia
  • One off camps and events (regular activities over a period of time are required).


The following documents and processes will be considered by Sport and Recreation (WA) when assessing the TPP applications.

Assessment criteria

Each application will be assessed against the following criteria:

  1. Participation
    • Project provides involvement in sport and/or active recreation
    • Project enlists appropriate strategies to engage one of the priority populations
    • Project provides opportunities for education, mentoring and training
    • A safe environment for children and young people, including complying with the Working with Children Check (Criminal Record Checking) Act 2004. Visit the Sport and Recreation (WA) website for further information about Working with Children Checks.
  2. Capacity building

    The organisation has demonstrated:

    • experience in engaging target group
    • capacity to implement proposed project
    • capacity to adequately manage identified risks
    • an accurate budget representing value for money
    • adequate strategies for sustainability of project outcomes beyond the funding period and to evaluate project objectives
    • individual and/or organisational outcomes to deliver quality sport and active recreation opportunities within Western Australia.
  3. Partnerships
    • Proposed project is supported in partnership with other organisations through in-kind and/or financial assistance
    • Program is developed in consultation with local community members and/or sport and active recreation service providers.
  4. Advocacy
    • The extent to which the project or program provides awareness of the benefits of sport and active recreation.
  5. Community reach


Applicants who have Youth Engagement Scheme, Community Participation Funding or Active Regional Communities grants in the 2017/18 financial year may also be considered for Targeted Participation Program Funding Scheme if they can clearly demonstrate separate programs/initiatives and outcomes.

Who can apply

  • Incorporated not-for-profit organisations (including State Sporting Associations) or not-for-profit organisations limited by guarantee
  • Metropolitan and regional local government authorities
  • Only one application per organisation may be considered.

What you must have to be eligible

  • Be incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 (Western Australia)
  • Have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • Have acquitted all previous Sport and Recreation (WA) grants prior to the application being submitted, unless the grant is still current
  • A commitment to create a safe environment for children and young people. This includes complying with the Working with Children Check (Criminal Record Checking) Act 2004. For more information about creating a safe environment, visit the Safe Clubs 4 Kids page
  • Projects are not to commence before formal notification of successful application received. No retrospective funding will be eligible.

How to apply

  • Read the guidelines and supporting information on the Sport and Recreation (WA) website
  • Contact the Community Participation team on 9492 9821 or 9492 9840 to discuss your application
  • Complete the grant application form
  • Submit your application electronically at or to Sport and Recreation (WA), no later than 5.00pm 28 February 2018.

Successful applicants

Successful applicants will be subject to a grant agreement and required to fulfil a key result schedule and financial acquittal obligations.

For further information

For information regarding the Targeted Participation Program Funding Scheme or assistance to complete the application form, please contact:


Community Participation Officer
PO Box 329, Leederville WA 6903
246 Vincent Street, Leederville WA 6007
Telephone 08 9492 9721 or 9492 9840


Contact your local regional Sport and Recreation (WA) office to discuss your project concept.