Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program – Everything You Need To Know On This Page

The Office of Sport will conduct regular assessments for the Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program. Making recommendations for funding during the program time line. Applications not submitted by 5pm on dates below will be considered on the next assessment date.

Program Opened: 3 September 2020

First Assessment: 23 November 2020

Second Assessment: 22 February 2021

Applications Closing Date: 12 April 2021* 5pm
*Unless funding allocation is exhausted prior.


3 Things To Learn To Make Your Sporting Club Heart Safe – Click each one for more information

Time is Everything! Are you and your team confident to act quick?

Identifying there is an emergency situation quickly is essential to giving the victim the best possible chance of survival. DRSABCD is the best guide for this process, ask us and we will send you a copy.

Think Emergency Services can help Everyone? Think again!

Our emergency services are absolutely awesome, but they need our help especially when it comes to SCA. Time is critical and bystander help is needed to save a victims life with good quality CPR and prompt Defibrillation until the ambulance arrives.

Don’t want to Break any Ribs with CPR? It’s OK if you do!

Good quality CPR means you need to PUSH HARD & FAST. 100 – 120 compressions per minute and pushing down a third of a persons chest until emergency services arrives or the Defibrillator tells you to take your hands off. Performing CPR means oxygenated blood is circulating and keeping vital organs like the brain alive.
Ribs are there to protect and may break during CPR but it’s ok! Id forgive you if it meant you saved my life.

Do you know what a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is?

  • An emergency life and death condition in which an ‘electrical malfunction’ stops the heart beating. 
  • Signs of a SCA include; sudden collapse, non-responsiveness and no normal breathing.
  • A SCA victim will LOSE 10% chance of survival every minute. 
  • 30,000+ Australian lives are lost EACH YEAR to it.
  • All ages are at RISK! It does not discriminate. 
  • Prompt, high quality CPR and Defibrillation offer the best chance of survival.  

Response For Life is an approved NSW Government AED Service Provider.

Offering the full range of approved AED’s for the Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program.

If you are a sporting club, or know of a sporting club, that has been putting off getting an AED (Automated External Defibrillator), the Local Sport Defibrillator Grant is a great opportunity.

Grants are available up to 50% of the AED package in Zones 1 (capped at $1,250) and Zone 2 (capped at $1,300) and up to 75% in Zone 3 (capped at $1,900).

Applications close: 5pm, Monday 12th April 2021

Response For Life encourages you to make contact with us to take advantage of this excellent NSW Government initiative that will help save lives.

This could be the cheapest opportunity NSW club’s will get to own a complete Defibrillator package. The NSW Government has joined our push for us to be Heart Safe.

Contact us now and let’s help your club get Defib equipped through the Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program.

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Response For Life Is An Approved NSW Government AED Service Provider

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Who is eligible to apply for the Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program?

  • Incorporated, not-for-profit sports and recreational clubs or other incorporated organisations in NSW that are sport or recreation related
  • State or national sporting organisations on behalf of member clubs located in NSW
  • Licensed sporting clubs, providing that the project directly benefits sporting activities
  • Sport clubs associated with a school, church or university providing they are an incorporated not for profit club in their own right
  • Councils, and sport and recreational facilities owners on behalf of sport and recreational clubs
  • Service clubs such as Rotary, CWA and Lions, on behalf of sports clubs

What is not included in the Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program?

Ongoing maintenance outside of the scope of the maintenance schedule and any extended warranty as specified by the AED Panel Service Provider

  • Accredited CPR, First Aid, ongoing or additional face-to-face AED familiarisation instruction
  • Out-of-warranty repair of equipment
  • Replacement costs of consumables including batteries and electrode pads
  • Replacement or temporary replacement of the AED if it is damaged or unrecoverable through wear and tear, vandalism, accident, theft or misuse
  • General first aid maintenance items or equipment (items requiring cleaning and disinfecting after use)

Note: This is a general guide only. Sports clubs/organisations should refer to the details set out in the particular AED Panel Service Providers’ packages making a choice of provider.

What is the application Process?


Step 1: Check Your Eligibility

  • See “Who is Eligible to apply”.
  • If you are not eligible, you can partner with an eligible organisation, although they will have to submit the application.

Step 2: Understand the Requirements

  • Establish a service level agreement with AED Provider (Response For Life).
  • Undertake AED familiarisation instruction, to be conducted within 28 days** of delivery of AED.
  • Have a medical emergency plan (ask us for templates) in place within 6 months, to be provided as part of the grant reporting requirements.
  • Be responsible for the ongoing management and maintenance of the AED for its expected life (outside inclusions of initial AED package).

**Delivery of AED familiarisation instruction during COVID-19 can be via online meeting platforms within 28 days of delivery.


Step 3: Plan Your Application

  • Read the Guidelines to familiarise yourself with the funding process and requirements.
  • Choose Response For Life as your approved service provider and choose one of the approved AED models. Contact us on this page to run you through this process.

Step 4: Submit Your Application

  • Register or search for your organisation through the Office of Sport’s Grants Website (only register if not already in the online system).
  • Complete your application by filling in each of the sections.
  • Applications must be submitted by the closing date/time of 5:00pm Monday 12 April 2021 (unless funding allocation is exhausted prior).
  • You can submit your application at any time prior to closing and applications will be assessed on 23 November 2020 and 22 February 2021.

How to claim your grant

Successful applicants will be required to accept the Program’s Terms and Conditions including:

  • Completing the service level agreement signed by both the Applicant and AED Service Provider (Response For Life) selected in application. Response For Life will provide this to you.
  • Providing an invoice for the total amount of the grant (plus GST if registered for GST) made out to the Office of Sport. This invoice to Office of Sport is for the grant amount you’re receiving not the invoice from Response For Life.
  • If your organisations does not have an ABN, you must upload a signed ATO Statement by Supplier form

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