Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program

Updated: 12 December 2023
Categories: Grants

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About the program

The NSW Government is providing up to $500,000 in grants to eligible sporting clubs and facility owners through the Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program in 2023/24 with grants up to $3,000 available.

In 2023/24 funding is targeted at applicants within the bottom five Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) as ranked by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in order to ensure the most disadvantaged areas are being prioritised. To be considered eligible under the program, applicants must identify the location the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) will be kept. This location must be in one of the postcode areas listed in Appendix C, of the Guidelines, as ranked by the Australian Bureau of Statistics according to their Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA).

Important dates

  • Program opens: Friday 1 December 2023
  • Program closes: When funding allocation is exhausted or by 1pm on 23 February 2024 whichever is earlier.

Applications will be assessed in the order they are received. Applications will be assessed until the funding allocation has been exhausted or the closing date and time occurs.

Key objectives

The key objectives of the Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program 2023/24 are:

  • To support local sport and recreational clubs or related incorporated organisations located in the most disadvantaged areas of NSW in purchasing an AED package.
  • To promote wider access to these devices across NSW.

Funding availability

The grant amount will fund the cost of an approved AED package up to $3,000. Applicants can request a grant for one AED package and are limited to one application per financial year.

Note: Applicants who have received funding under previous rounds of the Local Sport Defibrillator Program are eligible to apply but will only be funded if the program allocation has not been fully expended by the closing date.

Eligible applicants

To be considered eligible under the program, applicants must identify the location the AED will be kept. This location must be in one of the postcode areas listed in Appendix C of the Local Sport Defibrillator Program Guidelines, which are the bottom five SEIFA locations.

Eligible applicants are:

  • Incorporated, not-for-profit clubs, associations or organisations in NSW that are sport or recreation related.
  • State or national sport or recreation organisations on behalf of member clubs located in NSW.
  • Licensed sporting or recreation clubs, providing that the AED package directly benefits sport and recreation members or participants.
  • 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 recreation facility owners, provided they apply on behalf of sport or recreation clubs.
  • Service clubs such as Rotary, Country Women’s Association and Lions, applying on behalf of sport or recreation clubs.

Ineligible applicants

Ineligible applicants are any organisation types not listed as ‘Eligible Applicants’ above, and include (but are not limited to):

  • Individuals
  • Parents and Citizens (P&C) Associations
  • For-profit, commercial organisations
  • Government departments and agencies

An organisation will be deemed ineligible for funding under this Program if they are named:

  1. by the National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse on its list of institutions that have not joined or signified their intent not to join the Scheme; or
  2. in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that has not yet joined the National Redress Scheme.

Application process

Step 1: Check your eligibility

  • Before you apply, please read these guidelines to make sure you understand all relevant requirements, including whether you are eligible to apply.
  • You can find the relevant information on the Office of Sport’s website:
  • Projects must be submitted through the SmartyGrants website to be considered eligible.

Step 2: Prepare your application

  • Applying for the Local Sport Grant Program is a simple process using the SmartyGrants website
  • The Office of Sport recommends that applicants familiarise themselves with the online application form ahead of preparing the application and plan ahead of the closing date.
  • You can download a copy of the application form prior to commencing your application.

Step 3: Submit your application

  • Complete the application by filling in each of the sections including required documentation.
  • Submit the application by 1 pm on 23 February 2024.
  • Successful submissions will be issued with a SmartyGrants system generated acknowledgement email containing a PDF copy of the application which will confirm the time the application was submitted.

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