Regional Sports Organisation Fund

This fund supports regional sports organisations to provide programmes and services that encourage active participation and healthy lifestyles.

Total Fund: $430,000 per annum

Apply: Open 1 December 2018, Close 15 February 2019

If you have any questions about regional sports organisation funding ring 0800 500 185 or email

Can you apply?

Applying for Regional Sports Organisation Funding For The First Time

Applications are accepted from organisations recognised as the Regional Sports Organisations for our area.


These Regional Sports Organisations need to be:

  • An incorporated society or an incorporated charitable trust. You can check if you are incorporated at Societies & Trusts
  • A company with charitable purposes that  is registered with Charities Services 

To apply your RSO also needs to be:

  • Undertaking their activities in our area
  • Affiliated to the appropriate National Sports Organisation
  • Able to provide:
    • documentation of RSO participation activities, detailing all competitions, programmes and development initiatives to show regular participation levels and activities
    • documentation that clearly shows individual participant numbers, including names, addresses and competition/level of participation
    • a strategic plan, a current annual plan and budget
    • annual financial statements
    • demonstrated need for financial assistance

Regional Sports Organisations Already Receiving RSO Funding

Please refer to How to Apply below

What we fund

Regional Sports Organisations can use their funding for whatever areas of their operation are a priority and that are particularly aligned to our Active Lifestyle priorities.

Active Lifestyles Priorities

  • Providing grassroots support for life-long active participation and engagement with a focus on:
    • the early years (0-13 years)
    • older persons
    • coaching and volunteering
    • inactive people and those experiencing barriers to participation
  • Supporting appropriate and sustainable infrastructure (people, services and facilities) with a focus on:
    • partnering and collaboration
    • consolidation/sharing of services
    • multiuse facilities
  • And, while a lesser priority, we also support elite sport with a focus on supporting the development of athletes, coaches and officials to excel and reach their potential, and sporting franchises operating within financially viable models

How to apply

Already Receiving Regional Sports Organisation Funding

Your continued funding depends on you providing us with your annual RSO application by mid-February each year. In November your RSO will be emailed a direct link and instructions on how to access the application.


To help you prepare, you will need to provide:

  • your annual financial statements
  • your business plan for the coming year
  • your operating budget for the coming year
  • a report on your activities for the past year
  • your current database detailing individual participants
  • evidence of a demonstrated need for funding


Applying for Regional Sports Organisation Funding For The First Time

You will need to contact us to make sure you are eligible and for details on the application process.

How we assess applications

We carry out an initial review of your application to make sure you can apply.

We calculate your funding using a set formula that is based on the number of participants in your sporting code:

  • Base funding of $3,950
  • Plus $10 per participant

How We Define Participants

These are people participating in regular competition or activity of at least 6 weeks duration arranged by the RSO and includes umpires/referees and coaches and whoever pays an affiliation fee or subscription to that RSO. 

When will you hear back?

Decisions are made in April each year and the contact person in your application will receive an email letting them know our decision.

If your application is successful the email will outline the amount approved and any funding conditions. Read Managing Your Funding to find out more.

If your application is unsuccessful the email will outline the reasons for your application being declined.