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Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing

The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing offer a number of state government grant opportunities throughout the year. These include - 

  • State Sport and Recreation Development Program
  • Active Club Program
  • Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program
  • Active State Collaboration Program
  • Performance Pathways Program
  • SASI Individual Athlete Program
  • Sports Vouchers Program

For more information, including closing dates, eligibility requirements, guidelines, please click here.

To find information on the SmartyGrants online application form, please click here

Facility Grants

Many of Hockey SA’s affiliated clubs and associations have responsibility for a facility which in most cases includes a synthetic turf. Over time, these facilities need to be upgraded or replaced and government financial support is a critical part of making those programs happen.

Grant programs are typically over-subscribed and there is no guarantee of success. Tips for seeking financial support for facilities projects:

  • Ensure that the club / association is making a financial contribution to the project
  • Secure financial support from as many bodies as possible – Council, Federal and State Governments
  • Keep Hockey SA informed as progress so that we can include discussion of your potential project in meetings with government employees and Minister(s)
  • Include Hockey SA in selected meetings with government where appropriate.

Grant applications often have a ‘Peak Body Support Form’ or similar which Hockey SA can complete on request. Hockey SA is also able to provide letters of support as part of grant applications and at various points in the development process.


Club fundraising and donations

The Australian Sports Foundation (ASF) has a Fundraising4Sport (F4S) program to help raise funds for sporting and community clubs and organisations of all sizes for projects that seek to develop sport and/or increase participation.

They are uniquely positioned to enable philanthropic support to sport by providing tax deductibility for donations made to projects signed up with them.

CLICK HERE for further details.


Council support

Each local council is different and will offer differing degrees of support whether financial or in-kind in helping facilities projects to move through the process. 

Contact your local council directly to gather this support.

Federal Government support

Federal grants are available under the Stronger Communities Program which can be applied to sporting facilities. 

CLICK HERE for further details.

State Government support

The State Government supports all levels of sport – from grassroots through to elite. Grassroots clubs, regional sporting hubs and associations are at the core of strong South Australian communities.

Eligible organisations can now apply for up to $3,000 for funding of programs and equipment through Round 51 of the Active Club Program (ACP).

$1,236,000 is available to support active recreation, sport and recreational fishing clubs to further develop the programs and services they provide within the South Australian community.

Who can apply?

  • To be eligible for the ACP, applicants must be ALL of the following:
  • a not-for-profit active recreation or sport club or community organisation whose purpose is the delivery of active recreation or sport programs and services in South Australia; or
  • a not-for-profit recreational fishing club whose purpose is the delivery of recreation programs and services in South Australia; and
  • be incorporated under the Associations Incorporations Act 1985 (SA) or have some other comparable legal status, and
  • have a minimum total membership base of 20 members. Total membership can include associate, social and life membership, and
  • be operating for 12 months or longer.

For eligible applicants with less than 100 members the maximum grant available will be $1,500 and for applicants with 100 or more members the maximum grant available will be $3,000.

The ACP supports the ORSR 2021–2025 Strategic Plan, which has an ambitious set of goals to get South Australians moving. One of the priorities of the Strategic Plan is ‘Active Lives’ which drives movement, play and performance to be embedded into the daily lives of South Australians.

Please read the Program Guidelines prior to submitting an application for the 2022-23 ACP.

Applications close midday on Wednesday 15 March 2023.

The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing (ORSR) is available to assist with any queries you may have when completing your submission. Please email if you have any questions.