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ClubGRANTS Category 1 and 2

ClubGRANTS operates under the ClubGRANTS Guidelines approved by the Minister.

Category 1

Eligible Category 1 expenditure is for projects and/or services that contribute to the welfare and broader social fabric of the local community, and are aimed at improving the living standards of low income and disadvantaged people, including

  • Community Welfare and Social Services
  • Community Development
  • Community Health Services
  • Employment Assistance Activities

For a full list please see the Clubs NSW ClubGRANTS application guide (PDF, 1.5MB).

Category 2

Thar expenditure allocated to a club's core activities (such as sport, returned servicemen's league/veteran welfare, golf course and bowling green maintenance, including for wages paid to staff to carry out the maintenance) not listed in Category 1.

Funding process

ClubGRANTS for Category 1 are determined at a local government area (LGA) level while Category 2 is determined by the individual club.

A Local Committee is established in areas where the Category 1 ClubGRANTS liability for all participating clubs exceeds $30,000. The role of the ClubGRANTS Local Committee is to provide a broad consultative and advisory process so that qualifying clubs and key community service agencies may participate.

Each Local Committee sets its own closing dates for applications.

Visit ClubsNSW to find your local grant round.

Each local area will have its processes and criteria for making Category 1 applications. For example you may need to send your application to the Local Committee convener or the club directly. Additionally, special criteria may apply to the application process.

Application form

Category 1 standard application forms can be obtained from Local Committees or from the ClubsNSW website. There is no standard Category 2 application form.

Category 1 funding estimates

Funding estimates are determined for each LGA where a Local Committee is established based on the maximum amount of gaming machine tax rebate available to clubs in the previous year under ClubGRANTS.

Estimate of Category 1 ClubGRANTS funds, 2014-2015 (PDF, 198KB)

Grants greater than $10,000

Clubs participating in the ClubGRANTS Scheme must enter into formal arrangements with recipients of ClubGRANTS funding when the amount exceeds $10,000. In this case, clubs should use the Letter of Offer template (PDF, 18KB) that sets out the basic conditions, but clubs may place additional conditions on the provisions of funds, if considered necessary.

In-kind expenditure

Clubs may provide in-kind expenditure for both Category 1 and Category 2 projects and services. While the in-kind amounts are limited to no more than 20% of the maximum rebate amount for Category 1 and 2 combined, clubs may apply for exemptions to this limit.

Application for exemption to 20% limit on in-kind expenditure (PDF, 24KB)

No Local Committee

In areas where a Local Committee is not required to be established, registered clubs may contact a government agency (such as FACS or a local council) for advice on suitability of an application for funding. However, this does not prevent stakeholders from establishing a Local Committee if they wish. See Table 2 of the Category 1 ClubGRANTS Funding (PDF, 198KB) to see areas where a Local Committee is not required.

Assistance and advice

Advice to potential applicants and qualifying clubs as to whether proposed projects or activities would be eligible Category 1 or Category 2 expenditure under the guidelines is available from Liquor & Gaming NSW.

Requests for such advice should be made in writing and sent to:

ManageCompliance 
Revenue Assurance & Integrity
Liquor & Gaming NSW
GPO Box 7060
Sydney NSW 2001

Phone: (02) 9995 0837
Email: clubgrants@justice.nsw.gov.au