​Grant Assessment Process & Criteria

Grant Assessment Process

After the closing date, all applications undergo the following stages

1: Eligibility confirmation
Liquor & Gaming NSW checks each application is eligible to apply against the eligibility criteria available here.

2: Competitive assessment
All eligible applications progress to the assessment stage. Applications are assessed by an independent panel against the assessment criteria. The panel’s assessment informs recommendations to the Minister for funding consideration.​​

3: Notification of application outcome
All applicants (successful and not supported) will be notified of ​their outcome via the email address supplied on the application form.​

Liquor & Gaming NSW often receives many more applications than is possible to fund. There are no appeals under the Liquor & Gaming NSW Grants program. 

A list of successful applicants will be published on the Liquor & Gaming NSW Grants webpage.

Grant Assessment Criteria

The criteria each application is assessed against is: 

To assess the merit of your application the panel considers a number of prompts including to what extent the project:
  • has a clear vision
  • will provide high quality public and/or social outcomes
  • includes implementation strategies for evaluating and measuring results 
  • introduces needed facilities or will enhance the usage of existing facilities. 
To assess the level of engagement the panel considers a number of prompts including to what extent the project:
  • has strategies in place for engaging the community, participants and/or audiences
  • planning is based on a good understanding of needs and expectations of the targeted community and how those needs will be met through activities
  • provides capacity building within the relevant sector in NSW
  • supports and provides commitment to partners and/or communities 
  • supports employment or includes the involvement and development of volunteers.
To assess the viability the panel considers a number of prompts including to what extent the project:
  • is well-planned with appropriate approvals and risk management in place
  • has achievable and realistic timelines
  • will be delivered by an organisation with appropriate administration, management and governance expertise and financial stability
  • has strategic partnerships including collaborations across the sector
  • has secured future operations and maintenance plans.
To assess the budget the panel considers a number of prompts including to what extent the project:
  • proposal is based on a detailed and accurate budget 
  • provides value for money and is realistic for scale and impact of project 
  • demonstrates an appropriate use of public funds 
  • includes income from other sources and own contributions
  • includes the appropriate provision for contingencies 
  • includes insurance and other liabilities.
​Priority Frameworks
In the assessment process, consideration will also be given to those applications which address the following areas: 
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities 
  • regional and remote communities 
  • disadvantaged communities 
  • culturally and linguistically diverse communities 
  • project readiness, e.g. in a position to start should it be successful.

​If you are successful

Successful applicants are required to sign and return a Funding Deed. Where applicable, applicants will also be required to forward evidence that development consent and/or owners consent has been obtained, before funds will be released.

Organisations applying for funding are required to have a minimum Public Liability Insurance cover of $20 million where capital works are being undertaken. It is the responsibility of the applicant organisation to ensure that it has appropriate insurance coverage in place for the project works or activities, and its day-to-day operations.

The Grants Team may conduct spot checks as required to evidence the delivery of the project.