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ClubGRANTS Category 1 and 2

ClubGRANTS was established in 1998 to ensure registered clubs in NSW with profits over $1 million contribute financial or in-kind support to local community services, programs, and projects.

ClubGRANTS Guidelines

ClubGRANTS operates under the ClubGRANTS Guidelines approved by the Minister.

ClubGRANTS Guidelines  include requirements for Category 1, 2 and 3 expenditure, accountability and reporting, application and funding processes, and Category 1 local committees.

Download: ClubGRANTS guidelines (PDF 423.9 KB)

Category 3 funding, or Infrastructure Grants, is administered by the Office of Responsible Gambling.

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, 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).

Standard application forms for Category 1 funding can be obtained from Local Committees or from ClubsNSW.

Category 2

Category 2 allocated expenditure is that expenditure allocated to community development and support activities and projects not listed under category 1 as well as expenditure allocated to a  club's core activities. For example sport, returned servicemen's league or veteran welfare, golf courses and bowling greens etc. This also includes wages paid to staff to carry out maintenance.

There is no standard Category 2 funding application form.

Funding process

  • Category 1 ClubGRANTS: determined at a Local Government Area (LGA) level
  • Category 2 ClubGRANTS: determined by the individual club.

A Local Committee must be established in areas where the Category 1 ClubGRANTS liability for all participating clubs exceeds $30,000 expenditure.

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. For further information about the Local Committee process refer to section 6 of the ClubGRANTS Guidelines (PDF 423.9 KB).

Each Local Committee sets its own closing dates for applications. Find your local grant round.

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

Category 1 funding estimates

The ClubGRANTS Guidelines (PDF 423.9 KB) (paragraph 4.6) also require each club to advise its Local Committee in writing of their Category 1 funding allocations made in the previous year.

A listing is available 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. The listing provides a guide as to what funding may be available in the following tax year.

Grants greater than $10,000

Formal arrangements must be entered into with recipients of ClubGRANTS funding when the grant amount exceeds $10,000.

The Letter of Offer template outlines the basic conditions. Clubs may place additional conditions on the provisions of funds, if any are considered necessary.

Download: Letter of Offer template (PDF 18.0 KB)

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. Any in-kind expenditure must not exceed market value.

Apply: Application for exemption to 20% limit on in-kind expenditure (PDF 96.1 KB)

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 voluntarily establishing a Local Committee.

See Table 2 of the Category 1 ClubGRANTS Funding (PDF 423.9 KB) to see areas where a Local Committee is not required.

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