Recreation Grants

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The Recreation Grants Program provides financial support of up to $7,500 to community sporting and recreation groups and non-government community recreation organisations that offer recreation programs and services to residents in the Inner West Council area.

The Inner West Council area includes the suburbs of Annandale, Ashfield, Balmain (including Balmain East), Birchgrove, Dobroyd Point, Dulwich Hill, Enmore, Haberfield, Leichhardt, Lewisham, Lilyfield, Marrickville, South Marrickville, Petersham, Rozelle, Stanmore, St Peters, Summer Hill, Sydenham, Tempe. Inner West Council also includes parts of Ashbury, Camperdown, Croydon, Croydon Park, Hurlstone Park and Newtown.

Download the Recreation Grant Guidelines (PDF 2.2MB) here. Alternatively you can read them below.

Objectives Projects supported Eligibility Not eligible Assessment Criteria Grants Administration Further Information Enquiries Key Dates Apply


  • Address and remove barriers to participation and engagement supporting people to meet their full potential
  • Creating positive and meaningful involvement in our neighbourhoods and communities
  • Ensure inclusive and best practice access to recreation so that all members of the Inner West community can enjoy activities that appeal to their interest and form closer connections.
  • Priority groups: Aboriginal communities, CALD communities, children, young people, LGBTIQ communities, older people, people with a disability, women and girls, and time poor 30 to 50 year olds.

Types of projects supported

Assistance is provided to projects that:

  • Promote an active and healthy community;
  • Increase and/or enhance regular and on-going participation opportunities in sport, recreation or structured physical activity in a sustainable manner;
  • Address barriers to participation in sport, recreation and structured physical activity;
  • Build the capacity of the organisation to enhance provision of sport and recreation services
  • Provide accreditation or training to develop the skills of volunteers to enable sport, recreation and structured physical activity programs to be conducted in locations across NSW;

Assessment criteria

The following criteria will be considered in the process of assessing applications:

  • Projects must be able to demonstrate that the grant would be for a project in the public interest and in accordance with Council policy;
  • Applicants must be proposing a project within specified dates of the particular funding program, and cannot be used retrospectively;
  • The extent of the in-kind and financial support provided by the applicant towards the project will be considered
  • Applications must address Council’s Statement of Vision and Priorities;
  • Applicant must have acquitted previous grants from IWC or the former Councils comprising the IWC and have no outstanding debts to Council; and
  • Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria of the specific grant program being sought.
  • Benefits to communities within the IWC area adversely affected by WestConnex


  • Applicants must be over 18 years;
  • Applicants must be a resident of the Inner West Council area or non-residents offering a program of demonstrable and significant benefit to the local community;
  • Applicants must be a registered and appropriately incorporated not-for profit, non-government, or commercial organisation or a community group auspiced by not-for-profit and appropriately incorporated organisation. Non-local groups or organisations must demonstrate significant benefit to the local community;
  • Applications must be for a specific project and not consider a grant as a permanent source of future funding. Grants are not awarded to cover a short fall in administrative costs;
  • Only one application per grant round may be submitted.

Not eligible

  • General donations to charities, however specific local projects applied for by charities may be eligible;
  • Ongoing staffing or operational costs;
  • Grants will not be provided to political parties or groups formally linked to a political party
  • Activities that could be perceived as divisive within the community
  • State of federal government departments (including schools or tertiary institutions), or projects which fall under the responsibility of another tier of government. P&C’s can only apply for projects which can demonstrate the project is accessible and beneficial to the broader Inner West community (beyond the school community); and
  • Grants seeking financial assistance for overseas travel, or other costs where it could be perceived that the applicant would derive excessive personal benefits.

Grants Administration

Application process

Applications must be provided using the Smartygrants online application management system. The grants page on Council’s website will provide further information regarding the application process, including opening and closing dates and a link to the application form.


Applications will be assessed by relevant Council staff against the eligibility and assessment criteria. Applications which meet the eligibility and assessment criteria will be considered by a selection panel. Priority will be given to local applicants.


Submissions will be assessed against eligibility and selection criteria by an expert panel with recommendations made to Inner West Council for approval. All applicants will be advised as to whether they have or have not been successful within four weeks of Council’s decision.

Funding agreements and conditions

Successful applicants will be sent an email confirming the conditions for accepting the grant. Once the applicant/organisation has read and signed the letter confirming they will abide by the grant conditions, the full amount of the grant will be sent to the organisation or group.

Conditions for approval:

  • Council reserves the right to assess an application under an alternative category;
  • The awarding of a grant does not imply the provision of any additional resources or funding for that project or associated activities from Council;
  • Applications for the purchase of significant items (over $1,000) must include copies of two quotes;
  • Applicants who have received funds in previous years will only be eligible to apply for assistance in the current year if all accountability and evaluation procedures have been satisfied;
  • Applicants may not vary the purpose of the grant for which they have been funded without receiving written approval from Council;
  • Applications must contain written confirmation from all partnership bodies named in the proposal as confirmed funding sources or key participating organisations
  • Once contracts are finalised, payments are processed with a standard 30 day turnaround time.

Evaluation and reporting

Successful applicants will be required to undertake the following activities:

  • Sign a form accepting the conditions of the grant;
  • Complete an evaluation report for Council within one month of the project being completed using the evaluation form provided by Council via Smartygrants;
  • Provide a financial break down of how the grant money was spent, including receipts; and
  • All promotional materials must acknowledge Council’s support through text or logo placement.

Further Information

For more information about the Inner West community visit:

Community Profile webpage
Statement of Vision and Priorities


Contact Peter Montague on 9335 2037 or

Key Dates

  • Grants open - 3 July 2017
  • Grant Information Session Petersham - 4 July, 6pm to 7pm
    Bookings essential at Eventbrite
  • Grant Information Session Ashfield - 5 July, 10am to 11am
    Bookings essential at Eventbrite
  • Grant Writing Workshop Ashfield - 10 July, 10am to 1pm
    Bookings essential at Eventbrite
  • Grants close - 10 August 2017


The 2017 Program is NOW CLOSED



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