Recreation Grants


The Recreation grants stream provides financial support to community sporting and recreation groups and non‐government community recreation organisations that offer recreation programs and services to residents in the Inner West.  

Key Dates

The 2020 Grants round closed Sunday 25 October 2020. A further opportunity to apply for a recreation grant over two years is expected to be available in 2022. 

Funding Available

Recreation grants of up to $10,000 each over two years (up to $5,000 per annum) are available in 2022/23.

Past Recipients

A list of successful applicants and their projects for earlier rounds, can be found on the Successful Recreation Grants page.


Grant guidelines 202


The objectives of the Recreation Grants stream is to:

  • Address and remove barriers to participation and engagement.
  • Promote an active and healthy community.
  • Increase and/or enhance regular and ongoing participation opportunities in sport, recreation or structured physical activity in a sustainable manner.
  • Build the capacity of the organisation to enhance provision of sport and recreation services (e.g. provide training to develop the skills of volunteers).

Eligibility Criteria


To be eligible for funding, you must:

  • Be an Australian resident or permanent resident aged over 18 years.
  • Be a legally registered, incorporated not-for-profit organisation or group. Unincorporated groups must be auspiced by an incorporated not-for-profit organisation. Note: This eligibility varies for Arts Grants in 2021/2022 and Community History and Heritage Grants in 2022/2023.
  • Be a resident of or delivering services in the Inner West Council area or offer a project that benefits residents of the Inner West.
  • Include a booking confirmation form for use of a Council facility required as part of a grant application (i.e. Council venues, parks and sportsgrounds) unless otherwise negotiated with the relevant Council grant officer.
  • Meet the grant stream eligibility criteria.
  • Address the grant stream objectives.
  • Demonstrate your project is in the public interest and in accordance with Council’s Community Strategic Plan, policies and regulations.
  • Only submit one application per applicant each year.


Inner West Council does not fund:

  • Applicants who have not acquitted previously completed grant projects or provided an interim progress report for any outstanding grant projects funded by Inner West Council.
  • Applicants who have outstanding debts of any kind to Inner West Council.
  • Applicants who represent a state or federal government department.
  • For-Profit Organisations and Sole Traders. Note: this eligibility varies for Arts Grants - Sole Traders are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants who represent a school or tertiary institution. Parents and Citizens’ Associations however are eligible to apply for projects that can demonstrate they benefit the Inner West community.
  • Projects that have commenced or already taken place. Council does not provide retrospective funding.
  • Projects that duplicate existing services already provided in the Inner West Council area.
  • Capital works, such as renovations to buildings. Note: this eligibility varies for Environment Grants in 2022/2023.
  • Financial assistance for interstate or overseas travel, or other costs where it could be perceived that the applicant would derive excessive personal benefits.
  • Salaries of permanent employees who will be supervising or working on the project as part of their usual duties. However, grants may fund additional staff to work specifically on the project.
  • Ongoing operational expenditure such as fixed overheads and administrative costs.
  • General donations to charities. Council does accept applications for projects run by charities.
  • Activities that could be perceived as benefitting political parties or associated groups.
  • Activities that could be perceived as divisive within the community. 

Assessment Criteria

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

  • Impact and quality of the project that contributes to Council’s Community Strategic Plan, Council’s Recreation Needs Study A Healthier Inner West (2018) and the Recreation grant objectives.
  • Provide recreation benefits to communities in the Inner West.
  • Ability to improve access, inclusion, diversity and participation in recreation activities with sustainable outcomes.
  • Applicant’s capacity to deliver a well‐planned project, including applicant experience, skills and time.
  • Realistic budget, including all sources of project income and quotes, where relevant.

Application Support

Applicants are encouraged to speak with a Council grant officer before applying - please contact Carla Stacey, Coordinator Sporting Partnerships on 9392 5024 or email

How to apply

Council uses SmartyGrants administration software to manage its grants program. Applications must be submitted via the Inner West Council SmartyGrants webpage. Applications must meet the eligibility requirements and no late applications will be accepted. Hard copy applications are not accepted. 

A further opportunity to apply for a recreation grant over two years is expected to be available in 2022. 


For grant enquiries please contact Carla Stacey, Coordinator Sporting Partnerships on 9392 5024 or email

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Page last updated: 03 Aug 2021