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 Recreation grants round will reopen in 2024.

Funding available

Recreation grants of up to $10,000 each over two years, with a maximum of $5,000 per year.

Past recipients

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




The objectives of the Recreation Grants 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).

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.

Brief eligibility criteria

Inner West Council provides grants for projects that have not yet commenced, and in limited cases people who have not yet acquitted a previous grant may be eligible to apply again. In addition:

  • Council does fund Parents and Citizen organisations but does not fund projects for schools.
  • Council only provides support for capital projects in the Environment grant stream, and Council does not provide support for interstate or overseas travel.
  • Council does not fund political parties or their activities.

Application support

Applicants are encouraged to speak with a Council grant officer before applying

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. 

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Page last updated: 05 May 2023