Funding Support

Government Funding Support

There are many Government funding programs to support the development of sporting club infrastructure.

Please look at the current grant opportunities listed below.  Links to program websites are provided, along with brief summaries of the types of projects that each grant will fund, and the funding that is available.

AFL Queensland’s Infrastructure Planning Unit can assist your club by providing grant application templates, coordinating letters of support for your project and reviewing your applications prior to lodgement. Please contact our staff members below for assistance in seeking Government funding support.

Brisbane North, Sunshine Coast, Regional Queensland: Chris Hunt on (07) 5429 1803 or chris.hunt@aflq.com.au
Brisbane South, Gold Coast, NSW Northern Rivers: David Heilbron on (07) 3033 5409 or david.heilbron@aflq.com.au


 State-wide Grants

The Queensland Government has three facilities grants that are available to all clubs. These are:

Get in the Game – Get Playing Plus

  • Only one round annually.
  • Available funding: Up to $400,000 – $1.5 million
  • Targeting: Projects with a focus on growing club participation numbers, particularly juniors.
  • Potential projects: Major facilities development.  Funding amounts must be matched, depending upon the population of your local Council.

Get in the Game – Get Playing

  • Only one round annually.
  • Available funding: Up to $100,000
  • Targeting: Projects with a focus on growing club participation numbers, particularly juniors.
  • Potential projects: Clubroom upgrades, lighting upgrades, new oval construction.  Applicants must fund 25% of project, and in-kind contributions are counted.

Gambling Community Benefit Fund

  • Available funding: Up to $35,000
  • Targeting: All club projects with a general focus.
  • Potential projects: Minor facility upgrades, equipment, minor new infrastructure such as scoreboards, coaches boxes, turf upgrades etc.  No matching funding required.

Local Government Grants

Brisbane City Council

School Sport & Recreation Facility Upgrade Program

  • Only one round annually.
  • Available funding: Up to $20,000
  • Targeting: Club facilities on State School property.
  • Potential projects: Minor facility upgrades, minor new infrastructure such as scoreboards, coaches boxes turf upgrades,  etc.  No matching funding required.

Community Sport Clubs Grant Program

  • Only one round annually.
  • Available funding: Up to $100,000
  • Targeting: Projects that enhance the club’s financial sustainability.
  • Potential projects: Solar panels, water-saving improvements, canteens, projects that grow club registration numbers.

City of Gold Coast

Divisional Donations Program

  • Two rounds annually.
  • Available funding: Up to $50,000.  Varies by Council division.
  • Targeting: All club projects with a general focus.
  • Potential projects: Minor facility upgrades, equipment, minor new infrastructure such as scoreboards, coaches boxes, turf upgrades  etc.  No matching funding required.

Moreton Bay Regional Council

Community Facilities Development Program

  • Two rounds annually.
  • Available funding: Design – up to $10,000.  Build – up to $15,000
  • Targeting: All club projects with a general focus.
  • Potential projects: Minor facility upgrades, equipment, minor new infrastructure such as scoreboards, coaches boxes, turf upgrades  etc.  No matching funding required.

 Sunshine Coast Council

Community Grants Program

  • Two rounds annually.
  • Available funding: Up to $50,000
  • Targeting: All club projects with a general focus.
  • Potential projects: Minor facility upgrades, equipment, minor new infrastructure such as scoreboards, coaches boxes etc.  No matching funding required.

Redland City Council

Community Grants Program – Capital Infrastructure

  • One round annually.
  • Available funding: Up to $50,000.
  • Targeting: All club projects with a general focus.
  • Potential projects: Minor facility upgrades, equipment, minor new infrastructure such as scoreboards, coaches boxes, turf upgrades  etc.  No matching funding required.

Gladstone Regional Council

Community Projects Grant

  • Opens: September.
  • One round annually.
  • Available funding: Up to $60,000
  • Targeting: All club projects with a general focus.
  • Potential projects: Minor facility upgrades, equipment, minor new infrastructure such as scoreboards, coaches boxes etc.  No matching funding required.

 AFL Facilities Development Reserve

Since 2007, the AFL has been able to invest substantial sums into grassroots Australian football through the AFL Facilities Development Reserve. The Reserve is a fund dedicated to improving our grassroots club infrastructure at ovals across Australia. Since its inception, the Facilities Development Reserve has supported over $491 million of facility improvements across over 609 projects. The scope of projects developed range from modest upgrades of existing facilities through to the construction of new multi-million dollar precincts.

AFL Queensland also works closely with other partners to influence decisions in support of grassroots football. AFL Queensland will continue to promote facility standards and communicate best practice to all of our partners through a number of channels including the AFL Queensland website.

Demand for capital investment consistently exceeds available resources. AFL Queensland has therefore put into place a process that weights AFL Facilities Development Reserve project applications based on the following factors:

  • Meets with the AFL Preferred Facility Guidelines for the relevant facility standard and is technically viable.
  • Promotes for the growth of grassroots participation in Australian football.
  • Provides facilities that are flexible and adaptable for a range of uses and AFL program formats.
  • Focuses on clubs that support a full range of participation opportunities for both genders.
  • Improves the standard of unisex amenities provided for umpires.
  • Fosters partnerships between football clubs and school facility providers.
  • Satisfies a number of identified needs, such as regional hubs that serve administrative, talent, game development and event purposes.
  • Demonstrates realistic and sustainable business planning with a reduced reliance on external subsidies.
  • In AFL Queensland priority geographical areas.

AFL Queensland also commits to partnering with other sporting organisations to deliver capital projects that maximise outcomes for Australian football.

For further information about your club’s eligibility for AFL Facilities Development Reserve funding, please contact our Facilities and Grants Coordinators:

Brisbane North, Sunshine Coast, Regional Queensland: Chris Hunt on (07) 5429 1803 or chris.hunt@aflq.com.au
Brisbane South, Gold Coast, NSW Northern Rivers: David Heilbron on (07) 3033 5409 or david.heilbron@aflq.com.au

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