Our Sporting Future

The Our Sporting Future Program has been established to assist community sporting organisations with the implementation of small to medium sized facility development projects and development programs for new and emerging sporting organisations across the municipality.

Carlton AFLW player, Grace Egan, on Council's Our Sporting Future grants program, encouraging programs in the areas of Sports Aid, Women & Girls, and Youth Participation.

Examples of projects funded in the past; sport surface development, OHS and public safety improvements, lighting upgrades, pavilion upgrades, club development including access and participation programs, universal access improvement.

How to apply

Please read the Guidelines and FAQs below before submitting an application.

Round 3 of this grant is currently CLOSED. 

Round Three is an additional round, only accepting applications under the categories of Sports Aid, Women and Girls and Youth Participation.

For any questions about this grant, please contact Council on (03) 5832 9700.

About the grant

This funding program has five components:

An organisation/group cannot obtain funding in more than one category at the one time.


Minor will accommodate projects on a $1 to $1 basis requesting assistance from Council of up to, but not exceeding $15,000. Organisations may include up to 25% of the project cost as in-kind costs. Maximum of one successful funding application every two financial years per organisation. 


Major will accommodate projects on a $1 to $1 basis requesting assistance from the Council of up to, but not exceeding $30,000. There is no in-kind component for Major projects. Maximum of one successful application every four financial years per organisation.

Sports Aid

Sports Aid will provide funding between $500 and $5,000 (without matching contributions) for the following types of projects:

  • projects that provide support to new and developing sporting organisations;
  • projects for special access and/or participation projects (that have not been tried before) i.e. a junior program to attract more members or a program that targets a specific group that have not been involved before with the organisation; and/or
  • planning initiatives that address the future sport and recreation needs of the club/organisation i.e. strategic or business plan, facility plan or detail design work on a facility improvement.

A maximum of 3 projects over five years, or a maximum contribution of $10,000 over a three year period per organisation.

Women and Girls

Women & Girls will provide funding towards programs that increase
opportunities for women and girls in sports clubs for development programs or training between $500 and $10,000 (without matching contributions) for the following types of programs:

  • Leadership development programs including governance and leadership programs or training
  • Development programs aimed at increasing participation skills or official accreditation/training e.g. female football umpires course, netball umpires courses for junior girls

A maximum contribution of $10,000 over a five year period per organisation.

Youth Participation

Youth Participation will provide funding towards initiatives to
increase participation in sport for teams/sport between sixteen and eighteen years of age where significant decrease in participation has occurred over previous 1-3 years, for between $500 and $5,000 (without matching contributions) for the following types of projects:

  • Development programs or skills training to assist the engagement of youth participation in community sport where participation has decreased (decreased participation levels to be demonstrated)
  • Purchase of uniforms to help increase participation in youth aged teams where participation has significantly decreased (decreased participation levels to be demonstrated with evidence provided from State Sporting Association’s or Leagues)

A maximum contribution of $10,000 over a five year period per organisation.

Tatura Netball Association

There are two rounds for each funding category each year. Round 1 is open mid-July and closes late August. Round 2 again opens in early December and closes in early Feb.

For further information on the Our Sporting Future Program, please contact Council's Sporting Clubs Officer on (03) 5832 9754.

Kialla Golf Club

Successful recipients from last round

Below are the projects that received funding through the last round of Greater Shepparton City Council’s Our Sporting Future Funding Grants program.

Majors Category

Organisation Project
Merrigum Tennis Club Completion of netball/tennis courts

Minors Category

Organisation Project
SSAA Shotgun Club Upgrade the pit
Mooroopna Recreation Reserve CoM Refurbish the Sir Ian McLennan Centre Facility
Mooroopna Past Players & Officials Association Mooroopna Past Players & Officials Association Shelter
Murchison Bowls Club Shade Protection for Bowlers & Visitors

Sports Aid Category

Organisation Project
GV Hockey Association Introducing Indoor Hockey to the Goulburn Valley

Women and Girls Category

Organisation Project
Shepparton Swimming Club Development Coach Course
GV Master Swimming Club Coaching & Leadership Training for Rising Female Club Leaders
Touch Football Vic Women's Leadership Pathway