The $40 million Community Sport Sector Short-term Survival Package provides grants to support the operational viability of community sport and active recreation organisations impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This initiative is part of the Victorian Government’s new Experience Economy Survival Package providing urgent support to help a range of key attractions, organisations and associations ride out the economic impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and help them reboot, rebound and recover.

Status: Open, closing 30 June 2020

What grants are available?

The Victorian Community Sport Sector Short Term Survival Program provides grants in two streams:

Stream 1: 
State-wide Operational Sustainability grants will support State Sporting Associations with grants of up to $350,000 while State Sport and Recreation Bodies, Regional Academies of Sport and Regional Sports Assemblies will be eligible for grants of up to $200,000

Stream 2:
 Grassroots Operational Support grants will provide funding for associations and leagues of up to $15,000 while clubs and organisations delivering community sport and active recreation can apply for grants of up to $1,000 to maintain operational viability and roll out a return to play.

For specific details on the program, including the objectives of the fund, the number of applications that can be submitted under each stream, the grant amounts available and eligibility of applications please refer to the guidelines below.


Download the application guidelines here:


What can the funding be used for?

  • Financial support will be provided to assist the organisation remain operational during the eligibility period, and to support readiness to return-to-play in adherence with Victorian Chief Health Officer restrictions and advice. For more information, see:
  • Funding can be used for fixed costs (e.g. rent/utilities/insurance), essential salary costs (not match/player/coach payments) and any other costs that keep the club viable and ready to function once restrictions ease.

For further information and to apply, please visit the
Sport and Recreation Victoria website.

We are always here if you need assistance with an application, please contact our Valley Sport team at or contact (03) 5831 8456.