Giving4GrassrootsTM

Our national small grants program that funds initiatives and programs aimed at increasing participation in grassroots and community sport throughout Australia.

2015 Successful Grants

In 2015, nearly 800 applications were received for our grant round, with over $5m in grants requested. We received $155,000 from generous donors which allowed 24 clubs and organisations to receive grants, benefiting over 7500 kids all over the country. In 2016, we aim to raise even more funds to benefit more very deserving clubs. Below is a snapshot of all the clubs and programs that benefited from the April grant round:

CARINA LEAGUES TRIATHLON CLUB, QLD

CARINA LEAGUES TRIATHLON CLUB, QLD

Carina Leagues Triathlon Club received a G4G grant in 2015 to fund the promotion and delivery of an Aquathon series which enabled the club to provide a new pathway for children and their families to easily participate in, and experience the benefits of grassroots triathlon programs. The club also spent some funds on shirts and training equipment for participants which helped to reduce entry costs into ongoing engagement with the sport, which supported significant uptake in weekly program attendance from participants in the aquathlon series. “The delivery of the aquathlon series has had a significant impact on youth participation in the sport. Traditionally triathlon is viewed a difficult and often expensive sport to engage with, resulting in low participation numbers at a junior level. By removing the most costly and challenging element of triathlon, coupled with the delivery of the program alongside family members in one central environment, many children who would not have otherwise tried the sport were able to engage”- Kym Wood, Project Manager told us. “This also resulted in a number of new members joining our club and nearby partner clubs and an overall increase in ongoing grassroots participation that would not have been possible without the delivery of this sport. We wish to thank the ASF wholeheartedly for enabling us to develop and deliver a unique engagement program for youth in the local area”.
BANKSTOWN JETS TOUCH ASSOCIATION, NSW

BANKSTOWN JETS TOUCH ASSOCIATION, NSW

Bankstown Jets received a G4G grant in 2015 to advertise and run a ‘come and try’ day to support under 7’s and 9’s players participate in safe and fun team sport at little or no cost to the players of the local community. “We had well over a hundred children participate in our 'come and try' day and about 120 under 7 and under 9 children participated in our local summer competition. This enable many children from low socio-economic and other disadvantaged groups to participate in a team sport for little or no cost. This was particularly important in the Bankstown area where cost is a barrier to participation in sport for many local families” Graeme Wilkinson, Jets Treasurer told us. The Jets goal now is to keep these young kids active and involved in touch football. Their committee of volunteers will be working very hard over the Winter to encourage and support these children to come back next season and enjoy their sport.
NGURRA KUJUNGKA INC, WA

NGURRA KUJUNGKA INC, WA

Ngurra Kujungka utilised their G4G grant to purchase sporting equipment which enabled a variety of sporting activities be delivered as part of a Community Participation Program. "The Program has engaged approximately 250 youth individuals throughout the communities and helped deliver the following outcomes:
  • Increased in physical activity.
  • As delivered before and after school has greatly assisted in help improve school attendance further assisting with the development of education levels.
  • Encouraged adults throughout each community to also get involved and assist in the delivery of the program.
  • And provided Ngurra Kujungka Recreation Officers with training and experience in delivering sporting activity" - Dan Barnes, Project Manager told us.
"The Giving for Grassroots grant was an extremely beneficial grant that fitted in well with our organisation. The equipment purchased will be able to be utilised beyond the specified project completion date to enable the project to continue. This sporting projecting has provided the opportunity to not only improve the level of physical activity but has supported broader community outcomes such as capacity building and sustainability".
SUNSHINE HEIGHTS CRICKET CLUB INC, VIC

SUNSHINE HEIGHTS CRICKET CLUB INC, VIC

A $5,000 grant has allowed Sunshine Heights Cricket Club to transport less-privileged kids to their cricket games. "The make-up and backgrounds of our junior players means that transportation is a big problem for them as many come from families without both parents, or parents without cars. Therefore being able to provide designated drivers to transport these children is a key part of ensuring they continue to participate and play sport for our club"- Paul Stockwell, President of Sunshine Heights Cricket Club said. This service is viewed by the club as a key platform in participation growth in the local area and "allowed more than 40 junior players accessing our junior transport program, and numerous new players commencing playing cricket with our club" Paul said.
PARAMOUNT TENNIS CLUB INC, NSW

PARAMOUNT TENNIS CLUB INC, NSW

Paramount Tennis Club received a $3,700 G4G grant in 2015, which allowed them to increase their club's membership by 30%. The club knows how important the role of sport is for growing kids; they set out in providing a facility to better accommodate their smaller size. The club used their granted funds to install 2 'Hot Shots' courts (courts that are kid friendly and appropriately sized), including the netposts, nets and all the accessories. "The younger children have been very excited to be able to practice within an area more suited to their size" - Karen Armstrong, Secretary of Paramount Tennis Club said. "We completed the 2015 year with an increase in membership of 30% of which the juniors increased by around 20%. Now whenever we have competition days or coaching clinics we can now cater for the 3-9 year olds. The designated area looks great and the kids feel happy and secure in their own space, which will benefit them for years to come".
ROCHESTER NETBALL ASSOCIATION, VIC

ROCHESTER NETBALL ASSOCIATION, VIC

Rochester Netball Association received a G4G grant in 2015 to close the gap between netball seasons for their young local netballers by running a 4-week preseason challenge. “We have had 91 girls enter our preseason challenge over our Secondary and Primary sections”, Sally Parker, the clubs Grants Officer told us. The preseason extended beyond the Rochester community to surrounding towns which created new opportunities for even more clubs to join in the years to come. “We have a great netball facility in Rochester and are so excited to see the courts full of enthusiastic young netballers”.
ACROSS THE WAVES SOFTBALL CLUB, QLD

ACROSS THE WAVES SOFTBALL CLUB, QLD

“Our committee made a commitment to look at opportunities to increase our junior participation membership to ensure we can provide a continued pathway for members from TBall to Seniors”, David Field, Vice President of Across The Waves told us. The granted funds were spent to run a come and try session, and to advertise the session to the community. The club purchased pitching machine, balls, bats and gloves which were used for come and try activities. The equipment purchased was well utilised during the come and try days. The pitching machine (due to its portability) was a significant benefit to enable participants to experience the challenges of hitting a pitched ball. A promotional flyer was developed and distributed through schools and local sporting clubs in the region. Radio advertising campaign was used as the media reach has been demonstrated to be more effective and return on investment value than newspaper advertising. 35 young people attended the come and try sessions with 16 registering for the 2015/2016 season. This allowed the club to nominate teams in the Minor and Major League competition (9-15 yrs). All these new members are now participating in the Bundaberg Softball Summer competition with some players being selected to represent Bundaberg at the 2016 U15 State Championship. A number of these players will also be participating in the Bundaberg Softball Finals Series. “The recruitment of these players has enabled the club to continue to provide a player pathway from TBall to Seniors”. David Field said.
AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL  OPTIMIST DINGHY ASSOCIATION, SA

AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL OPTIMIST DINGHY ASSOCIATION, SA

G4GTM will fund the “50 for $50” Learn to Sail in an Opti program. The funds will go towards subsidising fees and reducing them from $250 down to $50, giving kids whose families otherwise may not be able to afford it the opportunity to learn how to sail. The program will benefit kids aged 7-15 in regional communities in South Australia. Participants 50
CANBERRA ROYALS RUGBY UNION FOOTBALL CLUB, ACT

CANBERRA ROYALS RUGBY UNION FOOTBALL CLUB, ACT

Royals RUFC aimed to engage with local primary schools to assist the schools in developing interest in playing rugby (whether that be contact rugby or the non-contact version Viva7s). Following the successful pilot of acquiring equipment, playing jerseys and offering coaching tone primary school, Royals expanded our exposure to three more schools, acquiring training equipment, jerseys and inter/intra-school trophies. “Between the 4 schools that Royals JRUFC has engaged, we have impacted approximately 1500 girls and boys. All four schools registered teams in the ‘Matt Giteau Primary School Cup’ on 23rd March. This was the 1st time that ALL four schools in our region have played in this Primary School Rugby tournament”- Trevor Handcock, program coordinator from Royals told us. The key outcome, to increase participation of girls and boys in rugby or non-contact rugby (Viva7s), was achieved, and will continue to grow, helping the school’s sports engagement, the community itself and a flow on effect of having more kids register with Royals JRUFC. “Without this G4G Grant, Royals JRUFC would not have been able to undertake this school engagement, and I personally believe that our club may not have existed in a few years, due to dwindling player participation. Now that we have this engagement, we are very confident that our club will be able to grow participation and continue to offer rugby to the Weston Creek community of girls and boys”.
HOCKEY BELLARINE, VIC

HOCKEY BELLARINE, VIC

G4GTM will fund the Hookin2Hockey program that aims to eliminate any financial barriers that may hinder a kids’ ability to participate. The program allows for primary school kids in the Bellarine Peninsula to participate in a 6-week hockey program, with all equipment provided, free of charge. Participants 48
LAKE CARGELLIGO DISTRICT CRICKET ASSOC, NSW

LAKE CARGELLIGO DISTRICT CRICKET ASSOC, NSW

Lake Cargelligo District Cricket Association used their grant on travel funds, cricket shirts for a new Junior Cricket side, balls, registration/insurance and lunches for junior cricket gala days As a result of being able to drastically reduce the cost of participation in cricket resulting in the Junior cricket numbers increasing enormously, and taking the burden off parents and senior cricketers alike. 105 cricket players in the Lake Cargelligo community benefitted from the grant.
MARANOA MAGIC & SOUTH WEST WOMEN & GIRLS RUGBY LEAGUE, QLD

MARANOA MAGIC & SOUTH WEST WOMEN & GIRLS RUGBY LEAGUE, QLD

G4GTM will fund the Maranoa Magic Start Up program that will see the club give junior girls the option to participate in the sport of rugby league. The funds will go towards insurance and affiliation fees, and gear for the girls to wear. The program will benefit girls in the u14 and u16 age groups – with a focus on involving indigenous girls and giving them options with their sport and health. Participants 50
NORTHERN DISTRICTS BASEBALL CLUB, SA

NORTHERN DISTRICTS BASEBALL CLUB, SA

G4GTM will fund the TBall Expansion and Junior Baseball Development programs that will encourage inter-school competitions and increased participation from primary school-aged kids of all abilities. The funds will go towards uniforms to assist those that cannot afford them, as well as equipment kits that will enable further skill development. Participants 500

PEACE INTERNATIONAL ARCHERY CLUB INC, QLD

PEACE INTERNATIONAL ARCHERY CLUB INC, QLD

G4GTM will fund the All Things Possible program, which enables all kids with disabilities to participate in the sport regardless of their strength levels. All funds will go towards lighter weight bows and other specialised equipment in order to cater to those who find it difficult to participate. This program will benefit school aged kids and in particular, those with disabilities. Participants 100
RED HILL RIDERS MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB ASSOCIATION, VIC

RED HILL RIDERS MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB ASSOCIATION, VIC

G4GTM will fund a local grass roots promotion on the Mornington Peninsula through racing. The clubs development programs have delivered state, National and Oceania champions and this race provides a feeder for elite and recreational youth MTB riders. It is also helps build up the club membership and contributes to a dynamic club that is community based and is achieving positive outcomes for the whole community. All school students from state or private primary and secondary schools up to the age of 19 are eligible to compete in their ages groups. Participants 200
SHANE HEAL COMMUNITY SERVICES LIMITED, QLD

SHANE HEAL COMMUNITY SERVICES LIMITED, QLD

G4GTM will fund the Helping Hands Program, which focuses on the engagement of sport with Sudanese youth through weekly sporting activities and skills session led by Sudanese community role models/mentors. The program works with Sudanese community groups to encourages at risk teenagers to participant. The program will benefit 8-16 year old multicultural youth with a focus on Sudanese youth throughout South East Queensland Participants 320
SURFING TASMANIA INC, TAS

SURFING TASMANIA INC, TAS

G4GTM will fund the School holidays Surf Skills Development program that offers school-aged kids the opportunity to develop their skills over a two day period. The program hopes to engage local enthusiastic surfers aged 12-16, encourage their aspirations and lead them to become members of their local club. Participants 60
WESTERN AUSTRALIAN FLYING DISC ASSOCIATION, WA

WESTERN AUSTRALIAN FLYING DISC ASSOCIATION, WA

G4GTM will fund a roadshow which will be conducted across Perth and regional areas with the aim to increase participant numbers to double the current standings. Equipment would be provided to schools with limited funds and professional development training will also be provided to teachers and community champions to progress the sport in the area. The program will target 10–16 year olds. Participants 2000
DISABILITY SPORTS AUSTRALIA LTD, NSW

DISABILITY SPORTS AUSTRALIA LTD, NSW

G4GTM will fund the Start-Up-Kidz program that aims to increase sport participation for Australian kids aged 8-16 with a physical disability. Paediatric physiotherapists will be trained to better assist these kids and will provide individualised advice and sport recommendations to them and their families during a series of workshops. The training provided to the physiotherapists will also assist in enhancing sports participation well into the future. Participants 150

2016 Successful Grants

2016 Grant Round Equipment

ARMADALE GYMNASTICS CLUB

ARMADALE GYMNASTICS CLUB

Armadale Gymnastics Club used the $9000 granted through Giving4Grassroots to replace the equipment at their club as most was second hand and with the club growing in numbers so quickly the fundraising efforts couldn't keep up the demand for new equipment. By using the granted funds to purchase a sprung floor, beam and vaulting equipment the club was able to offer low membership fees for 2017. As of the end of 2016 Armadale Gymnastics Club have 190 registered members with numbers growing quickly. The main target of the program was to provide an affordable sporting option to children regardless of age or ability, thanks to the grant the club has seen an increase in the number of classes each week and added and extra training day.
CANBERRA OFF ROAD CYCLISTS

CANBERRA OFF ROAD CYCLISTS

Canberra Off Road Cyclists received $8800 through the Foundation and have used their funding to host a Mountain Biking Come & Try day.

The Come and Try day saw 52 participants try out the bike trails around Canberra. Money spent went predominately to bike hire as this was a critical component to getting more people involved in mountain biking as many people new to the sport do not want to invest in a bike unless they know they will enjoy themselves and commit to the sport.

Additional expenses were spent on coaching to ensure that participant’s first experience on the bike was a positive one. Canberra Off Road Cyclists offered small group (maximum 5 people) sessions with a professional coach to learn the basics of mountain biking in a fun and safe environment.

Half of the participants signed up to the six week course after the Come & Try day had finished and Canberra Off Road Cyclists are confident that the Cycling camp they are hosting in December is going to further increase overall participation in the sport.

DARWIN BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

DARWIN BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Darwin Basketball Association received $8000 through Giving4Grassroots and used the funds on equipment, contractor wages, advertising and program giveaways.

At the beginning of the program all participants were given a ball and uniform, this also included a matching “team style” uniform for parents.

The basketball association ran an 8 week course to encourage participation in basketball across the whole family. By encouraging parents to take an active part in the program, the retention and sign up for the following sessions has been over 75%, compared to 53% when it was just the child participating and adult watching. The interest from parents in coaching and refereeing has also increased due to this program.

83 children participated in the first Darwin Basketball Association program with 126 already signed up for the next. The club’s expected targets were exceeded and since the programs inception player participation has grown and the number of parents volunteering to coach and referee has also increased.

HENLEY AND GRANGE BASEBALL CLUB

HENLEY AND GRANGE BASEBALL CLUB

Henley and Grange Baseball Club were granted $6900 through Giving4Grassroots to update their equipment. Prior to the grant, the club’s T-Ball equipment was outdated and unsafe, they used the majority of the funds to purchase new bats, balls, helmets, tees and gloves. The club also had “Henley and Grange Baseball Club” stickers made to label the new gear and prevent it getting lost.

With the new equipment the club were able to offer School Holiday Come & Try clinics as well as continuing the regular T-Ball season. Almost 200 children utilised the new equipment in just a few months and Henley and Grange have plans to introduce more Come and Try programs in the future.

They have already achieved their targets but are still wanting to get more kids involved in T-Ball and baseball and are hoping to run programs at primary schools where classes of up to 30 children can get involved in the sport.

PRIMAL ULTIMATE FRISBEE

PRIMAL ULTIMATE FRISBEE

Primal Ultimate Frisbee Club were granted $4500 to host a once-off event to give adults the opportunity to try the sport of ultimate frisbee.

Primal Ultimate through heavy promotion were able to gather 10 corporate teams for a weekly competition. They used the granted funds for field hire, uniforms as well as to pay coaching staff to educate and develop teams.

The impact the granted funds had on increasing adult participation in the sport was “fantastic”, the club were wanting to build a one-off event that would lead to sign ups instead they ended up with 93 sign ups for the weekly league, a whole social league with formed teams and a sustainable competition.

Without the Giving4Grassroots program Primal Ultimate would not have the capital to invest in such a project and the future of the club be in doubt but now the thriving league is moving forward to future seasons.

SHORT STATURED PEOPLE OF AUSTRALIA

SHORT STATURED PEOPLE OF AUSTRALIA

Short Statured People of Australia (SSPA) received a G4G™ grant to purchase new equipment that was smaller in size and more suited to junior Short Statured members. The grant allowed SSPA to purchase their own range of balls and equipment and they no longer have to borrow from local schools.

SSPA now have enough equipment that they can distribute it throughout Australia to the different state based organisations. Since receiving the grant, SSPA has seen junior participation increase at a great rate. At the launch day, SSPA had over 25 junior participants ranging from 2 years old to 18, and almost half of these participants were first timers - finally having the option to play sport thanks to the new equipment.

In NSW the SSPA have hosted three youth sports days and the number of participants at these events has exceeded expectations every day. The Victorian branch of the SSPA has also seen a great increase in participants, particularly in regional areas.

SNOW SPORTS ACT

SNOW SPORTS ACT

SnowSports ACT were granted $6000 through Giving4Grassroots for the purchase of equipment for their “Little Shredders” School Program.

The program brings the basics of snow sports to primary schools. Kids will learn lots of new skills like agility, balance and snow safety. The program utilises custom-made modified equipment built specifically for use in the school yard and can be hired by SnowSports ACT free of charge to schools.

SnowSports ACT have seven schools booked in for the “Little Shredders” program which begins in term two and three of 2017, with the program hoping to increase interest in snow sports and encourage them to go to the snow and use the skills they learn.

SUNSHINE BASEBALL CLUB

SUNSHINE BASEBALL CLUB

Sunshine Baseball Club in Victoria received $7000 through G4G. They used the funds for new equipment across the club. New bats, balls, helmets and training aids were purchased to help assist with the development of the sport.

Junior participation around the club increased with the introduction of new equipment as it allowed more baseballs per team to be allocated for training drills, rather than using old ones from past seasons.

Sunshine Baseball Club had record numbers of junior players register for the season and are confident that the benefits of the funding will be ongoing.

SUNSHINE COAST PADDLE-SPORTS CLUB

SUNSHINE COAST PADDLE-SPORTS CLUB

The Sunshine Coast Paddle-Sport Club used their G4G grant to fund marketing materials such as printer handouts and to purchase a marquee for use at regattas and events.

The club had flyers and informative material made to hand out at recruitment drives and this material was used for many months following the grant.

Since receiving the G4G grant the Sunshine Coast club has recruited 10 new paddlers in the over 50 age group. Paddle-Sports are a great low impact, low risk water sport, Sunshine Coast Paddle Club have noticed a lift in team spirit and involvement in team activities since getting the grant.

ROCKHAMPTON HORSE RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

ROCKHAMPTON HORSE RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

The $4000 granted to the club was used to purchase a second horse as well as cover the expenses associated with presenting the horse in good health. The club used some of the funds to fit the new horse (Boris) and another horse Twangee out with all the necessary items required for the safety of horses and riders. Since the purchase of the new horses Rockhampton Horse Riding Club have been able to offer places to 11 new riders in 2016 bringing the total number of riders at the riding school to 51.

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