Apply for a Sports Recovery Grant Now!

In response to the Bushfire Crisis the Australian Olympic Committee, Commonwealth Games Australia, Paralympics Australia and the Australian Sports Foundation  have joined forces to restore grassroots sport to communities affected by the bushfires or other natural disasters.

The Sports Recovery Grants will be focusing on the organisations and community members who have been affected by the recent bushfires – or in different parts of the country, floods or other disasters – and require assistance to resume playing sport in their community.

Suggested grant values are up to $20,000, and priority will be given to applications from volunteer run organisations.

Can you apply? 

The Sports Recovery Grants are intended to encourage and support the return to participation of all Australians in sport in the wake of the bushfires and similar natural disasters to ensure that sport can play its important role in healing and restoring communities.

The grants will be used to fund essential needs such as:

  • Replacing lost or damaged sporting equipment or kit,
  • Replacing lost or damaged uniforms; and
  • Replacing lost or damaged small infrastructure items such as canteen equipment, mowers, rollers etc
  • Providing fee relief or other financial support to members who have suffered loss or damage to property, homes or businesses, and who may also need help getting back into sport.Items referred to must have been damaged or destroyed in the 2019-2020 Australian bushfires or other natural disasters, restricting access to sport.

You can find out more about the full criteria here

Apply now

Applications open Monday 6 April at 9am AET
Applications close Friday 8 May at 5pm AET



A natural disaster is any catastrophic event that is caused by nature or the natural processes of the earth. Examples include earthquakes, bushfires, landslides, hurricanes, floods, heat waves, severe hailstorms and droughts. The current Covid-19 pandemic is not a “natural disaster” for these purposes, and a separate response is being planned to address this crisis.


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