Community Grants Program

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About the Community Grants Program

We operate a Community Grants Program to consider all requests for funding, donations, sponsorships and grants.

We are committed to supporting incorporated not-for-profit organisations and associations, including those limited by guarantee (e.g. community groups and clubs), to assist with the delivery of programs, projects and events that benefit the Rockingham community.

Council Policy objective:

  • To provide financial assistance to community groups and individuals that will build capacity within the community, stimulate volunteering and youth development, and deliver sustainable, accessible and demonstrated social, environmental and economic benefits.

For further information, please contact us on 9528 0333 or email customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au.

Categories

The Community Grants Program consists of the following grant categories:

Minor Grants - travel subsidy, youth encouragement and general
Funding areaAmount availableWhen to apply
Travel Subsidy GrantBetween $150-$1,500At least four weeks prior to travel date
Youth Encouragement GrantUp to $500At least four weeks prior to program or event
General GrantUp to $3,000At least 30 working days prior to project/activity or event
Major Grants - major and event sponsorship
Funding areaAmount availableWhen to apply
Major GrantUp to $10,000Open all year round, assessed over three funding rounds
Major Event SponsorshipUp to $20,000 per annum for up to three years

Open all year round, assessed over three funding rounds

City Property Grants
Funding areaAmount availableWhen to apply
Leased Property GrantUp to $10,000Open all year round
Leased Property Grant: Rates SubsidyEqual to rates levy (*Not including rubbish removal or emergency services levy)N/A

 

Community Infrastructure Grants
Funding areaAmount availableWhen to apply
Infrastructure Planning GrantsUp to $20,000Open all year round, assessed over three funding rounds
Infrastructure Capital GrantsUp to $50,000Open all year round, assessed over three funding rounds

If the facility where your project will take place is leased or licensed from the City, an approved Consent for Alterations and Additions (CAA) is needed.

You must email the City’s Properties team (leased facilities) or the Community and Leisure Facilities team (licensed facilities) to discuss your project and obtain the CAA form before you submit your grant application.  Your project cannot proceed without an approved CAA.

Recently funded Community Infrastructure Projects

Infrastructure Planning Grants
Funding Year Applicant Project Amount 
2021/2022Golden Bay Progress AssociationCommunity Garden Design and Consultation$10,912
2021/2022Secret Harbour Surf Lifesaving Club Commercial Space Alternate Use Feasibility Study$13,850
2020/2021Safety Bay Tennis ClubClub Facility Development Needs and Feasibility Study$20,000
Infrastructure Capital Grants
Funding Year Applicant Project Amount 
2023/2024Rockingham District Baseball ClubDiamond Fencing and Batting Cages$30,000
2023/2024Rockingham Golf ClubMaintenance Shed$41,002
2023/2024Baldivis Equestrian and Pony ClubArena Resurfacing$30,553
2022/2023Rockingham Basketball and Recreation AssociationStoreroom Upgrade$10,000
2022/2023Rockingham Districts Hockey ClubSafety Fencing$13,000
2021/2022Secret Harbour Surf Lifesaving Club Cooling for sundeck and servery$6,905
2021/2022Rockingham Tennis Club Fencing and court resurfacing$50,000
2021/2022Rockingham District Historical SocietyWindow security screens$1,205
2021/2022Baldivis Equestrian and Pony ClubWater tank project$10,285
2020/2021Chorus AustraliaWatts Road accessible bathroom renovation$15,000
2020/2021Rockingham Golf Club IncorporatedSolar PV array$17,490
2020/2021Singleton Social and Sporting AssociationTennis court resurfacing$50,000
2020/2021Safety Bay Petanque ClubShed extension$3,940
2020/2021Rockingham Districts Baseball ClubDiamond 2 and 3 - Home run fences$14,000

Submission dates

Applications for the following grants can be submitted at any time, but are only assessed after the closing dates.  The table below shows the closing dates for the 2024/2025 grant rounds.

  • Major Grants – applications between $3,001 and $10,000
  • Major Event Sponsorship – applications up to $20,000
  • Infrastructure Planning Grants – applications up to $20,000
  • Infrastructure Capital Grants – applications up to $50,000

2024/2025

RoundClosing dateOutcomes
One4.30pm Friday 5 April 2024Friday 28 June 2024
Two4.30pm Friday 6 September 2024Friday 29 November 2024
Three4.30pm Friday 7 February 2025Friday 2 May 2025


The other grant types are open all year round. Please refer to the Community Grants Program Policy and relevant guidelines for details on how much time is needed to assess the application.

 

Successful applicant information Two people jumping in front of a sunset

If your grant application is successful, please refer to the documents below.

For a copy of the City of Rockingham logo, please contact our Strategy, Marketing and Communications team at proofing@rockingham.wa.gov.au.

State Government funding available

Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF)

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSCI) offers grants to help deliver facilities that increase participation in physical activity.

Applicants must be either a local government or a not-for-profit sport, recreation or community organisation incorporated under the WA Associations Incorporation Act 1987 and have an Australian Business Number (ABN). Clubs must demonstrate equitable access to the public on a short term and casual basis.

The land on which the facility is to be developed must be one of the following:

  • Crown reserve
  • Land owned by a public authority
  • Municipal property
  • Land held for public purposes by trustees under a valid lease, title or trust deed that adequately protects the interests of the public.

Guidelines for the CSRFF grant categories are available on the DLGSCI website.

Please contact DLGSCI and the City to discuss your project before preparing an application. 

To request an application form, please contact us on 9528 0333 or email customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au.

Small grants

Small grants will be awarded to projects involving a basic level of planning. The total project cost for small grants must not exceed $500,000 exclusive of GST. Grants given in this category must be claimed by 15 June in the relevant financial year. 

Examples of small grant projects:

  • Cricket pitch and practice wickets
  • Storage upgrades
  • Changerooms refurbishments
  • Safety fences for sport and recreation facilities, i.e. ballistic sports
  • Court surface conversion
  • Large scale dams, water collection systems and pipelines for distribution (maximum grant offered is $60,000)
  • Various planning studies to a maximum grant amount of $25,000

Value of total project

$7,500 to $500,000 exclusive of GST.

Value of grant

Up to 50% of the total project cost:

  • Minimum grant of $2,500
  • Maximum grant capped at $200,000 

 

CSRFF guidelines | DLGSCI

Applications for the next CSRFF small grant round open 1 February 2024. Please call us to discuss your application early.  In order to meet City timelines, all applications for consideration are due within a tight turnaround period of approximately two weeks.

Applications are due to the City by the 21 February 2024. This is to ensure internal deadlines are met. 

A report will be presented at the 26 March 2024 Council meeting. 

Supported applications will be submitted to DLGSCI prior to the 31 March 2024 closing date. 

Outcomes of grant applications will be known by July 2024.

Timeframes | DLGSCI

You MUST contact your local DLGSCI office on 9492 9870​ to determine eligibility before applying. 

Forward Planning grants

Forward planning grants will be given to the more complex projects that require a planning period of between one and three years. Grants in this category will have a total project cost (exclusive of GST) of over $500,001 and may be allocated in one or a combination of the years in the next triennium.

Projects over $500,000 that will be delivered within the next three financial years.

Examples of forward planning grant projects:

  • Multipurpose leisure/recreation centre
  • Swimming pool – new or major upgrade including heating to allow increased use
  • Construction of large synthetic fields
  • Playing field construction
  • Clubroom – new or major upgrade
  • Large ablution block/change rooms

Value of total project

$500,001 and over, exclusive of GST.

Value of grant

Up to one third of total project cost:

  • Minimum grant of $166,667
  • Maximum grant Capped at $2,500,000

Applicants must liaise with their state sporting association to discuss the project.

CSRFF guidelines | DLGSCI

 

The 2024/2025 dates are yet to be released. Below are the expected timeframes. 

The 2024/2025 Forward Planning grants round open on 1 June 2024.

In order to meet the City's timelines, all applications for consideration are due by the close of business on Friday 9 August 2024.

Applications were presented at the Tuesday 24 September 2024 Council meeting.

Supported applications were submitted to DLGSCI prior to the Friday 27 September 2024 closing date.  

Outcomes of grant applications will be known by January 2025 with funds available from 1 July 2025.

Timeframes | DLGSCI

Club Night Lights Program

The purpose of the program is to provide financial assistance to community groups and local governments to develop sports floodlighting infrastructure. The program aims to maintain or increase participation in sport and recreation with an emphasis on physical activity, through rational development of good quality, well-designed and well-utilised facilities.

Applicants must be either a local government or a not-for-profit sport, recreation or community organisation incorporated under the WA Associations Incorporation Act 1987 and have an Australian Business Number (ABN). Clubs must demonstrate equitable access to the public on a short term and casual basis.

The land on which the facility is to be developed must be one of the following:

  • Crown reserve
  • land owned by a public authority
  • municipal property
  • land held for public purposes by trustees under a valid lease, title or trust deed that adequately protects the interests of the public.

Guidelines for the grant are available on DLGSCI website.

Please contact DLGSCI and the City to discuss your project before preparing an application. 

To request an application form, please contact us on 9528 0333 or email customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au.

Club Night Lights Program small grants

The Club Night Lights Program small grants program targets projects involving a basic level of planning. The total project cost for grant must not exceed $300,000. Grants given in this category must be claimed in the financial year following the date of approval. For projects with a grant request below $2500 it is expected that the applicant should be able to fully fund these.

Examples of small grant projects:

  • Installation of new floodlighting at reserves, courts or fields
  • Upgrade of floodlighting to LED on ovals, netball and tennis courts, hockey fields

Value of total project

$7,500 to $500,000 exclusive of GST.

Value of grant

Up to 50% of the total project cost:

  • Minimum grant of $2,500
  • Maximum grant capped at $200,000

Applications for the small grant round open 1 February 2024. Please call us to discuss your application early.  In order to meet City timelines, all applications for consideration are due within a tight turnaround period of approximately two weeks.

Applications are due to the City by the 21 February 2024. This is to ensure internal deadlines are met. 

A report will be presented at the 26 March 2024 Council meeting. 

Supported applications will be submitted to DLGSCI prior to the 31 March 2024 closing date. 

Outcomes of grant applications will be known by July 2024.

Timeframes | DLGSCI

You MUST contact your local DLGSCI office on 9492 9870​ to determine eligibility before applying. 

Club Night Lights Program Forward Planning grant

The Club Night Lights Program Forward Planning grant round targets projects involving a detailed level of planning. The total project cost for the grant must be over $500,000 exclusive of GST. Grants given in this category can be claimed up to three financial years following the date of approval, depending on the requirements and approved details of the project.

The maximum grant offered for standard grant applications is one third of the total estimated project cost (excluding GST) up to a maximum grant of $1 million. 

Examples of projects which will be considered for funding include:

  • providing floodlighting to community training and/or local match play standard where existing facilities do not meet training standard
  • meeting strategic objectives for state sporting associations by providing facilities for competition play at formally identified locations
  • replacing aging metal-halide floodlighting with energy efficient LED floodlighting to community training and/or community match play standard
  • power upgrades directly linked to the development of lighting.

Applicants must liaise with their state sporting association to discuss the project.

Club Night Lights Program

The 2024/2025 dates are yet to be released. Below are the expected timeframes. 

The 2024/2025 Club Night Lights Forward Planning grants round open on 1 June 2024.

In order to meet the City's timelines, all applications for consideration are due by the close of business on Friday 9 August 2024.

Applications were presented at the Tuesday 24 September 2024 Council meeting.

Supported applications were submitted to DLGSCI prior to the Friday 27 September 2024 closing date.  

Outcomes of grant applications will be known by January 2025 with funds available from 1 July 2025.

Club Night Lights Program timeframes | DLGSCI

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