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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, general, emergency relief fund
Funding areaAmount availableWhen to apply
Travel Subsidy GrantBetween $150-$1500At 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
General Grant - Emergency Relief Funds*Up to $15,000At least 30 working days to process

*Emergency Relief Funds are only for eligible entities providing front line services/provisions or assistance to those affected by the impacts of COVID-19.

Major Grants
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 
2020/2021Safety Bay Tennis ClubClub Facility Development Needs and Feasibility Study$20,000
Infrastructure Capital Grants
Funding Year Applicant Project Amount 
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 three times per year.  The table below shows the closing dates for the 2021/2022 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

2021/2022

RoundClosing dateOutcomes
One4.30pm Friday 7 May 2021End of July 2021
Two4.30pm Friday 23 July 2021End of October 2021
Three4.30pm Friday 19 November 2021End of February 2022

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 $300,000. 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

$7500 to $300,000 exclusive of GST.

Value of grant

  • Minimum grant of $2500
  • Maximum grant of $100,000

Note the maximum grant may increase to 50% funding if a development bonus is approved. Applicants must liaise with their State Sporting Association to discuss the project.

CSRFF guidelines | DLGSCI

Applications for the next CSRFF small grant round open in February 2022. 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

A report will be presented at the March 2022 Council meeting.

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

Outcomes of grant applications will be known in May/June 2022.

Timeframes | DLGSCI

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

Annual grants

Annual grants will be awarded to projects with a planning and construction process that will be complete within 12 months and have a total project cost (exclusive of GST) of $300,001–$500,000. Grants given in this category must be claimed by 15 June in the next financial year.

Projects between $300,001 and $500,000 ​that will be delivered in the next financial year.

Examples of annual projects:

  • Upgrades to clubrooms/pavilions
  • Court or bowling green construction
  • Reticulation system for a grassed playing field

Value of total project

$300,001 to $500,000, exclusive of GST.

Value of grant

  • Minimum grant of $100,001
  • Maximum grant of $166,666

Note the maximum grant may increase to 50% funding if a development bonus is approved. Applicants must liaise with their State Sporting Association to discuss the project.

CSRFF guidelines | DLGSCI

The 2022/2023 dates are yet to be released. Below are the timeframes for last year's round. 

The 2021/2022 annual grants round opened on 1 June 2021.

In order to meet the City's timelines, all applications for consideration are due by the close of business on Friday 13 August 2021.

Applications were presented at the Tuesday 21 September 2021 Council meeting.

Supported applications were submitted to DLGSCI prior to the Thursday 30 September closing date.  

Outcomes of grant applications will be known by December 2021/January 2022 with funds available from 1 July 2022.

Timeframes | DLGSCI

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

  • Minimum grant of $166,667
  • Maximum grant of $2,000,000

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

CSRFF guidelines | DLGSCI

The 2022/2023 dates are yet to be released. Below are the timeframes for last year's round. 

The 2021/2022 Forward Planning round opened on 1 June 2021.

In order to meet the City's timelines, all applications for consideration were due by the close of business on Friday 13 August 2021.

Applications were presented at the Tuesday 21 September 2021 Council meeting.

Supported applications were submitted to DLGSCI prior to the Thursday 30 September closing date.  

Outcomes of grant applications will be known in December 2021/January 2022 with funds available from 1 July 2022.

Timeframes | DLGSCI

Club Night Lights Program

The Club Night Lights Program provides financial assistance to community groups and local governments to develop sports floodlighting infrastructure.

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.

2022–2023 funding round

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.

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 2021/2022 Forward Planning round opened on 1 June 2021.

In order to meet the City's timelines, all applications for consideration were due by the close of business on Friday 13 August 2021.

Applications were presented at the Tuesday 21 September 2021 Council meeting.

Supported applications were submitted to DLGSCI prior to the Thursday 30 September closing date.  

Outcomes of grant applications will be known in December 2021/January 2022 with funds available from 1 July 2022.

Club Night Lights Program timeframes | DLGSCI

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