2023/24 Sports Club Grants

Monash Council is committed to supporting our local sporting clubs to provide opportunities to members of the community to lead healthy, happy and thriving lives. Sports clubs provide a unique space in the community to promote health through improved fitness, social connections and emotional wellbeing.

Council has a history of strong leadership in the prevention of harm from gambling with the introduction of Council's Public Health Approach to Gambling Harm Policy 2016-2020. This policy was updated in 2022 and highlights Council’s aim to improve the health and quality of life of all community members. The policy builds upon the commitment to the reduction of harm from gambling and continues the standing of Monash as a leader and change-agent on this public health issue within the local government sector. 

Funding available

To assist Monash sports clubs primarily with the implementation of the Monash Public Health Approach to Gambling Harm Policy and simultaneously support actions from both the Monash Health & Wellbeing Plan and Active Monash Sports Club Framework, Council is making available once-off grants of up to $2,500

A pool of $97,406.55 is available and will be allocated equitably* across all successful applicants up to $2,500.

Funding will be provided to implement the Monash Public Health Approach to Gambling Harm Policy and encourage greater participation from underrepresented community members in the club. Examples of what the funding may be used for could include replacing items (e.g. uniforms, signage) that include sponsor logos not aligned with the policy or providing information and education to members on preventing harms from gambling.

To ensure a strong club culture, it is strongly recommended that the funding is distributed evenly across the club with gender equity in mind, with benefits such as access to new uniforms and equipment accessible to all members where possible.

*This may result in a higher level of funding for those clubs with male and female teams and/or teams of all abilities to promote intersectional gender equality.



To be eligible to receive a Sports Club Grant, applicants must:

  • be an incorporated community organisation with not-for-profit status
  • be a sports club within the City of Monash boundaries
  • maintain public liability insurance cover for a minimum of $20 million
  • be compliant with Council’s Sports Club Framework including having no debts or outstanding grant documentation to Council
  • adhere to the Monash Public Health Approach to Gambling Harm Policy by not promoting venues that have Electronic Gaming Machines or gambling activities
  • be able to expend the funding by 30 June 2024.

Previous funding from other Monash Council grant programs has no effect on an applicant’s eligibility to apply.


Items Eligible/Non-Eligible for Funding

Eligible items for funding are:

  • Uniforms
  • Equipment (up to $500) - sporting equipment, audio-visual equipment, equipment that will allow those of all abilities to participate in a program
  • Signage
  • Promotional & advertising material
  • Website updates to remove logos and promotional material inconsistent with Council policies
  • Forums and education focussing on preventing harms from gambling
  • Training for committee members

 Please note the following are not eligible for funding:

  • Fundraising activities
  • Defibrillators
  • Insurance
  • Capital infrastructure
  • Gifts and prizes
  • Events held in venues that have Electronic Gaming Machines (EGMs)
  • Projects/services that are inconsistent with Council’s objectives; partisan political in nature or that duplicate other existing projects/services

Application process

Step 1.Read guidelines 

For more information, please read the 2023/24 Sports Club Grant Guidelines(PDF, 335KB).

Step 2.Apply

Apply online through SmartyGrants:

SmartyGrants portal

Step 3.Assessment

Applications will be checked for eligibility, then reviewed internally by Council officers and assessed against the Assessment Criteria, which is:  

  1. Evidence of how the club is adhering to Council’s Public Health Approach to Gambling Policy
  2. Relevance to Council’s Health and Wellbeing Plan 2021-2025
  3. The number of Monash residents in your club.


Applications will be assessed by an internal Council Officer Panel. Applicants will receive a response from Council in mid-November 2023. 

Applicants must expend the funding by 30 June 2024

All successful applications will be formally acknowledged at the December Council meeting.  

Step 4.Acquittal

All grant recipients will be required to complete an online acquittal through SmartyGrants by Friday 28 July 2024 at the conclusion of the grant program.  

More information

For assistance or more information, email us at monash.grants@monash.vic.gov.au or call the Community Grants Team on 9518 3568.