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Case Study: A successful Community Sport Infrastructure Fund application from Leongatha Golf Club

Superseded technology can often be the ball dragging the chain at community sports clubs. Facing inefficiencies due to an outdated irrigation system, Leongatha Golf Club rolled up their sleeves to raise funds for a much needed update.

Manufactured in the 1960’s and installed in the 1980’s, the irrigation system in place at Leongatha Golf Club is a manual labour nightmare.

The technology, now 55 years old, is extremely inefficient costing the club in both man hours, electricity and water use. A situation that many clubs in Gippsland can probably assimilate to.

The solution – a modern automated irrigation system, to irrigate all tees & greens, 3 fairways and the club’s turf nursery, which will save the club thousands of dollars each year in reduced labour and utility costs. Not to mention a significantly smaller environmental footprint.  The system will have the capacity for future upgrades to include the remaining fairways at a time that the club has the capital to do so.

The project was costed at $235,000. An overwhelming sum for most regional sports clubs and golf facilities. However, Leongatha reached out to a number of organizations in place to support local sports facilities and now their goal is within reach.  This process is replicable for clubs across the region.

Working closely with us at GippSport as the Regional Sports Assembly and consultancy Hands On Community Solutions, the club underwent a strategic planning process during the 2014-15 year.  This process clearly identified the irrigation system upgrade as the club’s highest priority project and the club was then able to embark on the process towards securing funding to make the project a reality.

Club Manager, Josh Hall, and the club’s Board of Management at the time, took on what was an 18 month journey to secure funding from both local and state governments.

After many presentations and meetings with the Council staff, recreation planners & grants officers, to ensure alignment with Council’s direction for community facility funding, South Gippsland Shire Council have committed $50,000 towards the project while a successful application to the Victorian Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund has secured an additional $80,000.

Club Manager, Josh Hall is thrilled to be on the receiving end of much needed funding.

“From a club management perspective, implementation of this project frees up a significant amount of both paid & volunteer labour.  The current system costs the club a significant amount in maintenance and most significantly it takes the equivalent of 1 full time position a week to irrigate the course from October to March.

With this automated system we’ll be able to irrigate the course overnight and then re-invest that labour & money into other course and club development projects.  It will also allow us to continue to invest in innovative community participation programs to ensure the whole South Gippsland community can enjoy our great facility.”

Feedback from Sport & Recreation Victoria on the club’s successful grant application stated that the work the club was putting in growing its community programs was a strong feature of its application, including:

  • SNAG Kinder Golf;
  • A thriving women’s & junior beginner program;
  • Ezy9’s Big Hole Golf;
  • An Access for All Abilities program; and
  • Currently working to implement SwingFit, Golf Australia’s social participation program.

A successful application to the Sport & Recreation Victoria Community Sports Infrastructure Fund must show considerable community benefit, increased participation and an alignment to both Local & State Government priorities for sport facility funding.

Leongatha GC now face the more manageable challenge of raising the remaining $90,000. Through the Australian Sports Foundation, Leongatha is accepting tax-deductable donations from their membership base and others in the community. To view the clubs fundraising page click here. GippSport is able to work with clubs to set up their own foundation & project fundraising pages with the ASF.

The Leongatha GC is also working with the Inverloch & District Community Bank, Branch of Bendigo Bank, to reach the $90,000 target.  The club already has finance approved but has made an application to the bank’s Board of Community Directors for a contribution, which in July was announced as successful.

Recently, South Gippsland Shire Council put the project out to tender with the project awarded to the successful candidate in September.  The project has just started the installation phase with an anticipated completion date of before Christmas in time for the busiest summer watering season.

Golf Victoria Government and Community Relations Manager, Fiona Telford encourages any golf and other sports clubs in need of assistance to consider the various grants on offer throughout Victoria.

“There are a range of grants on offer from the state government that are designed to assist sporting clubs around Victoria to redevelop ageing infrastructure, implement sporting programs and boost participation,” said Telford.

“Leongatha Golf Club has taken the initiative to raise funds through government and other sources and I congratulate them for their achievement.”

For more information and to see what is available, visit GippSport’s Grants and Funding page and please contact us if you need assistance working with your Local Government and developing your application.

Country Football Netball Program – closes 12 April 2018

The Country Football and Netball Program provides funding to assist country football and netball clubs, associations and umpiring organisations to develop facilities in rural, regional and outer metropolitan locations including: change room facilities for players and umpires of both genders; development or upgrading of football playing fields; development or upgrading of netball facilities; and development or upgrading of lighting facilities.  Clubs and associations can apply for funding by submitting an Expression of Interest to their local council and this should be discussed and completed as soon as possible. 

Up to $100,000 is available and applications close on 12 April 2018 with the Department of Health and Human Services.

For further information click here.


Wellington Shire Council Quick Response Grants – always open

Minor Community Events

Applications will be considered for events that celebrate the community, or aspects of culture and identity. Applicants must aim to bring the community together to actively engage them in an event or activity. ($0-2,000)

Minor Community Projects

Applications will be considered for projects that fulfil a demonstrated community need, or benefit to the community ($0-2,000)

Minor Community Facilities

Applications will be considered for minor capital works projects and maintenance on community facilities. Playing surface improvements and lighting projects are also considered to be capital works items. Built in or fixed equipment may also be considered for funding. This does not include portable items. ($0-2,000)

Individual Sponsorship

Provides assistance to allow individuals to participate in activities and events as representatives of the Wellington Community. Successful applications will be able to demonstrate a community benefit that will be achieved by sharing information and skills learnt through their experiences. ($0-$500)

Click here for further information.

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Local Sporting Champions – next round closes 30 June 2018

The Local Sporting Champions program is an Australian Government initiative designed to provide financial assistance for young people aged 12-18 (be turning 12 to 18 years of age in the same calendar year as the nominated sporting championship) towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at an official national sporting organisation (NSO) endorsed state, national or international sporting championships or a School Sport Australia state or national championships.

Grant applications are assessed 3 times each year. It may therefore take five-six months before you are notified of the outcome of your application.

Round Opening & Closing Dates:

1 March 2018 – 30 Jun 2018

For more information click here