Sports Capital Works Partnership Program

The Sports Capital Works Partnership Program encourages sporting groups to partner Council to deliver capital works projects / improvements. The funding framework allows for design and delivery of new works, or improvements to existing capital fixed assets at sporting facilities on Council managed land.

Who does the policy apply to?

The Sports Capital Works Partnership Program is available to all Shoalhaven based sports that meet the provisions of this policy and wish to undertake design for new works or improvements to existing fixed assets on Council managed land.

Council funding

Council funding for this program is to be reviewed annually during the budget process. Council’s matching financial contribution for this program is available to eligible Shoalhaven based sporting groups on the basis of $2.00 from Council for each $1.00 contributed by sporting organisations. Eligible projects will require endorsement from the relevant sporting association.

The program also supports those Shoalhaven based sporting groups who wish to accumulate funds for strategic projects by carrying over Council’s matching contribution to the next financial year. However, funds will only be carried over to match the amount collected by the sporting group for the nominated strategic project(s) which are agreed upon by the Shoalhaven Sports Board.

Capital improvements

Capital improvements to sporting facilities refer to the provision of new or improvements to existing capital fixed assets. Such improvements typically involve:

  • Design costs for capital projects
  • Lighting of sports fields
  • Improvements to amenity blocks
  • Spectator facilities
  • In-ground drainage and/or irrigation
  • Improved playing surfaces
  • Car park and access road sealing
  • Long cycle refurbishment of tennis courts

This does not include provision of machinery.

Sports group involvement

The nature of this program allows Shoalhaven based sporting groups to determine their level of involvement and their preferred methods of collection of funds to partner Council in the improvement of facilities on Council managed land. Such methods could include direct levy of participants, fundraising, sponsorship or successful grant applications.

Council’s Sports Management Policy outlines the process for all communication will take place between relevant Sporting Associations or Peak Bodies and Council.

Criteria for prioritisation

I. Compliance with strategic and other plans of council – 50%
II. Value of additional in-kind labour to contribute – 15%
III. Percentage of funding club is contributing – 10%
IV. The apparent “readiness” of the project to proceed – 15%
V. Benefit to other users of the reserve – 10%

Nominations for Project Funding

Nominations for project funding will be considered by the Shoalhaven Sports Board.

Council’s Sports Capital Works Partnership Program Policy and the Community Infrastructure Grant Guidelines should be read in conjunction when seeking Sports Capital Works Partnership Funding.


How to apply:

Step 1: Review Council’s Sports Capital Works Partnership Program Policy
Step 2: Review the Community Infrastructure Grant Guidelines
Step 3: Complete the Sports Capital Works Partnership Funding - Nomination Form
Step 4: Send the completed Nomination Form to:

The General Manager
Shoalhaven City Council
PO Box 42
NOWRA NSW 2541

File Reference: 24899E


Step 5: For Further information on the Sports Capital Works Partnership Program contact Shoalhaven City Council on 02 4429 3638 or via email to council@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au

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Community Infrastructure Grant Guidelines

Community Infrastructure

Shoalhaven City Council (Council) provides a large variety of community infrastructure on its public reserves which includes libraries, community centres, sports facilities, parks, playgrounds, skate parks, BMX tracks, community gardens and public amenities. Planning and maintenance of this infrastructure is guided by Council’s Community Infrastructure Strategic Plan, various asset plans and site specific masterplans. Council funding for infrastructure is limited and is outlined annually in Council’s Delivery and Operational Plans.

Community Driven Projects

Recognising that at times Council has limited resources to provide community infrastructure, an opportunity exists for members of a community group (i.e. sporting groups, community consultative body, special interest group, or other similar group) to provide/improve community infrastructure and seek Council approval and/ or assistance to proceed with a worthy community driven infrastructure project. Where possible, Council seeks to support or part fund a community driven infrastructure project in accordance with these guidelines.

There may also be opportunities for grants, funds raised by the community and partner groups to deliver a community driven project. Council also recognises that projects will range in complexity and size and has developed these guidelines to help streamline prioritise and categorise requests.

Guidelines Purpose

The Community Infrastructure Grant Guidelines are to determine the extent to which community driven infrastructure projects may be funded by Council, and the roles of other partners contributing to the project (i.e. community, other levels of government). In some instances Council may not support a proposal, even if funding is available, for example, the proposal duplicates existing infrastructure that already has the capacity to service the identified need; or will lead to increased operational/maintenance costs. The decision process to consider such proposals is outlined in the guidelines.

Nominations for Project Funding

Council’s Sports Capital Works Partnership Program Policy and Community Infrastructure Grant Guidelines should be read in conjunction when seeking Community Infrastructure Grant Funding.


How to apply:

Step 1: Review Council’s Sports Capital Works Partnership Program Policy
Step 2: Review the Community Infrastructure Grant Guidelines
Step 3: Complete the Community Infrastructure Grant Funding – Nomination Form
Step 4: Send the completed Nomination Form to:

The General Manager
Shoalhaven City Council
PO Box 42
NOWRA NSW 2541

File Reference: 55188E

Step 5: For Further information on Community Infrastructure Grant Funding contact Shoalhaven City Council on 02 4429 3638 or via email to council@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au

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Useful Links

For more information on Community Infrastructure & Sports Capital Works Partnership Grants Funding Opportunities contact the Social Infrastructure Planning Unit on 02 4429 3638 or via email to council@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au

Application Timeline
  • Application received by Shoalhaven City Council
  • Application assessed - team of internal staff
  • Recommendation provided to Sports Board
  • Sports Board determines the successful grant application in line with staff assessment
  • Successful applications informed of Grant in writing.

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council@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au
P.O. Box 42, Nowra NSW 2541 Australia
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