There are many ways to fundraise and lots of resources to help you. One of the first things to consider is whether you have a sports related project that might be eligible for tax deductibility. Non-profit, incorporated and other eligible organisations including:
- + sporting clubs
- + sporting organisations(regional, state and national)
- + schools
- + councils and
- + community groups
can register a project with the Australian Sports Foundation which is then able to offer donors a receipt for tax deductibility.
Taxation guidelines prohibit the registration of projects with individuals. However, if you are a sportsperson with a sports-related fundraising goal, then your club or sporting organisation may be able to register the project with the ASF.
You might want to consider crowdsourcing and WSA is developing a case study featuring Caroline Buchanan, Australia's outstanding BMX and Mountain Bike cyclist who used SPRNT to help launch her Next Gen team and fund two girls to compete in various events in Australia and overseas.
Your Local Community
Often times, support for sporting organisations and athletes is easier to find within local communities.
We strongly suggest you start your search at your local council’s website. Is often a great place to search for funding for local community groups and athletes.
Many local community organisations offer grants to athletes for travel to national or international events.
Service clubs like Rotary, Lions and Apex sometimes offer grants for people in their local area.
We could write pages on this topic.
Instead, we refer to you some of the best places to go to find good resources.
Club Help offers tips to help you plan, sell and keep sponsors and is part of a wonderful website developed as a "one-stop shop" for local sporting clubs. It has been a long-term project supported by the Victorian Department of Planning and Community Development. This project has been driven by Leisure Networks, the Sports Assembly for the Barwon region with the support of staff across the Regional Sports Network Victoria Network
Sponsorships Help Centre a resource from ourcommunity.com.au with lots of tips and rules.
Making Dollars and Sense out of Community Events - A Resource Kit (an initiative of the Lake Macquarie City Council and the NSW Department of State and Regional Development) aims help businesses and events organisers work together to maximise the economic advantage of local events.
Philanthropic Trusts and Foundations
In general, sporting organisations are unable to access funding from philanthropic trusts and foundations because a sport is not recognised as one of the general Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) categories under Australian tax law.
There are some exceptions like the Australian Paralympic Committee which is a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI), a non-profit institution organised for the direct relief of disability.
There is an alternative for sporting organisations and other eligible organisations to access tax deductibility for eligible sports related projects via the Australian Sports Foundation.
Notwithstanding that sport is not a general Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) category, there are numerous foundations that can fund organisations and individuals within sport. Some of these include:
The Bradman Foundation offers one Scholarship to an Australian university student. The emphasis on choosing a Bradman Scholar is placed on a blend of academic, sporting (cricket), personal and social skills, all of which best allow the Scholar to fulfil the purpose of the Scholarship.
The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) funds projects in rural and regional communities.
The Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation was created to inspire girls and women (from 12 years old) across Australia to dream and achieve.
The Wally Foreman Foundation for the elite and potential elite athlete and coaches in Western Australia.
The D’Arcy Slater Foundation for young West Australians to realise their potential in sport.
Various levels of government offer different kinds of grants and scholarships for individuals and organisations. Check the websites of these organisations for closing dates. Don't forget to ask your club, your state or national association for information as well. Think about subscribing to email alerts if they are available so you are kept up to date with the latest information.
Australian Sports Commission including the Australian Institute of Sport
Elite Indigenous Travel and Accommodation Assistance Program for Indigenous sportspeople who have been selected for a state team to compete at national championships or an Australian team to compete at an international event.
Local Sporting Champions grants program for juniors towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing at an official NSO or NSOD endorsed state or national sporting competition, a School Sports Australia endorsed state or national championship or an international competition where the applicant is representing an official Australian team.
Women Leaders in Sport for female administrators, coaches and officials with opportunities to undertake intermediate or advanced training within an existing pathway in the sports industry to reach their leadership potential. There are two types of grants available for individuals and organisations.
Grants are available in the following categories:
- + Coaching
- + Communications, media and marketing
- + Governance (board/committees)
- + Management and administration
- + Officiating
National Officiating Scholarship program for elite officials within targeted sports to provide support in their development to reach the highest level of officiating.
Active After-school Communities Program Grants for participating Australian primary schools and Childcare Benefit approved Out of School Hour Care Services (sites) are eligible to apply for funding to contribute towards the costs associated with program delivery. AIS Centre for Performance Coaching and Leadership offers a number of programs for high-performance professional development for coaches and performance leaders.
Direct Athlete Support Scheme supports athletes with direct financial assistance with medal potential for sports that are important to Australians culturally and for which there is an expectation of future success based on historic results. There must also be an individual need, based on income.