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Sport and Recreation

Sport and recreation is an integral part of life in Ipswich City. The city has a proud sporting heritage and has produced many sporting champions participating in a wide range of sports. Council administers a number of sport and recreation programs that support and recognise Ipswich sportspersons and their achievements and provides support to sport and recreation organisations to host events in Ipswich.

Annual Ipswich Sports Awards

Ipswich City Council provides financial support and recognition of sporting excellence to deserving sports people, organisations and sponsors in the community - click here for more information about the annual Ipswich Sports Awards.

Sport Excellence Bursaries

If you are representing Queensland or Australia at a sporting event you may be eligible for a bursary from Ipswich City Council of up to $300. Applications are open to junior and senior representation. Bursary applications can be made throughout the financial year for events within that year by simply completing the online application form.

When applying for a Sport Excellence Bursary, please ensure you meet the following criteria, and provide the appropriate documentation when completing your application:

  • Applicant must be an Ipswich resident
  • Applicant must be an amateur sportsperson
  • Applicant must have been selected to represent Queensland or Australia at a sporting event within the financial year
  • Applicant must attach evidence of selection to compete (e.g. letter from sanctioning body).

If you are applying for a Sport Excellence Bursary and your event is going to be held in the 2018 - 2019 financial year complete the Online Application Form

For assistance please contact the Applications Team on (07) 3810 6666.

Sport and Recreation Grants

The Sporting Event Sponsorship Program is being replaced by a more holistic grants program that aims to support an increased number of sport and recreation organisations in Ipswich. Read the Sport and Recreation Grants Applicant Guidelines to find out if you are eligible to apply.

The grants listed below are available to eligible organisations.

Sport and Recreation Event Grant

The Sport and Recreation Event Grant aims to assist organisations to host local, regional, state, national and international sporting events within the boundaries of the City.  The objectives of the grant are:

  • To increase physical activity for community benefit
  • Activate public spaces and facilities
  • Create partnerships with local, state and national sporting organisations
  • Attract visitors to the City of Ipswich.

Two funding rounds will be offered per year.

RoundOpening DateClosing Date
Round 11 July, 201831 August, 2018
Round 21 February, 201931 March, 2019

Funding up to $10,000 is available per event

Please refer to the Sport and Recreation Grants Applicant Guidelines for more information including the assessment criteria.

Sport and Recreation Participation Grant

The Sport and Recreation Participation Grant aims to assist local organisations to conduct a program to increase participation and/or membership in their organisation. The objectives of the grant are:

  • To increase physical activity for community benefit
  • Activate public spaces and facilities
  • Create partnerships with local, state and national sporting organisations.

Two funding rounds will be offered per year.

RoundOpening DateClosing Date
Round 11 July, 201831 August, 2018
Round 21 February, 201931 March, 2019

Funding up to $2,000 is available per application

Round 1 is now closed.

Round 2 is now open - Application Form

Please refer to the Sport and Recreation Grants Applicant Guidelines for more information including the assessment criteria.

Sport and Recreation Minor Facility Improvements Grant

The Sport and Recreation Minor Facility Improvements Grant aims to assist local organisations to improve existing community sport and recreation facilities in the City of Ipswich. The objectives of the grant are:

  • To increase physical activity for community benefit
  • Upgrade and activate public spaces and facilities
  • Upgrades to facilities that result in multi-use and/or increase carrying capacity
  • Create partnerships with local, state and national sporting organisations.

Two funding rounds will be offered per year.

RoundOpening DateClosing Date
Round 11 July, 201831 August, 2018
Round 21 February, 201931 March, 2019

Funding up to $5,000 is available per project.

Please refer to the Sport and Recreation Grants Applicant Guidelines for more information including the assessment criteria.

Application Process

  • Applications must be made using the online application forms.
  • Once the application is submitted, applicants will receive an electronic confirmation notice.
  • Applicants will be notified via email of the outcome of their application.

Other Sporting Awards/Grants Programs

  • Young Athletes Travel Subsidy: The Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing provide this program to support young athletes attendance at specific state, national and international events. Athletes and officials can only apply for the funding after they have competed or officiated at an event, and within 6 months of participating.
  • Australian Sports Commission - Local Sporting Champions: The Local Sporting Champions program is an Australian Government initiative designed to provide financial assistance for young people aged 12-18 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.