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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.


Annual Ipswich Sports Awards

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


Sport and Recreation Achievement Grant

  • As of 1 May 2019, the Sport and Recreation Achievement Grant program replaced the Sports Excellence Bursary program. The eligibility criteria is updated and applicants are encouraged to read the Sport and Recreation Achievement Grant Guidelines before applying.
  • The Sport and Recreation Achievement Grant will continue to provide financial support to eligible athletes who are representing Queensland or Australia at an eligible sporting event as well as providing the same level of support to umpires and referees attending eligible events.
  • Applications are open all year round however must be lodged within three months before or after the event that the athlete, umpire or referee is attending.
  • Applicants will be required to provide the following documentation:
    • Written confirmation of the applicants selection to participate in an eligible National or International competition as an athlete, umpire or referee on the letterhead of the recognised governing body.
    • Proof of residency.

To apply for a Sport and Recreation Achievement Grant please fill out 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.

Round Opening Date Closing Date
Round 3 1 July 2019 31 July 2019
Round 4 1 February 2020 29 February 2019

Funding up to $10,000 is available per event:

  • Round 1 is now closed
  • Round 2 is now closed

The Round 3 application form can be previewed here

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.

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.

Round Opening Date Closing Date
Round 3 1 July 2019 31 July 2019
Round 4 1 February 2020 29 February 2020

Funding up to $2,000 is available per application:

Round 1 is now closed.
Round 2 is now closed.

The Round 3 application form can be previewed here

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.

Sport and Recreation Minor Facility Grant

The Sport and Recreation Minor Facility 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:

Round Opening Date Closing Date
Round 3 1 July 2019 31 July 2019
Round 4 1 February 2020 29 February 2020

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

  • Round 1 is now closed
  • Round 2 is now closed

The Round 3 application form can be previewed here

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.