Play Our Way

Play Our Way

New funding opportunity for women and girls in active recreation

Posted on 22.03.2024

The Play Our Way program will provide greater opportunities for women and girls to access, participate and remain involved in sport and physical activity.

The Australian Government is providing $200 million for the Play Our Way program. The program will run over 3 years from 2024–25 to 2026–27.

The program will provide funding for local solutions and improvements that address participation barriers faced by women and girls. The following types of organisations can apply for funding through a competitive grant opportunity:

  • local governments
  • community organisations
  • not-for-profit organisations
  • sporting organisations.

Successful organisations will use the grants to:

  • provide safe, inclusive, quality and sustainable facilities, equipment and initiatives
  • help women and girls to remain involved in sport and physical activity for life.

We designed the program with help from experts across sport and government. This includes an expert advisory panel of women with experience in community and professional sport.

Grant opportunity

On 18 March 2024, the Play Our Way program grant opportunity opened for applications. Applications will close at 2 pm on 29 April 2024 (AEST). Click for Grant Opportunity Guidelines

Applicants will be able to apply for funding under 2 streams:

  • Facilities
    To support new and upgraded facilities, playing areas, or spaces for sport and physical activity, for women and girls.

    • Applicants will be able to apply for between $50,000 and $1,500,000 for projects that support new and upgraded sport facilities, playing areas and spaces, specifically for women and girls.
    • For Facilities projects in small rural towns, remote communities or very remote communities, the maximum will be $2,000,000 to reflect increased costs in rural and remote areas.
  • Participation and equipment
    o support sustainable and enduring sport programs and/or new or upgraded equipment, for women and girls.

    • Applicants will be able to apply for between $50,000 and $1,000,000 for projects that support modifying and/or developing sustainable and enduring sport participation programs, and/or new or upgraded equipment, specifically for women and girls.
    • Projects can be for both Participation and Equipment initiatives, or one component only.

Full details are available on GrantConnect. All questions about the program should be directed to Grant.Atm@health.gov.au.

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