Country Sport Enrichment Scheme guidelines

Providing support and assistance to take international, national and approved state sport league competitions and contests to regional Western Australia.

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About the program

The Country Sport Enrichment (CSES) scheme provides support to organisations to deliver high level events or competitions or provide access to sport development opportunities for regional Western Australia.

Primary objectives

  • to conduct international, national or state sporting events or competitions in regional WA
  • to utilise elite athletes to promote the benefits of sport and physical activity and assist in delivering sport development opportunities in regional WA.

Funding may be used for

  • elite athlete fee for service
  • interstate travel costs
  • intrastate travel and accommodation costs
  • vehicle hire — according to relevant policies of the state sporting association (SSA)
  • hire of venue or equipment (e.g. public address systems, timing systems, video analysis)
  • catering costs (meals for volunteers or officials only).

Funding may not be used for

  • employee salary and employment costs
  • purchase of assets (e.g., sporting equipment, office equipment, etc)
  • international travel costs
  • meals, catering or refreshments (other than for volunteers or officials)
  • team uniform costs
  • trophies, prize money and gifts.

Assessment criteria

  • meets at least one of the CSES grant’s primary objectives
  • be aligned to a SSA or industry peak body strategic plan and relevant strategies
  • demonstrated need for the event, competition or sport development opportunity in the region (in comparison with other regions)
  • demonstrated benefits to regional WA (sport development benefits and community benefits)
  • geographical location of the event, competition or sport development opportunity
  • demonstrated capacity to deliver the project (how and who will undertake the project)
  • provision of a comprehensive and detailed Community Activation Plan (must outline all supporting activities to be leveraged from the event; i.e., school visits, workshops, clinics, coaching courses, community functions, media coverage, promotional events, etc.
  • financial commitment to event, competition or sport development opportunity
  • level of State Government investment already provided to the event and the outcomes associated if applicable
  • provision of a comprehensive and detailed budget.

Who can apply

  • State Sporting Associations that are recognised by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC)
  • national sport league clubs
  • not-for-profit community organisations involved in the conduct of sport or physically active recreation
  • local government authorities.

Eligibility requirements

  • be an incorporated not-for-profit organisation either under the Western Australian Associations Incorporation Act (2015) or Commonwealth Corporations Act (2001) with an Australian Business Number (ABN), or Indigenous organisations under the Commonwealth Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act (2006)
  • where appropriate, be affiliated with a State or national sporting association or industry peak body
  • have acquitted all previous DLGSC grants prior to the application being submitted, unless the grant is still current
  • your organisation will be required to maintain appropriate and sufficient insurance cover for the duration of the project. Please note, organisations will be required to have current public liability insurance to the value of $10 million per claim or occurrence giving rise to a claim. A certificate of currency of insurance for the coming year is to be provided upon application.

Additional requirement

Projects are not to commence before approval has been granted by DLGSC. No retrospective funding will be considered.

Who cannot apply

  • individuals or groups of individuals
  • organisations seeking funds for metropolitan based programs
  • State Government departments and agencies
  • educational institutions including schools, universities and TAFE colleges
  • commercial entities
  • unincorporated bodies.

Application Information

  • Organisations may only receive one grant per financial year, except for when they are an industry peak body that represents multiple SSAs.
  • Projects or events should not be part of existing Industry Investment Program funding or any other current DLGSC funding program.
  • Projects or events must start within the grant financial year.

Level of funding available

Maximum level of funding is $30,000 per application per financial year. This will be based on the costs associated with the Community Activation Plan or hosting the event in a regional area.

How to apply

  1. Read the guidelines for CSES Grant Program.
  2. Contact your regional office or sport consultant to discuss your application.
  3. Complete the application form with relevant supporting documentation (i.e. quotes, detailed project proposals) and indicative concepts of community activation (e.g. clinics, school visits, media opportunities or official and coach development).
  4. Submit your application form in hard copy to:
    • Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
      Sport and Recreation
      PO Box 8349, Perth Business Centre WA 6849
    • or via email to a regional office

If your application is successful, you will need to finalise a Community Activation Plan with DLGSC and supply any relevant supporting documentation (i.e., quotes, detailed project proposals.

When to apply

There will be one funding round each financial year.

  1. applications open: 1 July 2021
  2. applications close: 1 September 2021
  3. assessment period: September 2021
  4. notification of outcome: September 2021.

Projects must commence between 1 October 2021 and 30 June 2022.

The dates identified above are indicative to allow DLGSC to manage the funding available and assess the priority of applications across WA.

Out of round applications may be considered if a significant event becomes available. Applications must be submitted to DLGSC a minimum of 8 weeks prior to the proposed event commencing.

Assessment and notification

An assessment will be made to determine if the application is eligible by assessing it against the grant criteria. If approved, a grant agreement will be entered into which outlines the grant conditions and acquittal requirements. Once signed and returned, the grant will be paid directly to the applicant body (organisation or association). No grant monies will be paid directly to an individual. The applicant body will be responsible for the acquittal of the grant and will be responsible to forward any approved funding to individuals as deemed necessary.

At the completion of the project, the applicant body will need to complete the acquittal documentation, acquittal statement and key results schedule, within 30 days and forward to DLGSC to demonstrate that the funds have been spent in accordance with the outlined grant agreement. Failure to comply with these requirements may jeopardise future funding from DLGSC.

GST registration

  • If your organisation has an ABN and is registered for GST, the grant will be grossed up by 10% of the grant amount.
  • If your organisation has an ABN and is not registered for GST, no GST will be allocated to your grant.

Freedom of information

  • DLGSC will adhere to the provisions of the Commonwealth Freedom of Information Act (1992) in relation to requests for information originating from DLGSC.
  • Information not originating from DLGSC but provided to DLGSC, will not be released without prior consultation with or permission by the relevant organisation.


  • All information provided to DLGSC during the grant assessment process will be stored on a database that will only be accessed by authorised departmental personnel.
  • The database is subject to privacy restrictions in accordance with the Commonwealth Privacy Act (1998) and the Freedom of Information Act (1992).

DLGSC acknowledgement

  • Successful organisations will be required to acknowledge DLGSC and further details will be provided to successful applicants within their grant agreement.

Further information

To discuss your event, competition or sport development opportunity concept or to obtain assistance to complete your application, please contact your DLGSC regional office.

Gascoyne office

15 Stuart Street, Carnarvon WA 6701
PO Box 140, Carnarvon WA 6701
Telephone 61 8 9941 0900
Telephone 0414 606 701

Goldfields office

Suite 1, 349-353 Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie WA 6430
PO Box 1036, Kalgoorlie WA 6430
Telephone 61 8 9022 5800

Great Southern office

22 Collie Street, Albany WA 6330
Telephone 61 8 9892 0100

Kimberley office (Broome)

Unit 2B, 23 Coghlan Street, Broome WA 6725
PO Box 1476, Broome WA 6725
Telephone 61 8 9195 5749

Kimberley office (Kununurra)

Kununurra Youth Hub, Rod Hodnett Drive, Kununurra WA 6743
PO Box 534, Kununurra WA 6743
Telephone 61 8 9195 5750

Mid West office

Level 1, 268-270 Foreshore Drive, Geraldton WA 6530
PO Box 135, Geraldton WA 6531
Telephone 61 8 9956 2100

Peel office

Suite 94, 16 Dolphin Drive, Mandurah WA 6210
PO Box 1445, Mandurah WA 6210
Telephone 61 8 9550 3100

Pilbara office

Karratha Leisureplex, Dampier Highway, Karratha WA 6714
PO Box 941, Karratha WA 6714
Telephone 61 8 9182 2100

South West office

80A Blair Street, Bunbury WA 6230
PO Box 2662, Bunbury WA 6231
Telephone 61 8 9792 6900

Wheatbelt office (Narrogin)

Narrogin Regional Leisure Centre 50 Clayton Road, Narrogin WA 6312
PO Box 55, Northam WA 6401
Telephone 0429 881 369

Wheatbelt office (Northam)

298 Fitzgerald Street, Northam WA 6401
PO Box 55, Northam WA 6401
Telephone 61 8 9690 2400
Page reviewed 29 July 2021