The State Government has announced the Level 1 COVID-19 Business Assistance Package.
Grant program guidelines 2020/2021
The Innovation Challenge Program will provide flexible and responsive investment in innovative projects which increase participation in physical activity. Projects will be supported based on need, project and organisational merit, innovation, sustainability of outcomes and consideration of the greatest return of investment. An innovative approach will be used allowing organisations to pitch their ideas through a face to face or video submission to a panel.
The program will be facilitated by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) and Healthway but driven collaboratively with community and industry ensuring it is relevant and responsive to community needs.
As part of the program Healthway is seeking to support innovative ideas that create physical activity opportunities for inactive young people and inactive girls and women. DLGSC is seeking ideas that allow sport and recreation organisations to streamline their business and deliver their activity in an innovative/different way. Further, DLGSC is also wanting ideas on how technology can be used in the sport and recreation sector.
A funding pool of $750,000 with $500,000 attributed to Healthway and $250,000 attributed to DLGSC.
In this context, innovation refers to new, clever ideas or changes to previous processes, programs, products or services to adapt and respond to the community. Innovation is change that adds value.
This may include implementing new concepts, using under utilised spaces, developing new partnerships, establishing new programs outside traditional sport or recreation settings or using technology such as digital platforms and gamification to increase participation.
The program is expected to identify challenges and issues to be explored and developed, these are outlined in the primary objective and focus areas section of the document.
It is expected successful projects will:
The funding from both Healthway and DLGSC supports not-for-profit sport and active recreation organisations, to pivot operations, collaborate, innovate, develop new ways of working, maintain viability and build resilience. Local governments, tertiary institutions and community organisation who are well placed to engage at-risk groups are also able to respond to the Healthway challenges in partnership with sport and recreation organisations.
The aim of the project is to develop ideas and proposals to respond to the focus areas identified by Healthway and DLGSC.
Healthway has chosen two key focus areas:
DLGSC has also chosen two focus areas:
The pitch will be assessed by a panel against the following criteria:
Demonstrate an innovative approach to responding to the focus area. The project is a new approach, process, partnership, or audience, or is an adaptation from conventional opportunities.
Demonstrated readiness, capacity, expertise and skills to deliver project outcomes and achieve success. This may include the formation of relevant partnerships.
The application form provides an outline of what needs to be addressed.
This grant is intended to provide funding to support an innovative project. This could include:
An assessment will be made to determine if the application is eligible by assessing it against the grant criteria. A component of the assessment will be a requirement for shortlisted applicants to make a presentation on the concept to a selection panel.
The application and the presentation will be the basis for the assessment to invest. 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 organisation.
Please note that not all applications will be either successful or funded to the full amount requested.
The application and selection process will occur in April 2021 with funding agreement and payments occurring prior to 30 June 2021. The indicative program is as follows:
To discuss your application please contact:
Telephone: 61 8 6552 7300
Do not submit enquiries with this form.