The Grassroots Facility Program assists Clubs and Councils to develop core infrastructure that directly impacts participation through rational development of good quality, well designed and utilised facilities.
In the initial years of the program, SANFL and SACA each contributed $1 million each to the fund while State Government has provided $5 million per year. The Program was collaboratively run between SANFL, SACA, Netball SA and State Government and is the key infrastructure funding program for our clubs.
In November 2020 the Grassroots Football, Cricket and Netball Facility Program was expanded to include ALL sports – with an increase in total budget – $25 million over 2020-21 and 2021-22 ($15m in the first year and $10m in 2021-22).
Also through the Office for Recreation, Sport & Racing is the new $10 million Regional and Districts Facilities Program – split over the next two years – offers opportunity for more regional level facility projects to get off the ground.
Projects should promote multi-use and multi-user experiences and high participation rates from across a region.
Clubs and asset owners are encouraged to contact the SANFL's Manager of Infrastructure & Community Development to discuss their project planning and future applications.
To develop a better understanding of sport and active recreation infrastructure in South Australia, the Oﬃce for Recreation, Sport and Racing is developing a database of proposed sport and active recreation infrastructure projects across the State.
The registration of interest is designed to collect essential information to build a database of projects. With permission, key project details will be viewable on this page and sent to potential stakeholders such as State Sporting Organisations and Local Councils.
The South Australian Government has invested in Game On: Getting South Australia moving (Game On), a forward-looking framework that outlines a collaborative approach to ensure physical activity and play can fit seamlessly into the daily lives of South Australians. Game On also seeks to provide a shared vision and common platform for the sport and recreation sector in South Australia.
Through better coordination between whole-of-government and sectors that play an enabling role in physical activity, Game On will reverse the levels of poor physical activity and increase movement opportunities across the state, leading to stronger outcomes in community wellbeing, liveability and economic productivity.
The AFL Community Relief Fund has been established by the AFL to support local communities in fire affected areas to repair and rebuild their football clubs, including helping footballing families in these impacted communities.
Applications are welcome for any consideration including:
1) Rebuild and/or repair of facilities that have been damaged by the fires.
2) Repair of grounds damaged when used by emergency services or as relief/evacuation centres during the fires.
3) Playing and training equipment.
4) Playing and training apparel/uniforms.
5) Assist in meeting the gap in club sponsorship while existing club sponsors get back on their feet.
6) Club membership/registration and transport costs for impacted football families and other ways in which they may require assistance.
7) Volunteer/administration support to ensure football clubs and programs can continue to operate.
The SANFL Community Football Support fund has been established to assist individuals and families affected by tragedy.
The fund is managed by the Community Football Committee, with oversight by the SA Football Commission, and a charter has been established to provide guidance on the administration of the fund.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its significant impact on local businesses, industry sectors and jobs; the Federal, State and Local Government have a number of grant programs and business saving initiatives to support community organisations.
SANFL recommends Clubs seek independent professional advice to understand what schemes Clubs may be eligible for, as well as seeking support in applying.
The AFL Max Club Fundraising Program allows local football club members and supporters to raise funds for their club, each time they participate at AFL Max. The program operates as rebate system, enabling registered clubs to receive a kickback from AFL Max every time a club member or supporter books an eligible Max experience.
The rebates are eligible on a range of AFL Max experiences from birthday parties, general admission sessions, school holiday programs and more, for clubs registered with the program. Members also receive a range of other perks including discounts across a range of products.
The Australian Sports Foundation is Australia’s leading nonprofit sports fundraising organisation and charity. They are the only organisation in Australia that provides a tax deduction for donations to sport through their unique sports fundraising platform – making it much easier for your club to raise money! Register with the Sports Foundation and your club can fundraise for anything you need including facility development, new uniforms, team travel, new equipment, training and development programs. With dedicated support for SA football clubs and more than 30 years of fundraising experience, the Sports Foundation knows what works. The Sports Foundation also runs an annual grants program dedicated to initiatives that help increase participation in grassroots sport.
Since 2008, Toyota has helped thousands of grassroots clubs raise millions of dollars, and this year Toyota want your footy club to be part of it.
It costs nothing to fundraise with Toyota and the process so easy that anyone at your club can get involved. Just get your members and supporters to buy and sell $5 raffle tickets, while the club gets to keep 100% of the proceeds. Plus someone in your community could win a brand new Toyota… that’s a whole lot better than a meat tray!
Last year, one local footy club raised over $33,000! Now that’s something to get excited about. Register now and kick-off your fundraising season!
The AFL Ken Gannon Community Football Facilities Awards annually recognise best practise in community football facility development across Australia, along with the people, clubs and other stakeholders driving our best projects.
In a decorated career across many areas of the code, Ken spent much of his last decade of his career developing the AFL’s interest and partnerships in the community facilities space, leading outcomes related to over 800 community football facility projects in that period.
These projects area remarkable examples of best practice that aim to provide well positioned, welcoming, fit for purpose football facilities that support our growing game’s strategic priorities.
South Australian finalists include Whyalla (2020) and Mount Barker (2019).
You can learn more about these projects, as well as other finalists from around the country below.
The AFL Preferred Facility Guidelines should be used by State and Territory Australian Football Controlling Bodies, Councils, Leagues, Clubs, Schools and associated stakeholders to inform the provision and development of appropriate facilities for community level Australian Football venues.
The SANFL Facilities Strategy provides a unified strategic direction to Local, State and Federal Government to inform their future investment in the growth of Australian Rules Football. Our aim is to enhance collaboration between SANFL and Government to develop new or upgrade existing facilities across South Australia.
Facility development forms a key strategic priority for SANFL and is included in our Strategic Approach 2016-2018.
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