Grants & Funding


Northern NSW Football staff are happy to lend their support to activities by clubs and others looking to secure funding support to promote the game within Northern NSW.

A variety of funding sources are available and the resources within this section aim to assist clubs in identifying the most appropriate channels for their individual club needs.

For further information please contact Northern NSW Football’s Club Development Officer, Ross Hicks.

Football Facilities


Football Facilities Intro Video

Northern NSW Football and our Member Zones have a responsibility to work together to provide adequate spaces to play and meet the ongoing challenges of ensuring there are sufficient facilities to meet growing demand. That requires a robust strategy of maintaining quality playing fields, developing new playing surfaces, managing existing infrastructure and establishing new facilities such as change rooms and clubhouses for all footballers, particularly females who now make up almost a quarter of all players.

With that in mind Northern NSW Football in partnership with Football NSW have established a joint Football Facilities Unit.

The unit’s key goal is to improve the overall experience of identified stakeholders by building the sport’s capacity to secure funding for the specific purpose of improving football facilities and the accessibility of facilities throughout NSW through a strategic approach to government relations.

This Unit is to be the central point of contact for our sports with Government at all levels in addition to being a source of information and resources for Member Clubs to assist them through the process of facility enhancement and or development.

The Facilities Unit is attached to the Community Football arm of Northern NSW Football with the Unit being led by Ricardo Piccioni, Head of Communications, Facilities & Government Relations at Football NSW. Ricardo is supported by a newly appointed Facilities Development Coordinator in Jas Virdee with the position of Government & Stakeholder Relations Manager to be filled very soon rounding out the Units human resources.

Some indicative activities that the Facilities Unit that will be worked through over the next few season will be:

  • Delivery of a state-wide facilities audit
  • Development and maintenance of a comprehensive facilities database
  • Data analysis and preparation of reports supporting facilities investment
  • Development of government & stakeholder engagement strategies
  • Establishment of database of government & stakeholder contacts
  • Meetings with, and presentations to MPs, candidates, councillors, GMs, other stakeholders
  • Preparation of new, and updating of existing, facilities guides and case studies
  • Preparation of new and revised strategic reports
  • Organisation of annual Facilities Forums
  • Organisation of Regional Roadshows
  • Identification and distribution of all available funding sources for football members

The Facilities Unit has been very busy already working behind the scenes and has completed a number of key documents and resources for Government, Member Federations, Zones & Associations as well as Clubs can engage with.

Some examples of which are as follows:

  • The establishment of a dedicated Football Facilities website ( that provides a central point of reference for all stakeholders to access relevant news, facility guides, resources and information specific to football facilities
  • Produced a series of 8 initial Facilities Guides that provide guidance to football clubs, zones & associations and local councils regarding football facilities development projects. The Guides have been developed in order to provide stakeholders with quality, consistent information regarding the planning and development of football facilities. A key part of the Units ongoing work plan will be the continued development of additional guides. The 8 initial guides cover the following topics:
    • Building Development
    • Drainage & Irrigation
    • Field Marking & Equipment
    • Grass and Field Maintenance
    • Football Lighting
    • Project Management
    • Provider Procurement and management
    • Synthetic Fields
  • Established the first annual Facilities Forum which brought together key Football Facility suppliers, government and Football stakeholders to discuss the needs, challenges and potential solutions to ultimately increasing the quality and quantity of football facilities and improve the football experience for all participants
  • Provision of targeted communication and media releases with associated video content distributed to ALL State and Federal MPs in NSW, in the lead up to the Federal Election, telling the story of the need for investment in football facilities through the eyes of Banksia Tigers FC. (Example to follow this email)
  • Developed a specific strategy surrounding the Federal Election with the assistance of Football Federation Australia that aims to position Football as best we can to benefit from any funding promises locally or nationally.
  • Developed, published and distributed two key pieces of research:
    1. The Community Impact of Football in NSW – Economic, Health & Social:
    2. The Future Needs of Football in NSW: A Partnership Approach:

Northern NSW Football will continue to build on our strategy to deliver additional resources as we move along with the aim of increasing the number and quality of sustainable and vibrant football facilities into the future.

I encourage you all to familiarise yourself with the Facilities website and direct any questions you may have to either Peter Haynes, NNSWF Community Football Manager, Ricardo or Jas on the details below:

Peter Haynes: 02 4941 7216 or

Ricardo Piccioni: 1300 213 771 or

Jas Virdee: 1300 213 771 or

NSW Asian Cup 2015 Legacy Fund Injects $4 Million Into Football’s Future

The NSW Government has launched a new $4 million fund to deliver better community facilities for local football clubs across NSW driven from the success of the 2015 Asian Cup Tournament.

Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said the overwhelming success of the Asian Cup resulted in a surplus to improve facilities at a local level in NSW’s highest participated sport.

“If the Socceroos’ total domination in the 2015 Asian Cup wasn’t enough, the good news just keeps on coming with the 1,000 affiliated football clubs across NSW now able to apply for funding for much needed club improvements,” Mr Ayres said.

“The booming popularity of football is already bringing communities together, and now players across the state will directly benefit from the success of the 2015 Asian Cup,” Mr Ayres said.

“This is more than a regional investment program, it joins the dots between major sporting event success and the NSW Government delivering sporting infrastructure which meets the needs of local clubs.”

Minister Ayres joined Football NSW Chief Executive Eddie Moore and Northern NSW Football Chief Executive David Eland to launch the fund at NSW Football Headquarters at Valentine’s Sports Park.

“The decision to allocate profits from the competition to community football will no doubt improve the overall football experience for the 765,000 football participants in NSW,” Football NSW Chief Executive Eddie Moore said.

“The availability of these grants will have a massive impact on football clubs, associations and zones across the state, from Albury to Tweed Heads,” Mr Moore said.

Northern NSW Football Chief Executive David Eland encouraged clubs to study the guidelines and apply for grants which will have positive outcomes for local communities.

“Players, referees, coaches and administrators of all ages and abilities are set to benefit from the fund which will magnify the social, health, educational and cultural benefits our game brings to society.” Guidelines for the NSW Asian Cup 2015 Legacy Fund are now available with applications open from early next month to 24 February 2017.

Asian Cup Legacy Fund Guidelines


Local Sporting Champions Grants

Do you know a Local Sporting Champion?

Are you, or do you know, a dedicated young athlete, coach or official participating in a state or national sporting championships? Are you aged 12-18 years old travelling further than 250km return for a state or national championships?

If yes, then you or your team could be eligible for a Local Sporting Champions grant to help meet costs such as uniforms, travel, accommodation and equipment.

Grants of $500 per individual and $3,000 per team are available for young people participating in a nominated National Sporting Organisation-endorsed state or national sporting championships or a School Sport Australia national championship.

This program is an Australian Government initiative managed by the Australian Sports Commission and supports 8,000 young people each year.

The grants are designed to help athletes, coaches and officials achieve their sporting goals and are distributed across all 150 federal electorates of the national parliament.

Applications are open, so apply now!

Applications must be submitted prior to the commencement of the nominated championships.

For further information, including application forms and eligibility criteria, go to


NSW Sport & Recreation

Financial assistance and grants are available to sport and recreation groups and individuals through a number of sources, including the Sport and Recreation Grant Program.

Please follow the link below to find out more information.