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Active Gameday Projects

The Active Gameday Projects fund is an initiative under the Queensland Government’s Activate! Queensland 2019-2029 strategy. The initiative will help the sport and active recreation industry on the road to recovery by investing in smaller scale infrastructure projects that benefit local communities.

Funding will support field of play participation-enhancing works, that meet local community level playing requirements under two project types:

  • Project Type 1 - install or upgrade of sports lights
  • Project Type 2 - develop or upgrade of playing surfaces/space(s) including irrigation.

Read the Active Gameday Projects guidelines (PDF, 486.5KB) for more detail about funding priorities and program requirements.


Active Gameday Projects will offer grants to not-for-profit sport and active recreation organisations and local governments to work collaboratively, with the department, to deliver 'field of play’ infrastructure projects that enhance participation opportunities at the local community level.

Total funding of $9.726 million (GST exclusive) is available, including $1 million dedicated for eligible organisations that have partnered with schools.

Key dates

27 September 2021 – Applications open
5 November 2021 (5pm) – Applications close
Early 2022 – Successful projects announced
30 June 2023 – Projects completed
30 September 2023 – Projects acquitted and reports submitted

Who can apply?

Organisations eligible to apply for funding are:

  • not-for-profit local or regional sport or active recreation organisations (with an objective of sport or active recreation) that:
    • deliver or coordinate an eligible activity/ies,
    • are registered with an Australian Business Number (ABN); and
    • are incorporated under the:
      • Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (Queensland)
      • Corporations Act 2001 (Commonwealth)
      • Co-operatives National Law Act 2020
      • Corporations (Aboriginal & Torres Strait) Act 2006 (Commonwealth)
  • Queensland local governments
  • incorporated sport or active recreation State Level Organisation managing infrastructure for local community use where there is no professional team in residence
  • a national sport organisation operating in Queensland under a governance model recognised by Sport Australia, managing infrastructure for local community use where there is not a professional team in residence
  • state-wide, multi-location, sport and active recreation organisations whose branches/sites are not separately incorporated.

At the time of the program close, organisations must:

  • have no outstanding compliance issues with Office of Fair Trading
  • have met all obligations for projects currently funded by the department; and
  • have no debt owing to the department.

Before applying for this program, contact the Office of Fair Trading or telephone 13 QGOV (13 74 68) or the nearest Sport and Recreation office to determine whether the organisation has any outstanding compliance issues.


Total funding of $9.726 million (GST exclusive) is available through the fund including $1 million dedicated for eligible organisations who have partnered with schools for projects located on school land.

Each approved project will be provided funding between a minimum of $50,000 (GST exclusive) and up to a maximum of $150,000 (GST exclusive) over an 18-month construction period. Projects must have a maximum estimated total project cost of less than $500,000 (GST exclusive).

Funding contributions towards a project are dependent on the total eligible costs for the project. Organisations are required to provide a minimum 20% financial co-contribution to the project, excluding organisations that are located in a Local Government Areas with discrete communities.

The following contributions for funding apply:

Department contribution

(GST exclusive)

Minimum applicant financial contribution

(LGAs without discrete communities)

Minimum applicant financial contribution

(LGAs with discrete communities)*

$50,000 - $150,000

20% of total project cost


*Refer to Appendix B in the guidelines (PDF, 486.5KB).

Eligible projects

There are two types of projects available for funding:

  • Project Type 1 - install or upgrade of sports lights
  • Project Type 2 - development or upgrade of playing surfaces/space(s) including irrigation

To be eligible for funding, the project must be new field of play infrastructure or upgrade of existing field of play infrastructure to enhance participation opportunities at the local community level.

Eligible organisations can apply for ONE project only, except for state-wide multi-location organisations who can submit one application per branch/site that they represent.

What are the next steps?

Organisations should:

  • read the program guidelines (PDF, 486.5KB) and review project resources
  • consider what their immediate needs are
  • identify which projects may be eligible for funding under the program
  • download the Project Planning Checklist   (PDF, 512.3KB)
  • develop a clear scope of works and source a cost estimate
  • obtain mandatory documentation
  • discuss your project with your local government authority to determine the planning and approval requirements
  • confirm capacity to meet the co-contribution requirements
  • ensure there are no outstanding compliance issues (with the department or Office of Fair Trading).


If you would like an example copy of a Field Lighting Calculation Grid or your activity is not listed in the Maximum Illumination Levels (Appendix F), please contact your local Sport and Recreation office.

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Last updated: 16 Sep 2021