NNSWF Facilities Fund

Northern NSW Football Facilities Fund

Enhance your club’s facilities and improve the football experience in your community through the Northern NSW Football Facilities Fund.


The Fund provides financial assistance to NNSWF member clubs to partner with local stakeholders to improve the quality, availability, accessibility and safety of their facilities.

NNSWF is committed to improving places to play and this is a focus area set out in our Play On Strategic Plan. Our aim is increasing the number and quality of sustainable and vibrant football facilities into the future.

The Fund is financed by a portion of participants’ registration fees. It’s football’s money going back into improving football.

Improved football facilities can:

  • Increase participation
  • Improve participant retention
  • Attract more female participants
  • Improve safety and security
  • Improve football experiences

Key information

  • Applications open Wednesday 12 April 2023
  • Applications close Monday 29 May 2023
  • Matched funding between $10,000 to $100,000 available
  • 2023 Facility Fund Guidelines (coming soon)

How to apply

Partnership approach

  • Project partnerships are encouraged, and identification of all project partners is required (e.g. LGAs, State Government, schools, other sports, other landowners, local business partnerships).
  • Clubs need to provide a copy of landowner’s consent where the project will occur on land that is not owned by your club.
  • A declaration from Council is required where there is a partnership with Council. This may include a letter of support, a letter outlining lease arrangements or support for favourable conditions for the Club.

Where funding is sourced 

When a player registers to play football in Northern NSW a portion of their fee is reinvested back into the game to improve club facilities.

The levy on player categories is outlined below.

  • MiniRoos 5-7s - $2.20
  • MiniRoos 8-11s - $3.30
  • Youth - $5.50
  • Senior - $7.70
Past NNSWF Facilities Fund recipients

Clubs across northern NSW have been successful in obtaining funds for a range of projects including.

Applicant Zone Facility Project Description Total Project Cost Grant Amount
Coffs Coast Tigers FC North Coast Football Polwarth Drive Fields Installation of new lighting to field 2 & upgrade of lighting to field 1. $243,500 $99,500
Iona FC Football Mid North Coast Iona Football Oval Installation of new lighting  $86,500 $43,250
Tuncurry Forster FC Football Mid North Coast South Street Oval Installation of lighting  $256,325 $100,000
Port United FC Football Mid North Coast Dixie Park Upgrade of field lighting $76,450 $38,225
Northern Storm FC North Coast Football York Street Oval New modified shipping container canteen  $67,000 $23,000
Sawtel FC North Coast Football Toormina Oval Renovating existing facilities to be female friendly and inclusive, creating a standalone referees room, improve security and renovate canteen. $56,626 $28,313
Cooks Hill Utd FC Newcastle Football Fearnley Dawes Athletics Facility Surface upgrade inc irrigation $148,555 $68,555
Garden Suburb FC Macquarie Football Garden Suburb Recreational Grounds Lighting upgrade $80,000 $40,000
Maryland Fletcher FC Newcastle Football Kurraka Reserve Upgrade of sports field lighting $80,000 $40,000
Mayfield Utd JSFC Newcastle Football Stevenson Park Upgrade of playing surface  $100,000 $50,000
Old Bar Barbarians FC Football Mid North Coast E.G.Trads Sporting Complex Irrigation system  $42,300 $21,150
Scone Mustangs Football Club Huntr Valley Football Bill Rose Sport Complex Construction of storage shed. $29,500 $14,750
New Lambton FC (Premier) Premier Alder Park New pitch fencing & new roofing and concrete pads to cover tiered seating - for more than 400 people. $156,550 $78,275
Muswellbrook Football Club Hunter Valley Football Stan Thiess Centre, Victoria Park The upgrade to the toilets, changerooms, installation of accessible toilet and access, construction of a referee room and storage. $139,821 $69,910
Port United Football Club Football Mid North Coast Dixie Park Installation of drainage $85,000 $42,500
Mayfield United Senior Football Club Newcastle Football Mayfield Park Playing surface improvements $47,498 $23,000
Nelson Bay Football Club  Newcastle Football Tomaree Sports Complex LED lighting upgrade $150,986 $38,960
Kahibah Football Club Macquarie Football Harold Knight Sports Complex Installation of lighting $319,980 $100,000

*This will help familiarise yourself with the program criteria and requirements to determine if your club’s project is eligible.
**PDF version available on request to refine application prior to submitting, however club must submit application via online portal.

NSW Infrastructure Strategy

A state-wide Infrastructure Strategy, designed to address the need for significant investment in facilities over the next 10 years, the

Better Facilities, Connected Communities was released in 2020 to address the need for significant investment in facilities over the next
10 years.

It aims to ensure existing venues can be used at full capacity, with inclusive facilities, through proper planning for future growth via partnerships with government at all levels and industry partners and provides important data which may assist in your applications for funding.

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.