Grants for Basketball Courts

Having designated spaces for active recreation activities is vital for the livelihood of community sport and recreation organisations. 

However, not all communities can afford to build suitable infrastructure for sports and recreation activities without the aid of a government grants program.

Most active recreation organisations must apply for grant programs with their state or local government authority to obtain financial assistance for community infrastructure projects. 

This includes basketball courts, which often require additional work and funding to create a suitable space for casual games, training of local community groups, and running significant sporting events. 

Grants available for Basketball Clubs and Facilities

There are multiple active government grants available to use for the funding of basketball clubs and facilities infrastructure. 

These range from financial assistance gifted by local councils to significant funding offered to eligible organisations through the Australian government.


Queensland Sporting Clubs Grants are available for organised sporting clubs and active recreation organisations. 

Discover just what your basketball court needs for its dream upgrade.

The Gambling Community Benefit Fund

The Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) is currently the most extensive one-off grants program for Queensland communities. 

It is an annual fund offering financial support to not-for-profit community groups, including those within sports and recreation settings.

Across the year, there are multiple rounds of funding offered to local groups, coming to roughly $60 million in total:

  1. Round 116 (closed 28 February): $100,000 super grant round for all priorities
  2. Round 117 (closed 31 May): $35,000 standard grant round
  3. Round 118 (closed 15 September): $35,000 standard grant round

Round 119 (standard grant round) is open but will close at midnight on 7 November 2023. The 2024 funding rounds are expected to open at the start of next year, as usual.

First Nations Sport and Recreation Program

Non-discrete areas hosting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities can secure funding from the First Nations Sport and Recreation Program for multiple projects. 

This includes the facilitation of equipment and infrastructure improvements for not-for-profit community sports clubs that are listed as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Businesses.

There are two-tier options available for organisations to choose from when applying for funding:

  • Tier 1: Funding is up to and including $25,000, with no contribution required from the organisations.
  • Tier 2: A multi-community project with up to $200,000 of funding, with a maximum of $25,000 offered to each community. Organisations must contribute at least 20% of the total project cost and deliver across multiple communities.

2023 applications are currently closed for this grant, but 2024 applications will be opening in the new year.

If you are unsure of the eligibility of your community sports organisation, you can contact the nearest Sport and Recreation office before applying.

Minor Infrastructure and Inclusive Facilities Fund

The Minor Infrastructure and Inclusive Facilities Fund ensures that local sports and active recreation facilities are safe, accessible, inclusive, and more efficient for the community. 

The $45 million project budget is offered in two categories of projects:

  1. Inclusive and Accessible: Upgrade a facility’s changing rooms and amenities to fit universal design principles.
  2. Safe, Quality, and Efficient: Ensure that ancillary facilities and the actual field of play for any organisation meet activity requirements at the community sport level.

Organisations that operate as a not-for-profit, regional, local, or multi-activity sport and recreation business are all eligible for this infrastructure fund.

Learn more about how to apply and what funding is available to your kind of active recreation organisation through the Minor Infrastructure and Inclusive Facilities Fund.

Applications for this grant close on 16 November 2023.


There is a range of Grants for Sporting Clubs NSW on offer. 

Many of these grants apply to the improvement of your basketball court.

Infrastructure Grants: sport and recreation

The Clubgrants Category 3 Infrastructure Grants program funds infrastructure upgrades for disadvantaged NSW communities. 

This can be for construction, renovation, or alteration infrastructure projects.

Local councils, schools, and not-for-profit organisations can all apply to this program to support infrastructure projects such as:

  • Large-scale sports and recreation facilities
  • Leisure centres
  • Indoor and outdoor organised sports centres
  • Recreational spaces

The financial support offered by this grant ranges from $50,000 to $300,000.

Applications for this grant close on 18 December 2023.

Local Sport Grant Program

Grassroots sporting clubs can receive substantial government grants through the Local Sport Grant Program, including the enhancement of sports and recreation facilities. 

This program aims to increase on-going participation in sporting teams across NSW.

There is $50,000 in funding available in each electorate and up to $20,000 available for individual projects. 

Applicants must be incorporated into not-for-profit grassroots sports clubs.

Applications for this grant close on 27 November 2023.


Enjoy the various grants for Sporting Clubs Victoria and find the best suited to your basketball court and accompanying amenities.

Local Sports Infrastructure Fund

Communities can discover planning and development opportunities for their local sport and recreation facilities through the Local Sports Infrastructure Fund

Only Local Government Authorities and Alpine Resorts Victoria can apply for this fund on behalf of their community sports teams and active recreation organisations.

There are three funding streams on offer, depending on what project is required for sporting or active recreation organisations:

  1. Community facilities: Up to $300,000
  2. Community sports lighting: Up to $250,000
  3. Planning: Up to $40,000

Applications for this grant close on 13 December 2023.

What do grants for Basketball Courts include?

There are a range of projects that basketball courts can focus on once they have received funding for a grant. 

While the specifics are often dependent on the guidelines set out by the grant programs, you can utilise the funding for the following projects:

  • Renovate existing facilities and amenities, such as replacing court floorboards or score signs.
  • Create new uniforms or upgrade existing ones.
  • Upgrade existing equipment such as basketballs, nets, backboards, etc.
  • Install a sports shade structure for outdoor basketball courts.
  • And so much more…

Who provides grants for basketball courts?

Most grant programs accessible for basketball courts are those provided by government structures. 

This includes local government, state government, and Australian government structures.

Non-government entities also offer a range of sporting grants that may apply to your desired basketball court projects. 

A notable example includes the Australian Sports Foundation, but it is always best to check with your local community if grant opportunities are available.

Otherwise, contact your relevant government entities to see whether there is a grant available that can be directed towards your local basketball court.

Benefits of acquiring a Basketball Court grant

There are multiple benefits of acquiring a basketball court grant to fund your active recreation activities or support sports on the local level. 

Some of the more notable examples include:

  • Allowing your budget to be used elsewhere: With the additional funds offered by a grant, your existing budget for upgrading your basketball court can be reallocated to other priorities and needs. This will allow you to develop multiple aspects and amenities of your facilities to benefit the players and community using the court.
  • Provide support to dedicated players: Those who use your basketball court the most can significantly benefit from renovated or upgraded facilities. This includes greater injury prevention tactics, improved safety measures, better equipment, and an overall more enjoyable experience.
  • Improve community sport: With the upgrade to basketball court infrastructure through grant funding, you can be sure your facility will offer more to the community. You will likely notice increased participation from sporting teams and active recreation activities, drawing more attention and support to your facility. By supporting participation, in turn, you can help nurture the future of basketball athletes and enthusiasts.

What to do after qualifying for grant funding

Once your basketball court has qualified for grant funding, you can focus on the crucial process of renovating or building your new space.

Here at Greenline, we offer a range of shade structures that will suit your basketball court needs. 

Try the all-encompassing and hardy Barrel Vault or COLA structures to maintain multiple courts at once. 

Alternatively, you can cover your basketball courts with reinforced tensile fabric shade sails.

No matter what shade structure option, we have a handy project estimate tool to help you determine how to utilise your new grant funding appropriately. 

How Greenline can help your sports facility

Greenline is dedicated to helping our customers build the best shade structure for their infrastructure needs. 

We go above and beyond what’s expected in the infrastructure industry by guiding you through the entire grant application process. 

Check out our grant resources page to learn more about the grants available for your infrastructure projects.

Our dedicated design team can also help walk you through the entire consultation process for your dream basketball court shade structure. 

We offer options once we have discussed your court’s specific needs and concerns so you can be sure you are getting the shade structure that suits your facility best.

We always walk our clients through the grant application process, including the proper documentation needed for applying. You will have support from start to finish with Greenline.

Get in touch with us to get started on finding the perfect grant and shade structure for you. Our consultants will be more than happy to begin designing the future of your basketball court.

The ball is in your court!



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