2016-17 ISPP Funding Guidelines

2017-18 Indigenous Sports Partnered Programs

Funding Guidelines

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About the Program

These guidelines provide details for organisations wishing to apply for financial assistance from the Indigenous Sports Partnered Programs (ISPP) for projects to be completed during the period of 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2018. Projects outside of this time frame will be subject to negotiation.

Administered by Active Canberra, the ISPP is a funding program for eligible organisations seeking financial support for sport or active recreation programs that target Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

The funding provided by through the ISPP is limited and as such, all applications will be assessed on relative merit. It is not possible to approve all requests for assistance, therefore funding should not be deemed automatic or anticipated.

Funding for the ISPP has been provided to the ACT Government through the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS).

Primary Objective

The primary objective of the ISPP is to increase participation opportunities in sport or active recreation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and to build capacity within the community. The ISPP has an emphasis on a structured, frequent level of participation that supports positive health, social and wellbeing outcomes.


The outcomes of the ISPP are:

Eligible Region

The ISPP will support projects that are delivered in the ACT and the immediate region within 80km of the ACT border.


Active Canberra acknowledges that sport and active recreation programs are often best facilitated by partnerships. A program that is developed and implemented in partnership will often benefit from the collective knowledge, resources and staff of the partners. In particular, programs that target participation by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will benefit from a consultative approach that engages multiple partners of various capabilities.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to form partnerships with partners outside of their own organisation to deliver programs funded through the ISPP.

Evidence of partnerships

The assessment panel will consider favourable applications that:

General Eligibility

Any organisation applying for funding must:

Who is not Eligible to Apply?

Permissions and Approvals

Before commencement of any project, your organisation must meet all planning, health, environment, legal and insurance requirements under Australian and Territory laws.

What Type of Projects will be Considered?

What Type of Projects will not be Considered?

As a guide, the following projects will not be considered:

Conditions of Funding

  1. The declaration on the application form certifies that all information provided in the application is true and correct. Action may be taken for repayment of any funding made where information contained in the application is subsequently found to be false or the funding is not used for its approved purpose.
  2. All organisations are accountable for funds received from Active Canberra and must adhere to all conditions and guidelines of the ISPP.
  3. All organisations must provide suitable acknowledgment of the financial support provided by Active Canberra under this program as outlined in the Acknowledgement Guidelines. This document can be accessed on the Active Canberra website, http://www.sport.act.gov.au/.
  4. All organisations that receive public funding from Active Canberra must comply with the ACT Government Policy on Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO).
  5. All organisations must be able to demonstrate that every effort is being made to ensure that the principles of access and equity are guiding the development of the organisation and any programs that it conducts.
  6. Successful applicants will need to seek written approval from Active Canberra to make any variation to the project, as detailed in the application form. Requests to amend the scope of the project need to be addressed to the Director, Active Canberra, clearly outlining why the change of purpose is required. Organisations should not assume that a change of purpose request will be approved.

Goods and Services Tax (GST)

GST is payable to organisations that receive financial assistance under this program if they are GST registered with the Australian Tax Office (ATO) and can provide an Australian Business Number (ABN). For successful applicant organisations Active Canberra will gross up the funding/s by 10% after receipt of a Tax Invoice. Organisations that are not registered for the GST will not have their funding grossed up.

Funding Parameters

Through the ISPP organisations can apply for up to $30,000.00 (GST exclusive), no matching funding required.

Although no matching funding is required, organisations are encouraged to financially contribute to the project. Organisations should note that the financial capacity of the organisation to contribute to an application under the ISPP is detailed in the Assessment Criteria.

Assessment Criteria

Applications that meet all the general eligibility requirements will be assessed against the following criteria in meeting the primary objective and outcomes of the ISPP:

Provision of Quotes

As detailed in the General Eligibility guidelines, all organisations must submit a MINIMUM of one quote (preferably two) to substantiate costs in relation to any application made under the ISPP. Failure to submit this information may jeopardise any offer of funding.

Acquittal of Funding

Funded organisations must acquit funding provided through the ISPP within six weeks after the termination date of the funding period. In order to acquit ISPP funding, funded organisations must provide the following:

No further financial assistance will be provided to any organisation until all outstanding grants provided by Active Canberra (except for current year’s funding) have been successfully acquitted, including financial acquittals for any other ACT Government agency grant.

Below is a list of links that may be of use for applicants of the ISPP: