2019 Inclusive Participation Funding Program (IPFP)

Funding Guidelines

  1. About the Program
  2. Target Population Groups
  3. Primary Objective
  4. Outcomes
  5. General Eligibility
  6. Who is Not Eligible to Apply?
  7. Partnerships
  8. Permissions and Approvals
  9. What Type of Projects will be Considered?
  10. What Type of Projects will not be Considered?
  11. Conditions of Funding
  12. Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  13. Funding Parameters
  14. Assessment Criteria
  15. Provision of Quotes
  16. Acquittal of Funding
  17. Useful Links

1. About the Program

These guidelines provide details for organisations wishing to apply for financial assistance from the Inclusive Participation Funding Program (IPFP) for projects to be completed during the period of 1 January 2019 to 30 December 2019.

Administered by Sport and Recreation, the IPFP’s primary objective is to increase participation opportunities in sport and recreation for the identified target populations.

The funding provided by Sport and Recreation 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.

2. Target Population Groups

The identified target population groups eligible to receive funding under the IPFP are:

3. Primary Objective

The primary objective of the IPFP is to increase participation opportunities in sport and recreation for the identified targeted population groups. This can be achieved in the following ways:

ACTIVE 2020 Strategy

The IPFP objectives are consistent with those detailed in the ACTIVE 2020 strategy, a long term strategic plan for sport and active recreation in the ACT Region, promoting partnerships to develop the industry and unite the system to connect and promote the economic and social value of sport and active recreation to the community.

ACTIVE 2020 identifies seven fundamental goals as the key strategic priorities upon which the industry will be nurtured and promoted over the period 2011-2020. Applications for the 2019 IPFP are required to identify one of these strategic priorities to which it best aligns. The ACTIVE 2020 strategy can be found on the ACTIVE 2020 web page.

4. Outcomes

The intended outcomes of the IPFP are:

5. General Eligibility

Any organisation applying for funding must:

6. Who is not Eligible to Apply?

7. Partnerships

Sport and Recreation 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 for the identified target population groups 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 IPFP.

Evidence of partnerships

The assessment panel will consider favourable applications that:

8. 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.

9. What Type of Projects will be Considered?

10. What Type of Projects will not be Considered?

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

11. 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 Sport and Recreation and must adhere to all conditions and guidelines of the IPFP.
  3. All organisations must provide suitable acknowledgment of the financial support provided by Sport and Recreation under this program as outlined in the Acknowledgement Guidelines. This document can be accessed on the ACT Government Grants website.
  4. All organisations that receive public funding from Sport and Recreation 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 Sport and Recreation 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.

12. 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 Sport and Recreation 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.

13. Funding Parameters

Through the IPFP organisations can apply for up to $15,000.00 (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 a project under the IPFP is detailed in the Assessment Criteria.

14. 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 IPFP:

Even though an application may meet the above criteria, approval will depend on the number of applications received, the relative merit of the application, government priorities and available funds.

15. 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 IPFP. Failure to submit this information may jeopardise any offer of funding.

16. Acquittal of Funding

Funded organisations must acquit funding provided through the IPFP within three months after the termination date of the funding period. In order to acquit IPFP funding, funded organisations must provide the following:

No further financial assistance will be provided to any organisation until all outstanding grants provided by Sport and Recreation (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 IPFP: