Crown lands, women’s sports grants programs now open

MEMBER for Lismore Janelle Saffin is encouraging local groups to apply for two NSW grants programs that have just opened, one aimed at encouraging women’s and girls’ participation in grassroots sports and the other for maintaining and improving Crown lands reserves.
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“These programs offer fresh funding opportunities for sports clubs, local councils and community groups across the Northern Rivers and I urge those interested to get their applications in ahead of the November deadlines,” she said.

Level the Playing Field Program: This is a new program offering $30 million to providers of grassroots sport to support the continued growth of women’s and girls’ sport and recreation following the breakthrough success of the Matildas at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™.

The program will fund new and upgraded facilities as well as deliver fit-for-purpose amenities, such as change rooms and improved lighting, to foster a safe and inclusive environment for women and girls.

Level the Playing Field Program applications will close on Thursday 30th November 2023 at 1pm. To apply, visit the Office of Sport website at

Crown Reserves Improvement Fund (CRIF): This ongoing program provides funding to maintain and improve Crown land reserves for the use of communities, with $14 million in grants and $2 million in loans on offer. Eligible applicants include all Crown land managers such as local councils, community organisations and user groups licensed to use Crown reserves, as well as commons and showgrounds on freehold land.

The CRIF program supports projects that can deliver social, cultural, environmental or economic benefits to local communities. The program helps maintain and upgrade reserves and facilities on them, and protects areas of important environmental land.

CRIF applications will close on 17th November 2023 at 5pm. For further information and to apply, visit

Tuesday 17 October 2023