Club development program

The Hobsons Bay Club Development Program provides clubs with the ability to meet with Council's Sport and Recreation team, attend workshops and obtain information regarding available grants.

Club workshops

Information about 2019 workshops will be provided shortly.

Club newsletters

Stay up to date with all you need to know including Council staff contact updates, processes and procedures, grant information, new initiatives and programs, current projects and good news stories from sports clubs in Hobsons Bay.

On the Ball newsletters can be accessed via Council's eNews portal here.

One-on-one meetings

A key part of the 2018 Club Development Program is the opportunity for clubs to arrange a one on one meeting with a Council officer from the Sport and Recreation team. This is a great way to build a working relationship to plan for the future of the club and solve problems where relevant.

'Build Relationships - Plan for the Future'

Each club is encouraged to contact Council’s Sport and Recreation Officer to arrange a meeting at a suitable time.

Process for One on One meeting:

  1. Send an expression of interest to set up a meeting by emailing Council’s Sport and Recreation Officer, Lauren Dick at
  2. Arrange a suitable time and location to meet.
  3. Complete the ‘Pre Meeting Questionnaire’ and return this via email, prior to the meeting.
  4. One on one meeting takes place.
  5. Meeting summary notes to be provided by Sport and Recreation Officer within two weeks of meeting taking place.


  • meetings can be scheduled between 8am and 3pm, Monday to Friday, onsite or at the Hobsons Bay Civic Centre in Altona
  • a maximum of two club representatives are permitted at the meeting (at least one must be on the club committee).
  • for more information about the Club Development Program or one on one meetings, contact Council’s Sport and Recreation Officer, Ben Gross on 9932 1301.

Sport and recreation grants

There are a range of funding sources available to sporting and recreational groups. These include local government, state and federal government, sporting organisations and corporations.

Sport and Recreation Victoria

Emergency Facility and Equipment Replacement Fund

Provides assistance to local sport and active recreation clubs and organisations to replace essential equipment that has been lost or destroyed as a consequence of fire, flood, theft or criminal damage.

Funding of up to 50 per cent of the replacement cost of the loss with a maximum grant of $2,000.

For more information call 9208 3428 or visit

Australian Sports Foundation


The Australian Sports Foundation provides support to eligible clubs, communities and athletes to raise funds to support their projects and endeavours. 

For more information, visit the Australian Sports Foundation website

Australian Sports Commission

Elite Indigenous Travel and Accommodation Assistance Program

For Indigenous sports people who have been selected for a state team to compete at national championships or an Australian team.

A maximum grant $1,000 for national and a Maximum grant $3,000 for international.

For more information call 02 6214 1660 or visit the EITAAP Grant website.

Local Sporting Champions

For sportsmen and women aged 12 to 18 to assist with costs associated with competing at state, national or international events endorsed by the sports governing body.

A grant of $500.

For more information visit Local Sporting Champions grant page.

Federal Government Grants

Stronger Communities Program - Round 3

For capital works projects between $2,500 and $20,000. Applicant needs to be a non profit body, which is a legal entity including other eligibility requirements. Applications open in August and close in September.

For more information visit the website.

Layne Beachley Foundation


For females who are 12 years old by the 31 January who have initiative and passion and are committed to achieving a dream in their field of choice.

For more information, visit the Layne Beachley Foundation scholarship programs page.


RACV Community Foundation

Grants of up to $20,000 for community projects in the areas of arts, environment, health and wellbeing, mobility and safety and welfare.

For more information visit the RACV Community Foundation website.

Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS)

Team/Individual Athletic Scholarships

Provides Victoria’s elite athletes with access to advanced coaching, sports science and sports medicine services, career and education advice, training and competition support through Tier 1 and 2 programs and the Tier 3 Scholarship Program.

For more information call 9669 8055 or visit


Yooralla provides financial assistance on a number of levels for both organisations and individuals, to ensure that people with a disability have access to leisure, recreational and sporting opportunities.

For more information call 9607 3501 or visit