Club grants

ClubGrants is an initiative introduced by the Federal Government and is administered through the Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing, (OLGA). The Gaming Machine Tax Act 2001 outlines the legislative arrangements for the granting of a rebate of gaming machine tax levied on registered clubs. This means that every year, a percentage of a clubs gaming machine profits, (during a tax year) is allocated to the community, by registered clubs that have a profitable income from their gaming machines. 

Prior to 2012, Club Grants was previously known as CDSE funding, (Community Development and Support Expenditure) and became effective as from the 1st March 2004. The same principles of funding allocations applied then as does now, apart from one aspect. ClubGrants now, as from 2011 incorporates a Category 3 provision, as can be seen below. 

Questions about the ClubGRANTS Guidelines and other related matters can be directed to the ClubsNSW Member Enquiries Centre: or P: 1300 730 001. 

You can also contact the Deniliquin RSL Club on the following:
Tel: (03) 5881 1455
Fax: (03) 5881 4147

Funding is available under three separate categories: 

Category 1: 

Supports community welfare and social services; community development; employment assistance activities; community health services; and projects aimed at improving the living standards of low income and disadvantaged people.

Category 2: 

Provides funding for general community development and support activities, such as junior sport. 

Category 3: 

Is a state-wide fund that supports large-scale community infrastructure projects, such as hospitals and sporting facilities. 


How to Apply

Category 1: 

To download the Category 1 application forms, log onto ClubsNSW website here.
A formal application form is required for category 1 applications.

Category 2:

Applicants must apply directly to their local club, and usually submit a letter to the Board of Directors requesting funding, with details on the project’s name and purpose, amount required, and information about the community impact of the proposal. Generally there are no opening/closing dates for Category 2 funding however it will close at the same time as categories one and three. For information about Category 2 funding in your area, contact your local club. 

Category 3:

Category 3 is a state-wide fund administered by the NSW Government. For more information contact the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (OLGR) on (02) 9995 0575


Successful applicants are required to submit a closing report to the funding club upon completion of the project. Applicants should note that clubs and local committees will not consider further funding requests unless a report has been received. 

Reporting requirements are as follows: 

  • Up to $500 - Cash - Receipt only
  • Up to $500 - In-Kind - Letter of acknowledgment from recipient.
  • $500 - $5,000 - Cash or In-Kind - Standard Funding Report + Statutory Declaration
  • Over $5,000 - Standard Funding Report + Statutory Declaration
  • Over $10,000 - Club and benefiting organisation must enter into a formal contract. A funding agreement form is available on-line from ClubGrants.

In some cases, a funded project will be only partly underway when a recipient wants to apply for further funding for another project. In this situation, the applicant may submit a progress report form. 

If the project has been delayed, the organisation should provide information as to why it has not run to schedule. 

Recipients should also advise the funding club of any changes in circumstances, such as what the money will be spent on. Organisations must obtain the club’s written approval before making any changes.

Last year, registered clubs allocated more than $92 million to deserving causes through the ClubGRANTS program.Since the scheme began, clubs have given close to $1 billion to Community recipients. ClubGRANTS funding is available to community groups, charities and sporting teams across NSW.
Approximately 500 clubs voluntarily allocate funds to the ClubGRANTS scheme. 

The program is made possible through the support of NSW clubs, local councils and the NSW Government. 

Deniliquin RSL Club, (Your Favourite Club) from 2004 to 2012 through the CDSE scheme has injected approximately $560,000 into the local community. Since 2012 through ClubGrants funding, the Deniliquin RSL Club has injected approximately $260,000 into the local community, giving a total of approximately over $800,000 into the Community of Deniliquin. It is evident that supporting your local RSL Club has significant benefits to the Community.