Successful projects can take time to prepare and deliver. To get started, here are some key principles to consider, and you can engage with your local Tennis Development Officer for more in-depth guidance, prior to exploring grant and funding opportunities.
Prepare your project well in advance of grant funding programs being announced and open.
- Strategic assessment helps to determine what projects are deliverable and justified
- Ensure alignment with tennis and government strategic objectives, particularly local government recreation plans
- Understand the case for change / action and ways the project will benefit the community
- Determine contributions and secure supporting funding
- Tap into resources to plan a successful project such as those provided by Tennis, NSW Office of Sport, local Council and other sources
Build relationships early on and develop them throughout the process.
- Work in partnership e.g. Councils, Clubs and Associations, schools, other landowners, local business partnerships and community partnerships
- Obtain landowner consent for works, plan resources to execute a project, seek support on funding applications, direct funding contributions
- A stakeholder engagement strategy can assist in getting others interested and committed
Plan your project, gather information and determine what additional funding is required
- Develop realistic plans and milestones, obtain quotes, approvals and commitments to ensure you have a project that is deliverable and justified – your Tennis Development Officer can provide a Project Plan template
- Successful projects can take time to prepare and be realised. Be grant ready when new grant funding opportunities arise
Projects where a detailed project plan has been completed and endorsed by key stakeholders, and relevant approvals have been sought, are far more likely to translate into strong grant applications with increased likelihood of success.
Getting Project Ready
Need help with your tennis infrastructure project? Whether it be planning your next facility upgrade or looking at attracting grants and funding for asset renewal, here are some tools and guidance to assist. Project Ready projects are far more likely to be successful projects. A great place to start is by considering what it means to Get Project Ready outlined in these key principles.