The ACE Grants Program, supported by Sport and Recreation Victoria’s Together More Active funding, encourages clubs and coaches to implement opportunities to engage, or reengage, with underrepresented communities.
Clubs and coaches are encouraged to apply for grants of up to $2,000 to encourage participation in tennis for underrepresented groups.
This year, we are excited to launch a new pilot grant program, ACE Grants – Beyond Playing. Individuals, peak bodies, clubs and coaches are encouraged to nominate for grants of up to $1,500 (or 75% of the course fees) to encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to participate in professional development courses to support them in becoming involved at their local club as a coach, official or administrator. For more information including eligibility criteria and application process click here.
CAN YOU APPLY?
The following groups are eligible for ACE Grants:
- Tennis Victoria Affiliates
- Tennis Australia coach members at affiliated venues
- Peak body organisations e.g. Blind Sports Victoria, Disability Sport and Recreation Victoria, SpiritWest Services
Priority will be given to applicants who:
- Form a partnership with a community group associated with their target population.
- Show evidence of co-design (or intent to) in development of the initiative with target population.
- Whose initiatives are focused on more than on target population.
- Make their own contribution to the initiative and not rely solely on ACE Grants Program funding.
- Dedicate 25% of grant amount towards off court considerations.
- Register participants in Tennis Australia Database system (ie; ClubSpark or MyTennis).
- Provide an ongoing participation opportunity at the local club.
- Focused on sustainability of the project, including but not limited to subsidising the program as opposed to offering a program free of charge.
- Work proactively with your relevant Coach Leader or Club Development Officer
Grants awarded will have a strong emphasis on impacting underrepresented communities including:
- Persons with a disability.
- Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
- LGBTIQ+ community.
- Women and Girls.
- Other disadvantaged groups facing significant barriers to participation in tennis.
ACE Grants – Beyond Playing
For more information or assistance with completing the grant applications, contact your local Club Development Officer or Coaching Leader.