Play Our Way Program – How To Apply

Applications for the Albanese Government’s $200 million Play Our Way program are now open – supporting local governments and community, not-for-profit and sporting organisations to deliver projects that make sport more welcoming and equitable for women and girls.

Football Australia’s advocacy and the CommBank Matildas’ success during the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™️ has contributed to the Australian Government committing $200 million to the Play Our Way grant program, which is one of Australia’s biggest comprehensive investments in women’s sports.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese: “The Matildas have given us a moment of national inspiration, this is about seizing that opportunity for the next generation, investing in community sporting facilities for women and girls around Australia … We want women and girls everywhere in Australia to have the facilities and the support to choose a sport they love”.

This Grant aims to address the barriers women and girls face when participating in sport and physical activity by delivering quality facilities and sport participation experiences where the need is greatest, and in a manner that is safe, equitable, accessible, inclusive, sustainable and enduring.

What funding is available?

A total of $200 million is available in funding over three years, and will be split across two streams:

  • Facilities: For projects that establish and improve sporting facilities for women and girls and further encourage them to take part in sport and physical activity by better meeting their needs.
  • Participation and equipment: For programs that encourage women and girls to participate and remain involved in sport and physical activity for life, by tackling barriers such as disadvantage or lack of equipment, and for programs that will lead to sustained cultural change in sport.

Play Our Way grant applications will be assessed through an impartial, transparent process led by the Department of Health and Aged Care.

Grant Guidelines

Any and all relevant information pertaining to the Play Our Way grant can be found in the grant guidelines. The Grant Guidelines covers information such as:

  • Eligibility criteria
  • Grant amount and grant period
  • What funding can or cannot be used for
  • Assessment criteria
  • How to apply
  • Grant selection process
  • And more

Grant Guidelines can be found via the Play Our Way webpage:

Application Dates

Applications Open: 18 March 2024

Applications Close: 29 April 2024 (2pm AEST)


The Office of Sport will be hosting a webinar to provide all interested parties with an overview of the Play Our Way grant opportunity guidelines, including information on eligibility criteria, assessment processes and how to apply.

  • When: Friday, 22 March 2024
  • Time: 1:00PM to 1:30PM (AEDT)
  • How: Online webinar, register here

All clubs and associations are highly encouraged to register and attend this webinar.

A recording of the webinar will be available on this page soon after the live event, along with the slides and a transcript.

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