The Go for Gold Fund is a targeted strategy to improve sports performance preparation for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Queensland Government has committed
$100 million over 4-years to build and upgrade school sport infrastructure and provide school sport equipment aimed at increasing student activity and participation in sport across all Queensland schools.
The benefits of the Go for Gold Fund will be spread across schools including primary, high, middle, special education, outdoor and distance education schools.
The Go for Gold initiative aims to enhance and build new sports infrastructure in schools for students and local communities across Queensland to encourage greater participation in sport. It will also provide sports equipment for state and non-state schools across the state.
Delivered through an
application process for schools, the initiative provides opportunities for investment in projects such as:
- sports equipment to increase student activity, participation in sports or active engagement in learning at schools
- five-sport marking for indoor or outdoor sports facilities
- multi-purpose courts
- synthetic pitches to facilitate athletics and field sports
- refurbishment of outdoor court surfaces
- upgrades to ovals
- investment opportunities for emerging sports
- infrastructure to support increased sports participation.
Go for Gold funding will be prioritised to encourage schools to facilitate community use of school sports facilities to increase the impact of this investment.
Priority will be given to investment in locations, such as those outside South-East Queensland, where enhanced or new infrastructure will increase active pathways in communities that may experience lower student participation rates in sport.
The application process and an evaluation of schools' proposals will determine the number of schools to benefit from the funding. Due diligence will be undertaken on scope and deliverability of proposed projects. All projects will aim to be completed by December 2025.
Key milestones of the implementation are below.
- June 2022 – Program announced as part of the Queensland State Budget
- November 2022 – Round 1 sports equipment registration of interest open
- March 2023 – Round 1 applications close
- May 2023 – Round 1 applications assessed, approved and announced
- Term 2, 2023 – Round 2 sports infrastructure applications open
- 15 September 2023 – All applications close
- Late 2023 – Round 2 applications assessed, including due diligence on scope and deliverability within program timeframes, and successful recipients announced
- December 2025 – Planned project delivery
Who can apply
Queensland schools, including primary, high, middle and special education schools, are eligible to apply.
Note: The school principal is responsible for applying for funding. Parents and caregivers are not eligible to apply for funding on behalf of any school.
Round 1 – Sports equipment funding
Round 1 funding in the Go for Gold Fund is now closed.
The first round of funding was for sports goods. From athletics to basketball, sport climbing to skateboarding, the Go for Gold Fund offered up to $5,000 equipment grants for sports from traditional to emerging.
This round focused on providing sporting equipment that encourages active play and increases participation in sports, resulting in the more effective use of existing infrastructure.
Congratulations to all 680 schools that were successful in this round.
Round 2 – Sports infrastructure funding
Applications for Round 2 funding in the Go for Gold Fund are now open.
The second round of funding is for new or upgraded school sports infrastructure.
The types of infrastructure that can be applied for include:
- re-marking or re-surfacing outdoor courts, permanent shade cover over existing outdoor courts
- outdoor athletic track and field facility, small multi-purpose sports facilities and synthetic grass fields
- small multi-sports indoor court facilities and outdoor courts.
Applications will be accepted for new or upgraded school sports infrastructure in 3 categories:
- Category 1: Up to and including $500,000 (location adjusted)
- Category 2: Over $500,000 up to and including $2.5 million (location adjusted)
- Category 3: Over $2.5 million up to and including $5 million (location adjusted)
To ensure an equitable comparison of applications for similar work across the state, applications will be considered by applying a location index factor. This adjustment will determine which funding category the application will fall into and what information/documentation must be provided as part of the application process. This adjustment does not change the amount of funding being requested.
If you are seeking full funding for a project, please check your school in the
Location Index Adjustor to see how your application is adjusted due to your location.
Applications for Category 3 funding will require multiple-users – support from another user group, such as a community sporting group, local government authority, another school or for interschool and regional school sporting events.
application for all categories is now available.
- only 1 sports infrastructure application per school will be accepted
- prior to proceeding with your application, refer to the
Location Index Adjustor and documentation below.
For any enquiries, please email PriorityPrograms.StrategicInvestment@qed.qld.gov.au