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.
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 be completed by December 2025.
Key milestones of the implementation are:
- June 2022 – Program announced as part of the Queensland State Budget.
- November 2022 – Round 1 sports equipment registration of interest open.
- Early 2023 – Round 2 sports infrastructure applications open.
- March 2023 – Round 1 applications close.
- April–May 2023 – Round 1 applications assessed, approved and announced.
- Mid-2023 – Round 2 applications close.
- Late 2023 – Round 2 applications assessed, including due diligence on scope and deliverability within program timeframes. Larger projects invited to Stage 2 assessment.
- 2023 to December 2025 – Projects delivered.
Who can apply
Queensland schools, including primary, high, middle, special education, outdoor and distance 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 open!
The first round of funding is for sports goods. From athletics to basketball, sport climbing to skateboarding, the Go for Gold Fund is offering up to $5,000 equipment grants for sports from traditional to emerging.
This round is focused on providing sporting equipment that encourages active play and increases participation in sports, resulting in the more effective use of existing infrastructure.
Please review the Round 1 funding guidelines before submitting your application. Only one sports equipment application per school will be accepted.
Schools can apply now by submitting the
Round 1 – Registration of interest form. Applications close on Friday 31 March 2023 at 5pm. Successful applications will be announced by May 2023.