What is it?

With the aim of reaching 5,000 registered ‘active members’ (fencers affiliated at State level), the Australian Fencing Federation is providing funding for targeted initiatives aimed at increasing participation in fencing .


The program offers funding to clubs, State Associations and other eligible organisations to support activities which attract new participants. It’s aimed at activities which result in an increase in the number of active members (fencers affiliated at club or State level). Funding will not be provided for one-off ‘come-and-try’ events.

A total of up to $30,000 will be allocated during calendar 2018, subject to suitable applications being received. A maximum of $5,000 will be allocated to any one activity. A maximum of 50% funding will be paid up front, with the remaining amount to be paid following completion of the activity and subject to confirmed state affiliation of new active members (who had not been affiliated in the past two years).

Funding Criteria

The program is open to coaches, clubs and State Associations registered with the AFF. Applications prepared in conjunction with external organisations (such as schools or universities) will also be considered. Coaches nominated to deliver funded programs must be accredited with the AFF.
Applications for funding will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • demonstrated ability and experience in delivering successful participation outcomes
  • ability to deliver sustained increases in participation numbers
  • opportunity to introduce fencing into new geographic areas (eg regional Australia)
  • potential to increase diversity – eg through programs targeted at women, minorities or disadvantaged groups
    return on investment (expenditure vs new active members)
  • extent of proposed co-investment
  • use of innovative solutions (including the potential for broader roll-out)

Successful recipients will be required to provide a financial reconciliation and a short report.


The AFF has several sets of plastic equipment (weapon, mask and training vest for 10 fencers) which may be provided to applicants under the Participation Grants Program. Please indicate in your application if you would be interested in receiving this equipment.


Applications will be accepted in three tranches during 2018. Please complete the application form below.