New Tennis Infrastructure Grant Announced For Schools

Launched on the 24th March, 2019, the Tennis in State Schools Initiative (TISSI) is a joint project between Tennis Australia (TA), Tennis Queensland (TQ) and Education Queensland to help schools refurbish, improve or build new tennis facilities.

Projects are funded via a 3-way contribution model, with each of the below partners (or contributors) required to contribute one third of the total project cost,

  1. Tennis (Tennis Australia & Tennis Queensland), 
  2. Department of Education and 
  3. Individual state school 

Under the TISSI model, the cost incurred by an individual school to have 2 tennis court re-surfaced would be reduced from approximately $24,000 to only $8,000.  “The Tennis in State Schools Initiative is a funding model unlike anything we have seen before in Queensland,” said Tennis For Kids Director, Anthony White.  “This is a generous fund, all about nurturing tennis at the grassroots and as such Tennis For Kids is extremely supportive of the program.”

As a leading deliverer of Tennis Australia school programs and a Tennis Queensland affiliate, Tennis For Kids will be guiding their partnered schools through the process of compiling quotes, meeting assessment criteria and submitting applications.  “Tennis Queensland has advised projects involving full size courts require schools become a School Infrastructure Program Partner (SIPP) with Tennis Queensland and remain partnered for a minimum of five years,” said Mr White.  “There is an annual cost involved with this process and this needs to be considered by schools when assessing the project, as does how to ensure applications have strong community engagement (focus).”

Schools and projects will be assessed and selected according to the following criteria:

1) Does the school have a proven track record of delivering TA programs?

2) Does the school and project have a community engagement focus? 

3) Is the school and project encouraging and allowing courts to be accessed by the general public? 

State Schools will have the ability to use the Infrastructure Fund for a number of projects including 

– Refurbishment/resurfacing of existing courts

– Construction of new facilities 

– Installation of Book-a-Court 

– Line marking 

– New or upgrade of existing lighting 

– Hot Shots court construction.

At the time of writing, quotes for proposed works will need to be compiled prior to the application being submitted with the actual funding application completed by the school principal on One Portal, the Education Queensland intranet site. The 2019 Expression of Interest (EOI) window closes on June 14th and shortlisted schools will be notified later in the month, with a site review to follow.

Expressions of Interest for the TISSI will close 24th May.
For more information, please contact Tennis For Kids Director, Anthony White at
[email protected] or 0422 293 742.