Established in 1991, the Community Support Fund (CSF) is a trust fund governed by the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 to direct a portion of gaming revenues back into the community. Taxes on gaming machines in Victorian hotels contribute more than $100 million each year to the Fund. Funds from the Community Support Fund support a range of programs, which in turn support a wide variety of projects in the community.
As prescribed by the legislation the Community Support Fund receives revenue generated from electronic gaming machines in hotels.
The legislation also provides for the payment of one day’s revenue from the Community Support Fund to the Victorian Veterans Fund on 1 September each year.
The Victorian Government then allocates the remaining funding to a range of portfolio departments. Funded initiatives must be consistent with the purposes of the legislation described below:
- programs to tackle problem gambling are the first call on the fund, including payment of amounts into the Responsible Gambling Fund*;
- drug education, treatment and rehabilitation;
- financial counselling and support for families in crisis;
- youth programs;
- sport and recreation;
- arts and tourism;
- advancement of the community as determined by the Minister; and
- costs associated with administering the CSF.
Any interest on funds held within the CSF is retained and distributed for the community purposes set out in the legislation.
The funds provided to departments are generally then used to provide grants to a wide range of community-based organisations and councils, supporting them to build strong and sustainable communities.
Information for potential applicants
The Department of Treasury and Finance does not provide grants to applicants directly. Potential applicants should refer to the relevant departmental websites. For example, the Sport and Recreation Victoria website provides information relating to grants for a range of purposes including sport and recreation, community support and local government.
*The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation Act 2011 gives effect to the government's problem gambling policy. This legislation provides the basis on which funds will be transferred from the CSF to the Responsible Gambling Fund to reduce the prevalence and severity of gambling related harm and to foster responsible gambling behaviour.