Club Assistance Scheme

Let the MAAA help your club grow

The 2024-2025 Club Assistance Scheme has closed, but it's never too early to get ready for next year

The annual Club Assistance Scheme has been designed to give clubs access to financial assistance and support so you can enjoy aeromodelling.

At the MAAA, we recognise that for aeromodelling to continue it is vital that we invest in flying fields as well as providing money for direct assistance for the purpose of improving facilities and encouraging new members.

Over the past five years the scheme has distributed over $300,000 to clubs, supporting over 135 club projects - including the purchase of firefighting equipment, the construction of shaded areas and toilet blocks as well as lawn mowers to improve flying fields.

What sort of things can be applied for under the Club Assistance Scheme?

The following are provided as examples only and do not cover all scenarios that may be considered:

  • Light Construction Projects – Clubhouse extensions, safety and/or security fencing, establishment or upgrades to pilot boxes, set up or maintenance of benches.
  • Asset Purchases – Storage containers, lawn mowers, water tanks, irrigation systems, solar power, windsocks, first aid kits, defibrillator, trainer aircraft
  • Earthwork / Improvement – Grading services, purchase of soil and road base, grass seed and fertilisers, plants and trees

How much funding can you get ?

Applicants must submit a comprehensive application through the relevant Ordinary Member/State Association. Applications will be reviewed by a sub committee and recommendations will be made at the MAAA Council Conference, held in May 2025.

All clubs, regardless of outcome, will be contacted by July. 

The total amount of assistance to clubs is limited to a maximum of $7,700 including GST. However, if your plans require additional funds the MAAA also offers low interest short and long term loans.

How do I apply?

Clubs need to download the application form (this years years form found below - please note, this years application period has now closed)

Each application must be endorsed by the State Association or it will may not be considered by the MAAA sub-committee.

How can i get ready for next years application?

Successful applications from the 24-25 year are ineligible to appky the following year, but all other clubs are welcome to submit an application.  Consider compiling your documentation early so that you are ready to go. 

Things that will help your application:

  • Quotes that clearly outline project costs
  • Letters of support for project
  • Club contribtiion to project 
  • State contribution to project - consider contacting your State and asking them for project feedback
  • Project that are important to club success / day to day running 

Important notes:

The MAAA will provide up to $7700 inc GST for successful clubs so that they can improve facilities and attract new members.   Under the CAS, payments are made direct to suppliers on presentation of a Tax Invoice. This application form must be filled out by each Club and submitted to their relevant State Association. The State Association must endorse each application. Failure to follow this process may mean your application is not considered.  All work and expenditure under the CAS must take place between 1 July 2024 and 30 June 2025. All projects must be complete by 30 June 2025.  If the work is not completed by that date the funding lapses. More details can be found in the application form. 

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