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Funding applications open for grassroots sport

By Yarrawonga Chronicle

Member for Albury Justin Clancy has announced that local sports clubs and associations are set to receive a funding boost to assist with ongoing participation in sport and active recreation, with applications now open for the Local Sport Grant Program.

Mr Clancy said applicants can access funding for a range of projects including sport access initiatives and facility upgrades, with up to $50,000 available for projects in every electorate across NSW.

“At a time when the sector is navigating through the impacts of COVID-19, the Local Sport Grant Program will provide a significant boost to the people of the Albury Electorate with grants ranging from $500 to $15,000 for successful projects,” Mr Clancy said.

“I encourage local clubs and associations to review the guidelines and submit their applications in the coming weeks.”

Acting Minister for Sport Geoff Lee said $4.65 million is available through the Local Sport Grant Program across NSW and is crucial in supporting the NSW Government’s commitment to enhance the quality of life in local communities.

“We know that sport is the lifeblood in local communities and their volunteers work hard to provide opportunities for their residents to get active and experience some normality during this pandemic,” Mr Lee said.

“By improving access and the quality of sport and recreational facilities and programs we can improve the health, social and economic wellbeing of the community.”

Applications opened last Wednesday and close at 5pm Wednesday, October 7.

For more information visit: https://www.sport.nsw.gov.au/sectordevelopment/grants/localsport.  

Grassroots sports clubs across Northern Victoria are also being urged to apply for funding to boost their equipment, skills and administration expertise. 

Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp last week welcomed the announcement that applications had opened for the latest round of the Victorian Government’s 2020-21 Sporting Club Grants Program.

The grants provide clubs up to $1,000 for new uniforms and equipment, up to $5,000 for training coaches, officials and volunteers and up to $5,000 to improve club operational effectiveness. 

“The Sporting Club Grants Program is giving grassroots sports clubs in Northern Victoria the support they need to grow their ranks and help more people than ever play the sports they love,” Mr Gepp said.

“I encourage all our local clubs in Northern Victoria to grasp this opportunity and apply.”

In addition, the Minister for Community Sport, Ros Spence has also announced the establishment of the new funding program, the Aboriginal Sporting Participation Grants Program. 

This program replaces Category 4: Aboriginal Participation from the Sporting Club Grants Program. This new program will be a tailored annual grants program to address participation barriers Victorian Aboriginals experience in sport and active recreation.  This program will open for applications later this year. 

“Recent coronavirus restrictions have had a heavy impact on community sport, that’s why we’re proud to provide this funding lifeline that opens up a range of opportunities on and off the field for clubs and their members,” Ms Spence said.

“When it is safe to do so, we want community clubs to come back better than ever and this boost will go a long way to help clubs, coaches, athletes and officials get back in the game.” 

The Sporting Club Grants Program is part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to make sport more accessible and inclusive, stimulate local economies, build sustainable sport and recreation and volunteer opportunities and increase local participation as coronavirus restrictions are lifted and it is safe to do so. 

Since coming to office, the Victorian Government has provided more than 4,300 Sporting Club Grants to clubs across the state, totalling more than $5.8 million.

For more information on the grants and how to apply go to http://www.sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/sporting-club-grants-program.